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This program features the best of Avadhi, Mughlai, street foods and delicious Bengali seafood and sweets. The food tour in Old Delhi will take you to a majestic journey of spices, aroma and the Mughal era. This program is also inclusive of cooking demonstration followed by dinner with family. This interaction with the Indian family will give you an opportunity to closely observe Indian culture and tradition. After completion of this tour, guests will understand basic Indian recipes and spices.
You will stay in various hotels during the tour.
Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, a premium IHG brand, is a five-star hotel located in the heart of South Delhi offering integrated hospitality for business and leisure travelers. The hotel is approximately 21 kilometers away from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Fortune Park BBD is a contemporary, full-service business hotel conveniently located in the heart of the commercial district of Lucknow. The hotel’s pleasant ambiance, a wide range of guest facilities, warm hospitality and close proximity to key areas like the central business district, the High Court, Hazaratganj - the iconic Shopping Centre and other top establishments make Fortune Park BBD an ideal destination for the discerning business and leisure traveler.
It is a four-star plus hotel, located in the city center in Kolkata.
Fortune Park Vallabha is a contemporary first-class business hotel located in Banjara Hills - the urban center of the city. The hotel offers a selection of 68 elegant guest rooms with an array of amenities backed by warm hospitality to make the guests feel at home. The convenient location of Fortune Park Vallabha, Hyderabad makes it easily accessible for the guests; the hotel is 6 kilometers from Nampally Railway Station and 13 kilometers from Secunderabad Railway Station.
On arrival at Delhi International Airport, after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet a tour representative in the arrival hall with a sign of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. Standard check-in time is 12:00. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will proceed for a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. You start the tour from Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. This part of Delhi will take you to the Old Mughal era. While walking through old lanes, you can see big wooden carved antique doors, big havelis (mansion), narrow lanes and busy bustling life. You must taste lip-smacking street food in Old Delhi market area.
Enjoy Old Delhi food tour from Chawri Bazar Metro Station Outside Exit Gate - 3 (Land Mark: near shop no. 3487-88 Chowk HauzQazi / Ashok Chat Corner. Timing: in summer 08:00 until 12:00. Winter: 08:30 until 12:30.
What to wear: Because of little conservative society in Old Delhi, ladies, please dress modestly (wear a dress which covers your shoulders and your legs below the knees), Please ensure you are carrying cap for adequate protection against the sun. Usually, you have to take off footwear to visit Indian houses, but check with your host as this rule may apply only to some areas of the house.
After lunch, visit New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi, beautifully designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Drive pass the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Connaught Place. Later continue the sightseeing visiting, Humayun Tomb. The tomb was built in 1570 and was the first garden-tomb made by Humayun’s son Akbar. It is a Unesco world heritage site.
Conclude the sightseeing with the visit of “Qutub Minar”, the stunning red stone tower is 72.5 meters high with 2.75 meters in diameter. It is also a UNESCO site.
The evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for Lucknow. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Lucknow airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-In at the hotel. Post lunch this evening, you leave for a heritage walk. You will reach 'Chowk' the oldest market place of Lucknow to appreciate the unique crafts of this Nawabi City.
You walk in the by-lane of Chowk called ‘Gol Darwaza’ – a place that was once a seat of numerous ‘Kothas’ (a small entertainment studio where nautch girls performed in the evenings). Now it is a market place that is known to house the best of handicrafts and Chikan work. A heritage walk here will showcase the culture of this fabled city and take you into the bygone era. (the market operates every day except Thursday and a few festival holidays).
When in Lucknow, how can the talk about the food be left behind, continuing further you will walk down the lane adjacent to Akbari Gate. Taste 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 McDonald 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. This market opens every day except Sunday and Thursday.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will embark upon a city tour of Lucknow. You will visit Lucknow Residency. Lucknow Residency is 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. You also visit the graveyard to pay homage to named and unnamed soldiers who lost their lives in the defense of The Residency.
Now visit the 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.
Lunch at The Royal Café: The Royal Cafe is a brand of Jagtiani hotels and properties with a rich legacy of forty years in the food and beverage industry in Lucknow. They have been delighting and entertaining the citizens of Lucknow with great food at highly affordable prices.
This chain of hotels is known for introducing several signature dishes including Basket Chaat, Potli Kabab among others. They have also brought about several innovations for preparing food in hygienic conditions.
