14 Days Delicacies of North India Culinary Holidays

14 Days Delicacies of North India Culinary Holidays

  • Mumbai - Ahmedabad - Delhi - Amritsar - Lucknow - Kolkata

Culture and Culinary Vacations in India

Few countries offer as much diversity in food as India. Cook in the foothills of the Himalayas and in majestic forts. Dine with families in their homes, go shopping for fruit and vegetables in local markets, and wipe your plate clean in authentic Indian restaurants. In between the cooking and eating, you will weave your way through India`s rich cultural tapestry, taking in colonial cities, stunning mountain scenery, and ancient forts and temples. Savor a whole range of cuisines on the way - from Kashmiri and Rajasthani delicacies, to mouth-watering Awadhi and Bengali dishes.

Highlights

  • 9 cooking demos / classes
  • Visit markets, spice bazaars, food stalls
  • Cook in stunning locations, dine with Indian families
  • Traditional Wazwan, Pahari, Rajasthani, Awadhi and Bengali food
  • Tours of UNESCO heritage sites, temples and palaces
  • Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
  • Enjoy an elephant-bak safari
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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Trip Feast Cookery Holidays in India Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, free time, cooking demonstration

  • You will be met on arrival at Delhi airport by a Trip Feast representative and you will be brought to your guesthouse.
  • Check in at the guest house.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • In the evening, leave for Chor Bizarre Restaurant wherein you experience the Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine (typical of North India), prepared by one of Delhi's most experienced chefs. Chor Bizarre is the only Kashmiri Wazwan restaurant outside the Kashmir Valley, and has access to the secrets of this particular type of cooking. The chef gives a personal demonstration of the Wazwan cooking describing the spices used and the difference each spice makes to the complete flavour of the dish.
  • Overnight in Delhi.
  • Meal plan: lunch.

Day 2: Excursion, spice bazaar visit, cooking demonstration, free time

  • Walking tour of Old Delhi which includes a visit at the spice bazaar, Khari Baoli.
  • Cooking demo at Indian home.
  • Lunch starts with a welcome drink, soft drinks followed by hot starters. The main course includes lentils, meat and vegetable curries, seasonal vegetables, parantha, papaddums, pickels and salad. The meal is sealed with a sumptuous Indian dessert.
  • Evening free.
  • Overnight in Delhi.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Transfer, excursions, market visit, cooking class

  • Fly to Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama.
  • On arrival at Dharamsala, you will be transferred to the splendid Clouds End Villa. It is a sprawling nine acre property with its own gardens and forests.
  • Enjoy a welcome drink, refresh yourself and spend the rest of the afternoon in nearby McLeodganj, the official residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Visit monastery and local markets.
  • Cooking class.
  • This will be followed by dinner and drinks.
  • Overnight in Dharamsala.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Excursion, cooking demonstration, free time

  • After breakfast, you shall be taken to Kangra with its impressive Fort and stunning Jain temple.
  • Cooking demo followed by lunch.
  • After lunch, rest of day free.
  • Overnight in Dharamsala.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Transfer, excursions

  • After breakfast, leave for Amritsar.
  • On arrival at Amritsar, check into your boutique hotel.
  • After lunch and some rest, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Amritsar.
  • You will visit the famous Golden Temple located in the heart of the city.
  • For dinner, visit an authentic, rustic Punjabi restaurant called The Glass. Enjoy delicious tandoori (clay oven cooked) food while getting the most perfect view of the *Golden Temple.
  • Overnight in Amritsar.
  • Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 6: Cooking class, excursion

  • Morning free.
  • Around lunchtime, leave for our host's residence for your cooking class.
  • Afternoon visit to Wagah Border (India-Pakistan) to witness the Beating the Retreat ceremony.
  • Afterwards, enjoy dinner and overnight at hotel in Amritsar.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch.

Day 7: Transfer, cooking demonstration, free time

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
  • On arrival in Delhi, have lunch and leave by road for the ancient fortified hill town of Patan in Rajasthan.
  • Outdoor cooking demo in evening.
  • Evening free to relax.
  • Overnight in Patan.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner.

Day 8: Transfer, excursion, cooking classes

  • After breakfast, check out and leave for Jaipur (2 hours by road).
  • After checking in at the stunning heritage hotel, Dera Mandawa, leave for your sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
  • Sightseeing tour includes visit to the Wind Palace, Water, Palace and the impressive Amber Fort.
  • Lunchtime cooking class in the garden.
  • Afterwards, board your elephant for a safari ride in the nearby forests.
  • Evening cooking class.
  • Overnight in Jaipur.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 9: Market visit, excursion, transfer

  • After breakfast, visit the local spice market and bazaars.
  • Later on take in some more sights, including the ornate Wind Palace.
  • Afterwards, Set off for Agra, stopping off at the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Arrive at homestay in evening.
  • Overnight in Agra.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 10: Excursions, high tea cooking class

