Culinary Delights of India

Valid to 31 March '21

09 Nights / 10 Days

Food in India is as diverse as the regions which influence the flavors. From sizzling street-food stands where you can eat snacks and meals sold from a cart or a hole-in-the-wall counter, to Dhabas - cheap roadside restaurants, to restaurants which range from simple local places to dining rooms in five-star hotels.

This tour explores the flavors of:

Delhi | Lucknow | Kolkata | Hyderabad

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi by international flight 

On arrival at Delhi International airport and after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet our representative in the arrival hall. He will further assist you in your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. (Standard check-in time is 1200 hours)

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02 - Delhi

Street food, Old Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the Old Delhi food tour which includes:

 

  • Old Delhi Safe Street Food Tasting to try some local delicacies

  • Heritage & Bazaar walk

  • Participation in local activities and interaction with locals

  • Cycle / Battery Rickshaw Rides

  • Spice Market visit ( Khari Baoli)

  • Temple Visit

  • Visit a local home for a complimentary traditional meal at Masterji Kee Haveli (an Old Private Mansion in the old city in which single-family is living from generations)

  • Company of English Speaking Local Friend cum Story Teller cum Photographer  

  • Free online restricted photo album of the entire tour as a gift to your clients, for their memories!

After lunch visits to New Delhi, beautifully designed by “Sir Edwin Lutyens”, drive past India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Connaught Place.

Later continue the sightseeing by visiting, Humayun Tomb, the tomb was built in 1570 and was the first garden-tomb made by Humayun’s son Akbar. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

 

Conclude the sightseeing with the visit of “Qutub Minar”, the stunning red stone tower is 72.5 m high with 2.75m in diameter. It is also a UNESCO site.

 

The evening will be at leisure to pursue independent activities

 

Overnight stay at the hotel

Connaught Place, New Delhi

Day 03 - Delhi - Lucknow by flight 6E-906 Departure 08:20 Arrival 09:25

Breakfast at the hotel thereafter, you will be in time transferred to the airport to board the flight for Lucknow.

 

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Lucknow airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-In at the hotel. 

Post lunch this evening, we leave for a Heritage Walk: we will reach 'Chowk' the oldest market place of Lucknow to appreciate the unique crafts of this Nawabi City. We walk in the by-lane of Chowk called ‘Gol Darwaza’ – a place that was once a seat of numerous ‘Kothas’ (a small entertainment studio where nautch girls performed in the evenings) now is a market place that is known to house the best of handicrafts and Chikan work. A heritage walk here will showcase the culture of this fabled city and take you into the bygone era. (Operates every day except Thursday and a few festival holidays).

Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, is particularly loved for its meaty delights especially the kebab. Walk down the lane adjacent to Akbari Gate where you will experience the concept of food loyalty and the real taste of the original Tundey Kebabs, Raheem’s Nihari, and Mobeen’s Pasanda Kebabs.

 

Observe the chefs at work in these small and dingy shops that seldom look hygienic, but no one has ever fallen sick. To take this tour, you need to be a foodie with closed eyes, so that your taste buds work to their best of abilities. Try all of these, while a culinary curator (Walk Leader) explains the history and the recipes  (Operational Except Sunday and Thursday)

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 - Lucknow

Day 04 - Lucknow

Breakfast at the hotel, then embark upon a city tour of Lucknow.

 

Lucknow Residency: A place where speechless walls are known to speak the gruesome tale of the 1857 mutiny. The sprawling British campus witnessed nothing less than 3000 deaths to keep the Union Jack flying. Yet the British could not defend their domain and the buildings were lost to the high spirited and enthusiastic Indians who fought till their last breath. The trees, bullet sprinkled walls, unusable canons, worn out firearms all cry aloud with the burden of deaths that were witnessed here. We also visit the graveyard to pay our homage to named and unnamed soldiers who gave up their lives in the defense of The Residency

Visit the world’s most unique architecture, 'Asifi Imambara'. This monument was built as a relief measure for a devastating famine, in order to provide employment to the subjects of the state by Nawab Asif-ud-Daula'. This is the world’s biggest hall that is devoid of any pillar support, wood, iron beams, or concrete walls. Salute the “Nawab” (Prince) lying in peace inside and proceed to see his noble work. Also, see the 'Rumi Darwaza' or the Turkish Gate and the Asfi Mosque.

Asifi Imambara

Lucknow Residency

Lunch at The Royal Café: The royal cafe is a brand of Jagtiani hotels and properties with a rich legacy of forty years in the food & beverage industry in Lucknow. They have been delighting & entertaining the citizens of Lucknow with great food at highly affordable prices. This chain of hotels is known for introducing several signature dishes including Basket Chaat, Potli Kabab among others. They have also brought about several innovations for preparing food in hygienic conditions.

