Gourmet Tour of India


10 days | INDIA, UDAIPUR | from INR 5000.0000

India
  • Day 01: Arrival – Delhi

  • Day 02: Delhi

  • Day 03: Delhi

  • Day 04: Delhi / Udaipur (flight)

  • Day 05: Udaipur / Ranakpur / Rohet (drive – 220 kms)

  • Day 06: Rohet / Jodhpur (40Kms)

  • Day 07: Jodhpur / Jaipur (drive – 336 kms)

  • Day 8: Jaipur

  • Day 09: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (drive – 238 kms)

  • Day 10: Agra / Delhi (drive – 203kms)

  • Day 11: Delhi / Departure

 

Programme

  • 1 . Day 01: Arrival – Delhi

    Upon arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and then transferred to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 2 . Day 02: Delhi

    Following breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of New Delhi, Visiting such sights as Bahai Temple, Humayun’s Tomb (1586), the Qutab Minar 72 meters high and one of the most perfect towers in the Persian world. The Iron Pillar which has survived the vagaries of weather for over 1500 years. Continue with a drive through Embassy area, the Government buildings (1921-1930) and Connaught Place, the heart and main shopping district of the capital. We visit the Frontier restaurant for Lunch. This would be our first introduction to Indian food. As the name suggests, the place specializes in cuisines of the North West Frontier region. The décor is also ethnic – craggy stones walls, traditionally dressed waiters, musicians playing local musical instruments live and circulates amongst the guests. It is a modern air conditioned restaurant with plenty of character. Food is served in bronze thalis (trays) and decorated globlets for drinks or water. After finishing the sight seeing, you are transferred to the hotel for wash and change and later we take you for the special welcome Dinner. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 3 . Day 03: Delhi

    In the morning we cross the city and into the walled gates of the Old Delhi. The capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries, Old Delhi seems somewhat anachronistic as compared to New Delhi. It draws one through congested roads and lanes, interesting mosques, monuments and forts relating to its chequered history. Our tour includes visits to the Jamma Mosque (1650) and drive through the fabled area of Chandni Chowk (aptly translates to Moonlight Square) where the throngs of shoppers and vendors meet in the oldest area of Delhi, on to the Red Fort (1639-1648 built by Shah Jehan the builder of the Taj Mahal in Agra) to view the inlaid and carved Royal Chambers, on to Raj Ghat and nearby ghats where the founder of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The highlight of this tour would be a ride on cycle rickshaws. Now these are 3-wheel cycles with a sofa seat at the back. The Rickshawalla (Rickshaw driver) sits on a small cushion in the front and two passengers on the sofa seat behind. This is a remarkable way to explore and picture the hustle and bustle as well as the colour of the narrow winding streets bursting with people and pavement shops selling wares of all description – including a laughing set of dentures. The ride would be accompanied by peals of laughter both from the passengers as well as the onlookers In the afternoon we would visit an Indian Family to observe and learn some of the Indian’s housewife’s secret. We would have the meals with the family in the evening. You could also participate in the actual cooking of the meal. Overnight at Hotel



  • 4 . Day 04: Delhi / Udaipur (flight)

    Morning transfer to the airport to connect your flight to Udaipur Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Later we proceed on a tour of Udaipur City. In the afternoon we do a boat cruise on the Lake Pichola. Following the cruise we would walk through the main and colourful bazaar of Udaipur. A highlight of the tour would be a visit to of clay, the moulding of bricks, setting up of brick kilns all by hand are interesting sights as are the camel carts bringing in clay and colorfully dressed men and women carrying bricksand clay in bamboo baskets over their heads. Tonight dinner would take us out of the city the Shilpi Village complex – a modern Indian restaurant set up in rustic village complex – a modern Indian restaurant set up in rustic village ambience of thatched huts. Overnight at Hotel



  • 5 . Day 05: Udaipur / Ranakpur / Rohet (drive – 220 kms)

