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September 25, 2015

12 Days Taste of India Tour

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Be part of this unique experience with Classes by master chefs,a stint in village kitchens also ! A trip you will never forget!

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi. : International Arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Be part of this unique experience with Classes by master chefs,a stint in village kitchens also ! A trip you will never forget!

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi. : International Arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Meet and greet & transfer to Hotel. A Warm traditional Welcome at Hotel with a small Ceremony.

Lunch and sightseeing of Old Delhi.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Delhi: 

Breakfast, Visit New Delhi which is also called Sir Lutyen’s Delhi. Lunch at a Local Restaurant with Indian Food ( Buffet )

You will be taken to the kitchen and introduced with the Chef who would give you a brief on the preparation of the food you had for lunch. Time for some shopping.

At dinner; an introduction in Indian Cuisine; a presentation by a well known Indian chef about India and different types of food per area and his specialties. He will also discuss various Spices used in Indian food preparation. Later you will be escorted to the Kitchen wherein the Chef will be pleased to teach you on Kashmiri Cuisine. Such Cuisine is more Non Vegetarian and some exotic mouth watering preparation viz., Chicken Yakhni , Gushtava ( Meat Balls ) , Aromatic Rice , Mutton Curry etc will be served.

Day 03 : Delhi  –  Agra: :  ( Drive 3 Hours )

Drive to Agra. Arrive and check into Hotel. Lunch and visit Taj Mahal and Fort.

Evening dinner comprising Mughlai Cuisine. Member will see a demonstration of Mughlai Food preparation. Food could be – Chicken Curry, Kadhai Chicken, Muttton Do Piazza, Chicken or Mutton Tikka, Seekh Kebab etc.

There would be a question and answer session wherein each one of the member can ask whatever they have in mind about the food.

Day 04 Agra 

Breakfast and later visit It Mad Ud Daulah or the Baby Taj Mahal and later spend sometime fo shopping.

For lunch you will return to Hotel. A South Indian food preparation demo will be organized which will be given by a Master Chef. He will then take all members to the kitchen and teach them about the raw materials used and how to cook.

The same food will be served for Lunch. The Cuisine will be – Masala Dosa , Vada, Uttapam, Rasam, South Indian Lentil preparation, papadam, Fish Curry etc. Chef will also teach you how to make their food less or more spicy.

Day 05 :Agra – Bharatpur – Jaipur ( 2 + 4 Hours )

Early Indian Breakfast with Parantha ( Indian Bread ) stuffed with spices and boiled Potato, Rayta ( Spiced Curd ) and Pickle. The Hotel Chef will narrate the method to cook and show you a demo of how to make them.

Later drive to Fatehpur Sikri , the abandoned capital city of Emperor Akbar. Visit the mini City made of Red Sand Stone for 2 Hours and then drive to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Take a Boat ride in the marshes and spot rare migratory birds. Lunch at a local restaurant and then continue drive for 4 Hours and arrive Jaipur.

A warm welcome.

Later relax and visit the local market.

Evening dinner and no activity. Members will just relax and be on their own.

Day 06 : Jaipur 

Morning visit the Old Pink City of Jaipur.

Lunch and later visit Amber Fort which is 11 km away. The Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh ruled his kingdom from Amber Fort which is on a Hillock. A sprawling Fortress which you would climb on an Elephant Back. Visit it for 2 Hours and return to Jaipur.

Evening, you will drive to a special Rajasthani Theme Village near Jaipur. Here you will be introduced with the Master Chef who would discuss Rajasthani Cuisine, eating habits , spices etc. He would then teach you how to cook Rajasthani Cuisine and later you will enjoy the food sitting on the floor of the restaurant and enjoy the mouth watering Cuisines.

Later you would be taken around the little Village where you can feel a Village , do Camel ride, Dance to folk music, get a temporary tattoo made on your arms and hands with Mehendi ( a crushed leaf ) which brings a deep brown color. Can also buy colorful glass bangles and anklets etc.

Day 07  Jaipur – Ajmer – Pushkar : Drive ( 3 -4 Hours )

 Breakfast and later drive to Ajmer – which is famous for the Muslim Shrine of Prophet Chisti and Educational Institutions.