 

After lunch visit the architectural marvel of the age, La Martiniere School built-in 1800, which was designed by the Frenchman Major-General Claude Martin which was designed by him as a palatial home, now being used as a school in accordance to his will. Even to this day, Claude martin is a revered personality in the city of Lucknow.

 

The evening will be at leisure to relax.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 - Lucknow

After breakfast drive Mahumudabad Fort. The Mahmudabad Estate has recently decided to open the doors of its Forts in Mahmudabad and Bilehra and its city residence in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India) to discerning visitors who wish to explore Awadh's famed culture and traditions through immersive experiences.

 

Mahmudabad (Uttar Pradesh, India), was one of the largest Taluqdaris under the Mughal rule and the royal family of Mahmudabad trace their lineage to the Banu Taim - the tribe of the first Caliph of Islam, Abu Bakr. They migrated to India in the first half of the 13th Century and their ancestor Qazi Nasrullah was Chief Qazi or Religious Judge of the Abbasid Caliph of the time. He came to India as an Ambassador of the Governor of Baghdad and settled at Amroha in western Uttar Pradesh. Subsequent generations served under a number of dynasties as judges, ministers, and military commanders.

Today, the Qila or Fort in Mahmudabad is one of the few living historical homes in India and has been listed by the World Monuments Fund as a place of global significance. In the age of fast food, you are invited to sit down to a slow cooked meal that is not only prepared according to traditional techniques but also includes various recipes that stretch back to the time of the famed Mughal Empress, Noor Jahan.

Program for the day:

Arrive at around  11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Welcome drinks followed by a tour of the Qila, beginning with Muqim Manzil, Tedhi Kothi, and the Library.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm   Lunch in Muqim Manzil. 

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm   The Qila tour continues with the Baradari, Mahalsara, Qilasaaz Atelier, and the Phulwari.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm   Travel from Mahmudabad to Bilehra

4:30 pm – 6 pm   Explore the Kothi at Bilehra, High Tea and Departure Reach Lucknow by 7:30 pm

Overnight stay at the hotel in Lucknow

Day 06 - Lucknow – Kolkata by flight 6E-634 Departure 08:10 / Arrival 10:55

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Kolkata airport and transfer to hotel.

 

After lunch proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Dalhousie Square, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa’s House.

Dalhousie Square: The Square was named in the memory of Lord Dalhousie who was the Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. The alleys off N.S.Road, the famed office area surrounding Writers Building (the administrative center of West Bengal) offer a lip-smacking variety of snacks and meals, with choices ranging from typical Bengali and South Indian to Mughlai, Punjabi, and Chinese cuisine. In fact, the entire area, loosely referred to as the "Dalhousie para", encompassing the Calcutta High Court and the Stock Exchange on Lyons Range (to name just two of the many landmark buildings), is a foodies` paradise where one can spend weeks sampling new dishes.

 

Flower Market: It can also be termed as Heritage Market. Beneath the east end of Howrah Bridge, Mullick Ghat Kolkata Flower Market is eastern India's largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and people sitting on the ground. 

Flower sellers, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Howrah Bridge:

It is popularly known as Rabindra Setu. Howrah Bridge in Kolkata spans over river Hooghly and is considered to be a marvelous engineering work by the British. The Howrah Bridge is enumerated amongst the busiest cantilever bridge in the World. It took nearly about 7 long years to construct the Howrah Bridge. The cantilever bridge of Howrah was completed in 1943. 

 

Kumartuli:

This unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. It is the lifeblood of Bengal’s biggest festival and keeps the Puja fervor alive among Bengali communities in other countries. Around 250 artists work to produce 40,000 idols a year, including 3500 images of Durga. With more than a thousand workers assisting the artisans, Kumartuli is a mini industry. It exports 50 Durga idols to virtually all corners of the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.

 

Indian Coffee House:

Also known as "Albert Hall", this is the most favorite gathering place for the writers, intellectuals, artists, and students for many decades. Casual chatting for hours about any issue is the most favorite social activity of any Bengali and here in this large historical and legendary café, the entire day you can find hundreds of Kolkatans are busy discussing their favorite issue over a cup of coffee. 

(Any consumption other than one cup of coffee will be on direct payment). (Closed on Sunday)

 

Book Market: (Closed on Sunday) 

Kolkatans are well-known for their passion for books and this area is a treasure for the book lovers of the city, you can find them every day spending hours browsing through loads of new books or bargaining for buying a second hand one. Some of the Kolkata’s most renowned academic institutions like Kolkata University, Presidency College, Kolkata Medical College, and Sanskrit College are also located in this street. (Partially closed on Sunday & National Holidays).

