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India is world-famous for its variety of dishes and the use of spices. From the early days, India has been one of the capital places for trades of spices. With this abundance of different dishes, the culinary tour of India is one of the best you can go for. This 21-day India food tour will cover up the best cuisines of the country and it will also allow you to learn from the best and the oldest traditional chefs of the country. You will learn to cook various dishes such as the Dum Pukht of Lucknow, the Biryani of Hyderabad, the Fish Curry from Kerala, and many more.
On the first day of your food tour in India, you'll arrive at the Delhi International Airport. One of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. If you arrive early, then you may have the chance to go sightseeing on the first day of the tour. Many kinds of attractions like Temples, shopping complexes, parks, etc. will be included on your first day. Thus you will familiarise yourself with the people and the place.
Delhi is divided into two parts, namely, New Delhi and Old Delhi. Old Delhi is famous for its ancient and historical monuments and culture. On your second day at the tour, you will have the opportunity to experience all of Old Delhi at once. The narrow streets and the crowded and bustling bazaars will give you the real experience of Delhi. Ancient monuments such as the phenomenal Red Fort, and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country, will be a part of your sightseeing on the day. After this, you will pass through Chandni Chowk, one of the most popular markets of the city and one of the city centers of the ancient Mughal Period. Taking an auto rickshaw through the market is greatly recommended.
You will find many delicious cuisines on your way in Old Delhi as a part of the food tour of India. Tasting the Parathas at the Parathe Wali Gali, mouthwatering sweet dishes like jalebi in shops that are more than 140 years old. Fluids to accompany these dishes will be the world-famous Lassi and the genuine Chai of the Delhi streets.
After a long night's sleep, you will catch a morning flight to the airport at Lucknow. You'll be picked up and transferred to a hotel from there. Lucknow used to be the capital of the Princely Awadh. Awadhi cuisine is famous for its very rich taste. In the evening you will have an introductory class for cooking at your hotel.
Your journey of Lucknow is continued on Day 4 with a cooking class. Here, you will learn to cook Dum Pukht cuisine. The food is very tightly sealed in a pot and heated at a slow temperature. Due to the seal all the natural aromas of spices are stored, and this increases the richness of the dish. This will then be followed by Lunch.
The next day will begin with a morning tour of Lucknow. Here you will take a glance at many alluring and historical places of Lucknow. This will be followed by a tour at the erstwhile British Residency. Then you'll meet with the descendants of the Nawabs and enjoy a dinner with the royal family in the evening. You'll also have the opportunity to observe the royal chefs while they prepare the delicious cuisine and learn their techniques in the process. This will be one of the best advantages of the culinary tour of India.
You can enjoy the morning of the 6th day of the food tour in India with some shopping through the streets of the city. In the mid-noon, you'll be headed to the railway station. Here you will board a train to Agra. The journey will be of around 5-6 hours. At your arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to your hotel in the evening. This day will be at leisure.
You will visit the Taj Mahal before sunrise. The amazing scenes of the changing colors of marbles of the Taj Mahal are exquisite. The construction of the Taj Mahal is believed to have taken about 22 years, and around 20,000 craftsmen worked on this stunning piece of work. Shah Jahan built the Taj in the memory of his loving wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After this splendid experience, you will return to your hotel for breakfast and then continue with the sightseeing. The breakfast will be followed by a tour to the huge Agra Fort and other monumental places.
In the afternoon time, you will go on a food tour of the city. You will have the opportunity to taste many kinds of cuisines at very old and authentic places in Agra. This part of the tour will be a walking food tour of India and thus, you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the local life and people of the city. This tour will go on for around 4 hours and you will visit around 9 different food joints. The walking will work up your appetite as well for the tasting.
On the 8th day, we will say goodbye to Lucknow and head on towards Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. On the way to Jaipur, we will pass through Fatehpur Sikri, one of the capital cities of Emperor Akbar. The whole structure is made up of red sandstone and it is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Jaipur was designed by a Bengali architect back in the late 1720s. It is also known as the pink city which is derived from the color of most of the houses in the city. At your arrival in Jaipur, you will check in to the Royal Haveli.
This day will be dedicated to all the alluring sites of the city. You will visit the world-renowned Hawa Mahal of Jaipur which was built for the Royal Ladies to watch the festivals and processions carried out in the city. The palace has a total of 953 small windows. This will be followed by a tour to Amber, famous for its hilltop fort. You can have a look at the interiors of the fort as well. Later you will proceed to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
In the evening you will be a part of an interactive cooking session as a part of the culinary tour of India. This will be a good chance to learn many insides of the cooking style of the country and most importantly the cuisines of Jaipur.
