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Culinary Tour With Sid Sahrawat

This exclusive culinary tour is curated by Sid Sahrawat, a renowned chef and restaurateur in NZ, known for his innovative culinary creations and success of his 3 restaurants – Kol, Cassia and Sid at the French Café. Sid is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most talented chefs and has been consistently recognised with numerous awards and accolades over the years. He has also appeared as a guest judge on TV shows such as MasterChef NZ and My Kitchen Rules NZ.


On this tour we will explore some of the North Indian cuisines - Punjabi cuisine in Delhi, Mughlai in Agra and the Rajasthani cuisine in Jaipur, Ranthambore and Udaipur. This itinerary offers a great contrast between the Rajput era forts and palaces of Rajasthan, modern and old Delhi and the Mughal influence in Agra. Followed by the Tiger safari’s in the jungles of Ranthambore and hustle and bustle of Mumbai.


Your gastronomic adventure begins in Delhi. Delicious street food awaits as well as the experience of fine dining with a menu designed especially for us by the top chef in India. In Agra we enjoy the delectable Mughlai cuisine of the rich flavors of the aromatic biryanis, kebabs, and decadent desserts in a Mughal themed dinner in the courtyard of our hotel.


In Rajasthan we will visit Ranthambore, Jaipur and Udaipur to savor the traditional Rajasthani cuisine of the Rajput’s and Maharaja’s, known for its spicy flavors. Rajasthan offers such a contrast of a popular Tiger reserve as well as the Thar desert... we will experience both. Mumbai is the grand finale with culinary experiences just as diverse as is the city. Enjoy street food at a Bollywood themed party and fine dine at a restaurant voted No.1 in India.


Sid wants a small group and therefore we have a limited number of spots available, and the tour ensures an intimate and personalized experience. Sid’s involvement ensures attention to detail and an insider's perspective into the culinary world, making it an enriching journey for food enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Guests will experience Indian hospitality at its best in 5-star luxury hotels and palaces at all destinations. If you’ve always wanted to visit India and love Indian cuisine, then join us in April for a trip like no other.


On this tour we are supporting a local NGO called Phool. They collect millions of sacred flowers offered in the temples of India and upcycle these flowers into the world's first certified, handcrafted incense products. By joining us on this tour you are helping us help more than 300 women from marginalized communities.

Your Culinary Experiences on this Tour

Destination
Highlights
Delhi Bukhara, Chandni Chowk, Fine dining at Indian Accent
Agra Shero’s Café, Mughal themed dinner
Ranthambore Rajasthani cuisine with a cultural experience
Jaipur Rajput themed dinner, Rajasthani Thali, Organic farm
Udaipur Cooking lesson, local dining experience
Mumbai Mirchi & Mime, Fine dining at Masque, street food themed Bollywood party

Your Accommodation on this Tour

Destination
No of Nights
Hotel
Delhi 2 nights ITC Maurya
Agra 1 Nights ITC Mughal
Ranthambore 2 Night Taj Sawai
Jaipur 2 Night ITC Rajputana
Udaipur 2 Night Taj Lake Palace
Mumbai 2 Night Taj Mahal Hotel

Includes

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in 5-star luxury hotels
  • Daily breakfast which will be an amazing spread of food at each hotel
  • 15 meals and culinary experiences
  • Air-Conditioned coach for sightseeing and transfers at all locations
  • English speaking guide at all locations
  • All requisite airport transfers with personal assistance
  • Air-Conditioned Chair Car train fare from Delhi to Agra
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary

Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Domestic flights
  • Tips and any personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Anything which is NOT mentioned under Inclusions.
Delhi
Agra
Ranthambore
Jaipur
Udaipur
Mumbai

