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India Culinary Tour (11 Days)

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India Culinary Tour (11 Days)

 
Code:- Sanjay/Sacredot
 
Day 01  Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi. A representative of Sacred Dot Tours India holding a sign in your name, will meet you in the arrivals area upon exiting baggage claim and escort you to your hotel.

Delhi is one of India’s most vibrant cities today. It is not only a city that has played capital to various dynasties, but is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today, apart from being at the political forefront, it also leads the country in terms of art, culture, culinary experiences, shopping, entertainment and overall standard of living. The city, like other ancient cities, is a beautiful homogeneous mix of the old and the contemporary. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Delhi is a microcosm of all that is India.

Day 02   In Delhi

This morning visit the oldest surviving part of Delhi, aptly called Old Delhi. You are lead on an exploratory tour of the spice markets of Old Delhi with our experience guide who introduces you the myriad street food available. Sample something savoury, something sweet, as you wind your way down the cramped oft overrun lanes. The journey ends at the famous Karim’s – a restaurant which is more of an institution. Don’t go by its looks, it serves up some of Mughlai cuisine you can image.

After this, visit India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid.

Then visit the mausoleum of Emperor Humayun. The monument was commissioned by Humayun’s wife, selected a Persian architect to build the tomb. He combined the best of Hindu and Persian architectural styles to create this fabulous monument, which went on to become the forerunner of the Mughal style of architecture in the country.

Lastly visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest minaret in India. Built in the 12th Century, this minaret is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made of the traditional red sandstone and marble as also seen in later Mughal architecture. The complex also has an ancient iron pillar, which is considered to be 1600 years old. While the Qutab Minar is inscribed with Koranic verses for its entire length of 237 feet, the iron pillar in the same complex is inscribed with Brahmin poetry extolling the kings of the Gupta period.

Return to your hotel with some time to rest and recuperate.

Dinner this evening Focusing on the gourmet diner as well as the youth of India, Farzi Café aims to bring Indian cuisine back “in-Vogue”. “Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambiance. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian café, where guests enjoy a sensory experience through the finest modern Indian cuisine, with a high energy ambiance. Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavours, Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest into the ultimate gastronomic illusion. (B, L, D)

Day 03   Delhi – Agra - By Surface 203 Kms / 04 hrs

After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Agra enroute visit some of the highlights of New Delhi. You are driven through Lutyen’s Delhi where you drive past India Gate – the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Rashtrapati Bhawan – the Presidential Palace, the Parliament House and other beautiful buildings built by the noted British architect. This entire area of Delhi is lush, with parks, wide roads and rambling beautiful houses.

Visit Bangla Sahib – one of Delhi’s largest Sikh Temples – Gurudwara’ s. David talks to you about this religion and his experiences with them. We will try and reach in time for lunch and if that is possible then the guests can enjoy a traditional Langer. They can also help out by doing some work at the Gurudwara which is a form of prayer in the Sikh religion

After visit drive to Agra.

Agra was the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire. Located in central India, on the banks of the Yamuna River, this city has always been very important in the country’s history. Today, it is known around the world as the home of the Taj Mahal. Unlike most other Indian cities, Agra has not grown into a large metropolis, but maintains its small town status. It is replete with monuments and places of interest.

On arrival check in at hotel. (B, L)

Day 04   In Agra

Early morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal. This monument is an amazing feat of human industry, a perfect example of beauty, symmetry and aesthetics. It is only once you enter the main gates and gaze upon the Taj, does the enormity of the task of building this mammoth structure impress. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s, this is a tribute of love for his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. As the rays of the sun hit the marble they make it glitter, and change color, reflecting stark white against a very blue sun.
After visit return to Hotel and after breakfast tour of Agra.

