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14 Day Experience Regional North Indian and Himalayan Culinary Stories

Delhi, India

North India and Himalayan Culinary Tour

This is Explore Routes' signature food trail through the plains of northern India, right to the hills. Accompanied by their storyteller, dive deep into Indian cuisines from the north, exploring Punjabi, Mughlai, Awadhi, and Pahadi cuisine. The hotels and resorts handpicked for this unique trip are charming, luxurious, and compliment the local characters of each place. Visit age-old spice markets, feast on some butter chicken, or indulge your sweet tooth with some piping hot jalebis, all the while exploring the sights and culture of northern India. Engage with masters of their crafts about the story of the evolution of these cuisines, learning the nuances of different dishes as you experiment with traditional spices, add your own modern twists, and craft your own story. The trail also takes you to the views of the famed Himalayas. Cook along with the locals or sit and gaze as the aroma from fresh produce and spices mixes with crisp mountain air. This trail will leave your senses and taste buds asking for more!

Highlights

  • Indulge in the charming bazaars and historic sights in Lucknow
  • Learn the nuances of Awadhi cuisine with a culinary artist in Lucknow
  • Mughal sights, magnificent Taj Mahal, and Mughlai cuisine will entice you in Agra
  • Experience royal hospitality of Jaipur, stay in luxury and enjoy local Rajasthani cuisine
  • Enjoy historic sights of Delhi, local food and interaction with a renowned culinary expert
  • 13 nights accommodation at exclusive and luxurious hotels & resorts
  • Soak in the holiness of the Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hindi
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

Explore Routes takes pride in providing guests with comfort, luxury, and experience. The choice of accommodation for this trip is carefully hand-picked and ranges from award-winning boutique properties to luxury hotels.

Program

Day 1 - Delhi, arrive and relax

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Relax at your well-appointed hotel in Lutyens Delhi. You could consider taking a walk in the nearby gardens and recoup from your flight.

Day 2 - Enjoy Delhi’s history and cultural melting pot

Explore Routes takes you to the historic Old Delhi. Visit the age-old spice market right in the heart of the capital, sharing streets with cars, cycles, rickshaws, and cattle. Feast on Mughlai curries and kebabs at one of the iconic restaurants or dip into piping hot jalebis. Move to central New Delhi, soak in the cultural sights, art, and craft and arrive at an artistic cafe - enjoy fusion Indian cuisine and a tete-e-tete with one of the leading culinary artists in Delhi.

Day 3 - More of Delhi’s history and food

Today, far from the crowded lanes of Old Delhi, you will explore the high streets and attraction of New Delhi, indulge your taste buds in every way (along with famous monuments Qutub Minar and Humayun tomb). Post the sigh seeing, follow the culinary expert to vegetable and spices shopping and witness a live cooking session with the same ingredients.

Day 4 - To the Royal Rajasthan

Head out to Jaipur, the capital city of the colorful state of Rajasthan. Arrive to a royal traditional welcome, your stay at one of the boutique hotels will leach you mesmerized. Explore the city’s art, craft, and take pit stops to nibble on local offerings.

In the evening settle down with your drink at a mesmerizing bar-restaurant, an experience which transcends across the Rajasthani heritage and modernism.

Day 5 - Dip into history of Jaipur

Lined with giant forts and palaces, the city of Jaipur enthralls. Visit the iconic Amber Fort, drive by the world-famous Haha Mahal, visit Jantar Mantar and Cit Palace - as your mind wanders into the life of the royalty. Head back to the hotel for a relaxed afternoon, a cooking demonstration of typical Rajasthani dishes (Laal Maas - "red" lamb curry is a specialty). Unwind to some local music and relax over dinner.

Day 6 - Agra, the city of Taj Mahal and more

Head out to the city of Agra, best known for the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. On the way stop at Fatehpur Sikri, another fine example of the Mughal architecture. Also visit the Agra Fort, which offers some beautiful photo opportunities. Settle into your carefully chosen luxury hotel, that exudes the regal vibes, and offers Mughlai cuisine that is famous worldwide.

Day 7 - Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

Experience the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise, also preferred before the crowd's build-up, as the morning also adds to the serenity of the monument. Enjoy breakfast and then drive out to Lucknow.