Tour Plan

Day 01 April 25: Arrive in Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport, we will be met by our local representative for transfer to our hotel. After checking in, take a few hours to rest and unwind from the long flight.
The start of our culinary journey is at an are internationally acclaimed Indian restaurant in our hotel. Bukhara, famous for the North-Western cuisine, is frequented by A-list celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world. Would you believe that the humble Dal is the most popular dish of this restaurant!
Day 02 April 26: Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, we will go sightseeing. The contrast between Old Delhi and New Delhi, both with its distinct characteristics, history, and vibe is fascinating.
For dinner we will enjoy a special culinary experience at Indian Accent, a restaurant that offers an inventive approach to Indian cuisine. Its path breaking menu has been designed by Chef Manish Mehrotra, recognised as the most exciting modern Indian chef in the world today and was awarded #1 Chef in India by Culinary Culture Co. Chef Manish was in Auckland a few years ago for a colab with Sid at Cassia, which was a huge success. We can’t wait to dine at Indian Accent where we will have a menu curated just for us.
Day 03 April 27: Delhi – Agra by train
After an early breakfast we will check out from our hotel and embark on a 90-minute train ride to Agra. Our local representative will meet us at the train station and take us to Taj Mahal, one of the modern Seven wonders of the World. For lunch we will go to Sheros Café – an establishment run by victims of acid attacks. There is no price on the menu, but we will be generous with our offering to them.
At dinner tonight we will replicate the luxurious ways of the Mughal Emperors. We will recreate the ambience and hospitality that was once the privilege of the Mughal’s, all in the courtyard of our hotel. The taste and flavours of the food are as authentic as it can get.
Day 04 April 28: Agra- Ranthambore
After breakfast we set off on a road trip to Ranthambore. It is a 6-hour drive, but on the way, we will have a few stops to break the journey and take in some local sights such as one of the oldest stepwells that dates to the 8th century and is 13 floors deep. And Fatehpur Sikri, a historical complex that was commissioned by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. 
We will stop for lunch at Umaid Palace for a farm-to-table lunch experience. This resort is well known for its organically grown produce, and the food is cooked using ancestral cooking methods such as traditional woodfire ovens.  Depending on the time of arrival, after checking in our hotel we will go for a Tiger Safari in the national reserve. Dinner tonight is in an open-air restaurant of a palace resort, popular as a wedding destination for A-list celebrities from Bollywood and the world. Our accommodation is at Taj Sawai, which once used to be the hunting palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
Day 05 April 29: Ranthambore
After breakfast we will leave for a jungle safari in the Ranthambore national Tiger reserve. 
And for dinner we will enjoy a special Rajasthani culinary and cultural experience in our hotel.
Day 06 April 30: Ranthambore - Jaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Jaipur. It is a 3-hour drive, and on arrival day is at leisure to explore the local market or just enjoy the luxurious Jai Mahal Palace hotel where we will stay for the next 2 nights. 
Our first dinner in Jaipur is at 1135 AD, one of the best restaurants in the city. It is situated in the Amber Fort, which was built in 1592. We will enjoy authentic Rajasthani food in an open-air courtyard under the star-studded night sky.
Day 07 May 1: Jaipur
After breakfast we will leave for an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort and City Palace. The intricate carvings, artistic mirror work, and beautiful paintings within the palace reflect the opulence and artistic finesse of the bygone era.
For lunch we will enjoy a Royal Thali at Swapna Mahal, a restaurant in Raj Palace, the oldest palace in Jaipur built in 1727. Evening is at leisure for you to explore the many local markets, street food or we can suggest some authentic Rajasthani restaurants.
Day 08 May 2: Jaipur to Udaipur by flight
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the airport for our flight to Udaipur. Afternoon is at leisure and in the evening we will go on a boat ride on Lake Pichola which offers breathtaking views of the palaces and surrounding hills.
For dinner we have a hands-on master class of Rajasthani food by the chef at our hotel. We shall learn about the rich history of Rajasthani cuisine, participate in cooking some of the most popular dishes and enjoy them for dinner. Our accommodation in Udaipur is at Taj Lake Palace. It was constructed between 1746 by the Royal family of Mewar and as a summer retreat of the Royal family. A jewel floating in the middle of Lake Pichola, Taj Lake Palace is known as the most romantic hotel in the world and the location of choice for many Bollywood movies.
Day 09 May 3: Udaipur
After breakfast we embark on a day road trip to see the Kumbhalgarh Fort and the fascinating Ranakpur Jain temples, the two significant historical and architectural marvels of the 15th century. The fort has the second longest wall in the world, spanning 36 kilometers. 
Dinner is at a popular restaurant that serves all-you-can-eat authentic Rajasthani vegetarian food. We also have an open challenge to finish their 56 Bhog Thali (a thali consisting of 56 menu items) which is generally served at festivals. If you finish it in one sitting, we will pay for it!
Day 10 May 4: Udaipur – Mumbai
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Mumbai. Or arrival, on the way to the hotel we will stop for lunch at Mirchi and Mime. Mirchi & Mime is a trendy dining restaurant serving modern-Indian cuisine, first of its kind in India, served exclusively by speech & hearing-impaired service staff.
We are in the land of Bollywood, so tonight we will have a Bollywood Dress up party followed by dinner of Mumbai style street food in the comfort of our hotel. Be prepared to be entertained.
Day 11 May 5: Mumbai
After breakfast we will head to South Mumbai to see the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, Marine Drive, etc. In the afternoon we will witness the Dabbawala’s in action in South Mumbai. It is an incredible lunch delivery system which has been a case study at top business schools worldwide. We will meet the people behind this fascinating lunch delivery system to know more about how they deliver 200,000 lunches across Mumbai daily.
The final dinner of our tour will be one of the highlights of this trip. We will dine at Masque, included in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021 and The Best Restaurant in India in 2023. We will be treated to a sensory experience like no other with their 10-course fine dining degustation menu that marries tradition and innovation.
Day 12 May 6: Departure to NZ or onward destination
After breakfast at the hotel, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back to NZ.
Alternatively talk to us about extending your tour to spend some more nights in Mumbai, head to the beaches of Goa or stay at one of the stunning Tea Estates in Darjeeling.
schedule
Tour Length 11Nights / 12Days
rupee
Cost NZD7950 per person (twin share) NZD3500 single supplement
sun
Best Season Apr - May
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    Tour Plan

