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Culinary & Cultural Journeys of North India

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For centuries, people from all over the world have been drawn to India for its spices and spirituality. India, a land of spiritualism has also deftly mastered the art of preparing food for the soul and body. The sheer diversity of cuisines has transformed this magnificent country into a sensory haven for food lovers. Even though the Indian spices are the essence of Indian dishes, there is another element, which plays a vital role in making Indian cuisines popular worldwide. It is the love and the care with which every dish is prepared and the joy of seeing someone truly savor every bite is what makes Indian food so special. Warm hospitality and the spirit of serving others is what truly make Indian food so divine and delicious. Embark on a beautiful culinary tour where you not only get to learn on how to prepare authentic Indian delicacies but also discover the passion with which each and every dish is prepared and served.

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Food walks to savour mouth-watering street foods.
– Inter active cooking sessions to learn about various cuisines of North India.
– Magnificent monuments including Taj Mahal.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:  November – February

DAY 01 / DELHI

DAY 02 / DELHI

DAY 03 / DELHI

DAY 04 / DELHI – JAIPUR (270 KMS/06 HRS)

DAY 05 / JAIPUR

DAY 06 / JAIPUR – AGRA (240 KMS/06 HRS)

DAY 07 / AGRA

DAY 08 / TRAIN AGRA TO LUCKNOW (12004 LJN Swarna Shatabdi – 0851 hrs/1240 hrs)

DAY 09 / LUCKNOW

DAY 10 / LUCKNOW

DAY 11 / FLY LUCKNOW – DELHI

Day 12 Depart Delhi

Day 01,DELHI

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Dinner on your own. O/N at the Hotel.

Day 02,DELHI

After breakfast, since it is the first day of the tour we will start around 10 am. Today you will visit India Gate, drive though Presidential Palace, Parliament and then visit Sikh Temple (to witness the community kitchen). We then move to Sarvana Bhavan restaurant for South Indian Lunch. Back to hotel. Evening we proceed for cooking demo and dinner @ Saffron Palate with Ms. Neha. O/N in hotel.

Day 03,DELHI

After breakfast around 0800 am we proceed to Old Delhi for food walk which starts from 0830 hrs. Today your senses come alive as you will encounter the many captivating sights and sounds this amazing city has. It indulges you in its artistic enticing food to refresh, rejuvenate your mind, body & soul as it satisfies one's cravings. This also gives an insight to Indian heritage, culture, traditions and Culinary Experience. Lunch @ haveli and back to hotel. Rest of the day relax by the pool. Dinner on your own. O/N in hotel.

Day 04,DELHI – JAIPUR (270 KMS/06 HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur @ 0800 hrs. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Lunch on your own. Late afternoon, proceed for food tour of Jaipur. The walled city is also known for its food which in itself is a brand ambassador for the grandeur of Rajasthan. One of the more famous dishes of Jaipur is Kota Kachori which is served with mint sauce. Another famous snack is the Khasta Urad Dal Kachori. Eating the Kachori accompanied with a glass hot tea (chai) will give you an exact idea about taste of the Jaipur street food. O/N in Hotel.

Day 05,JAIPUR

After breakfast, we start @ 0800 hrs and proceed for to visit Amber Fort (with a brief Elephant ride). Later proceed for culinary session with lunch @ Sujan in Raj Mahal Palace. Here you will have one to one interaction with the Chef, who shall be conducting the training class. You will be given customised chef caps and SUJAN aprons which will be lovely take away for the guests. A hand out on Indian spices and a book on authentic Indian spices. Evening free at leisure. Dinner on your own. O/N in hotel.

Day 06,JAIPUR – AGRA (240 KMS/06 HRS)

After breakfast @ 0800 hrs drive to Agra enroute visit Fathepur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is an ancient city in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. This city was built by Akbar, the Mughal emperor in the year 1571.It was constructed mainly as a tribute to the great Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti who had blessed Akbar with a son. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Evening free for shopping and spa. Lunch & Dinner on you own. O/N in Hotel.

Day 07,AGRA

Early morning @ 0630 hrs proceed to visit Taj Mahal – Friday closed (sunrise), later back to hotel for breakfast. Lunch on your own. After lunch visit Agra Fort. In the evening we will proceed for food walk of Agra. We will be indulging in some of Agra’s best local food and sweets including Petha, Kababs and Kulfi (Indian Ice cream) while exploring the busy streets of Agra on foot and the local non-touristy market. O/N in hotel.

Day 08,TRAIN AGRA TO LUCKNOW (12004 LJN Swarna Shatabdi – 0851 hrs/1240 hrs)

After breakfast, transfer to Tuldla station (40 minutes drive) to board Shtabdi train to Lucknow. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Later proceed for dinner at Oudhyana. AWADHI CUISINE UNPLUGGED. This is cooking elevated to a fine art. No pretentions. No hype. Simply original and true to the rich tradition of Lucknow. Some say it is the best Awadhi restaurant in Lucknow. Decide for yourself as you taste the Mughlai dishes on offer. Awadhi cuisine uses many spices, but it isn’t pungent. It is subtle, delicate and delightfully aromatic. A burst of flavour in every mouthful! Indulge in melt-in-the-mouth kebabs that originated from the kitchens of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. And suck shamelessly on the lamb bone marrow in Nahari Ghosht. See how hours of massaging dough with clarified butter makes for the finest Sheermal and Warki Paratha. And, when you’re at Oudhyana you've got to have a firm resolve to resist the Chef's Sevian ka Muzaffar (an affair with vermicelli). O/N in Hotel.