Visit the Shrine – It is said if you make a wish here, it is fulfilled at some part of your life. Later drive to Pushkar which is predominantly a Hindi Sacred City and has a Holy Lake. Check in at a Hotel overlooking the Lake.

This evening, you will go through a class by the Chef who will only discuss and demonstrate you on Indian Vegetarian Food. You would learn importance of Vegetarian food including Jain Food. Jain religion followers are strictly vegetarian and a large number of Indian people follow Jainism.  It is said in Hindu mythology that there are two kind of food – Satvic and Tamasic. The former is vegetarian and the latter is Non Vegetarian. Satvic food keeps your senses in control always.

Overnight

Day 08 : Pushkar – Jodhpur – Drive ( 4 Hours )

American Breakfast today after 7 days of Indian Breakfast.

Later drive to Jodhpur which is also known as the Blue City. Arrive the City which is in the Western side of the State of Rajasthan and the whole city can be seen from atop the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Arrive and check in with warm Rajasthani traditional Welcome at a Hotel which is the residence of the Cousin of the Maharaja of Jodhpur.

Relax and enjoy a splash in the beautifully designed pool and sooth yourself.

The Chef here will brief you on the specialties of Jodhpur which is typical of this city and loved by each and every citizen of the City – Mave ki Kachauri and Mirchi Vada. These are special stuffed eatables in the form of Pakoras ( Lentil Cake ). The former is stuffed with Onion paste and spices and the latter is with huge green chilly and mashed Potato with spices. Enjoy some Indian bread with these preparation and some lentil and later some sweet dish which is Rice Kheer ( Porridge ). You will learn how to make them in the evening in a demo.

Afternoon visit the Mehrangarh Fort , Walk through the lanes in the Old City and the Umaid Bhawan Palace where the Maharaja of Jodhpur lives.

Evening demo of how to cook various Pakoras ( Stuffed Lentil Cakes ) which are Mirchi Vada, Mave Kee Kachauri, Onion Vada , Bread Pakora, Aloo ( Potato ) Pakora , Paneer ( Cottage Cheeze ) Pakora etc.

Dinner would be a mix of Veg and Non Veg Indian Cuisine. No demo and you will relax and enjoy the food.

Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 9 :  Day Trip to Khimsar

Breakfast and a Day visit to Khimsar. Lunch at the Khimsar Palace which belongs to the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Enjoy visiting the Village of Khimsar , see sand dunes and also enjoy Camel Back ride here.

This evening you will have a demo and learning class for the making Chicken Tikka ( Diced tender chicken after being marinated with spice paste for 2 hours and put on tandoor ( Coal Oven ). Also learn how to make Aloo Matar ( Potato and Peas ) curry , Rajmah ( Kidney Beans) curry , Naan ( Indian Bread ).

Also learn making Gulab Jamun ( Sweet Dish ) made of Cottage Cheese dipped in Chaashni ( sugar put in Water and boiled with spices for aroma to make a thin watery fluid ).

Enjoy all above in dinner.

Overnight in Jodhpur.

 Day 10 : Jodhpur – Mumbai :  ( Fly Air India AI 575 at 12:15 Hours )

Morning breakfast at leisure and later transfer to airport in time to board the direct flight to Mumbai – the Commercial Capital of India. An interesting and diversified modern City situated along the Arabian Sea and houses the Film Industry of India. Also known as Bollywood.

Arrive after 1 hour 25 minutes flight. Met by our Airport Executive and transfer to Hotel. Rest at leisure until lunch at your Hotel. Later your Tour guide will take you around the bustling metropolis visiting Hanging Garden , The Parsi Tower of Silence, Malabar Hills , Chowpatty Beach, Crawford Market etc.

 

Evening prepare yourself for a visit to a Parsi Restaurant named “Jumjoji”  in Bandra area of Mumbai. Parsis in India are those whose ancestors came from Persia ( now Iran ) and settled in Gujrat State. Later some of them migrated to Mumbai. They are a highly cultural breed and now have presence in successful business and Government Services also. One of the biggest Corporate Companies in the World – Tata Sons are Parsi.