Post lunch you will be visiting the architectural marvel of the age, La Martiniere School, built in 1800, which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin which was designed by him as a palatial home, now being used as a school in accordance to his will. Even to this day, Claude Martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow.
The evening will be free for you to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then, drive to Mahumudabad Fort. The Mahmudabad Estate has recently decided to open the doors of its Forts in Mahmudabad and Bilehra and its city residence in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India) to discerning visitors who wish to explore Awadh's famed culture and traditions through immersive experiences.
Mahmudabad (Uttar Pradesh, India), was one of the largest Taluqdaris under Mughal rule and the royal family of Mahmudabad trace their lineage to the Banu Taim - the tribe of the first Caliph of Islam, Abu Bakr. They migrated to India in the first half of the 13th century and their ancestor Qazi Nasrullah was Chief Qazi or Religious Judge of the Abbasid Caliph of the time. He came to India as an ambassador of the governor of Baghdad and settled at Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh. Subsequent generations served under a number of dynasties as judges, ministers and military commanders.
Today, the Qila or Fort in Mahmudabad is one of the few living historical homes in India and has been listed by the World Monuments Fund as a place of global significance. In the age of fast food, you are invited to sit down to a slow-cooked meal that is not only prepared according to traditional techniques but also includes various recipes that stretch back to the time of the famed Mughal Empress, Noor Jahan.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Early morning pick up from hotel with packed breakfast and transfer to airport to board the flight for Kolkata. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Kolkata Airport and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Dalhousie Square, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa’s House.
The Square was named in the memory of Lord Dalhousie who was the Governor-General of India from 1847 to 1856. The alleys off N.S.Road, the famed office area surrounding Writers Building (the administrative center of West Bengal) offer a lip-smacking variety of snacks and meals, with choices ranging from typical Bengali and South Indian to Mughlai, Punjabi, and Chinese cuisine.
In fact, the entire area, loosely referred to as the "Dalhousie para", encompassing the Calcutta High Court and the Stock Exchange on Lyons Range (to name just two of the many landmark buildings), is a foodies` paradise where one can spend weeks sampling new dishes.
It can also be termed as Heritage Market. Beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge, Mullick Ghat Kolkata Flower Market is eastern India's largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground.
It is popularly known as Rabindra Setu. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata spans over river Hooghly and is considered to be a marvelous engineering work by the British. The Howrah Bridge is enumerated amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the World. It took nearly about seven long years to construct the Howrah Bridge. The cantilever bridge of Howrah was completed in 1943.
This unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. It is the lifeblood of Bengal’s biggest festival and keeps the Puja fervor alive among Bengali communities in other countries. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Durga. With more than a thousand workers assisting the artisans, Kumartuli is a mini-industry. It exports 50 Durga idols to virtually all corners of the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.
Also known as "Albert Hall", this is the most favorite gathering place for the writers, intellectuals, artists, and students for many decades. Casual chatting for hours about any issue is the most favorite social activity of any Bengali and here in this large historical and legendary café. The entire day you can find hundreds of Kolkatans are busy discussing their favorite issue over a cup of coffee.
(any consumption other than one cup of coffee will be on direct payment). This coffee house is closed on Sunday.
Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city, you can find them every day spending hours browsing through loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. Some of the Kolkata’s most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College, and Sanskrit College are also located in this street. Partially closed on Sunday and national holidays.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools. Closed on Thursday, photography not allowed inside.
Later in the evening transfer to Bengali house for cooking demonstration along with dinner (no guide services). You will be met by your driver and driven to the house of the family where cooking demo and dinner has been arranged.
On arrival at the host family’s house, you will be welcomed in a traditional way. After you settle yourself you will be served a non-alcoholic drink, tea or coffee as per your preference. Over drinks, you get introduced to the ingredients used for cooking and slowly learn to cook the dish selected by you.
Finally, relish the dish cooked by you along with other dishes pre-cooked by the housewives, served in a platter. During the conversation over dinner, you come to know a lot about Bengali culture, tradition and food habits. Afterward, say goodbye to the host family and drive back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, then go sightseeing, visiting College Street, Old China Town, Dacres Lane, BBD Bagh, and Dalhousie Square.
This is one of India's most beautiful monuments built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of white marble. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its museum and art gallery. It is closed on Monday and national holidays. Photography not allowed inside.