Day 09,LUCKNOW

Our breakfast this morning will be served at our hotel. Later post breakfast around 0900 hrs we will embark upon a city tour of Lucknow. Driving Past Sadat Ali Tomb, driving past ‘Chatar Manzil’ – a part of this palace was built by a French architect, Claude Martin (as this palace has restricted entry we can see it from outside from within the car) we enter the gateway of world’s most unique architecture, 'Asifi Imambara'. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula'. This is the world’s biggest hall that is devoid of any pillar support, wood, iron beams or concrete walls. Salute the “Nawab” (Prince) lying in peace inside and proceed to see his noble work. Also see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque.

Later visit the Husainabad Complex - The Clock Tower is the highest Clock Tower in Asia and in some ways superior to its counterpart, 'Big Ben'. Today the clock stands motionless but has witnessed all times, the good, the bad and the ugly. Now enter the Babylon of East, The Husainabad Imambara - known for its beauty and pieces of décor. This was built in 1840 by Mohammad Ali Shah and is still considered to be a sacred address by the natives. The beautiful chandeliers, silver seat, sandalwood décor and calligraphy on the walls all are so creative. Admire each one and bow down to the Nawab and his Mother sleeping inside.

We now break for lunch at a local restaurant, The Royal Café and try out the fusion cuisine at this eatery that once served the American and the British soldiers during the world war times. Today this restaurant is extremely popular with the locals and tourists alike. We will now reach Kotwara House, abode to the legendary film maker, fashion designer, painter, poet, rather a couple with many feathers in their cap of creativity, Muzaffar & Meera Ali. Their Lucknow house is in the area of the erstwhile palace complex of Kaiserbagh and the very aura, interiors and artifacts that adorn their living space is no less than a living museum of sorts. We will have access to the living spaces of the house to understand how this creative couple live, work and eat. We enjoy a great afternoon seeing their collection and workshop of Chikan, Zari and Mukaesh with an opportunity to interact with artisans at work. Also enjoy a short dance clips from Muzzafar’s landmark films including Umrao Jaan over a cup of hot tea/coffee. If we are lucky we get to meet Muzzafar and Meera Ali.

In the evening proceed for Culinary walk down the lane adjacent to Akbari Gate. Tasting the best of meat dishes from the Awadhi menu from the places, where they actually originated from and have still been able to thrive on their own in the era of MacDonald’s and KFC. You will experience the concept of food loyalty and the real taste of the original Tundey Kebabs, Raheem’s Nihari and Mobeen’s Pasanda Kebabs. Observe the chefs at work in these small and dingy shops that seldom look hygienic, but no one has ever fallen sick. To take this tour, you need to be a foodie with closed eyes, so that your taste buds work to their best of abilities. Try all of these, while a culinary curator (Walk Leader) explains the history and the recipe of each of these. Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 10,LUCKNOW

Breakfast at hotel and post breakfast, we visit the architectural marvel of age, La Martiniere School which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin as a palatial home. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow.

We will now reach the Lucknow Residency a place where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny. The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought till their last breath. The trees, bullet sprinkled walls, unusable canons, worn out firearms all cry aloud with the burden of deaths that were witnessed here. We also visit the graveyard to pay our homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency. Also visit SEWA - SELF EMPLOYED WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION - is an autonomous organisation of Chikan artisans. Impetus for setting up SEWA-Lucknow came from a UNICEF sponsored study conducted in 1979 on the condition of Chikan artisans. The study established that over 40,000 Chikan artisans working in and around Lucknow were highly exploited in the industry even as middlemen made hay. As a result, Chikan artisans lived in shanty localities and suffered from poverty; they and their offspring were illiterate; and their families had poor health. Vision: To set up an egalitarian and gender just society. Back to hotel for lunch and later in the evening at about 6pm we will be picked up again for an exclusive cooking session at Coquina.

We will now reach Coquina/Chaat, where we will have a Awadhi Cooking Session with an experts, who will teach us a dish from this cuisine, with an opportunity to cook live with him and enjoy our dinner right here inside this kitchen. We will be served the authentic Awadhi home cooked meal here, prepared by some passionate individuals.

We start with an orientation session that will deal with the Indian style of cooking and how Awadhi cuisine evolved with times to retain its high position in gastronomy. Enjoy your evening drinks with some Awadhi starters and drink snacks during this talk by an expert. Later a workshop will take us through a step-by-step Awadhi cooking, We will learn at least two dishes here during a cooking demonstration and will be served these for dinner along with other essentials. Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 11,FLY LUCKNOW - DELHI

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival, meet and assist and then transfer to your hotel. Lunch on your own. In the evening proceed for farewell dinner @ The Indian Accent where the resident chef will give a brief talk about the Indian spices followed by dinner. O/N in hotel. Day

Day 12,Depart Delhi

Final departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey

Additional Info

  • Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Highlights: DELHI – JAIPUR – AGRA – LUCKNOW

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