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Gastronomy Tour of North India

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10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

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Indian cuisine is famous and relished all over the world and enjoys a reputation at par with other cuisines of the world. The culinary of Indian cuisine is a science, which has developed over thousands of years. The classic range of regional cuisines from North to South and East to West reflects the great size of India and its un parallel cultural heritage. The Indian Cuisine in both vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Indian food, has an unmatched charm because of the extravagant spices used in Indian Cuisine, thus India is better understood as “HOME OF THE SPICES”. The art of preparing authentic Indian Food does not involve an overdose of spices, but the delicacy and mixing of right spices in right quantities. India is a land of diverse religions, customs, festivals, culinary flavors and climatic conditions. Thus each part of India has added and enhanced the flavor of its dishes by blending spices, herbs and condiments to make the dish more exquisite, exotic and heavenly.

Pre-departure planning is important. Here are certain things you should watch for and plan for.

Visas

Check with the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country to find out if you will need a visa to visit the country of your destination, especially for an extended period of time. Some countries have extremely detailed and complicated entry/departure laws, and treat visits of a week or two very differently from longer stays.

Money

If you’re traveling to one area, check the cost of living there. If it’s high you’ll probably want to budget more carefully and save some money before leaving. The lower the cost of living the less you’ll have to save, but be sure to have a back up reserve in emergency cases.

General Tips

Talk to other people who have done a similar trip.

If you don’t know anyone personally, try any of the dozens of online travel web sites full of first-person travel stories covering every possible type of trip.

Plan big and loose. Read everything you can about the area.

There may be sights and attractions you didn’t know about. A rough outline of your trip might have three or four target points and a variety of ways to get between them.

You don’t want to find out that the weather isn’t what you thought, or the guide book was incorrect, after committing to 6 weeks in a specific spot.

Some trips will allow you more leeway than others. Travel plans in Asia can often be made day-by-day while summer travel in Europe should be organized at least a few weeks ahead, unless you’re prepared to hunt around for hotel rooms and train seats.

Set up a pre-trip time-line so you don’t end up with a full todo list your last week of work or school.

Things to consider are doctor’s visits for a check up, inoculations, and prescription refills; purchasing plane tickets; renewing passports and obtaining visas and other documents.

Check your insurance coverage abroad and purchasing additional travel insurance if needed. Don’t forget visiting friends and family members!e

The longer the trip, the lighter you should pack. This might seem strange, but it’s true you can afford to lug a heavy bag around for a week or two, but do you want to have anything extra for a year?

Stick to the absolute basics and know what you can and cannot buy at your destination(s). There’s no point in bringing 6 months of toothpaste to Europe or buying a sarong at home to take to the tropics. If you are visiting several climates, try to arrange it so you visit the warmer places first and coldest last. That way you can purchase sweaters and long pants and not have to carry them any more than needed. Alternately, visit cold climates first and then ship unneeded layers home — or sell them off.

A good rule of thumb is to bring one outfit for the hottest day you’re likely to encounter, one for an average day, and one for the coldest.

Make sure everything goes with everything else (if that’s important to you), and remember that layers are always best.

Be prepared for uncomfortable trips. You will often find yourself in a busy, cramped, economy class environment and it could be for many hours – especially long plane trips.

If you want to arrive at your destination refreshed and able to enjoy the sights, then try a good quality travel pillow to support your head, some ear plugs to block out the screaming babies, and an eye cover to block out the sun or cabin lights.

Just avoid those cheap U-shaped pillows from airport shops – your head drops forward and you wake up with a stiff neck.

Make contact with the locals before you go.

Maybe you have a friend-of-a-friend or a foreign exchange student from high school you remember, or just found a friend through a travel web site; almost everyone is happy to welcome a foreign visitor to their home town. This might be as elaborate as a home-stay for a few weeks, or just coffee in their home town or dinner at a locals restaurant.

 

A perfect city for exploring on foot with a shop around every corner. Much of the inner city can be walked without trouble, however, in parts walking include crowds, uneven streets, heavy traffic, and skinny sidewalks. If that’s a problem, there are plenty of taxi’s to ride in and scooters to rent.

How to Travel

  • Subway – The metro is the fastest transportation. Running 5am to 10pm every day.
  • Bus & Train – Operated by an independent organization, busses and trains include wifi access for the public. You can take any bus or train marked with the (B Public) sign for free.
  • Taxi – Available in all parts of the city. From a restaurant or hotel you can have them call the city taxi service.
  • Car – Rental cars are easy to get and hotels have good parking prices. Once in the main city, you can often walk so we suggest returning the when you arrive.
  • Bike – The best way to get around, other than walking, is by bike. If you don’t mind hills, you can bike anywhere. If that’s not for you, stick to the inner city with your bike.

Mini Trips

Just a few miles away you can explore the history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by the fountains. If you have time, the attractions can fill 3 days. We’ve highlighted the best ones here.

Tours

Because of the number of sights to see, some first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.

The leading tour operators use local historians to lead their tours. Guides offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, museums, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be high, but most participants consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activites to children.

