Culinary India

20 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£3,716pp

3 star & low season

£4,447pp

4-5 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart London in the evening for flight to Delhi
Day 2
This morning you will arrive into Delhi, where you will be met by your driver. You will be taken to your hotel where you can simply relax.
Day 3
Explore Old Delhi in our Street Food Tour. This afternoon/evening you will enjoy a cookery demonstration followed by an authentic dinner.
Day 4
An early start today for your train journey to Agra. Here you will explore Agra with your guide, along with the iconic Taj Mahal, before heading onto Jaipur. Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City', home to fine havelis, forts and palaces. It's a wonderful introduction to Rajasthan. Today is a long day, so this evening is completely at leisure.
Day 5
Explore Jaipur in our Jaipur Food Tour. Later in the afternoon you will visit Dera Amer, here'll you'll enjoy an elephant safari through a wonderful rural area before enjoying a lantern lit dinner.
Day 6
Head from Jaipur into rural Rajasthan today. You will be staying in Barli, a wonderful and untouched small rural town close by to beautiful monsoon lakes. Enjoy exploring the village with your hosts (here's some ideas of things to do) before enjoying an evening cooking demonstration, concentrating on traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
Day 7
Today your driver will take you deeper into rural Rajasthan, to Shahpura. This afternoon is completely at leisure at Shahpura Bagh, a beautiful colonial estate house surrounded by lakes and woodland. There's a wonderful heated pool in the grounds, so you might like to simply relax today.
Day 8
Today is at your own leisure, here are some ideas of things to do at Shahpura. You can explore the local town with your hosts, enjoy bird watching around the estate or even relax in the heated pool. Later on you might like to enjoy a hands on class, learning how to cook on an open wood/charcoal fire stove. This style of cooking is typical of the local villagers. Later on enjoy a more comprehsive demonstration and dine with the warm aristocratic family who own and run Shahpura.
Day 9
From Shahpura you will head further west to Narlai, a wonderful fortified rural property. This evening you will enjoy their beautiful Stepwell Dinner, dining in an ancient stepwell full of lanterns.
Day 10
Today you can simply relax, enjoy a walk through the village or even go horse riding.
Day 11
Your driver will bring you south to Udaipur today. En route visit the spectacular Ranakpur Temple and Kumbhalgarh Fort. Kumbhalgarh is one of Rajasthan's finest examples of defense fortification. Ranakpur is a spectacular Jain temple nestled in the Aravali hills. This evening, enjoy a cookery lesson in a local home.
Day 12
Enjoy a tour of Udaipur this morning After lunch proceed for a walk through the old part of the city, visiting fruit and vegetable markets and farmers displaying their produce. Dinner is included in a local restaurant this evening.
Day 13
You be take to Udaipur Airport this morning for your flight to Cochin in Kerala. On arrival you will be met by your new driver and will be taken to your hotel in characterful Fort Cochin. Cochin is one of India's best preserved colonial landscapes, with tea planter's bungalows, village greens and churches interspersed with boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 14
This morning you will enjoy our Fort Cochin Heritage Walk. Later this afternoon you will visit the local vegetable/spice and fish market along with a traditional cookery lesson.
Day 15
Your driver will bring you a couple of hours in-land today, to Mundackal Estate, a homestay famous for its food. Enjoy an authentic South Indian cookery lesson with your hosts this evening.
Day 16
Enjoy today relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.
Day 17
Your driver will bring you back over to the coast today, to the Backwaters, here you will be staying in a local homestay. The Backwaters are a fantastic collection of lakes, lagoons and waterways that are sandwiched between the sea and Kerala's hills. They are flanked by coconut groves, spice plantations and small villages. This afternoon you can go for a farm walk with any of the family so that you can understand the different crops cultivated.
Day 18
You will head to Allepey today to board your houseboat for a day cruise on the backwaters. Notice life unfold on the banks of the water, small churches snuggled in between trees, children going to and from school and fishermen going about their daily work.
Day 19
Enjoy today completely at leisure.
Day 20
This morning you will be taken to Cochin Airport for your flight back home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Designed solely with foodies in mind, our ‘Culinary India’ itinerary takes in some of the best culinary experiences the subcontinent has to offer, whilst taking in its glorious historic and natural highlights. From a street food tour in Jaipur to private cookery lessons in Kerala and from dining in a candle lit step well in Rajasthan to enjoying dinner under the stars, accessed only by elephant back. This trip really has it all.


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