Arrive in the city of Lucknow, which has a glorious past and also known as the city of Nawabs. Your hotel here comfortable and truly boutique giving an insight into the lives of rich Nawabs of the bygone era. Take a casual stroll at some of the famous streets of the city and pick up the aroma and the vibe.

Day 8 - Lucknow, the city of Nawabs

Start the day visiting some of the most charming monuments of Lucknow. Bada Imambara, Lucknow Residency, and the Nawab tomb. The Awadhi cuisine that got patronized in this city still has its secrets well kept. Explore Routes will let you in on those during a cooking session. Explore the city’s famous Chikankari craft, which also makes great gifts for self and others. Settle into a cozy dinner for a specialty al-fresco Awadhi meal.

Day 9 Amritsar, the food capital of Punjab

Amritsar, the capital of the state of Punjab and known world over for its style of cooking. Fly to Amritsar, and dip your hands into some authentic Punjabi food. Relax and get ready for the next day.

Day 10 - Holiness, history and more

Experience the true serenity of the Golden Temple. Witness the miracle of the langar, a free meal served at Gurudwaras all over the world. On average days, 50,000 strong people partake of the food served here. Walk around to the neighboring Jallianwala Bagh that holds great importance in India’s struggle for independence.

Explore Routes' culinary specialist will take you through an authentic cooking demo - local bread being cooked in clay ovens. Drove to the India Pakistan border and watch the friendly change of guard ceremony.

Day 11 - Ah the mountains!

A short drive away is the mountain town of Palampur - you will witness the mighty Himalayas and also see a historic fort built on high lands. Arrive at Palampur and relax at a beautiful resort enjoying the mountain view and fresh crisp air.

Day 12 - Soak in the mountain vibes

You drive to close by Mcleod Ganj, famous all over the world for the Buddhist monastery, world cuisine, and artful cafes, amidst the loft mountains and pinewood trees. Witness a mountain meal Kangra Dham being cooked. On the way back you may want to stop at a tea estate.

Day 13 - Relax and Reflect

Relax through the day, leisurely walks, cozying with a book or your favorite music as you get ready to leave back for Delhi on your journey back home.

Day 14 - Homebound

Fly out to Delhi, and ready for transfer to your flight back home loaded with pleasant memories from the trip.

Included excursions

  • City excursions mentioned in the itinerary are included
  • All transport services by an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Cooking demos and cultural walks

Location

Delhi

Explore the culinary charms of Old Delhi followed by an interactive cooking session with Explore Routes' storytellers. Also, visit New Delhi’s famous historic spots.

Jaipur

Enjoy the delectable Rajasthani cuisine with a local family as you visit the palaces and check out the bazaars.

Agra

Quick pit stop for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and enjoy Mughlai cuisine at a specialty restaurant.

Lucknow

Understand the nuances of Awadhi cuisine with a culinary artist before walking through the city, learn the history of a settlement of cooks by profession.

Amritsar

Experience the ethereal beauty of the Golden Temple and the community meal Langar and the local cuisine and market. Witness the thrilling change of guard ceremony at India Pakistan border.

Palampur

With mighty Himalayan mountains as the backdrop, relax your senses with fresh aroma of the teas from the local estates. Savour fresh produce, cooked in local "pahadi" style - a befitting culmination of this delightful gastronomic trip!

Food

The tour includes breakfast on all days, six lunches, and 10 dinners. The lunch and dinner stops are carefully chosen at some of the most delectable and specialty restaurants across cuisines like Mughlai, Punjabi, Awadhi and Pahadi.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • 13 nights accommodation including breakfast at luxury and boutique hotels and resorts
  • Lunch and dinner as per the program
  • All transport services including airport transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Cooking demos and cultural walks as per the program
  • City excursions mentioned in the itinerary (including all monument entrances)
  • English speaking instructors / guides

What's not included

  • Laundry
  • Drinks (excluding water)
  • Tipping and any personal expenses
  • International flights, visa fees, insurance
  • Any festival supplements, peak period supplements or mandatory meals at the hotels (same will be on case to case basis)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Airport transfer is included in the price. Explore Routes will pick you up from the airport. Please exit from Gate No.06 at Delhi international airport T3 terminal, where a tour representative will be waiting for you with your name board.

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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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season

October – April

High season

May – September

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