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Culinary Delight

New Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kumarakom and Kochi

Culinary Delight

$5000 per person

The idea behind a Thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate.  According to Indian food custom, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavours.

Dishes served in a Thali vary from region to region in South Asia and are usually served in small bowls, called katori. These ‘katoris’ are placed along the edge of the round tray – the actual thali: sometimes a steel tray with multiple compartments is used.

Of all the traditional feasts in India, a thali makes for the perfect assortment of delicious regional dishes on a single platter. A typical Indian thali comprises of a number of dishes and has a little bit of everything – from sides and snacks to mains and dessert, making it a wholesome experience.

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Haveli Dharampura New Delhi 2 nights B&B
Samode Haveli Jaipur 2 nights B&B
The House of MG Ahmedabad 2 nights B&B
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Mumbai 2 nights B&B
Kumarakom Lake Resort Kumarakom 2 nights B&B
The Brunton Boatyard Kochi 1 night B&B

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Tour Plan

1
DAY 1 : NEW DELHI

Today your journey starts with the capital of India

You will arrive at Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Cox & Kings representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (check-in time 1400 hrs/ early check-in is subject to availability).

Overnight in Delhi

Today your journey starts with the capital of India

You will arrive at Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Cox & Kings representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (check-in time 1400 hrs/ early check-in is subject to availability).

Overnight in Delhi

2
DAY 2 : NEW DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning proceed to Old Delhi to visit the 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time. Hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi.

Discover the Old Delhi’s food trail. Authentic Old Delhi street food is best enjoyed in its original setting, in the noisy labyrinthine by lanes of Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk, where golden Gurudwaras share space with historic mosques. The dishes one can savor are large, thick and juicy jalebis, glistening with ghee; Aloo chaat crisp fried potato cutlets dunked in a mélange of chutneys and smattered with onions and spices; varieties of stuffed paranthas and even khoya. Conclude your walk at Haveli Dharampura where you will taste their in house authentic food.

Visit Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, the religious place for Sikhs and see the community Kitchen. In Sikhism the practice of the langar, or free kitchen, is believed to have been adopted by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began.

Afternoon proceed to New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. You will also visit Qutab Minar – what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world and was to be the prototype of all minars in India. It was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1200 AD

Return to your hotel.

Later in the evening enjoy authentic  Punjabi dinner at Dhaba Restaurant at Hotel The Claridges.

Offering gastronomic treats such as the tender ‘Balti Meat’, succulent ‘Butter Chicken’, ravishing ‘Tiffin Chicken’ and the sizzling ‘Kanastree Baingan’, Dhaba is any Punjabi’s delight. The theme of rustic vibes of a Punjabi village never fails to attract visitors.

Overnight in Delhi

3
DAY 3 : JAIPUR

Breakfast at hotel

Morning you will be driven to Jaipur (265 Kms/ 7 hrs journey approx). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Evening proceed to experience authentic Rajasthani Thali Dinner. The Rajasthani thali has a mix of colourful dishes and some local hits that you would hate to miss out on. The elaborate menu consists of Dal Baati Churma, Missi Roti with Gatte ki Sabji, Panchmela Dal, Laal Maas and Bajra Roti along with flavoured buttermilk. For desserts, you have Gondh ke Laddoo and Malpuas to treat your sweet tooth.

Return to your hotel following dinner.

Overnight in Jaipur

4
DAY 4 : JAIPURDAY

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast, you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, surrounded by fortified battlements, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. You will also have a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Em-peror Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. At the foot of the hill you will be taken on the jeep up to the main gate. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.

Lavish lunch at 1135 AD set within the historic ramparts of the fort.

Continue your tour of the Pink City, an abode of rajahs. Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Continue to the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.  Continue your tour as you visit one of the famous sweet shop Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar (LMB) to sample some of Jaipur’s best bites, from pakora (fried snacks), aloo tikka (potato fritters), samosa (fried or baked filled pastries) and traditional sweets.  Conclude your tour with brief walk in the old Market.

Return to your hotel following sightseeing tour.

Evening Optional Tours:

a) Experience Thali at Suvarna Mahal: 

Lavishly appointed hotel dining room with its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and Florentine frescoes, SuvarnaMahal embodies the rich heritage of erstwhile rulers & offering the royal cuisines from the princely states of Rajasthan, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad to give you the best of India in Jaipur.

b) Experience an evening with Indian royalty and tradition.