On the tenth day, you will take a leave from Jaipur and head towards Mumbai. You will catch an overnight train to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. It is also the heart of Marathi cuisine. Although you will also find many diverse cuisines in the area. In the late afternoon, you will have the chance to wander around the beautiful Marine Drive to Chowpatty Beach.
The evening will be filled with famous street foods of Mumbai such as Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Bhel Puri, and many more. They are the essence of the food tour in India.
This day will cover many major areas of the city. First, you will visit the 140-year-old laundry of India, Dhobi Ghat. Next, you will visit famous places such as the world heritage site, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
For lunch, you can go to Parsi cuisine. Parsis are the descendants of Zoroastrians who are believed to have travelled from Persia to the country. After this, you can enjoy the rest of your day enjoying various cuisines of your liking. Your guide will give you many suggestions and you may choose whatever suits you best for the food tour in India.
You will have your breakfast at the hotel in Mumbai. Later, you will be transferred to the airport, and then you will fly to Cochin. Cochin is one of India's oldest and most important ports. You can enjoy your afternoon with a tour of the famous places and historic areas such as the Cochin Fort, The Dutch Fort, St Francis Church, and others.
You will explore many major places and interesting sites of Kochi in the day. You will watch various synagogues as well. The Jewish synagogues are the highlights here. Constructed in 1568, the Pardesi Synagogue is the oldest one of the country.
In the late afternoon, you will go to the Kochi Fort and enjoy another cooking class. Here you will also learn how to prepare Kerala's classic Fish Curry
You will have your breakfast at the hotel in Kochi. Then you will enjoy a drive to Alleppey. The dazzling beauty of Alleppey will be something you will remember for a long time. Here you will board on a houseboat with your lunch and enjoy all the pleasing views while the boat drives back to Cochin. The evening will be glorified with the astounding Kathakali Dance presentation.
The morning of the 15th day of the culinary tour of India is when you can enjoy anywhere you want. The guide will be with you and you can go sightseeing or shopping as per your wish. In the afternoon you will board a flight to Hyderabad, ' The City of Nizams'. It is also known as ' City of Pearls' as it used to be a center for trade of pearls in early times. Here you will be transferred to your hotel and after freshening up, you can take a tour of the Palace.
Hyderabad is very famous for its Irani Tea. While you take a walking tour of the markets of the city, you will see and experience the passion for good food in Hyderabad. You can watch crispy dosas being cooked in front of you and enjoy them with pleasure. After your breakfast, you can start visiting historical places of the city such as the Charminar, Golconda Fort, Mecca Masjid Mosque, and many more places. You can visit the Laad Bazaar and go for some souvenir shopping as well.
The Hyderabad cuisine is famous for its world-famous biryani, and this day of the food tour in India is also dedicated to the same. It's a dish cooked with rice, meat, and some added spices. On the tour, you will have a detailed cooking lesson for the Biryani and in the end, you will enjoy the meal with a traditional family in the city.
In the evening you will be presented with a menu that will include the finest cuisines of the area and you may choose whatever you want. With some wine and all the fancy dishes, the night will be superb.
After some relaxing time at Hyderabad, you will have to reach the next destination. The cultural capital of the country and the second-largest city as well, Kolkata. You will board a flight to the early capital of India in the British Raj. Kolkata used to be the trade capital for the East India Company and thus many relics remain in the city. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel by our representatives and the day will be at leisure.
You will head towards one of the most iconic tearooms of the city where Darjeeling Tea will be served to you. Along with the tea, you will also have a continental breakfast. The breakfast will be followed by a tour of the city.
Kolkata is home to a large Chinese Community. The Indianization of the Chinese cuisines have made a tremendous combination. You will have your lunch consisting of these cuisines. The Indian-Chinese cuisine has dishes like the steamed freshwater fish, chimney soup, Cantonese noodles, and other dishes. After lunch, you can wander at College Street and sip coffee in the famous Indian Coffee House. In the evening you can take a walk on the banks of river Hugli and take a glimpse of the Howrah bridge.
This day is dedicated to the beauty of the city. You can visit many historical sites of the city such as the Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral, Marble Palace, High Court, and many other places and enjoy your day.
On the last day of your culinary tour in India, you will be transferred back to Delhi from where you can have your international flight back home.