INDIA CULTURE AND CULINARY DELIGHT

9 day India CULTURE AND CULINARY DELIGHT JOURNEY

Tour Route:

Delhi ● Agra ● Jaipur ● Mumbai

Food is one thing, which every traveller wants to explore while on their tour to India. No wonder India offers one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse cuisines. This tour is a fabulous and inspiring introduction to the Culture and Cuisine of India. It is an art form that has been passed on through generations purely by word of mouth, from guru (teacher) to vidhyarthi (pupil) or from mother to daughter. On this tour, the culinary journey of just four cities will bring to the fore the variety and complexity of the cuisine but more importantly, you will get an in depth view on the culture of the people that is inseparable from the food they eat. On this nine day culinary journey, discover not just the food of India but the culture behind the food.

This journey travels through the classic sights of India’s most populist circuit – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mumbai. Visit the iconic sites and discover the inspiring Mughal and Rajput heritage of this fascinating region with the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars, juxtaposing with the cosmopolitan culture.

Highlights

Explore three of India’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Tour of Old Delhi and Asia’s largest spice market
Take an exciting rickshaw ride through the colorful bazar in Old Delhi
Visit Rajghat – the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi
Explore the magnificent Taj Mahal – the extravagant monument of love
Admire the stunning ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
Guided walk to local markets and historical sites

Is this private tour ? yes, this is.

REF: ICC-S002

Length: 1o Days

TOUR ROUTE:

Delhi ● Agra ● Jaipur ● Mumbai

FROM $2387 per person based on double sharing basis (2 adults)

Valid: 16th April to 30th September’2019

This is a Luxury private Tour, (Combined 4 star deluxe & entry level 5 star accommodation)./3-4-5*& super luxury resorts/ Palaces/Hotels

We can provide you a special discounted price for more than 2 passengers.  

Please contact us for requests and more information

ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI International Flight


Welcome to India! Arrive Delhi T3 terminal by International Flight.

After immigration, you will be met by our Customer service executive and Welcomed with a “Mauli ritual”. Mauli is a symbolic cotton thread tied on the wrist and is our traditional way to start the journey at an auspicious note.

Welcome ceremony on arrival with Mauli ritual. Mauli is a cotton thread which is used in many religious activities. This symbolic tying Mauli on your wrist is our traditional way to start the journey at an auspicious note.

Assisted transfer to the hotel and on arrival, check in for your stay (check in time 1400 hour).

Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

MEAL: None/Overnight at the hotel

 

DAY 2: DELHI

Delhi is the capital of modern India, the world's largest democracy, where the old and the new mingle. Made up of seven ancient cities, Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors who have left stunning monuments. Tour New Delhi built by the British in the 1920s and visit two monuments of Delhi's past—Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar—both of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your drive takes you past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and relax. Later this evening, enjoy your interaction at a private house of a culinary expert, who will welcome you for a cooking class/ demonstration, followed by dinner.

MEAL: Breakfast and dinner/Overnight at the hotel

 


DAY 3: DELHI

Start the day with a cycle rickshaw ride though Old Delhi. Drive past the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. Continue on to Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi, followed by Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

Stop by the markets of Old Delhi—sacks of spices and nuts, edible sheets of silver and local pickles make for an aromatic day out. In the lanes of Khari Baoli, you will be introduced to saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, by one of the oldest and largest distributors of this exotic spice. The other amazing highlight is to be taken into his beautiful home, which for a guest would be hard to achieve otherwise. The house's rooftop is where another Delhi comes into view with flying kites and other surprises. The best seat in the house is on the open terrace with the Jama Masjid soaring up on one side, an old couple watching TV in a little house on the other, and the whole neighbourhood unfurling like a gleaming, glittering, wrinkled skirt before your eyes.

MEAL: Breakfast and lunch/Overnight at the hotel

 

DAY 4: DELHI / AGRA- Drive (204 km/ +/- 4 hours)

This morning after breakfast, check out and proceed for Agra. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit the magnificent monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a memorial to his favourite wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal. The monument is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, combining elements of Persian, Ottoman, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. Later, visit Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is more like a palatial walled city than a fort.