Mother Teresa’s House:

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools. (Closed on Thursday, photography not allowed inside).

 

Later in the evening transfer to Bengali house for Cooking demonstration along with Dinner. (No guide services)Met by our driver and driven to the house of the family where cooking demo & Dinner has been arranged. 

 

On arrival at the host family’s house, you will be welcomed in a traditional way. After you settle yourself you will be served a non-alcoholic drink, tea, or coffee as per your preference. Over drinks, you get introduced to the ingredients used for cooking and slowly learn to cook the dish selected by you. Finally, relish the dish cooked by you along with other dishes pre-cooked by the housewives, served in a platter. During a conversation over dinner, you come to know a lot about Bengali culture, tradition, and food habits. 

 

Post dinner Bid farewell to the host family and drive back to the hotel.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 - Kolkata

 

Breakfast at the hotel, then part for a day of exploring College Street, Old China Town, Dacres Lane, BBD Bagh and Dalhousie Square.

 

Victoria Memorial: This is one of India's most beautiful monuments built between 1906 and 1921 on the lines of white marble. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his lately departed Queen Empress, required a suitable monument to her memory. It houses paintings, manuscripts, and other objects of historic value in its Museum and Art Gallery. (Closed on Monday & National Holidays. Photography not allowed inside).

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

 

Old China Town Area (old international settlements of Chinese immigrants)

 

Later proceed for Street food walk tour exploring the famous street food joints of Kolkata, especially in the BBD Bagh area, Dalhousie Square area, Sudder Street, A.J.C Bose Road. The kiosks along Dacres Lane is the ultimate destination for foodies. This tour will give you an opportunity to learn how to cook without a kitchen and how to make the most out of not very much. You may experience the different flavors of Kolkata’s street food (at your own risk, of course).

 

Dacres Lane :

This is one of the most famous street food places in Kolkata. From China to Punjab, the food map here charts all delicacies one can want. This is a safe place to try out Kolkata’s street food with family as WHO has rated the food here as one of the “Best Street Foods of the World”. One can bite into a myriad variety of dishes—chicken cutlet, fish fry, fish roll, mutton/chicken/vegetable stew, ghugni, chowmein, fried rice, chilly/schezwan/garlic chicken, luchi/puri sabzi, chola-bhatura, kulcha-chana, momo, biryani, a wide range of sweets, lassi, firni and lots more. For almost 200 years, Dacres Lane was the eating ground for sailors who came to Calcutta from various countries. Dacres Lane served as a platform where sailors used to hang around and exchanged tales of their voyages and heroics over-generous platters of food. In the 19th century, after the British left India, the tradition has been since carried forward by the city’s fiercely food-loving residents. Dacres Lane is a must-visit for street food connoisseurs.

Chana Chaat, street food, Kolkata

 

BBD Bagh:

One of the prime business centers of the city, BBD Bagh sees a lot of businessmen flock to the street food stalls here for a quick lunch. Join the experienced locals and take a food walk down the square which is known for the numerous vendors who flock to this place to sell their wares. Some of the best vendors here are located near Fairlie place, by the backside of Writer’s Building and Near the Bankshall Court. You can try the Lucchi, Kochuri and Aloodom, Cholar Dal, Rice and Fish Curry and Lanchan when here.

 

      

Indian Museum:

One of the oldest museums in Asia, the Indian Museum was founded in 1814. One needs an entire day, or more, to fully enjoy the fossils, coins, stones, Gandhara art, meteors, and much more that go to make up this museum. There is a 4,000-year-old mummy here as well. Also on display is an urn said to contain the Buddha's ashes. 

 

Photography allowed on charges. (Closed on Monday & National Holidays).

 

Kalighat Kali Temple:

Located on the banks of river Hooghly is regarded as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India. According to legend, when Lord Shiva was furiously performing his Rudra Tandava dance, the various parts of the corpse of Goddess Kali fell off at different points, where pilgrimages were later built. The Kalighat Kali Temple is said to have sprung up at the place where a toe of her right foot had fallen. 

(Open all days). Photography not allowed inside

 

Overnight stay at hotel

Kali Temple, Kolkata

Day 08 - Kolkata – Hyderabad by flight 6E-6513 Departure 09:00 / Arrival 11:30

Breakfast at the hotel, thereafter transfer to the airport to board the flight for Hyderabad.

 

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Hyderabad airport and transfer to hotel. Post lunch visits Golkonda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs.

 

Golkonda Fort:

Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. It is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and is about 9 km from the Hussain Sagar Lake. It was originally known as Mankal and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the BahmaniSultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty.

