The Grand Culinary Tour

18 Days / 17 Nights

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Amritsar - Kolkata - Lucknow - Bangalore - Cochin - Chennai

Overview

Indian food has been widely appreciated around the world for its fabulous use of herbs and spices, and unique preparation which appeals to almost every palette. India offers a large variety of cuisines from its various regions, each one markedly different from the other. 

Explore markets and major monuments, participate in cooking classes with reputed chefs, or learn from locals how they cook their authentic dishes at home. Our Grand Culinary Tour will give you a chance to taste the rich and flavourful culinary delights from many different regions while you also visit the most famous places.

Highlights of this tour

* Learn how to cook delicious and flavourful Indian dishes of the following cuisines:

Mughlai

Rajasthani

Punjabi

Bengali

Lucknow

Karnataka

Kerala

Tamil Nadu

* Visit major tourist attractions



Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific requirements for no extra cost. Contact us and we create your itinerary to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.


Mughlai cuisine - Discover the Mughlai dishes in Delhi and Agra. Mughlai cuisine evolved in Medieval India during the Mughal Empire. It is highly influenced by the cuisines of Central Asia, quite spicy, rich and marked with a very unique aroma. One of the most popular and favourite cuisines among foodies across India. Some of its signature dishes include Biriyani, Murg Musallam, Kebabs and Malai Kofta.

Day 1 - Arrival to Delhi 

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the International Airport in Delhi and transfer to your hotel.
After freshening up in your hotel room, witness a darshan at Akshardam Temple, watch the musical Water Show, enjoy chaats and snacks at the complex's restaurants.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.


Day 2 - Explore New and Old Delhi
After breakfast visit some famous places like Red Fort, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple, Bahai (Lotus) Temple.  Visit local markets, enjoy a food walk tour in Old Delhi. In the evening participate in a cooking demonstration at a local Hindu vegetarian family and enjoy your dinner with them.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.


Day 3 - Travel to Agra
After breakfast travel to Agra. Freshen up in your hotel room and participate in a cooking class, learn to cook a multi-course meal comprising of various Indian food dishes in the most authentic way.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.

 

Rajasthani cuisine - The state of Rajasthan is famed for its rich regal culture and heritage. The arid nature of the region, the extreme climatic conditions, scarcity of water and vegetation has witnessed evolvement of unique cooking styles and food habits of the natives that is noticeably different from other Indian cuisines. One can find wide variety of delectable and exquisite Rajasthani dishes starting from main courses to snacks to sweet dishes. Some items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia have garnered both national and international popularity.

Day 4 - Travel to Jaipur  
Visit UNESCO Heritage site Taj Mahal, known as the symbol of love, then travel to Jaipur, en-route visit Chand Baori stepwell. Freshen up in your hotel room, then visit a Haveli (traditional mansion) and enjoy a Rajasthani dinner with a local family.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.

Day 5 - Jaipur sightseeing
After breakfast set out with your private guide on a city tour of Jaipur, beginning at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. Proceed to Amber and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Amber Fort, built from red sandstone and marble. After lunch see the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, an observatory with fascinating 18th-century instruments. Visit a colorful local market with your guide, then participate in a cooking demo and taste different Rajasthani specialties.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.

 

Punjabi cuisine, one of the most distinct and popular Indian cuisines and comes from the region of Punjab situated partially in India and Pakistan. It offers a vast variety of delectable and exotic vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are prepared with varied traditional culinary styles, particularly the tandoori style. These mouth-watering dishes have rich, spicy and buttery flavour savoured with Punjabi Basmati rice of varied forms and special Punjabi breads like Tandoori Roti and Naan. Beverages form an important part of Punjabi cuisine, one of the most famous is Lassi, which can be sour, sweet, or mango flavored.

 

Day 6 - Travel by flight to Amritsar.
After breakfast fly to Amritsar. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Amritsar and transfers you to your hotel. The day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Amritsar.


Day 7 - Golden Temple and bazaar walk.
After a leisurely breakfast, your tour guide will take you for Amritsar sightseeing. Stroll at Bazaars, where you can purchase handwoven phulkari cloth, salwar-kameez, dupattas, and chunnis. The Raunak Store at Pink Plaza is a world-famous shoe store known to manufacture and sell traditional leather footwear known as jutti. Take "Heritage walk", starts from Town Hall and covers 9 historical points. Then visit Jalliamwala Bagh and Sri Harmandir Sahib, known as the “Golden Temple”. Cook and dine with a local family, enjoy a delicious 4-course Punjabi meal.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Amritsar.


