India Culinary Tour
The Indian cuisine varies greatly by region and locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. It is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices, in particular by vegetarianism, which has been a dietary trend since ancient India. Although the word 'curry' is synonymous with Indian food, not all Indian food is curry. The best way to understand Indian cuisine is to experience the tastes of three of India’s most gastronomically intriguing regions—Delhi, Rajasthan and Mumbai.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: TASTING CULINARY DELIGHTS OF THREE REGIONS IN INDIA
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Humayun’s Tomb, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts. One day, enjoy a private market visit and cooking class. For those interested, a night in Agra to see the Taj Mahal can be added after Delhi, upon request.
Continue to nearby Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City.” See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, gardens, the observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort, and then take a private cooking class. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend two nights in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, among the grand arches and courtyard gardens of the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, shop for local folk art, tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Saheliyon Ki Bari Garden, and browse the local bazaars. Also enjoy a private cooking class at a local home. On a day excursion outside the city, tour the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur, where relief carvings cover every surface, including over 1,400 pillars, and have a memorable gourmet lunch at a spectacular palace.
The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighbourhoods, enjoy a private market visit and cooking class, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Max your Awim If you have time, extend your tour with a 6-night tiger safari to Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. Alternatively, take a break at the end of the tour to laze in one of the luxury hotels on a beach in Goa. The cuisine is mostly seafood-based; the staple foods are rice and fish and influenced by the Portuguese. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavours are intense.
All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport in India are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.