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Insight into North India Cuisine

Deluxe Small Group Tour
12 – 27 September 2019

life’s a feast has collaborated with travel consultancy India Personal Tours to bring you an exclusive culinary tour of Northern India. Limited to just 12 guests, this deluxe tour designed for the foodie will provide an insight into the cuisine of North India, and includes five cooking classes, unique dining events and many other memorable experiences.

Red Fort Delhi

Day 1 (12 September 2019) – Arrive in Delhi

You will be met at the airport and transported to your hotel. Our representative will meet you at the airport with a placard in his hand mentioning your name on it. For those arriving earlier in the day take the time to recover from the flight. Enjoy a swim, or walk in the gardens.

Our first couple of days are spent at a more leisurely pace as some clients may still feel jet lagged.

Day 2 – Delhi

You will spend the day visiting Delhi’s major attractions including the Red Fort and Humayan’s tomb.

You will explore the old Delhi market on foot and by rickshaw, which includes India’s largest spice market.

You can take the opportunity to try some of Delhi’s famous street cuisine for lunch or we can direct you to a lovely local restaurant. The rest of the day is free.

Day 3 – Delhi

Today you will have your first cooking lesson in the morning, which will include your lunch. The afternoon can be spent at leisure. A great time to explore other monuments, museums or the shops.

Day 4 – Delhi – Lucknow [fly]

We will fly to Lucknow in the morning and arrive at lunchtime. The ‘City of Nawabs’ offers amazing options in Awadhi cuisine and is a must for foodies. Lucknowi food is quintessentially kebabs, sheermal (a sweet naan), kormas and Idris ki Biryani. The cooking technique usually incorporates the ‘dum style’ where the food is cooked over a low flame. You should finish you meal with Prakash ki Kulfi, Lucknawi pann or Malai ki Gilori. Prior to the cooking class we will explore some of the local markets, including the Yahiyaganj spice market where you can discover some of the famous Awadhi street food.

Later in the afternoon you will have a cooking class that focuses on teaching techniques prominent in Lucknow (your dinner is provided by the food you cook in class).

Day 5 – Lucknow – Delhi – Jodhpur [fly]

Transfer to airport and fly to Jodhpur via Delhi. Jodhpur is known as the Blue City and is iconic with the indigo washed walls in the old city. After arriving in Jodhpur we will visit the old city center where you can explore the local market before we enjoy a rooftop dinner.

Day 6 – Jodhpur

The morning will be spent exploring the Mehrangarh Fort, where you can look down upon the old city and beyond. Following this we will move back to the old city, where you can do some shopping for spices, traditional cooking implements and local artefacts.

Later in the afternoon you will have your next cooking lesson.

Day 7 – Jodhpur – Narlai [3:30hrs]

Half way between Udaipur and Jodhpur, hidden away in the Arawali Hills, we will spend the night at a former royal hunting lodge which has been converted into a boutique heritage hotel. We will arrive at the hotel around lunchtime and you will have the opportunity to relax in this rural setting.

In the evening you will enjoy true Rajasthani royal hospitality at the 16th Century old stepwell of Rawla Narlai. The evening begins when you gather at the courtyard to enjoy a welcome drink with the resident royal. You will be regaled with stories and history of the locals and have the opportunity to dress with turbans and scarf before being transported by bullock carts to your venue. Swaying to the movement of the cart you will watch the village slowly going to sleep and the starlit sky unfold above you until you reach your destination that is lit by hundreds of lamps. This fairytale setting is the start of a culinary journey that ignites your taste buds with elaborate flavours while being entertained by the local jogi, singing the devotional folk songs in his rich melodious voice. This culinary experience ends with the return to the hotel courtyard by our jeeps and a welcome cup of calming herbal tea.

Day 8 – Narlai – Udaipur [3 hrs]

Drive to Udaipur. On the way we will visit beautiful Jain temple built in white marble and has 1444 pillars. Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, with five prominent lakes and other watercourses.

After arriving at the hotel, we will spend the rest of the afternoon on a walking tour around the old city.

Day 9 – Udaipur

The morning is free for leisure. We can advise you of the various local museums, such as the Shilpgram Arts & Crafts Complex, or you can explore the winding streets to find hidden merchants and beautiful architecture.

In the afternoon you will have a cooking lesson.

Day 10 – Udaipur

We will visit Udaipur City Palace Complex. Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, with five prominent lakes and other watercourses.

The afternoon is free at leisure or we can do an excursion to visit ancient temple at Nagda. Overnight in Udaipur.

Morning free at leisure. Check out. We will enjoy a local thali lunch before taking a leisurely drive to Deogarh. Arrive and check in to Deogarh Mahal a Palace hotel. Relax or take a walking tour of village. Overnight at hotel Deogarh Mahal.Day 11 – Udaipur – Deogarh [2:30 hrs]

Day 12 – Deogarh – Jaipur [5 hrs]

After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur. Lunch will be on the way in an Indian restaurant. Jaipur is known as India’s ‘Pink City’ and is the capital of Rajasthan.

