North India | Oct 22 - Nov 2 2019

Highlights of this fully escorted tour:

  • Destinations visited – Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Goa.
  • 11 night accommodation in 5 star deluxe hotels and a Palace
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Talk to the chefs who are custodians of recipes of the royal families
  • Experience the chef’s tasting menu at a 16 course dinner
  • Enjoy street food and home cooking lessons
  • Experience the evening prayers on the Ghats of River Ganges
  • 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
 

 

Day 1: Tuesday, 22 October 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: Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Today we will be joining 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 the spices, cooking techniques while sharing stories about the history and cuisine of North India. We will enjoy the food we have cooked together for lunch.

After lunch we will visit the charity we support in India – Annamrita. They feed an astounding 1 million kids daily lunch at schools through its 20 kitchens in India. We will meet the key 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: Thursday, 24 October 2019

Today we will do something most tourists in India make the mistake of not doing – embark on a train journey. We head to Jaipur, the Pink city. 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.

After checking in, the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel. Or head to the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the local markets.

For dinner tonight we head to Samode Village to a traditional Rajasthani cultural experience.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Raj Palace, Jaipur

 

Day 4: Friday, 25 October 2019

Today we will explore the city of Jaipur. There are several monuments to see including an impressive 15th century fort, palaces, markets and even an astronomical observatory built in the 18th century that gives accurate predictions even today.

Our dinner tonight is authentic Rajasthani cuisine served in Royal tradition. Now that we are staying in a palace, let’s experience some royalty.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Raj Palace, Jaipur

 

Day 5: Saturday, 26 October 2019

We say goodbye to Jaipur and drive to Agra. On the way we will visit Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city built by Emperor Akbar in the 15th century.

On arrival in Agra, we head out for lunch and then explore the local markets and soak in the sights and sounds of Agra which has several beautiful monuments built by the Mughals.  

Lunch and dinner today is a bit of a contrast. Lunch is at Sheroes Café, which is run by victims of acid attacks. Later we will experience the magic of one of the most beautiful monuments in the world today, The Taj Mahal. 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: Sunday, 27 October 2019

Today is Diwali. The entire country will celebrate the biggest festival of the year.. The morning is at leisure to explore the markets in Agra.

Later we head to the airport for our flight to Varanasi. This is the holiest city in India, and what better place to celebrate and experience Diwali, the festival of lights. We will witness the evening prayers on the ghats of the Holy river Ganges. It is truly a spectacle.

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Our accommodation tonight is at Radisson, Varanasi

Day 7: Monday, 28 October 2019

Early in the morning before breakfast; enjoy the boat ride on Holy River Ganges to experience the serene sunrise. Later we head to Sarnath; where Gautam Buddha preached his first discourse of the Dharma.

Later for lunch we will enjoy the Chappan Bhog, an experience famous in Varanasi. It is 56 menu items offered to Lord Krishna to worship him for a legendary miracle that He had performed to save the people from a thunder storm. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore Varanasi.

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Our accommodation tonight is at Radisson, Varanasi

 

Day 8: Tuesday, 29 October 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. Feel the sand beneath your feet and the sounds of the waves on the beach as you sip a cold beer with some delicious Goan food.

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Our accommodation tonight is at The Grand Hyatt, Goa.

 

Day 9: Wednesday, 30 October 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: Thursday, 31 October 2019

One can never have enough of Goa, but sadly it is our last day here. Our flight to Mumbai is in the afternoon, so we have a few more hours to soak up the tropical life before we head to the airport. 

The afternoon in Mumbai is at leisure. And for dinner we will enjoy the amazing flavours of Mumbai street food.  We will first start at the famous Chowpatty beach for some finger food and then head to the mecca of street food in Mumbai, Mohammad Ali road where the busy road street turns into a food street at night.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai                 

 

Day 11: Friday, 1 November 2019

Today we will explore Mumbai. There are lots of things to see, but the first highlight of the day is our visit to the Bollywood Studios.

The second highlight of the day is our dinner tonight. 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 Masala Library – an award winning, globally acclaimed restaurant owned by one of the best chefs in India.

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Our accommodation tonight is at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai

 

Day 12: Saturday, 2 November 2019

The 11 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.

After breakfast we head to the International airport to connect flight home or for onward journey.

 

NZ $6980 per person twin sharing

NZ $2850 single supplement

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 11 nights’ accommodation on double/ twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast in the hotels
  • 5 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 Agra to Varanasi
  • Airfare from Varanasi to Goa
  • Airfare from Goa to Mumbai
  • Train Fare Delhi – Delhi to Jaipur (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.