Walking tours, like the 3 hour ghost tour, is an exclusive in the early evening. A bus excursion ruins special tours like you’ve never seen. Also worth consideration, a group of art historians and architects do a theatrical retelling from dramatic scripts. Go on a tour, expect guides to break out into a rendition of “Singing in the Rain”, it’s a lot of fun.

 

  • Agra –  Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Fatehpur Sikri – The Lost Mughal City of Fatehour Sikri
  • Jaipur  – Elephant Ride to Amber Fort & Walk Around the City Palace & Jantar Mantar
  • Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort , Jaswant Thada & Tonga Ride to the Market.
  • Udaipur – City Palace, Jagmandir Palace, Jagdish Temple & Saheliyon Ki Bari
  • Cooking during Demo at three main cities of the tour

 

Quick Tips

  • Banks – Open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Some banks are closed for lunch.
  • Emergencies – For police, dial a local phone number; for ambulance call a hospital.
  • Internet Access – Wifi is standard in most hotels and free in many coffee shops.
  • Mail – Buy stamps at the Post Office. Convenient post offices are located all cities. Most are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
  • Safety – Pickpocketing can be a common problem. It is suggested for men to keep wallets in their front pocket. Purse snatching also occurs at times.

Visitor Information

This site contains information with a very personal and friendly structure. It also has great links to other related sites online.

Information, internet access, maps, and train passes are available at local Tourist Information terminals. These are located at various sites around the city. Expect a wait if you arrive late in the afternoon or during lunch time. Local travel agencies are also helpful for quick information and finding hotels. There is no service charge for these services. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

Transportation

Getting in from the airport and other arrival locations. Travel planning is about more than just knowing where you’re going. Prepares to navigate, take control and be ready for anything. This section helps you steer clear of disaster and stay open enjoy the unexpected.

  • Plane – Flights arrive at the main airport near city center. If flying from European cities, you might land at a connecting airport. There is a tourist information office at the Terminal E, international arrivals, open 8am to 6pm.
  • Train – A train station is on the lower level of the airport. To get into the city, follow the marked signs.
  • Taxi – From the airport there is a flat-rate for the 1-hour trip, depending on traffic. Hotels charge up to $80 for shuttle service.
  • Train & Bus – Trains and buses arrive a city center. This is the transportation hub for the city and is surrounded hotels.

A perfect place for exploring on foot, with local shops around every corner. You will eventually walk somewhere, it’s just going to happen. If you don’t like crowds, uneven cobblestones, heavy traffic or narrow sidewalks, take a taxi or rent a scooter.

 

Day 01 :- Arrival/Delhi

Today on reaching International Airport you will met and assisted by our representative and transfer to Hotel. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 :-Delhi City Tour

In morning after breakfast enjoy your full day sightseeing of Delhi visiting Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lotus Temple, India gate, President’s House, Parliament House, Qutub Minar ,Red Fort, Raj Ghat – memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, Jama Masjid evening you are hosted by famous Chef in order to Give you culinary class ,later same cooked food will be served as dinner back to you , Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03  :- Delhi/ Agra 

In morning after breakfast  proceed to city of Agra upon arrival Check into your hotel later proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra visiting the world famous Taj Mahal, Built by the Mughal Emperor  Shahjehan in 1560 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains . Also visit Agra Fort , containing the pearl mosque – the rusty and majestic red sandstone fort of Agra stands on the bank of river Yamuna  Back to Hotel o/n

Day 04 :- Agra / Fatehpur Sikri/ Jaipur by surface 260 Km 6 Hrs

In morning after breakfast  embark on journey to Jaipur enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur sikri is 40 km from Agra, the Deserted city built  by the mughal emperor –Akbar the great in 1569 and later abandoned due to political reason and scarcity of water. See the hall of public and private audience, the royal apartments and the panch mahal. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 :- Jaipur City Tour

Today early morning after breakfast proceed for excursion to Amber fort-Amber fort is located at a distance of 11km from Jaipur and was the old fort of the kachhwaha clan of amber which used to be the capital till it was moved to Jaipur. Amber fort,situated just outside the city is perhaps most beautiful examples of rajasthani forts and gives grand view of the city. Later  start your city tour including City Palace the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles, Jantar Mantar the largest of the five Observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh, the Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds which was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen,later evening you will be shown live demo of Indian cooking followed by dinner. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06  :-   Jaipur/ Jodhpur by surface

After having breakfast leave for Jodhpur enroute vsist Holy city of Pushkar ,later drive for Jodhpur upon arrival check in to your hotel  Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 :- Jodhpur city tour 

Full day visit Jodhpur the Royal city also called Blue city for its blue coloured houses overnight ion Jodhpur

Day 08 :-  Jodhpur/Ranakpur/Udaipur

In morning after breakfast drive by surface to Udaipur enroute visit Ranakpur. On arrival check in at Hotel.

Day 09  :- Udaipur City Tour

This morning after breakfast enjoy the full day city tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace and Museum which is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Pratap Memorial has the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD. Saheliyon Ki Bari is a small ornamental garden. Evening a culinary session live demo followed by dinner ,Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 :- Udaipur/ Delhi by air

In morning after breakfast leave for airport to board the flight for Delhi upon arrival in Delhi time for final hour shopping ,late evening after dinner transfer to airport for Flight home.

Tour Ends …..

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