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9 Day Gourmet Tour Of Ancient Varanasi And The City Of Nawabs

Delhi, Landmark

Culinary and Gourmet Tour in India

Experience an exclusive gourmet tour of ancient Varanasi and the city of Nawabs. Learn about India's cultural heritage and indulge into delicious Indian delicacies. Refresh yourself with morning yoga sessions and cooking classes under the guidance of master chefs. Indulge into sumptuous traditional Indian cuisine as well as relax in luxury hotels. If you love luxurious gourmet adventures, this gourmet tour is for you!

Highlights

  • Indian cooking classes
  • Take a special sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges
  • Tour Delhi and Lucknow, and enjoy the local delicacies there
  • Visit the world erotic temples of Khajuraho known for its Kamasutra depiction
  • Explore Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest living cities
  • Airport tranfers and entrance fees included
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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9 days with instruction
Group size: 10-16 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

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

During this holiday, you will stay at various accommodations on twin sharing basis in first class hotels or heritage hotels. For the first two days, you will be staying overnight in Delhi. The next day, you will be staying overnight in Khajuraho. For the fourth and fifth day, you will be staying in Varanasi. For the next two days, you will stay overnight in Lucknow. Next day, you will be going back to Delhi and stay there overnight.

Program

Day 1: Arrival / Delhi

You will be meeting an assistance provided on arrival at Delhi international airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. You will be staying overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

If possible, attend a morning yoga session in the hotel's garden area. After breakfast, you will visit the colorful and bustling city of Delhi, a rich and historic city on the banks of the River Yamuna. During the sightseeing, you can also visit the famous Karim's restaurant, known for its kebabs and curries. Later, you will visit the Raj Ghat - a memorial to Gandhi. Lunch will be arranged at a famous India restaurant called "Chor Bizarre". They have a branch in London as well.

Later today, you will visit some of the famous and historical monuments of New Delhi - exploring the ancient Qutab Minar, a 12th century Tower of Victory; the Tomb of Humayun, a white marble and red sandstone garden tomb; India Gate and the Parliament House.

Evening cooking session will be organized at one of the chef's home or a specialty restaurant. Interested participants can join the group for cooking sessions. Others can opt to explore the markets and colorful streets of Delhi. You will be staying overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi / Khajuraho

Early morning, you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Khajuraho. After arriving in Khajuraho you will have lunch and relax in the hotel. Later in the evening you will step out for the the sound and light show at the Western group of Temples Complex, which offers a lyrical introduction to the history and legacy of the Khajuraho temples.

Day 4: Khajuraho / Varanasi

After early breakfast, you will visit the world erotic temples of Khajuraho, known for the depiction of Kamasutra and an examples of fine arts and architecture. Today, India have around 22 temples consisting of eastern, southern, and western group that survive and display.

Later transfer to airport will be provided to you for flight to Varanasi.

This afternoon is yours to explore on your own and experience local life and traditional cuisine first hand. There is an evening cocktails with informal talk on the local Indian products and share your views and tips. Later in the evening, you will visit the banks of river Ganges and join the evening prayers. You will be staying overnight in the hotel.

Day 5: Varanasi

You take a special sunrise boat ride in the morning along the ghats of the holy Ganges, and visit the many temples, mosques and historical monuments that Varanasi has to offer. After lunch you take an excursion to Sarnath, the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. The evening is for leisure and you may wish to explore the ancient city at your own pace. You will be staying overnight at the hotel in Varanasi.

Day 6: Varanasi / Lucknow

Today after the breakfast, you will continue your culinary journey and reach Lucknow, the city of nawabs, famous for kebabs and chicken embroidery work along with the traditional Mughlai dishes.

On arrival at Lucknow, you will check into your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the city of Nawabs or simply relax at the hotel. In the evening, you will have a simple cooking session and talk on the making of kebabs and biriyani with the chef of a famous restaurant.

The city is famous for its mouth watering makkan maila, tundey kebabs and kakori kebabs, traditional Indian cuisine handed down generation to generation. You will have a special dinner with kebabs and biriyani. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Lucknow.