    Day 01 Arrive Delhi (By Flight)

    Upon arrival at Delhi international airport, our company representative will meet & assist you with traditional welcome and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of the day free & easy for own activities. Evening proceed for Dinner at Masala Library Restaurant ( www.masalalibrary.co.in) Masala library by Jiggs Kalra a magnum opus of the Czar of Indian Cuisine & tastemaker. The culinary offerings at Masala Library endevour’s to offer its patrons a never before under taken gastronomic voyage capturing the grandeur of centuries old traditions and the long last essence of one of the oldest known gastronomic tradition in the world. The main focus is to revive the traditional recipes specially KABAB & CURRIES. After dinner return to hotel(Meal Include – Dinner) Overnight at Delhi hotel

    Day 02 Delhi – Full Day Tour with Culinary experiences

    Post breakfast; proceed for a full day guided tour in Delhi starting from Old Delhi visiting drive pass Raj Ghat, visit Jama Maszid, drivepass through Red Fort & Chandni Chowk market and later enjoy an authentic old Delhi street food and taste (if guest like).

    After old Delhi tour; procced for lunch at a famous Old Delhi Indian restaurant called "Chor Bizarre" (www.chorbizarre.com/del) Chor Bizarre is the complete eating out experience, great décor, distinct ambience, wonderous cocktails, superlative food, charming old world service.  Every city in India have its own special ‘Chor Bazar’ which translate as ‘thieves market’. All kind of wares find their way here (with or without the consent of the owners). This brings an inspiration and to celebrate the eclecticism of India.



    Later proceed to visit India Gate, drive pass through Parliament Street & President house and visit Qutab Minar. 

    After sightseeing; In evening, you will take a cooking class session at chef Harpal Singh Sokhi at home with dinner. He is celebrity chef from India. Also known as “Energy Chef of India” is now a “Dancing Chef Of India”.  Hailing from North India, which, like the rest of India is rich in culture and cuisine, Chef Harpal is a music lover and is fluent in English and five Indian languages, namely Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya and Telugu. He graduated from the catering school at Bhubaneshwar, a capital of Orissa. He spent his initial years in learning different international cuisines but later realised that his interest lay in unearthing the authentic regional Indian food.

    (Meal Include – Breakfast & Lunch)

    Overnight at Delhi hotel.

    Day 03 Delhi – Agra (By train Gatiman Express at 0810/0950 hrs) Half day Tour

    Early breakfast; check-out from the hotel and transfer to Delhi- Nizamuddin railway station to board the train to Agra; the city of Taj Mahal. 

    Upon arrival at Agra Railway station; Meet & assistance by company representative & transfer to hotel for check-in. After lunch proceed for a half day guided tour in Agra visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Post tour; spend some time in shopping the world’s best Marble products and the famous James & Jewelry.  

    In night enjoy the dinner at Bellevue Restaurant in hotel Amar Vilas (www.oberoihotels.com/amarvilas) Bellevue offers an unforgettable dining experience. It is well known that Mughal Emperors were patrons of lavish foods. At here chef tried to capture Mughal’s passion for international flavours. You will find Italian Classics reinvented with an Asian twist that reflects the gout de terrior ot the spirit and nature of the South and South East Asian Regions.

     (Meal Include – Breakfast & Dinner)

    Overnight at Agra hotel

    Day 04 Agra- Jaipur (245 kms/ 04-05 hrs drive)

    Post breakfast; drive to Jaipur; the capital city of Rajasthan State and known as the “Pink City. Upon arrival Jaipur; check-in to the hotel and relax. 