On arrival in Agra visit Agra Fort. This fort, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best example of Mughal architecture in India. Spread over a mile and a half, along the banks of the Yamuna River, the fort houses various palaces, gardens and places of worship. Originally a Hindu red brick fort, this monument played home to various empires. It is under the reign of the greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar, that the fort was rebuilt with red sandstone and his grandson Shah Jahan is responsible for the look that can be seen today. The high red stone monument stretches for around one and a half miles. The palace is a notable for its smooth blending of Hindu and central Asian architectural styles. See the Diwan-i-Aam (hall of public audiences), Diwan-i-Khas (hall of private audiences), the Khas Palace, the Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), the Shah Jahani Mahal (Shahjahan’s Palace), Jahangiri Mahal (Jahangir’s Palace) and the Akbari Mahal (Akbar’s palace) inside the fort.

Evening Food walk of Agra.

Savour local flavours as you taste paradise on a fun filled journey of discovery. Indian food makes a large part of brand India, with delicacies such as Chicken Tikka Masala being named as the national dish of the U.K. If you have a picture of a colourful city with bustling streets, true to its gastronomic style, Agra is one place that you, the hungry traveler will never be disappointed with. It is famous for its Petha and the different varieties of chaat. Our food trail is a journey, not just of taste, but of knowledge, as passionate people tell you about how this food has ended up on your plate. This tour is approximately 2 to 3 hours foodie exploration of the City of Agra meant for those who think from the Stomach. In the tour, we take you to the oldest and most popular food joints for tasting of a variety of Indian cuisine and chaat and show you a wholly different site of Agra, which you may not see being on any of the other tour .

After this visit check in to your hotel for the night. (B, D)

Day 05   Agra – Jaipur  - By Surface 232 Kms / 6 hrs

This morning after a leisurely breakfast drive to Jaipur.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II (after whom it was named), in 1727, it is the largest and fastest growing city in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur today emulates Delhi with its contemporary lifestyle and mélange of art and cultural options. India’s first planned city, Jaipur was built on the classical architectural principals of Vaastu Shastra. The city was divided into blocks and for the first time there was a segregation of residential and commercial areas. The City Palace built at its heart covered almost a seventh of the area of the entire city. It is popularly known as Pink City, due the hue of the buildings across the old town.

On arrival at Jaipur check in at hotel.

In the evening Cooking demonstration followed by dinner. While Indian cuisine is available across the world the fare on offer is limited showcasing only a fraction of what is available. You can enjoy a cooking demonstration at the house of a lovely young Jaipur woman – Payal Biyani. Though hailing from a Marwari background where food is mostly vegetarian, Payal through her love and passion for cooking offers a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian Rajasthan fare. Enjoy dinner after the demonstration. (B, D)

Day 06   In Jaipur

This morning have an early breakfast at the hotel and then depart for a day of sightseeing of Jaipur. An early breakfast is planned at the hotel, followed by a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur. The tour starts at Amber Fort with a stop at the Hawa Mahal en-route for photographs. The Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is a beautiful façade built for the ladies of the royal family. It is where they sat and watched the procession and festivals on the main avenue without being seen. Proceed on to Amber Fort, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Amer, a town lying on the outskirts of Jaipur. This is where the Kushwaha Kings were based before moving to Jaipur to cater to the burgeoning population and scarcity of water. The Amber Fort is a classic example of Hindu and Rajput architectural styles. Its large ramparts lead up to a fort that is spread over four levels, each with large courtyards. The fort houses various palaces including the summer, winter and monsoon palace as well as many temples. Each of these palaces was built to combat the extreme weather and even today one can see how effective they were. Built on a high hill, the fort can be seen for miles and has been recently renovated. The ascent up to the fort is on elephant back, in the style of the Maharajas.

After visiting Amber, return to Jaipur to see the City Palace. The City Palace is the residence of the erstwhile royal family but some parts including the museums are open to visitors. The palace contains various smaller palaces, which house the armoury museum and the artists’ exhibition. The liveried palace staff can be seen going about their business. On display in the museum are clothes, pictures, and objects from everyday life, horse buggies and elephant Howdahs. The intricate styling of the city palace doors, the enormous silver urns, the beautiful frescos and the lovely palaces make this an enticing place to visit.