This evening, enjoy dinner at Peshawari Restaurant: ITC Mughal, where you will discover a definitive dining experience with refined cuisine and impeccable service.

allExpeditions recommended cultural connection:

Mohabbat E Taj: in the evening, witness Indian heritage come alive with a fascinating show, “Mohabbat-e-Taj: the saga of love”, a dance drama spectacle, supported by audio visual effects. The show narrates the story of Taj Mahal and presents it in various shades and season. The true and immortal love of Shajahan for Mumtaj Mahal- his beautiful wife; the lavish lifestyle of Mughal era; emaculate hardship of the artisans for 22 years that created the most precious specimen of craftsmanship.

  • Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

MEAL: Breakfast and dinner /Overnight at the hotel

 

DAY 5: AGRA / FATEHPUR SIKRI / JAIPUR - Drive (255 km/ +/- 6 hour)

After breakfast, drive from Agra to the "Pink City" of Jaipur, known as one of the world's best planned cities built in accordance with Vastu Shastra (the Indian alternative to Chinese Feng Shui). En-route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted, red sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital, now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue on the drive through the picturesque Rajasthani countryside. Here you will see camels, elephants, age-old villages and traditional women dressed in the brilliantly colored saris of the region. On the way, stop at Bharatpur for lunch and continue on your drive to Jaipur.

Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

allExpeditions recommended cultural connection:

  • Experience Prayer ceremony at a temple Attend 'aarti' - the Hindu ritual of offering prayers at sundown, at the ancient Birla temple. Aarti (Prayer) ceremony is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the devotee is making a spiritual connection with the divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print. The ceremony takes place at 6:00 pm.

Jaipur - also known as the ‘Pink City’, for the abundance of pink plastered stone used to build its massive forts, magnificent palaces and exquisite temples. The city built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time. A young Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya designed the city in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. There is far more to the city than just its famous monuments and to get a complete experience of Jaipur, uncover the mysteries of the bazaars and visit silversmiths, turban sellers and traditional markets.

MEAL: Breakfast and lunch/Overnight at the hotel

 


DAY 6: JAIPUR

Morning tour of the Amber Fort, a marvellous example of Rajput architecture, decorated in intricate ivory, mirror and glasswork overlooking the scenic Maota Lake. As you move between the rooms of this magnificent structure, feel the history and visualize the pomp and grandeur of a kingdom never conquered. Your afternoon is at leisure.

In the afternoon, proceed for lunch at Dera Amer, arrive at the camp situated in the middle of the forest surrounded by Aravali hills and the wilderness.

Evening will be at leisure to relax at the hotel or pursue independent activities

MEAL: Breakfast and lunch/Overnight at the hotel

 

DAY 7: JAIPUR

This morning, visit the City Palace Museum, where you can observe a remarkable blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art, including a collection of royal princess robes, finely detailed carpets, an armory of old weapons and miniature paintings portraying court scenes, battles and processions.

Afterwards, stop at local markets to sample the authentic colors, scents and flavor of Rajasthan. In the evening, enjoy dinner with a cooking demonstration at a local family's house, including hands-on experience of ‘chapati'—Indian bread making.

MEAL: Breakfast and dinner/Overnight at the hotel

 

DAY 8: JAIPUR / MUMBAI -Flight 6E 965 (0930 / 1125 hours)

Today, after breakfast check out and transfer to airport for your flight to Mumbai.

Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Mumbai is a cluster of seven Islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. The city is also India's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland and its economic nerve centre.

After a leisurely afternoon, enjoy dinner at the famous Khyber Restaurant.

MEAL: Breakfast and dinner/Overnight at the hotel

 


DAY 9: MUMBAI

After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour. Begin at the Gateway of India, Mumbai's principal landmark, continuing to Crawford Market named after Bombay's first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford, and finishing at Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), a magnificent, but somewhat strange structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles and crowned by a sparkling white dome—It boasts a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, plus some priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art.