Later proceed for Street food walk tour exploring the famous street food joints of Kolkata, especially in the BBD Bagh area, Dalhousie Square area, Sudder Street, A.J.C Bose Road. The kiosks along Dacres Lane is the ultimate destination for foodies. This tour will give you an opportunity to learn how to cook without a kitchen and how to make the most out of not very much. You may experience the different flavors of Kolkata’s street food (at your own risk, of course).
This is one of the most famous street food places in Kolkata. From China to Punjab, the food map here charts all delicacies one can want. This is a safe place to try out Kolkata’s street food with family as WHO has rated the food here as one of the “Best Street Foods of the World”.
One can bite into a myriad variety of dishes—chicken cutlet, fish fry, fish roll, mutton/chicken/vegetable stew, ghugni, chowmein, fried rice, chilly / schezwan / garlic chicken, luchi / puri sabzi, chola-bhatura, kulcha-chana, momo, biryani, a wide range of sweets, lassi, firni and lots more.
For almost 200 years, Dacres Lane was the eating ground for sailors who came to Calcutta from various countries. Dacres Lane served as a platform where sailors used to hang around and exchanged tales of their voyages and heroics over-generous platters of food. In the 19th century, after the British left India, the tradition has been since carried forward by the city’s fiercely food-loving residents. Dacres Lane is a must-visit for street food connoisseurs.
One of the prime business centers of the city, BBD Bagh sees a lot of businessmen flock to the street food stalls here for a quick lunch. Join the experienced locals and take a food walk down the square which is known for the numerous vendors who flock to this place to sell their wares. Some of the best vendors here are located near Fairlie place, by the backside of Writer’s Building and Near the Bankshall Court. You can try the Luchi, Kochuri and Aloodom, Cholar Dal, Rice and Fish Curry and Lanchan when here.
One of the oldest museums in Asia, the Indian Museum was founded in 1814. One needs an entire day, or more, to fully enjoy the fossils, coins, stones, Gandhara art, meteors and much more that go to make up this museum. There is a 4,000-year-old mummy here as well. Also on display is an urn said to contain the Buddha's ashes. Photography allowed on charges. Closed on Monday and national holidays.
Located on the banks of river Hooghly is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India. According to legend, when Lord Shiva was furiously performing his Rudra Tandava dance, the various parts of the corpse of Goddess Kali fell off at different points, where pilgrimages were later built. The Kalighat Kali Temple is said to have sprung up at the place where a toe of her right foot had fallen. The temple is open on all days. Photography not allowed inside.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Hyderabad. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Hyderabad airport and transfer to hotel. Post lunch, visit Golkonda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs.
Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. It is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and is about 9 kilometers from the Hussain Sagar Lake. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty.
The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hilltop pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.
Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single story while the larger ones are two-storied. In the center of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.
Evening cooking demonstration with an Indian family.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a half-day city sightseeing visiting Salarjung Museum, Charminar, and Lad Bazaar.
The SalarJung Museum is an art museum located at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is one of the three National Museums of India.It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America. The museum's collection was sourced from the property of the Salar Jung family, after whom it is named. It is one of the largest museums in the world.
It is the principal landmark of Hyderabad City. It was built by Mohammad Quli Qutub to celebrate the end of a deadly plague in 1591 AD. The Charminar lies near the bank of the river Musi. It is close to Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid. Charminar is taken from two words Char and Minar which translate as Four Towers in English.
Later visit Laad Bazaar, it is located quite close to the Charminar which is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Adjacent to the monument, the Laad Bazaar is stretched on four roads starting from Charminar and is spread across an area of one kilometer.
Enjoy local lunch food at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit Chowmoullah Palace, the seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty, and once regarded as the center of Hyderabad. The magnificent Chowmoullah Palace was built over 200-years ago was the venue used by the Nizams when entertaining their official guests and royal visitors.
Completed by Nizam Afzar-ud - Dawla Bahadur in 1869 but initiated by Nizam Salabhat Jung, the Palace took over 100 years to complete. Renowned for its unique style, which is a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, this elegant palace complex has today been meticulously restored. It is closed on Friday.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.
End of the tour.
This tour will introduce you to various Indian cuisines as well as interesting places in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. You will go on a walking food tour, watch a cooking demonstration, visit craft markets, and more.
Included in the package are daily breakfast at the hotel. You will also enjoy:
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