    Morning drive to Rohet en-route visiting Ranakpur Temples, the Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of Chaumukh or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath. Thereafter we continue to Rohet, one is transported in to a world of the past, a world of honour and of chivalry, of glory and of pride; a world of vibrant colours and spectacular magnificence. Past centuries come to life at the historic boundary walls of Rohet- the 16th century fortified deserted home of a Rajput clan. Within the precincts of these time weathered walls is our hotel, the impressive Rohetgarh Fort- a bastion of proud Rajput traditions bathed in the ambience of unmistakable Rajasthani culture where one can, even today experience the famed warm and courteous Rajput hospitality. Frescoes on the tall gateway, brightly painted in the traditional style, using traditional motifs and colour schemes herald your entry to this charmed world the bygone era. The gateway leads to a compound where a profusion of flowers frame the archways in welcome. The portico is a warm and informal place decorated with the artifacts and trophies of many years. Exquisitely carved furniture, delicate hand block prints, original paintings and photographs decorate your rooms, which though redolent with the romance of a bygone era, provide all the modern amenities. Antique hunting riffles, shields & spearheads, daggers and original paintings form the backdrop of the dinning room. The swimming pool here is in beautiful settings and is an oasis in a dessert. The food at Rohetgarh is special, each recipe is both traditional and typical, handed down the generations and jealously guarded to retain its pristine flavours. You savour only the very best of Rajasthani cuisine’s, food favoured by the Royalty. The 16th century descendants of the Rathore ruling family still live here and host the guests. The members of the Royal family interact with the guests and interesting stories and anecdotes are narrated. We would also explore Rohet, which is a fascinating small feudal town, which seems to be straight out of the Arabian Nights. There is no proper road here – only one main dust trail. On either side are typical thatched houses and shops of all kinds – colourful bangles, silver jewellery, potters, fruit vendors on carts, dress shops, tailors etc. Late afternoon we enjoy jeep safaris to visit the heart of Rajasthan villages where traditions centuries old still permeate life styles. One can witness the ‘opium ceremony’ – a ritual by which guests are welcomed. Gaily attired men and women carry on their chores and one can catch a glimpse of their norms and customs. The smoothened mud floors of the village huts remind one of the simple and traditional living here. Evening descends upon our hotel, the darkness of the night is lit up by the flickering flames of fire around which the rhythmic movements of the folk dancers assumes shape in brilliant colours; truly an electrifying experience. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 6 . Day 06: Rohet / Jodhpur (40Kms)

    After breakfast a short drive brings us to Jodhpur Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Later we visit the massive fort. In olden days this must have been impregnable since its rocky base is scraped straight down making it nearly impossible to ascend. Once inside, royal palaces abound with fascinating history and priceless jewels, on to the armory and Jaswant Tara – the Royal Crematorium. Following lunch we visit the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is one of India’s largest and most colourful wholesale markets especially with respect to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. It is a fantastic experience to walk through the place observing and photographing this incredible spectacle of vibrant lifestyles and incredible colours. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 7 . Day 07: Jodhpur / Jaipur (drive – 336 kms)

    Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival Jaipur transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure or free time for optional activities. This evening dinner would be specially arranged for us at Surabhi, a heritage restaurant in a 300-year-old palace in Jaipur. The heart of the restaurant is the Durbar Hall, which is the main seating area. Having a meal there is just like having it in the Diwan-e-am (Hall Of Public Audience) of Amber Fort or City Palace. With original marble pillars, the Hall is the third largest in Jaipur after Amber and City Palace. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 8 . Day 8: Jaipur

    After breakfast tour of the impressive Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned Elephant for the climb to the main gate. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families. Afternoon tour of the Pink City – will include City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here. Also visit the Hawa Mahal “Palace of the Winds”, and the open-air Jantar Mantar “Observatory” to see the vast astronomical instruments. In the evening we will take you for the dinner at Chokhi Dhani a ethnic resort, located on Jaipur Tonk highway. Overnight at Hotel



  • 9 . Day 09: Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra (drive – 238 kms)

    After breakfast we drive to Agra with packed lunches. We would carry with us what is typically an Indian Picnic lunch easy to carry and wholesome – alu paratha and dried potato curry (bread with a mildly spiced potato pastry). En-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri (ghost capital) for a tour of these magnificent and world heritage buildings, which are still in a state of perfect reservation. The city is divided into religious and secular sections. The profusion of sculpture is breathtaking. Also, the white marble mosque in the secular section is incredible. It is a very sacred mosque and pilgrims from far and near arrives here to pay their respects; from here we continue our ride to Agra Upon arrival check in to hotel, and this evening we will have our dinner with a traditional family from utter Pradesh for a taste of cuisines from this North – Central state of India. The food is less rich, mildly spiced and is vegetarian. This family is a perfect example of how joint families live. Here, 4 generations live together in a huge traditional home. Overnight at Hotel



  • 10 . Day 10: Agra / Delhi (drive – 203kms)

    We are about to witness one of the greatest sights of one’s lifetime – the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Before departure for the monument we shall be served tea/coffee and cookies so that our eyes open real wide to behold this breathtaking sight. A dawn visit to the fabled Taj Mahal to witness the magical effects caused by the reflections of the changing colours of the rising Sun on this brilliant white marble building. After breakfast we visit the Agra fort the elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. Built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects. Later drive to Delhi and check in at the hotel. Tonight dinner would be a south Indian affair. We visit Udipi restaurant which is one of the best for South Indian Cusines – dosas, vadas, idlis, sambar (lentil Soup), uthapas etc. with a south Indian filter ciffee at the end. Overnight at Hotel.



  • 11 . Day 11: Delhi / Departure

    Transfer to International airport to connect your onward destination flight.