In Parsi Cuisine in India , you will find a blend of Iranian , Gujrati and Maharastra state food delicacies and are treated to be very interesting food especially Non Vegetarian . The Chef of the restaurant will be glad to give you a demo and teach you how to cook “ Bhakras”  a meat and chicken dishes cooked with Vegetables & “ Sadhnas” – Steamed Rice Pancake. Another delicacy from Parsi food is deliciously spiced “ Dhansak” made from mutton , lentil and Vegetable potpourri served with brown rice with a pint of lager ! “Koimino Patio” is another dish which is  Sweet and Sour Prawn curry. In addition you will also get to taste Chicken Farcha

( Fried Chicken ) , Sali Boti ( a Lamb preparation ) and for Sweet Dish  your palate will be adorned with Faluda and Kulfi which is typical Parsi and Muslim delicacies and loved by them.

You will have a different experience here learning and enjoying the taste of Parsi Cuisine which has limited access in India ( limited to Gujrat and Maharashtra States only.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11 : Mumbai

Today Breakfast at Leisure and later at 10:30 Hours your Tour Guide will take you for an interesting visit to the Film Studios in Mumbai. A guided Tour which will take you inside the Studios where you could watch live shooting , technical labs where films are dubbed, edited and also may get an opportunity to meet some actors and Directors.

Later the Guide will drive you through the residential areas of the Bollywood Actors / Directors. The famous ones generally are located in Juhu Area of Mumbai.

Rest of the day on your own to shop etc.

You may give yourself a treat tonight by visiting a 5 star Hotel restaurant at Oberoi Trident , Taj Mahal or the Oberoi Towers.

Overnight.

Day 12 : Mumbai – Paris

With lots of remembrances of your tour, the typical Cuisines, the Chefs and most of all the smiling and friendly people  you will be transferred to the Mumbai Chatrapati International Airport for your flight home.

End Of Tour.

Hotels & Restaurant Participating in the Tour

Delhi :

Hotel Vikram 4*

Chor Bizzarre Restaurant

Gulati Restaurant

Agra :

Howard Plaza  4*

Jaipur :

Holiday Inn 5*

Chokhi Dhani Theme Village

Pushkar :

Pushkar Palace 4*

Jodhpur :

Ajit Bhawan Palace 4* or Karni Bhawan 3 * 

Udaipur :

Jagat Niwas Palace 3 * ( Near Lake Pichola ) , Shikarbadi Palace or Simila 

Mumbai :

Hotel Savoy Suites in Bandra

Jumjoji – The Parsi Restaurant in Bandra

OST :  ( Based on minimum 8 Persons traveling Together )

 Per Person on Twin share ( Subject to change in case of any hike in Fuel cost or Government taxes)

EUR : 1312  + 3.09 %  Service Tax

AIRFARE : JODHPUR – MUMBAI : EUR 107  ( Economy Class )

 INCLUDES FOLLOWING :

  • Accommodation in Standard AC Room with Attached Bath at specified or similar Hotels
  • All Transportation by Luxury AC Mini Coach with Driver
  • French Speaking Guide at all stations during Sightseeing and Excursions
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 10 Major Meals ( Could be Dinner or Lunch )
  • Demo Classes by Master Chef at Hotels / Restaurants as per Itinerary
  • All Entry Fees to Monuments during Sight Seeing Visits
  • Elephant Ride with 2 persons sharing One Elephant at Amber Fort Jaipur
  • Bollywood Tour with English Speaking Guide in Mumbai – Half Day
  • One Bottle of Mineral Water during all sightseeing

 

DOS NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING :

  • Any Expenses of Personal Nature
  • Hard Drinks , Cigarettes , Wine etc
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Meals other than 10 Major meals

NOTE : Above Tour is being Organized by Rare Holidays India and they act as only an Agent for the Hotels and other service providers.  In case of any change in program due non availability of Chefs , rooms at the last minute , we would inform the Group Leader in advance and make alternative arrangements available therein.

 

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