A Taste of Northern India - a gourmet tour

Highlights: Delhi - Amritsar -Jaipur - Agra - Lucknow   Indian cuisine is renowned and relished all over the world and the classic range of regional cuisines from North to South and East to West reflects the great size of India and its unparalleled cultural heritage. The Indian Cuisine offers an abundance of both vegetarian and non vegetarian options and has an unmatched charm because of the extravagant spices used.

The finest of India’s cuisines are as rich and diverse as the country’s civilization. Indian cooking is a form of art that has flourished through generations purely by word of mouth. Indian cuisine, renowned for it exotic gravies, is wide ranging in variety, taste and flavour. Based on pragmatic medical precepts evolved over hundreds of years, involving experimentation and observation, most are aimed at nourishing the body and pleasing the mind and eye. Characteristic of all Indian cooking is the inspired use of spices. Far from being used only for flavour, they are appetite stimulators and digestives. Immense care is taken to ensure that spices enhance rather than dominate the basic flavour, and that they do not diminish nutritive value. Thousands of different dishes have been developed using various combinations of the key
basic condiments.   City Hotel Featured
Delhi Radisson Blu
Amritsar Ramada Hotel
Jaipur Country Inn & Suites
Agra Radisson Hotel
Lucknow La Place Sarovar Portico

Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will visit Chandni Chowk or Silver Street, often referred to as the food capital of India, famous for its street food. Chandni Chowk resembles a fair; the streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeen wallahs (sellers of savouries) and paranthewallahs (rich, flaky breads soaked in ghee). On returning to your hotel, the rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi. Today you will enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. You will get a feel for this city as you explore its historic sights including Raj Ghat, the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. You will also get the chance to experience the bustling colourful market on a cycle rickshaw. This afternoon you will head into New Delhi, visiting the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutab Minar, India Gate, the Lutyens Delhi, the British Viceroy’s Palace, the Secretariat, India Gate and Parliament House. This evening, you will visit The Great Kabab Factory to enjoy kabab. The Great Kabab FactoryTM is an Indian speciality restaurant offering you a unique
dining experience. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Amritsar. This morning you will transfer to New Delhi railway station to board the
train to Amritsar. Local snacks, tea or coffee will beserved on board. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit a local market to enjoy the taste of Amritsari cuisine (Amritsari Chole & Kulcha, Amritsari Fish Fry). Overnight in Amritsar.

Day 4: Amritsar. This morning enjoy some free time. You may chose to explore the city at leisure
including the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple complex (visitors must remove their shoes, wash their feet and cover their heads with a scarf), and Jallianwala Bagh, the site of the in famous massacre that took place in 1919. This afternoon you will take an excursion to Wagah Border to witness the famous border closing ceremony. Overnight in Amritsar.

Day 5: Amritsar - Delhi - Jaipur. Today you will transfer to Amritsar railway station to board train for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi railway station, you will drive straight to Jaipur, the famed ‘Pink City’ and the capital of Rajasthan known for its palaces, three hill forts and a shopper’s paradise. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur. This morning you will take an excursion to Amber, capital of the old state of
Dhundhar, located on the rugged hills surrounding Jaipur. Ride the colourfully painted elephants up
the hill, admire the massive gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions and palaces that recall the glory and wealth of Amber’s association with the Mughals. During the afternoon visit the City Palace (still houses the erstwhile Royal family); Jantar Mantar - the Royal Observatory and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - built for the royal ladies to watch the activities on the market street below without being observed themselves. Evening you will enjoy cooking demonstration

(Laal Maans, Rajasthani Sula, Gatta ki Sabzi, Daal- Bati-Churma etc). Rajasthani cuisine, is a splendid array of unique, rich, colourful, spicy curries and mouth-watering delicious sweets

Day 7: Jaipur to Agra. Drive to Agra, en route visit Fatehpur Sikri - the imperial ruins of the dream capital city of the Great Mughal Emperor - Akbar. Evening at leisure.

Day 8: : Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal in the morning by sunrise. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, built one of the world’s most famous
buildings, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship have been described
as ‘a vision, a dream, a poem, and a wonder’. In the afternoon you will visit the 16th century Agra
fort. This commanding red sandstone monument stretches 2.5 kilometres along the banks of River
Yamuna, encompasses serene gardens and terrace pavilions, with striking views providing glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal across the river and Tomb of Itmad-ud- Daulah. Evening enjoy Mughlai cuisine (Seekh Kebab, Biryani, Chicken Tikka etc) the taste of Mughlai cuisine vary from extremely mild to spicy, and is often associated with a distinctive aroma and the taste of ground
and whole spices

Day 9: : Agra to Lucknow by train. Transfer from your hotel to Tundla railway station in time to
board train for Lucknow. Local snacks, tea or coffee will be served on board. Upon arrival at Lucknow railway station you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy Awadhi Cuisine (Mutton Biryani, Chakhle’s Shami Kebab, Makhmali Murgh etc), which has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques.

Day 10: Lucknow. Today after breakfast you will enjoy city tour visiting Bara Imambara – Bara
means big, and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. You will
also visit Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palace, Rumi Darwaza and the Clock Tower – The huge tower
was constructed by Nawab Nasir-ud-Din haider in the year 1880.

Day 11: Lucknow to Delhi by train. After a morning at leisure you will transfer from your
hotel to Lucknow railway station in time to board your train for Delhi. Local snacks, tea or coffee and Dinner will be served on board. Upon arrival at Delhi railway station you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 12: Depart Delhi. Transfer to the airport to board flight for onward journey

Offer Includes

Meet and assist at airports, railway station and hotels by our representative
Airports taxes
11 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
All transfers, sightseeing & excursion as mentioned in itinerary by air-conditioned car
Services of local English speaking guide as per the itinerary during city tours
Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary
Cycle Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi, Elephant / Jeep joy ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
5 Cooking demonstration & 5 Lunches or dinners
Toy train ride from Kalka/Shimla by non Ac class
Train fare (shared cabin) for the sectors Delhi - Amritsar - Delhi, Agra - Lucknow and Lucknow - Delhi (air-conditioned chair car)
Train fare for the sector Delhi/Kalka, and Amritsar / Delhi by executive air-conditioned chair car

Meal Plans

  • Bed & Breakfast