Lastly visit an observatory built by the astronomer king Jai Singh II - the Jantar Mantar. The collection included many architectural astronomical instruments that were used to measure time, predicting eclipses, and tracking stars, do astrological calculations & predictions and more. The fourteen large instruments are still in working condition.

Evening we will take you to local market to do preparation of Pickle and Papad making. (B)

Day 07   Jaipur – Mumbai (By Flight – Afternoon)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to connect flight to Mumbai. On arrival check in at hotel.

Mumbai is the financial capital of India. It has a history of incredible transformation from its foundation to the present day, where small islands were strung together and land between them reclaimed to form the bustling metropolis it is today. A metropolis in the true sense of the word, the city has loads to see during the day and a vibrant life at night.

Evening street food with cooked Demo (Veg)

Cooking demo: Join Pallavi in her kitchen to cook up some simple yet delicious Mumbai Street Food. One of the biggest challenges the foreign travelers face when visiting India is the hygiene levels at the street food counter. With this experience, you need not worry a bit. She will assist you in preparing some healthy and local street food like Vada Pav, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji and lots more!

In-home dining: Pallavi will share all the dishes on the dining table. Diners will get to know about the typical Mumbai street food culture and get to eat the food they have cooked. (B, D)

Day 08   In Mumbai

After breakfast the tour starts at the Gateway of India, a basalt Arch, which was erected to commemorate and welcome King George V and Queen Mary into Mumbai. Built in such a way that it was the first thing people saw, when they came to Mumbai via sea, it was used to welcome important guests to the city. From here, drive past Afghan Church, the Secretariat of the Maharashtra Government and along the famous Marine Drive and the mosque of Haji Ali, located on an islet, off the coast of Mumbai. Visit the amazing Hanging Gardens, which are terraced gardens built in such a way so as to maximize the small space available. Then visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi spent seventeen years of his life.

Lunch in-home dining: Home-chef Farida invites you to her beautiful home to enjoy a Bohri thaal with her family. A scrumptious meal full of savoury and sweet dishes that you will only find at a Bohri home. This is an opportunity to not only relish the amazing flavours but also understand about the culture and customs of the community.

Eating a Bohri Thaal meal is an amazing experience with the diners seated in groups of 7-8 around a thaal. As is the case with all Bohri Thaals, the meal will start with a pinch of salt offered by the youngest to others. This is known to cleanse your palate and aid digestion. Now that you have had salt, you are ready for feast to begin. The first dish will be a Mithaas [sweet] dish followed by a course of Kharaas [Savoury]. You will keep alternating between these till you reach the main course known as the 'Jaman'. A Bohri Thaal is loved by one and all because of the niceties and the nuances that the cuisine has on offer. It is your window into the exciting and exhilarating world of Bohri cuisine and culture and will make you feel like an Indian Royalty :)

Later a visit to the Dhobi Ghat, dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought to this massive open air laundry and painstakingly hand washed by the dhobis (washermen) in the seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs fitted with flogging stones. It provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. (B, L)

Optional – Trishna Iconic Sea Food - “Trishna” which means thirst has been popular sea food for past 50 years. We are situated on a back street in Fort at Kala Ghoda. The food is cooked in South Indian Style, and 80% guests visit us to relish the sea food. The restaurant was previously known as “Matrebhoomi Lunch Home” and after renovation in April 1991 was christened as “Trishna”

Day 09   Mumbai – Kochi (By Flight – Afternoon)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Mumbai airport to connect flight Kochi. You are met Sacred Dot Tours and escorted to your hotel to check in.