Women will dress up in vibrant saris, the traditional Indian attire and get their palms painted with henna art. Men will dress up in traditional Kurta Pyjama with the touch of Rajasthan’s famous turbans. Commonly known as ‘pagri’ or ‘saafa’ these turbans come in various fabrics, colours and designs, and can be worn in more than a hundred ways. You will meet and interact with an aristocratic family for dinner in Jaipur. A symbol of Rajasthan’s royal past, these families reflect an exceptional tradition of living with an elaborate code of honour and chivalry. Enjoy a first-hand narration of their childhood and ancestral stories. A perfect way to experience their familial lifestyle by spending time with them, and followed by dinner. Rajasthan’s cuisine is a confluence of Jain, Rajput, Marwari and Mewari cuisines and such amalgamation of gastronomic excellence gives a distinct taste and aroma to the delectable dishes. Get to know about the famous dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Mohan Maas, Ker Sangri, Dil Khushal and many more testaments of fusion of extraordinary flavours.

Overnight in Jaipur

Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast, you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, surrounded by fortified battlements, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. You will also have a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Em-peror Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. At the foot of the hill you will be taken on the jeep up to the main gate. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration.

Lavish lunch at 1135 AD set within the historic ramparts of the fort.

Continue your tour of the Pink City, an abode of rajahs. Visit the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Continue to the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.  Continue your tour as you visit one of the famous sweet shop Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar (LMB) to sample some of Jaipur’s best bites, from pakora (fried snacks), aloo tikka (potato fritters), samosa (fried or baked filled pastries) and traditional sweets.  Conclude your tour with brief walk in the old Market.

Return to your hotel following sightseeing tour.

Evening Optional Tours:

a) Experience Thali at Suvarna Mahal: 

Lavishly appointed hotel dining room with its high ceilings, gilded mirrors and Florentine frescoes, SuvarnaMahal embodies the rich heritage of erstwhile rulers & offering the royal cuisines from the princely states of Rajasthan, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad to give you the best of India in Jaipur.

b) Experience an evening with Indian royalty and tradition.

Women will dress up in vibrant saris, the traditional Indian attire and get their palms painted with henna art. Men will dress up in traditional Kurta Pyjama with the touch of Rajasthan’s famous turbans. Commonly known as ‘pagri’ or ‘saafa’ these turbans come in various fabrics, colours and designs, and can be worn in more than a hundred ways. You will meet and interact with an aristocratic family for dinner in Jaipur. A symbol of Rajasthan’s royal past, these families reflect an exceptional tradition of living with an elaborate code of honour and chivalry. Enjoy a first-hand narration of their childhood and ancestral stories. A perfect way to experience their familial lifestyle by spending time with them, and followed by dinner. Rajasthan’s cuisine is a confluence of Jain, Rajput, Marwari and Mewari cuisines and such amalgamation of gastronomic excellence gives a distinct taste and aroma to the delectable dishes. Get to know about the famous dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Mohan Maas, Ker Sangri, Dil Khushal and many more testaments of fusion of extraordinary flavours.

Overnight in Jaipur

5
DAY 5 : AHMEDABAD

Breakfast at hotel

Get transferred to the airport to connect flight to Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel.

Later in the evening enjoy Thali Dinner at Agashiye. Agashiye’ in Gujarati means on the terrace. This stunning Gujarati Thali restaurant is spread over two huge terraces interconnected by a smaller one that houses a wooden cottage. Agashiye is an iconic restaurant in Ahmedabad where you enjoy a sit-down dinner, exactly how a Gujarati family eats at home. The food is prepared from seasonal ingredients and served unlimited in a ‘Kansa thali’, a plate made from alloy with medicinal properties.

Overnight in Ahmedabad

6
DAY 6 : AHMEDABADDAY

Breakfast at hotel

After Breakfast, enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad visiting Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, the starting point for the celebrated Salt March of 1930. The Sabarmati Ashram (also known as Harijan Ashram) was home to Mohandas Gandhi and served as one of the main centres of the Indian freedom struggle.

Continue your tour as you visit Hutheesing Jain temples to view the collection of exquisitely carved statues of Tirthankaras. Sidi Saiyad Mosque the outstanding feature is a filigreed carving of marvelous detail.

Your tour also includes visit to The Calico Museum of Textiles (Subject to permission as limited guests per day in groups are allowed to visit) in Shahibaug is worth a visit to know about the various varieties of textiles produced here and the Shreyas Folk Museum displays textile and clothing along with coins and weapons.

Also visit Adalaj vav stepwell, built in 1499, this five-storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav. There is an opening in the ceilings above the landing which allows the light and air to enter the octagonal well.

Return to your hotel following sightseeing tour.

Evening visit Utensil Museum followed by Dinner at Vishaala. 