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
  • Breakfast at hotel and then proceed for a sightseeing tour of the majestic Agra Red Fort.
  • Afterwards, we head off to our host's (Krishna's) residence, located in green, quaint surroundings, where you will experience the fabulous Indian High Tea.
  • Return to your homestay and relax in the evening.
  • Overnight in Agra.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, high tea

Day 11: Transfer, free time, museum visit, cooking demonstration

  • Early morning leave for the railway station to catch the train to Lucknow.
  • Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
  • After lunch, afternoon at leisure.
  • In the evening, you visit a local aristocratic residence and are welcomed by the host himself.
  • Experience the very best in local Awadhi food in a cooking class at the kitchen.
  • Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and informal chat with the family.
  • Overnight in Lucknow.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner

Day 12: Excursion, free time, food tour

  • After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Lucknow.
  • Afternoon free.
  • Evening sampling the best roadside eateries.
  • Overnight in Lucknow.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 13: Free time, transfer, internal flight

  • Morning free.
  • After a relaxed morning in Lucknow, leave for the airport for your afternoon flight to Kolkata.
  • You will be greeted at the airport by our representative, and then transferred to the hotel.
  • Evening is at leisure.
  • You will have dinner at one of Kolkata's best restaurants, where you will enjoy authentic Bengali cuisine.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Overnight in Kolkata.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 14: Excursions, market visit, restaurant visit

  • After breakfast, set off on a fascinating walking tour of the city.
  • You will take in some of the lesser-known streets of Kolkata famous for carpentry and metalwork.
  • This includes a visit to flower and fruit market, Indian wrestling ring, and other Bengal sights.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy a coffee break at the historic Old Coffee House, always buzzing with intellectuals of the city.
  • Rest of afternoon free.
  • Evening dinner at Bengali restaurant.
  • Overnight in Kolkata.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 15: Excursion, departure

  • After breakfast, take in Kolkata's rich colonial history on a half-day sightseeing tour, visiting Victoria Memorial, High Court, St Paul's Cathedral and the Marble Palace.
  • Also visit Mother Teresa's Mission.
  • Afternoon free.
  • Evening, transfer to airport for return flight.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Wazwan cooking demonstration (day 1)

Experience the Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine (typical of North India), prepared by one of Delhi's most experienced chefs. Chor Bizarre is the only Kashmiri Wazwan restaurant outside the Kashmir Valley, and has access to the secrets of this particular type of cooking. The chef gives a personal demonstration of the Wazwan cooking describing the spices used and the difference each spice makes to the complete flavour of the dish.

Indian lunch cooking demonstration (day 2)

After exploring Old Delhi, we leave for our homestay where your host will give a full demonstration of how to cook a delicious Indian lunch. You can also interact with the family and get to know more about Indian culture and diversity. You get to join in with the cooking. You will learn about the staples of Indian cuisine and the various types of Indian breads. This will be a full immersion into the Indian way of life and cuisine.

Khari Baoli spice bazaar visit (day 2)

The Spice Bazaar, or Khari Baoli, is a street in Old Delhi known for its wholesale grocery and is one of Asia's largest wholesale spice markets selling all kinds of spices, nuts and herbs. Operating since the 17th century, the market is situated close to the historic Delhi Red Fort. Learn about the spices on sale and smell their aromas.

Simple Indian meal and Pahari cooking demonstration (day 3 & 4)

At day 3, you will return to Clouds End Villa at around 19:00 for your evening cooking class. This includes discussion and demonstration of a simple Indian meal wherein you will also interact with the main chef and two other cooks. On day 4, at around 12:00, enjoy your outdoor cooking demonstration at the Fort with sublime views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. The style of cooking you will be learning is known as Pahari (Himalayan) unique in its taste.

Outdoor cooking class (day 6)

You will have an outdoor cooking class with a professional Indian cooking instructor at her lawn. You can follow her demonstration at your own cooking booth. You will learn the art of making tadka (fried spices) for your lentils, and in addition you will cook a three-course meal. You can also roll chapatis and naans (Indian bread). The cooking session ends around 3pm after which you will be transferred to the Wagah Border (India-Pakistan border) to witness the Beating The Retreat ceremony.

Rajasthani cooking demonstrations (day 7 & 8)

On day 7, after you reach Patan Mahal at around 17:00 and after checking in, you will gather in the garden for drinks and the cooking demonstration. Learn traditional Rajasthani cooking in the beautiful outdoor surroundings. On day 8, you will leave for Dera Amer at lunch where you will learn more about typical Rajasthani cooking in vast open gardens. In the evening, you will have dinner and cooking classes with a Royal Sankotra family of Jaipur. Discover the food of Rajasthan in their Ancient Haveli in Jaipur.

