“Indulge in an exotic Indian culinary experience like no other!”
11 Day Peta Mathias Cooking & Culture Holiday in North India
Jaipur - Goa - Kolkata - Darjeeling
Spice Cooking Vacation in India
Be very ready for ten days of fabulous sensory overload in India. You will give yourselves over to the very different locations of Jaipur, Goa, Kolkata, and Darjeeling. India is a land of extremes and this tour encompasses spicy cooking lessons, shopping, magical candle lit feasts, camel cart rides, farm and village visits, accommodation in old palaces, and atmospheric guest houses.
Diggi Palace and Fort is a group of heritage hotels located at the heart of the pink city. Amidst its creative architecture, resonates a reflection of the country’s deeply rooted history dating back to over 150 years. Every nuance registers the strength of the culture and wide horizons of the traditions. Spreading over an expansive landscape of over 18 acres, it offers serenity.As colorful as it seems and as lively as it looks, Diggi Palace is a vibrant amalgamation of cultures, heritage and art that dwells in the heart of Jaipur.
Alila Diwa Goa, Goa
Alila Diwa Goa brings a refreshingly unique resort experience to Gonsua Beach in Majorda, just 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport. Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort. Enter a sanctuary of contemporary elegance inspired by traditional Goan design - steeply pitched roofs, ceiling high columns, cool verandas and tranquil courtyards, setting it apart from other luxury hotels in Goa.
Whether enjoying an intimate couple's retreat or a getaway for the entire family, the 153 rooms and suites at this Goa resort offer havens of space, comfort and serenity, while the resort’s new Diwa Club is an enclave of exclusivity, boasting its own lap pool with an open air Jacuzzi and hot tub.
The Glenburn Penthouse, Kolkata
The Glenburn Penthouse is a discrete, elegant residence in the heart of historic Kolkata, with spectacular views of all her iconic landmarks; From Victoria Memorial to Eden Gardens, the lush green expanse of the Maidan and the majestic bridges that cross the River Hoogly. Conceptualised and executed over a number of years, the team behind Glenburn Tea Estate's boutique hotel in Darjeeling, have carefully amassed an exquisite collection of antique Bengal colonial furniture and artworks to create a haven of quiet luxury above the bustling streets of the city of Kolkata.
Each of the 9 spacious suites have a large sleeping area with antique four-poster beds, enough desk and sitting space for 2 people to live and work comfortably and efficiently, in a soft, elegant ambience, with lots of natural light. Easy-to-maneuver wooden shutters on all the windows allow for filtered shade during the hottest parts of the day, and reveal the spectacular views without the need for curtains or blinds. Shades of celadon green, yellow and white are complemented by mirrored furniture and textiles that include the Glenburn signature tea print on the bed linen and hand-embroidered luxury cotton sheets.
Collections of art that reflect the historical theme of the hotel fill walls with interesting stories and map out journeys taken by early travellers. Fine carpets adorn the wooden floors to add a touch of warmth, while the cool marble floors of the elegant hallways, dressing rooms and bathrooms provide a welcome respite from the heat. The large 'white-marble' bathrooms are equipped with bathtubs and walk-in showers, with lots of natural light and Glenburn Therapy Darjeeling Green Tea bath accessories.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling
Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range.
Be very ready for eleven days of fabulous sensory overload in India. You give yourselves over to the very different locations of Jaipur, Goa, Kolkata and Darjeeling. India is a land of extremes and your tour encompasses spicy cooking lessons, shopping, magical candle-lit feasts, camel cart rides, farm and village visits, accommodation in old palaces and sumptuous resorts.
You try traditional fabric block printing in Jaipur, cook with coconut and seafood in the beach paradise of Goa, enjoy a Bengali feast in a beautiful heritage apartment in Kolkata and learn how to taste and grade tea in Darjeeling.
For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved and the temperatures are hot.
India really is something else and has to be seen to be believed - one of the best countries to enjoy on a tour experience and probably Peta's favorite tour destination. You will be visiting Jaipur, Goa, Kolkata, Darjeeling in this tour.