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

Day 13 – Jaipur

The morning and early afternoon will be spent sightseeing around the beautiful pink city of Jaipur. You will visit the Amber Fort with the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors), Jaigarh Fort and explore some of the hidden gems around Amer. We will also suggest you tailor some clothes as Jaipur is known for hand block print.

Day 14 – Jaipur

The morning is free for leisure. We can show you the local markets, where you can find everything from handicrafts to beautiful Jaipur handblock printed textiles. Explore the markets and little side streets to find hidden merchants and local delicacies. You will see the Hawa Mahal in the main market and the City Palace is also nearby.

In the afternoon you will have your next cooking lesson.

Day 15 – Jaipur – Fort Bishingarh [2 hrs]

After check-out we will drive to Fort Bishingarh for our last night on the tour. Enjoy the surrounds of this amazing fort. In the evening we will eat under the stars.

Day 16 – Fort Bishingarh to Delhi [4 hrs]

Check out and drive to Delhi airport. For those flying out the same day, we recommend that your flight not be before 5 pm.

Your Accommodation:

DATES DESTINATIONS HOTELS (5-STAR OR EQUIVALENT)
Day 1 12 September Arrive in Delhi The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa
Day 2 13 September Delhi The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa
Day 3 14 September Delhi The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa
Day 4 15 September Delhi-Lucknow Vivanta Gomti Nagar
Day 5 16 September Lucknow – Jodhpur Radisson Jodhpur *
Day 6 17 September Jodhpur Radisson Jodhpur *
Day 7 18 September Jodhpur – Narlai Rawla Narlai
Day 8 19 September Narlai – Udaipur Trident Udaipur
Day 9 20 September Udaipur Trident Udaipur
Day 10 21 September Udaipur Trident Udaipur
Day 11 22 September Udaipur – Deogarh Deogarh Mahal Hotel
Day 12 23 September Deogarh –Jaipur Trident Jaipur
Day 13 24 September Jaipur Trident Jaipur
Day 14 25 September Jaipur Trident Jaipur
Day 15 26 September Jaipur – Bishangarh Alila Fort Bishangarh
Day 16 27 September Bishangarh – Delhi
*Radisson Jodhpur is a vegetarian hotel

Your Vehicle:

Name: Tempo Traveller – from Force Company

Sitting capacity: 9 passengers + driver + guide (more than 8 passengers we will use an 18-seater mini bus)

Equipped with: pushback seats, seat belts, First aid box, Air conditioner, Charging plugs, LCD, Ice box, floor carpet, WIFI.

High roof offers clear standing height of 6 feet.

NVH re-engineered to deliver significant reduction of noise, vibration and harshness in passenger area.

Extensions:

You can add any extension to the beginning or end of the tour. We suggest Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort (also known as Agra Red Fort or Lal Qila).

An extension to visit Fatehpur Sikri near Agra is also worthwhile.

If you wish to extend your holiday by a further three or four days then perhaps a few days at the foot of the Himalayas, or in Goa is recommended.

Cost:

AUD $4390pp per person twin share / single supplement: AUD $1445

Inclusions:

    • Accommodation for 15 nights in India in 5-star hotels
    • Daily breakfast in all hotels
    • Internal flights economy class from Delhi to Lucknow and Lucknow to Jodhpur Via Delhi
    • Small group (maximum 12)
    • Private accompanying tour guide for entire trip
    • AC Vehicle with private driver – Tempo Traveller from Force Company [9 Seats + driver + guide] –
    • All monument fees as per the itinerary [single entry]
    • Apron and book for your recipes and notes.
    • Mineral water on all days
    • All airport transfers by private vehicles
    • Fuel, tolls, parking, vehicle insurance
    • Tipping for driver, guide, porters, waiters for included meals
    • The following meals are included:
    • Day 3: Lunch with cooking class in Delhi,
    • Day 4: Dinner in Lucknow with cooking class
    • Day 5: Rooftop dinner in Jodhpur – [fixed menu]
    • Day 6: Cooking class with Lunch in Jodhpur
    • Day 7: Stepwell dinner in Narlai – [fixed menu]
    • Day 10: Afternoon cooking class with Lunch
    • Day 11: Udaipur Thali lunch only [fixed menu]
    • Day 12: Lunch on the way [fixed menu]
    • Day 14: Lunch with cooking class
    • Day 15: Dinner at Alila Fort Bishangarh [fixed menu]

Cost does not include:

    • International airfares
    • Visa fee
    • Drinks during the meals
    • Insurance (compulsory)
    • Any personal expenses at hotels such as room service, laundry, etc
    • Meals other than those noted in the inclusions.

For further information or to reserve your place, please contact Gail from life’s a feast on 0438 469 692 or gail@lifesafeast.com.au

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