High tea cooking class (day 10)

The cooking sessions at Krishna's home are not the classroom style cooking classes, but are an eclectic mix of socializing, cultural exchange, bonding and of course, delicious food! Krishna is joined by her daughter Ipsita, an ex-hotelier, for help during these sessions. You will learn all about various Indian snacks and knick-knacks! This includes a High Tea menu of 4 -5 Indian snacks and tea/coffee. This is followed by a participatory demonstration of 2 snacks.

Explore Awadhi food (day 11)

After the museum tour, you will head to the kitchen to learn secret recipes from the Awadhi menu, and finally to the dining hall where the host himself serves you Awadhi delicacies on the floor setting called Dastarkhwan. Try out the different delicious regional specialties, including: Kebabs, Korma, Saalan, Pulao, Biryani, Sheermal, Rumali Roti, Roghni, Shahi Tuqda and Phirni. The meal ends with Paan and a lot of knowledge about cooking, serving and eating these exotic preparations. Return to your hotel with a full stomach!

Roadside food tour (day 12)

Wander and sample the food from Lucknow's fabulous roadside eateries. This is a must-do experience for all foodies! Your guide will be on hand to explain all of the delicacies on display. For those not wanting to eat with hands, cutlery will be available. If you do not wish to sample these roadsight delights, then alternative arrangements for dinner can be made in a local restaurant. Return to hotel and overnight in Lucknow.

Bengali specialty restaurant visit (day 14)

Kewpies Kitchen, a popular Bengali specialty restaurant, started off as a small, unassuming, family-run restaurant over a decade ago but has taken the city of Kolkata by storm. The restaurant is located down a hidden street and offers you an intimate dining experience. The highlight of Kewpie's menu is their traditional Bengali Thali (platter). The food is presented in small terracotta bowls, served on banana leaf on a round terracotta plate. The food, most of which is likely to be a new experience for your taste buds, is superb.

Delhi heritage walk (day 2)

After an early breakfast, leave for a heritage walk of Old Delhi. You shall be taken by car to Old Delhi, from where the heritage walk begins. Chandni Chowk is the major street in the walled city of Old Delhi, which was originally called Shahjahanabad. The walled city, which includes the Lal Qila or Red Fort of Delhi, was established in 1650 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Golden Temple tour (day 5)

Amritsar is at the epicentre of the Sikh faith, where the Golden Temple is the holiest of Sikh shrines. For Sikhs it is both a place where Punjab's wealth is on full display, as well as an important pilgrimage. But it is not only Sikhs who come here. People from all faiths come to the Golden Temple, a tribute to the traditions of a faith whose holy book is a compilation of the writings of men of different faiths.

Lowering of the flags (day 6)

Each evening a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags' takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. This has been happening since 1959. The soldiers (the Border Security Force of India and the Pakistani Rangers) indulge in an energetic parade, where the paraders are meant to be imitating the pride and anger of a cockerel! Donning colourful turbans, the troops of each country put on a show you will never forget!

Fortified ghost city tour (day 9)

Fatehpur Sikri - the 'City of Victory' - is a UNESCO protected World Heritage and was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. (credit: www.unesco.org)

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort visit (day 10)

It is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The Taj Mahal's pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and reflects the fiery tints of the setting Sun. From an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, Shah Jahan spent his last days as a prisoner, gazing at the tomb of his beloved Mumtaz. (credit: www.unesco.org)

Family museum visit (day 11)

After the customary greetings - Aadab - you are seated in his decked-up family museum that houses antiques and artifacts inherited by him. A short introduction with his family and you will be served a soft beverage called Sharbet (herbal or fruit preparation made differently in different seasons). Unwind and chat with the host and his family, where you can hear all about Indian art, culture, cuisine, craft, architecture and history.

Lucknow tour (day 12)

After breakfast, leave for a sightseeing tour of Lucknow, "the City of Gardens", and the 18th century capital of the Nawab Wazirs, a centre of culture and tradition. Visit sites including the great Imanbara, Jama Masjid, Picture Gallery, and more. The afternoon is free to wander the local markets or just relax. In the evening we wander and sample the food from Lucknow's fabulous roadside eateries.

Kolkata tour (day 14)

Visit the colourful flower and fruit markets, one of the largest in India. Stop off for chai at one of the foodstalls. Pass by wrestlers limbering up for traditional Indian wrestling, then hop on board the water taxi that ferries passengers along the River Hooghly. The walk reveals the history of the Bengal Renaissance in the 19th century which had influenced the Bengali intelligencia and later the political struggle against British rule.

  • 3 internal flights
  • 14 nights accommodation at high-end hotels, heritage properties and homestays
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfasts and some meals (as per itinerary)
  • Climate care contribution
  • Cooking classes with expert chefs
  • Drivers and guides
  • Entrance fees to sites and parks
  • Ground transport
  • Sightseeing
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

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