    In Evening procced to visit Chokhi Dhani Village; Chokhi Dhani is a popular and remarkable attraction of Jaipur. It is an ethnic village resort offering you all type of entertainment options including dance, music, food and accommodations in royal styles. We can enjoy the activities at Chokhi Dhani include magic shows, puppet shows, Rajasthani dance, Rajasthani folk music, future tellers, acrobatics on a bamboo and luck predicting parrots. There are also interesting activities and adventures that will keep you completely engaged, like camel ride, elephant ride and horse ride and boating. Later take the Rajasthani dinner at the most sumptuous at Royal Rajasthani dining hall where we can enjoy delicious Rajasthani cuisines with cultural performances by bhopa and bhopan (Rajasthani songs & Music) 

    (Meal Include – Breakfast & Dinner)

    Remark: After visit Chokhi Dhani village; if guest not like Rajasthani food than we can arrange the dinner on finest restaurant in Jaipur (Restaurant Peshawar in hotel ITC Rajputana – On direct payment basis/ similar )   

    Overnight at Jaipur Hotel

    Day 05 Jaipur – Full day tour

    Post breakfast; leave for an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy the Elephant ride to ascend the Amber fort. After visiting Amber fort, visit to a traditional Rajasthani Handicraft & handloom factory to see the craftsmen performing.

    Afternoon enjoy the lunch at a famous Jaipur restaurant Swapna Bhawan in Hotel Raj Palace (www.rajpalace.com) Formal receptions remained the local activity of country life during the British period. Hence the Thakur Sahib made Swapna Mahal imitating the great houses of the British and French nability. This hall is completely titled out with European furniture, Chandliers, Mirrors and Crockery Collection. The Food is serve in Royal Thali (is a big plate made of silver , gold or other metal). 

    Later procced visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. Before returning your hotel; a short stop in front Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) for photo shoot. 

    After relaxing; In evening, we will proceed for dinner at Restaurant Rajput Room in hotel Taj Ram Bagh Palace; Here first we will explore Ram Bagh Palace and later enjoy the dinner. They special prepared the Rajasthani Thali and serve. 

    (Meal Include – Breakfast)

    Overnight at Jaipur hotel

    Day 06 Jaipur - Udaipur (By Flight)

    Early breakfast; on time transfer to Jaipur airport to board the flight to Udaipur; city of lakes. Upon arrived Udaipur; meet & assistance by company representative and transfer to hotel for check-in / or Proceed direct half day guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur. (Check-in time is 02 PM- Subject to early check-in facility if room are available) 

    visiting City Palace, an intriguing collection of buildings built in the year 1725. Also visit Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) and Jagdish Temple; the Indo-Aryan Temple and visit Old city of Udaipur.

    Later in evening procced for a cooking class demo on Rajasthani cuisine at chef home and enjoy the dinner with variety of foods which is prepared by chef.

    Chef : Mr. Vimal Dhar 

    One of India’s most renowned Young Chef, CHEF VIMAL DHAR is a highly experienced Chef with a passion for perfecting culinary specialties. With an impressive list of achievements to his credit, this astute and result oriented professional has been featured among INDIA’S TOP CHEF in the book MY LAST SUPPER by Melanie Dunea. The soft-spoken Chef Vimal Dhar also holds the distinction of having been featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA magazine by Mr. Stan Sessor and in the DISCOVERY CHANNEL by Anthony Bourdain. Also featured on TRAVEL & LIVING CHANNEL.

     

    CHEF VIMAL DHAR is featured among 50 Chefs handpicked globally by celebrity photographer Melanie Dunea for her latest coffee table book MY LAST SUPPER. For this book, the Dunea travelled the world to short list (based on surveys and extensive research) the 50 best names in the culinary world and interviewed each one of them herself.

     (Meal Include – Breakfast)  

    Overnight at Udaipur hotel

    Day 07 Udaipur – Delhi (By flight 9W-823at 1300/1410 hrs)

    Post breakfast; On time transfer to Udaipur airport to board the flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival, New Delhi airport; meet & assistance by company representative and transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the time is free for leisure and relax. In evening proceed for dinner at Indian Accent Restaurant. After dinner return to hotel 

    (Meal Include – Breakfast & Dinner) 

    Overnight at Udaipur hotel 

    Day 08 Delhi (By flight) & Departure

    Post breakfast; On time transfer to Delhi International airport to board the flight to onward journey. 

    (Meal Include – Breakfast)

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