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9 Days Northern Indian Delicacies Culinary Holiday in India

New Delhi, Delhi 110025, India

Northern Indian Culinary Holiday India

This program is sweet and short, giving you a glimpse at North Indian delicious food journey. It showcases lip-smacking street food of Old Delhi and Lucknow. It has included a cooking demonstration in Delhi and Jaipur. It is based on the signature tour of India’s “Golden Triangle” including Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur and by adding Indian spices and food tours, East Voyages has enhanced the taste and joy of the tour.

Highlights

  • Food tour in Old Delhi
  • Early morning visit at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Cooking demonstration followed by dinner with an Indian family in Jaipur
  • 1 lunch at Mahmudabad Fort with high tea at Bilehra
  • Rickshaw ride in Jaipur and Delhi
  • 8 nights accommodation

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Delhi: Hotel Crown Plaza Today or similar (2 nights)

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.

Lucknow: Hotel Fortune BBD or similar (3 nights)

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.

Jaipur: Holiday Inn or similar (2 nights)

Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre is a four-star plus hotel located in the Pink City of India just a few minutes’ drive away to the railway station, bus stand, and Jaipur Airport. It has easy access to popular tourist attractions like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal, and Albert Hall.

Agra: Radisson Hotel (1 night)

Nestled on the banks of the Yamuna River, Radisson Hotel Agra offers a full-service hotel with unbeatable views of the Taj Mahal. Once the seat of the Mughal Empire and now home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Agra is teeming with lush gardens, historic mausoleums and bustling marketplaces laden with silks, spices, and leather goods.

Four main railway stations and two major bus terminals make city-wide travel a breeze, while the Expressway provides a convenient link to Delhi and Jaipur, the two other major cities that make up the Golden Triangle tourism circuit.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

On arrival at Delhi International airport, after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet the tour representative in the arrival hall holding a sign of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. After that, you will proceed for a combined 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 in 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.

  • Old Delhi local breakfast / local lunch (in case of afternoon tour) / some safe street food tasting to try some local delicacies
  • Heritage & Bazaar walk
  • Participation in local activities and interaction with locals
  • Cycle / battery rickshaw rides
  • Visiting few hidden treasures
  • Spice market visit (Khari Baoli)
  • Temple visit
  • Local home for a complimentary traditional meal at Masterji Kee Haveli (an old private mansion in the old city in which one family is living from generations)
  • Company of English-speaking local friend cum storyteller cum photographer
  • Free online restricted photo album of the entire tour as a gift to you for your memories!

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 a 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.

Post lunch, visit New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi, beautifully designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Drive pass 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 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.

Day 3: Delhi - Lucknow by flight 6E-906 departure 08:20, arrival 09:25

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.

After lunch, 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 the area 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. (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, 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 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. Opens every day except Sunday and Thursday.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Lucknow

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, you will embark upon a city tour of Lucknow. You will visit 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. You will also visit the graveyard to pay homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency.

Then 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, it was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin which was designed by him as a palatial home. Now it is being used as a school in accordance with 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.

Day 5: Lucknow

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 the 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.

  • 11:30 - 13:00 Arrive, welcome drinks followed by a tour of the Qila, beginning with Muqim Manzil, Tedhi Kothi and the Library.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch in Muqim Manzil.
  • 14:30 - 16:00 The Qila tour continues with the Baradari, Mahalsara, Qilasaaz Atelier and the Phulwari
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Travel from Mahmudabad to Bilehra
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Explore the Kothi at Bilehra, high tea, and departure
  • Reach Lucknow by 19:30
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6: Lucknow - Delhi by flight AI-412 departure 08:55, arrival 10:20, Delhi - Jaipur AI-491 departure 12:00, arrival 12:55

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi, then Jaipur.

Jaipur is known as the pink city because of its wall color which is exclusively painted in pink. This colorful city has chaotic streets, colorful auto rickshaw, and lively culture. It is the gateway to Rajasthan vacation, here you can still see royal life, forts, and palaces reflecting glorious past.