The allure of a small seaport, the swaying of coconut palms, old buildings, and quaint streets all come together to make Kochi a lovely city. Kochi is also a natural harbor and because of this, people from around the world came here to trade, work and live. The influence of all these people from the Chinese to the Dutch, the French to the Portuguese and finally the British can be seen here. A great city to walk in, Kochi surprises you at every turn, greeting you with heritage buildings, old churches and temples, beaches dotted with Chinese fishing nets, small village schools, tiny restaurants and much more. Kochi is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.

In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is as much a tribute to God and a form of prayer as a folk dance. In this, dancers don elaborate costumes and masks to portray scenes from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharat. Using intricate facial expressions and dance movements, the artists tell stories of love, valour, morality and adventure. Kathakali, a dying art is being kept alive in small schools across the state and tourism is the only thing keeping it alive. You will be taken to just such a school, where you can watch the performers adorn their costumes and then perform for you. (B)

Day 10   Kochi

After breakfast guide will take you on the ferry to Ernakulam to Broadway market where you will take them to various wholesale stalls and show the various stall selling fresh vegetables, meats and spices - maybe you can talk about the spices at this time. Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch proceed for half-day tour of Kochi (Cochin), which comprises of visits to the Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday, Saturday and all Jewish Festivals) and, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. See the Chinese fishing nets, which dot the harbor as you drive along the coastline. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Also visit Jew Street, which is famous for antiques and souvenirs.

In the evening enjoy an elaborate sea food dinner at Terrace Grill restaurant at hotel will also be your farewell in India. (B, L, D)

Day 11   Depart India

You are escorted to Kochi International Airport to board your flight home. (B)

 

Details

Cost Per Person

Superior Hotels 

Cost Per Person

Deluxe Hotels

Cost towards 02 Persons traveling together

Valid from 01st May – 30th Sep’2018

US $ 2218

US $ 2675

Single Room Supplement

US $ 693

US $ 1143

Cost towards 02 Persons traveling together

Valid from 01st Oct’2018 – 30th April’2019

US $ 2525

US $ 3493

Single Room Supplement

US $ 993

US $ 1968

Supplement cost for Domestic Airfare (subject to change)

Jaipur – Mumbai / Mumbai - Kochi

US $ 150

 
Please note above cost in not valid from 20th Dec’2018 – 10th Jan’2019.
 
Hotels Envisaged:

City

Superior Hotels

Room Type

Deluxe Hotels

Room Type

No. of Nights

Delhi

The Royal Plaza

Deluxe Room

The Claridges

Deluxe Room

02

Agra

Crystal Sarovar Premier

Deluxe Room

ITC Mughal

Mughal Chambers Room

02

Jaipur

Diggi Palace

Heritage Room

ITC Rajputana

Executive Club Room

02

Mumbai

Fariyas

Deluxe Room

Trident Nariman Point

Premier Sea View Room

02

Cochin

Eighth Bastion

Bastion Room

Brunton Boatyard

Standard Sea View Room

02

 
Cost includes:

• 10 night’s accommodation on Double room on Bed and Breakfast basis.
• Additional Meals (without alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks) as mentioned in the itinerary
• Transfer, Tours and excursion by an Air conditioned Toyota Innova.
• Service of English speaking local guide as per the tours.
• Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur (Subject to availability).
• Entrance charges to monuments (Single entry) as mentioned in the itinerary
• Current applicable Service Tax.

Cost excludes:

• Any other major meals other than those mentioned.
• International airfare.
• Domestic airfare (quoted as a supplement).
• Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks during meals as mentioned in the inclusions.
• Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, any major meals in hotels or during excursions, tips at hotels and restaurants / porter charges at Railway station and airports etc.
• Any services not mentioned in the above inclusions.

Notes:

• Check in time is 1400 hours / Check out time 1200 hours
• Twin Rooms are subject to availability at check in time.
• The cost has been calculated on the existing tariffs/conditions and any change in costs or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
• This is simply a proposal and not the confirmation of any service. All confirmations will be subject to availability of accommodation / air seats.
• In case desired category of Hotel/s or type of room is not available then our costs will be subject to revision or supplement or reduction.

 

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