 

The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques, and a hilltop pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.

Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad

The Qutb Shahi

Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single story while the larger ones are two-storied. In the center of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.

 

Evening cooking demonstration with an Indian family.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 - Hyderabad

Breakfast at the hotel then depart for a half-day city exploration of Salarjung Museum, Charminar, and Lad Bazaar.

 

Salarjung Museum:

The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is one of the three National Museums of India. It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America. The museum's collection was sourced from the property of the Salar Jung family, after whom it is named. It is one of the largest museums in the world.

 

Charminar:

It is the principal landmark of Hyderabad City. It was built by Mohammad Quli Qutub to celebrate the end of a deadly plague in 1591 AD. The Charminar lies near the bank of the river Musi. It is close to Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid. Charminar is taken from two words Char and Minar which translate as Four Towers in English.

 

Later visit Laad Bazaar, it is located quite close to the Charminar which is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots of Hyderabad. Adjacent to the monument, the Laad Bazaar is stretched on four roads starting from Charminar and is spread across an area of one kilometer.

 

Enjoy local lunch food at a local restaurant. 

Hyderabad, well know for its fish biryani

Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad

After lunch visit CHOWMOULLAH PALACE - The seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty, and once regarded as the center of Hyderabad, the magnificent Chowmoullah Palace built over 200-years ago was the venue used by the Nizams when entertaining their official guests and royal visitors. Completed by Nizam Afzar-ud - Dawla Bahadur in 1869 but initiated by Nizam Salabhat Jung, the Palace took over 100 years to complete. Renowned for its unique style, which is a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, this elegant Palace Complex has today been meticulously restored. 

(Closed on Friday ) 

 

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10 - Depart Hyderabad by flight

After breakfast make your way to the airport to board the flight for onward destination

End of Tour

Accommodation

Cost of Tour

Rate per person sharing:

USD2,252

Supplements:

Single: USD150

Payment Terms:

  • 50% of cost upon booking

  • 50% 45 days prior to arrival in India

Cancellation Terms:

  • 45 days prior to arrival in India: Nil, after deducting charges

  • 30 days prior to arrival in India: 50% of total billing

  • 20 days or less prior to arrival in India: No refund

Flight Ticket Cancellation:

  • 30 days prior to arrival in India: internal flights (if issued non-refundable ticket), will refund as per airline policy after deducting our handling charges.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation for 09 nights based on the above-mentioned hotels on DOUBLE/TWIN sharing basis.

  • Meals: On breakfast basis 

  • Please refer to the following lunch & dinner included during food walks & cooking demonstrations:

01 Lunch is included during the old Delhi food tour

01 Lunch at Royal Café in Lucknow.

01 lunch in Hyderabad at a local restaurant during the visit to the market area. 

Local food tasting is also included in Delhi, Lucknow & Kolkata. 

01 Cooking demonstration in Kolkata & Hyderabad followed by dinner with an Indian family.

  • All transportation i.e. airport transfers, sightseeing, and interstate drives will be done using air-conditioned Innova car for 02-03 pax using Innova large car

  • 04-06 pax-using tempo traveler

  • Local English speaking guide services as per the itinerary for 02-96 pax during sightseeing

  • We have included a 01-time entrance fee as per the itinerary. 

  • Bottled water and wet tissue throughout the vehicle 

  • Internal flights airfare: Delhi-Lucknow / Lucknow-Kolkata / Kolkata-Hyderabad

  • All currently applicable taxes. (5% Goods & Service Tax) 

Exclusions:

  • International airfare 

  • Visa charges

  • Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips.

  • Any expenses of personal nature & Insurance of any kind.

  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary. 

  • Any item not specified under ‘cost includes’

Special Notes

  • The flight timings and FARES are subject to change at the time of issuance. 

  • The check-in time at the hotel is 1400 hrs and check-out time is 1200 noon. In case if you have a flight arriving or departing at midnight, we suggest the book room for pre-night/late check-out to avoid any inconvenience.

  • The vehicle will be as per the itinerary only and not available during leisure time and strictly as per the itinerary.

  • The hotels mentioned are indicative and will be booked only once we get go-ahead from your end. The rooms will be subject to availability.

  • In case if any of the guest/s are allergic to any particular food or have any dietary restrictions, we request you to please advise in advance to update hotels/restaurants accordingly.

  • Incase any allergies to food, or any dietary restrictions, we request you to please advise in advance.

  

Mich Immelman

I am a specialist tour operator with Curious Journeys. We operate from South Africa. With the assistance of my partners in India and South East Asia, I offer fully inclusive group tours, private tours, and tailor-made services

My specialist destinations are: India, Nepal, Vietnam, and Myanmar

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