A walk around the hut-like museum makes one's heart skip a beat, marveling at the inimitable beauty of these utensils of old. These utensils have been handed down through the changing seasons and times, over the years. They speak of the unmatched art and genius of humankind during the days of old when people did not have the modern facilities of our times. The designer could not let our rich heritage pass with these vessels being lost in the fire kilns! He was determined to preserve them, and today, his dream is a reality in the form of Vechaar (the museum remains closed on Mondays).

Restaurant Vishaala: Mud flooring, bamboo walls, wooden tables, leaf plates and bowls and a dhinchanyu or a knee-support – this is what encompasses a regular meal at Vishalla. We urge our guests to sit on the floor, cross-legged, for good digestion.

Overnight in Ahmedabad

7
DAY 7 : MUMBAI

Breakfast at hotel

Morning free for independent activities.  Check-out from your hotel by 1200 hrs.

Later on time you will be met at your hotel and assisted for transfer to airport to board flight to Mumbai.   Upon arrival, meet & greet services at airport and thereafter assisted transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Tonight enjoy dinner at local specialty restaurant

Overnight in Mumbai

8
DAY 8 : MUMBAI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Late morning enjoy Food walk including food sampling with culinary expert.

Following walking tour, out on a tour of Mumbai with a City Specialist visiting Gateway of India, Mumbai's principle landmark; Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering panoramic view of Marine Lines and Chowpati Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city) and Dhobi Ghat. Also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain (the city’s nerve-centre), colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive, the seafront boulevard also known as the Queen’s Necklace.

Following sightseeing tour, return to your hotel.

Overnight in Mumbai

9
DAY 9 : KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel

Late morning assisted transfer to airport to board your flight to Kochi.

On arrival, meet & greet services at airport and thereafter you would be driven to Kumarakom (80 km/ 2 hour journey drive approx) .  On arrival transfer to your hotel and check-in.

Evening learn the secrets of preparing a traditional Kerala meal during a cooking demonstration followed by dinner

Overnight in Kumarakom

10
DAY 10 : KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning at leisure for independent activities.

Later, enjoy a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Embark on a leisurely exploration of the backwaters from the comforts of your Kettuvallom (houseboat). Fringing the coast of Kerala and winding far inland is a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. Float through the placid waters passing palm fringed canals, lakes and villages. Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch of local delicacies prepared by your very own chef.   Disembark from houseboat in the evening and return to your hotel.

OPTIONAL: Enjoy seafood specialty dinner

11
DAY 11 : KOCHI

Breakfast at hotel

Morning you would be driven driven back to Cochin (80 kms/ 2 hours journey approx), enroute visit Kumbalanghi - A Tourist Village including Lunch. 

Experience the ‘old-ways’ of life at the Kumbalanghi Village. Ride on the pristine backwaters in a country boat; visit a crab farm; watch coir yarn making and coconut leaves weaving; visit an agriculture farm and see various plantations, water harvesting ponds and biogas plants. Find out how the Chinese used to fish in ancient time with the Chinese Fishing Nets.

Following visit, continue drive to Cochin.  On arrival check-in at hotel.

Evening Kathakali dance show. Kathakali literally meaning "story dance" is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancing is mostly of the masculine type.

Overnight in Kochi

12
DAY 12 : END OF ITINERARYDAY

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin.  You will first proceed to Mattancherry, where you will visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India [closed on Friday afternoon & Saturday] built by a thriving Jewish community in 1568 A.D. Now the community has dwindled in numbers, however the synagogue is beautifully preserved. You can see the religious scrolls and the beautiful hand-painted tiles from China, which decorate the synagogue. Its fascinating interiors include 19th century Belgian Chandeliers, a ladies gallery and an elegant brass pulpit. Enjoy a short walk in the heritage Jew town. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry [Closed on Friday] was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. From Jewish Synagogue you will visit Chinese fishing nets. The cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. The long rows of Chinese Nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight of Cochin's waterfront. These are large nets, which hang from bamboo or teak posts, still used by the local fishermen of Fort Cochin.

Continue your tour to the St. Francis Church [closed on Sunday during Mass], originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal. Five Portuguese priests who arrived with Albuquerque built St. Francis church in 1510. This church, said to be the oldest European church built in India, was the original burial site of Vasco da Gama in 1524.

Following sightseeing, enjoy a unique gastronomic experience at the Ginger House Restaurant, a gorgeous waterfront eatery, which boasts of an impressive menu delectable Kerala cuisine.

Later get transferred to Kochi airport for your flight for onward journey.

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