North India | March 15-25 2019

This tour is a Confirmed Departure.

Highlights of this fully escorted tour:

  • Destinations visited – Delhi, Amritsar, Agra, Jaipur and Goa.
  • 10 night accommodation in 5 star deluxe hotels and a Palace
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Volunteer in the largest free kitchen in the world that feeds 50,000 people daily
  • Talk to the chefs who are custodians of recipes of the royal families
  • Dine at the chefs table at best restaurant in India
  • Enjoy street food and home cooking lessons
  • 3 domestic flights, train travel and private AC vehicle
  • For every person on this tour, we donate money to feed 10 kids in India their school lunch for 1 year
  • Group size is limited to 14 so that you can meet like-minded foodies and make new friendships

 

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Day 1: Friday, 15 March 2019

On arrival at the Delhi International airport, a traditional welcome sets the tone for the journey we are about to embark on. After check-in at the hotel, there is enough time to relax and refresh.

After a bit of R & R, we will head to old Delhi to see the monuments and explore the markets. These markets are 200 years old and it seems like they are frozen in time. The narrow medieval streets, colours, aroma of the street food and the noise are nothing but a sensory riot. We will enjoy some street food for dinner tonight. This is the perfect initiation to the flavours of North India. 

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi             

 

 

 

Day 2: Saturday, 16 March 2019

Today we will join our friend Jyoti Agarwal, the owner of Gourmet Desire at her house in Delhi for a cooking lesson. It is a hands-on experience where we will learn about spices and cooking techniques while sharing stories about the history and cuisines of India. We will enjoy the food that we will cook together for lunch.

After lunch we will visit the charity we support – Annamrita. They feed an astounding 1 million kids daily lunch at schools through its 20 kitchens in India. We will meet the people behind this project and learn about what they do and how we contribute towards it.

In the evening we will set out for an excursion of New Delhi to see the legacy that the British left behind. The stark contrast between old and New Delhi is palpable.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi             

 

Day 3: Sunday, 17 March 2019

Today we will do something most tourists in India make the mistake of not doing – embark on a train journey. We head to Amritsar, a town in the state of Punjab. Don’t worry, we are booked in an air conditioned coach, not riding on the roof or hanging off window rails like many pictures depict.

Early in the evening we will visit the Wagah Border to witness the flag lowering ceremony on the border of India and Pakistan. It is a visual treat… think changing of the guard in London.

Then for dinner we enjoy an authentic local experience - Amritsari cuisine at a Dhaba (a roadside food stall). There is no glamour here, but I can assure you that the food is out of the world.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, Amritsar               

 

Day 4: Monday, 18 March 2019

There are a couple of highlights today. First we will visit Jallianwala Bagh  - a landmark infamous for a massacre by a British General exactly 100 years ago that killed more than 1000 innocent Indians.

But our main attraction for the day is the Golden Temple. It is spiritually the most significant shrine in Sikhism and the holiest place of worship for the Sikh community. It also has the world’s largest free kitchen, feeding almost 50,000 daily and up to 100,000 on religious festivals. After a tour of the kitchen, we have the chance to volunteer a few hours of our time in the kitchen. We will then enjoy the simple, yet tasty food for lunch.

After this feel good experience, we head back to Delhi. On arrival we will have dinner in one of the top Chinese restaurants in Delhi before going to the hotel.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi             

 

Day 5: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Today we embark on yet another train journey, this time heading to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal in a superfast train.

We will soak in the sights and sounds of Agra which has several beautiful monuments built by the Mughals. The most awe-inspiring being the Taj Mahal. It will be close to being a full moon tonight, and the beauty of the Taj Mahal is enhanced multifold under a full moon!

Lunch and dinner today is a bit of a contrast. Lunch is at Sheroes Café, which is run by victims of acid attacks. And dinner is at a restaurant in one of the most luxurious hotels in India; both venues merely a kilometer from each other. Such is the contrast of India.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the ITC Mughal Sheraton, Agra

 

Day 6: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

We say good bye to Agra and head to Jaipur, the pink city. On arrival in Jaipur and after checking in the hotel, we will explore the city of Jaipur. Among other things, we will visit the magnificent Amber Fort, ascending to the top on the back of an Elephant. 