Day 7: Lucknow

This morning, you will visit the 18th century architectural highlights of Bara Imambara, a historical edifice with such a marvellous architecture that even modern architects seem to be perplexed by its design. The Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and its designer was Kifayat-ullah who is said to be a relative of the architect of the Taj Mahal.

You'll also visit the Rumi Darwaza, an imposing gateway which was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-daula in 1784. It is an example of Awadhi architecture. The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall, was modeled (1784) after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul.

Lunch will be arranged a local traditional restaurant to give you an insight into the local cuisine. In the evening there will be hands-on experience and cooking demonstration of the traditional rich and delicious Awadhi cuisine. You will stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 8: Lucknow / Delhi

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Delhi. Assistance will be provided on arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to you hotel. You will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the capital city of India on your own.

In the evening you will enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner at a famous south Indian specialty restaurant. You will stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Delhi / departure

Today, you will be transferred to the airport, marking the end of memorable culture and gourmet tour of North India. Fly home with recipes, memories and flavors of India.

Included excursions

  • Visit the Raj Ghat - a memorial to Gandhi in Delhi
  • Visit the famous and historical monuments of New Delhi
  • Visit the world erotic temples of Khajuraho
  • An excursion to Sarnath in Varanasi
  • Visit Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow

Location

This tour will take place in Delhi, Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Lucknow in India.

Delhi

Delhi, known for it mouthwatering culinary delights has a lot to offer to the food lovers. It offers cuisines for every palate, whether it is street food, Mughlai delicacies or global food. Each street and lane of Delhi is imbued with a history of gastronomic glory, offering the flavors of heritage, tradition and a passion for food that has been shaped over eras, across borders, and in the hearts of the city's people.

Khajuraho

The name Khajuraho is derived from 'khajur', which means 'date palm'. This town is home to the spectacular Khajuraho temples, which are a UNESCO world heritage site. Built between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty, they are the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples in India. They are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures, and are made of sandstone in different shades of buff, pink and pale yellow.

The Khajuraho temples are categorized into three groups, namely the western group, eastern group and southern group. They represent life in the 11th century, mostly depicting the lifestyle of women in medieval age.

Varanasi

Varanasi is one of India's most important pilgrimage sites and the holiest of holy cities for Hindus. It is one of the world's oldest living cities, and has been a center of learning and culture for well over 2,000 years.

Street food is an essential part of the Indian culture and cuisine. There are a number of street food dishes from across the country that are famous, but nothing can beat the hot and crispy kachoris and samosas from Benaras or Varanasi. The holy city is situated on the banks of the river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh and its food is defined by its culture and tradition.

The so-called City of Lights is one of the most colourful and fascinating places on earth. Strolling the ghats (riverfront, which is the site for prayers and cremations) or watching sunrise from a boat on the Ganges are a highlight, and confronting the reality and ritual of death can be a powerful experience.

Lucknow

Sprinkled with exceptional Islamic and British Raj-era architecture, stuffed with fascinating bazaars and famed throughout India for its food, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is charismatic. This bustling city, famed for its Nawabi era finesse and amazing food, is a unique mix of the ancient and the modern.

Food

Every day during this holiday, you will be served with daily breakfast at hotels, lunch and dinner at all the hotels or local restaurants as mentioned in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

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

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Traditional welcome on arrival with garlanding at airport
  • Daily breakfast at hotels, lunches, cooking sessions, cooking demos and dinner at all the hotels / local restaurants
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned deluxe coach
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers
  • Entrance fees to all monuments and sites as per the itinerary (one time only)
  • Local experienced and knowledgeable language speaking escort for the entire trip
  • Train ticket for the sector Varanasi to Lucknow in air conditioned class
  • Complimentary mineral water during the long drives
  • All presently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • 180 GBP per person economy class airfare for Delhi to Khajuraho and Lucknow to Delhi

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 10% 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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Availability

This vacation is available all year round. The best time to visit is between October and March. Please contact Royal India Holidays for further details.

 
Pricing information

Prices below are subject to change with any increase in the cost. In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local government taxes or any fuel hike, India Holidays Collection reserves the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

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