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Jaipur airport and transfer to hotel. Later check-in at the hotel. The evening will be free at leisure to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. After early breakfast, proceed to visit Amber Fort. En route, stop at Hawa Mahal for clicking some pictures. It is a stunning 5-story building. It was built to enable royal ladies to see the daily lives of the city or some function or procession as those days ladies had to cover their faces. In the afternoon, visit the city palace (royal residence) and observatory (Jantar Mantar). Later enjoy traditional Thali lunch (platter full of different traditional Rajasthani dishes) at a local restaurant.

In the evening, you will visit a bustling yet colorful market showcasing beautiful handicraft, Rajasthan jewelry, and shoes. You can get your hand-painted with traditional Indian design of henna. It looks really awesome. Later enjoy dinner with Indian family along with cooking demonstration. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur - Agra (260 kilometers / 5-6 hours drive)

Breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The short-lived capital of Mughal emperor Akbar “Fatehpur Sikri “is 40 kilometers away from Agra. Sufi Saint Salim Chisti from Sikri village predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. Akbar then built this beautiful monument which blends Mughal and Persian art.

Continue the drive to Agra. The land of the Taj is not only famous for the biggest allure “Taj Mahal” but also the legacy of Mughals which they had left behind. Their legacy can be seen in mausoleums, tombs, and magnificent fort. On arrival, check-in at a hotel. The evening will be at leisure to relax or to pursue independent activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9: Agra - Delhi (204 kilometers / 4.5 hours drive)

Early morning visit beautiful Taj Mahal, during sunrise the sun rays have a magical effect with marble surface. It changes its color which creates eternal beauty. Please note that Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.

After visiting Taj Mahal, return to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit Red Fort, it is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. The fort is built in red stone to make it the main residence of Mughals.

After visiting Red Fort, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board the flight for your onward destination. End of the tour.

Note

  • The purpose of the cooking demo tour is to make you understand the cuisine culture of India in a more authentic way and should not be treated / highlighted as a professional cooking class.
  • Kindly make a note that all the walks are on a sharing basis. Hence East Volages has not included any exclusive food or heritage walk. Hope you understand that exclusive walk is comparatively more expensive.
  • The flight timings and fares are subject to change at the time of issuance.
  • The check-in time at hotels is 14:00 and check-out time is 12:00 noon. In case if you have a flight arriving or departing during midnight, East Voyage suggests that you book the room for pre-night / late check-out to avoid any inconvenience.
  • The vehicle will be as per the itinerary only and not available during leisure time and strictly as per the itinerary.
  • The hotels mentioned are indicative and will be booked only once East Voyage gets a go-ahead from your end. The rooms will be subject to availability.
  • In case if any of the guest/s are allergic to any particular food or have any dietary restrictions, East Voyage requests that you please advise in advance to update hotels / restaurants accordingly.

Location

Starting off and ending at Delhi, this tour will take you through Lucknow, Jaipur, and Agra.

Food

Included in the package are daily breakfast at the hotel. You will also enjoy:

  • 1 lunch during old Delhi food tour
  • Local food tasting in Delhi and Lucknow
  • 1 dinner with an Indian family along with cooking demonstration in Jaipur

Note

East Voyages recommends that you have light breakfast or lunch or no breakfast or lunch to enjoy the experience and local safe delicacies of Old Delhi thoroughly. Meals would be planned according to the starting time of the tour.

Please advise in advance if any of the participants is allergic to any spice or food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights based on above-mentioned hotels on double or twin basis
  • Meals: On breakfast basis
  • 1 lunch is included during the Old Delhi food tour
  • Local food tasting is also included in Delhi and Lucknow
  • 1 dinner with an Indian family along with cooking demonstration in Jaipur
  • All transportation i.e. airport transfers, sightseeing, and interstate drives will be done using air-conditioned Innova car for 2-3 passengers or tempo traveller for 4-6 passengers
  • Local English speaking guide as per the itinerary (from 2-6 participants)
  • Entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water and wet tissue in the vehicle
  • All currently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare (airfare Delhi-Lucknow, Lucknow-Jaipur approximately costs 185 USD per person, price subject to change)
  • Visa charges
  • Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips
  • Any expenses of personal nature & Insurance of any kind
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any item not specified under ‘inclusion’ list
  • Any bank charges during transferring the payment

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Please note that there will be an increase in tour price during the holiday season from December 20, 2020, until January 10, 2021. For more accurate pricing, please send an inquiry.

Single supplement and supplementary dinner are available. If interested, please send an inquiry.

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