Dinner tonight is at Swapna Mahal. We will enjoy authentic Rajasthani cuisine in a Royal dining hall in Raj Palace, which is incidentally our accommodation for the next  2 nights.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Raj Palace Jaipur

Swapna Mahal at Raj Palace

Day 7: Thursday, 21 March 2019

Today is Holi, the festival of colours. And a big surprise awaits the group. This is about all we can say.

We can assure you that it is going to be one fantastic experience, something that will stay with you for years to come. If you want to know what it is like to experience Holi in India, watch a small video here

 

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Raj Palace, Jaipur

 

Day 8: Friday, 22 March 2019

After 8 days of forts and palaces, it is time to head to Goa to soak up the sun and enjoy the golden sands and warm water of the Arabian Sea. The next couple of days are dedicated to relax on the beach or by the pool side of our 5 Star Luxury resort.

Later on in the evening we will head to a popular beach shack for a casual dinner.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Grand Hyatt, Goa

Day 9: Saturday, 23 March 2019

Today we will visit our friend Rita’s home to spend a few hours learning and preparing delicious Goan food. Rita will escort us to the local farmer’s market to see the fresh produce, spices, etc. Later we are back in her kitchen learning about Goan flavours and cooking techniques. Our menu for lunch are our own master creations, enjoying each other’s company over a glass (or two) of local Port.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Grand Hyatt, Goa

Day 10: Sunday, 24 March 2019

One can never have enough of Goa, but sadly we have to say good bye. Our flight to Delhi is in afternoon, so we have a few more hours to soak up the tropical life before we head to the airport. 

This is our last night together in India and befittingly, dinner tonight is the grand finale of our Good Food Journey. Our table is reserved at Bukhara – an award winning, globally acclaimed restaurant in our hotel. 

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Our accommodation tonight is at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi             

Day 11: Monday, 25 March 2019

The 10 days in India have come to an end. If there is an appetite to explore India further, we can organize another journey for some more amazing experiences. Let us know what you would like to discover and we will plan it for you.

Or if home beckons. after breakfast we head to the International airport to connect flight home or for onward journey.

 

NZ $6190 per person twin sharing

NZ $2550 single supplement

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 10 nights’ accommodation on double/ twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast in the hotels
  • 4 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • Private chauffeur air conditioned vehicle
  • All airport transfers with personal assistance
  • English speaking experienced local guides at all locations.
  • Rickshaw Ride near Red Fort & Chandni Chowk market, Old Delhi
  • Elephant Ride to ascend the Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Airfare from Amritsar to Delhi
  • Airfare from Jaipur to Goa
  • Airfare from Goa to Delhi
  • Train Fare Delhi – Amritsar by Shatabdi Express (Executive AC Class)
  • Train Fare - Delhi - Agra by Gatiman express (Executive AC Class)
  • 2 units of bottle mineral water daily
  • Meet & assistance services on arrival and departure at Airport.

 

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare
  • Alcohol during any meals as per the itinerary
  • Monument entrance fee & video camera charges
  • Any other personal nature of expenses such as laundry, phone calls, tips, etc.
  • Any meals not included in the itinerary
  • Anything which is not mentioned under “Inclusions"

 

IMPORTANT REMARKS:

  • Check-in & Check-out time in the hotel is 1200 hours. We will try for early check in, but it is not always guaranteed
  • VISA & Passport: Passengers need a valid passport with minimum 6 months validity along with a valid Visa for India. 
  • Please refer to our Booking Conditions for further details

This is a Fixed Departure tour. If you love the itinerary and are keen on joining us, but the dates don't suit, then fear not! We are happy to plan this same itinerary or a customised culinary tour on dates that suit you. Just get in touch with us.