Bengali cuisine is rich and varied in its platter starting from snacks to main courses to sweets. The food habits, tastes, preferences and choice of items vary with different districts, communities, and religions, the basic course generally remains the same with rice and fish in different variations. Generally a Bengali meal starts with a ‘Shukto’ (a bitter preparation) followed by ‘Shak’ (leafy vegetables), Dal (pulses), variety of vegetables, fish, mutton, chicken, or egg curry, chutney (sweet-sour saucy item), and ends with traditional sweets like sandesh or rasgulla.


Day 8 - Travel to Kolkata

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Kolkata and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kolkata.


Day 9 - Market walk and cooking demo

After breakfast walk through the market and get familiarized with the ingredients that go into authentic Bengali dishes. Participate in a cooking demonstration by the owners of one of the finest restaurants of the city. Close your dish with authentic Bengali sweets.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kolkata.


Lucknow is one place that has a full colony of chefs called, ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and then there is a full street, where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own traditional kitchens. 


Day 10 - Travel to Lucknow

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Kolkata and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity.  

Overnight stay at the hotel in Lucknow.


Day 11 - Cooking demo and foodwalk tour

After breakfast your guide will take you to a restaurant where you get lessons to cook a special meal at home kitchens, you will cook under supervision and learn all about food history. In the evening enjoy your foodwalk tour, try the best foods on the menu at traditional roadside eateries.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Lucknow.


The state of Karnataka offers a wide range of appetizing platters such as Masala Dosa, Idli and Vada that originated in the temple streets of the city of Udupi. The dishes of the region are less spicy as compared to other South Indian states and contains liberal amount of palm sugar and jaggery with the exception of Northern Karnataka cuisine which is real hot. Ghee and butter are used to prepare various delicacies, especially during festivals and occasions. A famous Karnataka dish is the Bisi Bele Bath which means hot lentil rice. 


Day 12 - Travel to Bangalore

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Bangalore and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.


Day 13 - Cooking demonstrations

Enjoy your breakfast at a local restaurant serving traditional South Indian breakfast items. Later visit a family in their home to learn and experience authentic Indian style cooking where they will explain the cuisine and its unique ingredients. Evening participate in a cooking demo at one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.


Kerala cuisine is varied, but best categorised according to the different local communities. The more famous ones are the Malabari Muslim dishes and the Syrian Christian dishes. Availability of coconut has made it a fundamental component of Kerala cooking whether used as an ingredient or in oil form extracted from the nut. Availability of seafood in the coastal belt of the state makes it almost a daily consume. There is a wide variety of non-vegetarian dishes with some of the popular ones being Malabari Fish Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Malabar Biriyani, Meen Thoran – a fish preparation with coconut. The various snacks items are banana fry, cutlets, cakes, halwas and payasam among others. 


Day 14 - Travel to Cochin

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Cochin and transfers you to your hotel. Enjoy a sunset houseboat cruise on backwaters. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.


Day 15 - Cooking demo

Indulge yourself in a hands-on cooking lesson in the ‘land of spices’ and learn how to cook classic Keralan cuisine with a local family. Once we have prepared your feast together, sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labors and have a chat about the region’s food culture and local life in Kochi.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.


The staple food of Tamil Nadu is rice which forms part of a typical Tamil meal and savoured with different mildly or richly spiced vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Traditionally, several dishes are served during the main meal, like sambar, rasam and Kuzhambu, and it is typically savoured with rice as staple. The sweet dishes served as the last course of a meal includes items like Thirukannamidu, Kesari and Kheer. After the meal bananas are offered to the guests followed with paan, a folded betel leaves consisting of lime and betel nuts that is considered to have digestive value. 


Day 16 - Travel to Chennai

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Bangalore and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your activity. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 17 - Home cooking demo

Learn about Ayurvedic cuisine as you share a meal at the private home of your local chef-instructor during this culinary experience in Chennai. Your instructor welcomes you into her home and demonstrates her spiritual approach to healthy cooking. Learn about the spices and other ingredients she uses, then share your choice of a vegetarian Ayurvedic meal or South Indian thali. Evening participate in a cooking demo at one of the finest restaurants in the city.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 18 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to Chennai Airport 


Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $7,190

Deluxe: From $5,150

Economy: From $3,810


Note: Above prices are subject to change accordingly to the hotels' different season rates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 17 nights
  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking chauffeur driven Air Conditioned private vehicle
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English speaking private local guides
  • Other activities as per itinerary (Rickshaw ride, Houseboat cruise, Cooking class, Yoga, Cultural programs, etc.)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Bottles of mineral water during journeys
  • All government taxes, service charges, parking and toll fees
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Pre- or post-night accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, etc.
  • Camera Fee at Monuments
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

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