Enjoy your lunch at Trishna Restaurant serving mouth-watering sea food delicacies and tandoori dishes. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

allExpeditions recommended cultural connection:

  • Mumbai by Dawn is a unique offering, where you see the bustling city of Mumbai wake up. You get to peek into the underbelly of the city, and gain insights into what makes this magnificent city tick. From seeing hundreds of newspaper vendors sort out newspapers of 7 different languages, experiencing one-of-its-kind fish auction of 20 tons of fish, to seeing an ‘only green’ herb market sprawled across a popular bridge. From watching the milkmen drive past with canisters, the melee of color at the flower markets, to experiencing the clamor and chaos of the arrival of over 100 tons of vegetables, fruits and meat. Mumbai by Dawn truly defines the mercurial character of Mumbai, like none other. What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you will not find any evidence of the morning’s hustle bustle. It comes at a price though, waking up at 5:15 am. Every year, millions of people come to this city in search of a better future, and leave a permanent imprint on its culture. They make the city what it is – one that is hustling, bustling and constantly on the move. Little wonder then, that Mumbai is christened as the Industrial capital of India. The eclecticism and the industrious nature of its people is what contribute to the culture of this city, which when observed in the morning, is quite unique.

MEAL: Breakfast and lunch/Overnight at the hotel

 


DAY 10: DEPART MUMBAI International Flight

  • Today, your magical journey comes to an end; in time you will be transferred to airport to connect your flight for onward journey.

MEAL: Breakfast

End of tour

Remember: This ITINERARY can be tailored to match your needs!

Cost includes:

  • Accommodation on twin share basis for total of 9 nights
  • 17 meals: 09 breakfast + 04 lunches + 04 dinners (as per the itinerary / local places or restaurants)
  • Services by a private air conditioned vehicle as specified below, for all transfers, drives, sightseeing and excursions:
  • 02-03 pax - Toyota Innova
  • 04-06 pax- Tempo Traveler
  • 07-09 pax - Mini Coach
  • Services of English speaking guide at all places
  • Entry Fee at the monuments (one visit only) as per the itinerary
  • Visit to Humayun and Qutab Minar
  • Rickshaw ride and in Old Delhi
  • Visit to Taj Mahal
  • Visit to Sikri enroute Agra - Jaipur
  • Elephant / Jeep ride at Amber Fort
  • Visit to City Palace
  • City tour in Mumbai
  • Bottled water in the vehicle throughout
  • All applicable taxes.

 

Cost does not include:

  • Any airfare and cost for Indian visa
  • All items of personal nature, tips, souvenirs, laundry, internet charges etc.
  • Gratuities/ Tips to local staff/ guides etc.
  • Camera fees charges at some sites (no more than INR 200/ USD 4 for a still camera).
  • Optional travel insurance.
  • Any activities and excursions not specified.
  • Any increase due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. fuel surcharge, currency fluctuations).

Special Notes:

 

Indicative airfare Supplement

Airfare supplement for the sector, Jaipur/ Mumbai in economy class (Subject to change)./ approximate USD 150 per person

 NOTE: Please be advised that above mentioned fare is book & pay fare (Check Fare) of the day available as of now. These fares change every day, hence the fare may vary at the time of issuance of the flight tickets. Also note that these fares are non-refundable & subject to change & cancellation penalty charges.

 

  • Hotel Check-In 1400, Check-out time 1200 NOON.
  • Taj Mahal in Agra is closed on Friday
  • Visit to Chandni Chowk in old Delhi is not recommended on Sunday as the local market is closed.
  • Flight schedule can change at any given point of time without any prior notice.
  • Rates are net, non-commissionable and include all taxes applicable at the time of quotation. Extreme currency fluctuations may cause the total tour price to increase at any time prior to final prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
  • allExpeditions reserves the right to modify itineraries and/or substitute hotels of a reasonably similar quality, when available, should circumstances beyond our control deem it necessary.
  • The transportation arrangements includes visitation within city limits only.


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