Flavours of India - Culinary Delight

16 Days, from AU $4,443

Indian Spices at Local Market in Goa

The Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Cooking in Jaipur

Cochin Fishing Nets

Traditional Cooking

Gateway Amber Fort

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One of Many Beaches in Goa

Ahmedabad, Jama Masjid Mosque

How better to dive into a new culture than by learning about its food? You will not only cook and try the best regional cuisines but also get to know locals, find out about old traditions and discover some of India’s’ most iconic sights. We have created this “Flavours of India- Culinary Delight” itinerary for any one who is interested in culture, wants to explore the culinary art and discover the multi-cultural history of India. During this culinary tour of India will learn the diverse Indian cuisine of South, West, Central and East India.

The "Flavour of India  - Culinary Delight" itinerary covers the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Cochin

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the reminder of the day at leisure.

Heralded as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", the city of Kochi is spread out across several islands connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and ferry services. Once an important 14th century spice trading port, Kochi's magnificent Portuguese Palace, cluster of markets, ancient mosques and massive Chinese fishing nets are living homage to the city's complex multicultural past.

Day 2: Cochin

This morning, embark on a tour of Kochi, starting with a visit to the Pardesi Synagogue. Located in the heart of the lively port area known as Jew Town, this quaint structure is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. Its elegant interior features an ornate gold pulpit, extravagant chandeliers and hand-painted willow pattern floor tiles from China.

Admire the astonishing murals that adorn the walls of the Mattancherry Palace, before stopping by the beautiful St Francis Church to visit the final resting place of famed adventurer Vasco de Gama. Stroll to the ocean to see the giant Chinese fishing nets permanently installed on the waterfront. Standing at around 10 metres tall, each of these innovative mechanisms are gently lowered into this sea by teams of fishermen working from the shore. They are believed to have been introduced under the rule of Kublai Khan and are the only structures of their kind in India.

In the afternoon visit to an Indian home and along with the lady of the house visit the market to buy spices and for your Traditional South Indian dinner. The cuisine of Kerala is characterized by the use of coconut, either chopped or grated and used as garnishing, as coconut milk or paste to thicken gravies or as coconut oil for cooking. Though one cannot imagine Keralas food without chillies, curry leaf, mustard seed, tamarind and asafetida. Enjoy the delicious food and local company.

Day 3: Goa

A visit to the beach in the morning, where fishermen just returned after the day’s fresh catch of fish. After a relaxed morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Goa. Enjoy the reminder of the day and discover Goa’s beautiful beaches, friendly locals and good nightlife.

Goa is India's smallest, and richest state. It is renown for its spectacular beaches, world heritage architecture and its biodiversity, particularly in the Western Ghat mountain range. Goa was under Portuguese rule for 450 years and this influence is evident in its architecture, culture and food, making it a very unique part of India. Goa became a popular destination for hippies in the 1960's and is famous for the rave music scene that started here and the music that was born of it, often referred to as "Goa Trance", which still has an influence on some electronic music today.

Day 4: Goa

You visit a Goan home and accompany the host to the local market to procure fresh stock and local spices. You then prepare to cook your Goan lunch under the supervision and guidance from the lady of the house. Wander along the beautiful beaches for the reminder of the day.

The Portuguese, Muslim and Hindu kingdoms, has left an indelible influence on the original style of Goan cooking and this has led to an exotic mix of truly tasty and spicy cuisine. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, and local spices are some of the traditional main ingredients in Goan cuisine. Tropical climate means that spices and flavors are intense. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish.

Day 5: Ahmedabad

After breakfast, embark on a short sightseeing tour of Basilica of Bom & St. Francis Cathedral before flying to Ahmedabad.

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Your guide will give you recommendation for the reminder of the day.

Day 6: Ahmedabad

You will visit a Gujarati home and accompany the host to the local market to procure fresh vegetables and local spices before enjoying a tour of the city with your guide. Explore the Hatisingh Jain temple & Dada Hari Stepwell and return to your Gujarati host’s home where you will learn how to prepare a Gujarati dinner.

Gujarati cuisine is one of the oldest culinary treasures of India and is primarily vegetarian. It offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, each with its unique cooking style, different kinds of pickles, farsans, chutneys and foods that are always high on nutritional value.

Day 7: Jaipur

Morning; visit to Sabarmati Ashram to see the relics used by the “Father of the Nation”- Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the day transfer to the airport for your flight to Jaipur.

Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Your guide will give you recommendation for the reminder of the day.

Rajasthan's capital city, Jaipur is romantically nicknamed the "Pink City" in reference to the distinctly coloured stucco buildings that line the streets of the Old City. Established in 1727 by Jai Singh II of the Kachwaha family, the city is now the state's most prosperous and rapidly developing city, but there are frequent reminders of its intriguing royal past in the flamboyant palaces, medieval bazaars and hilltop forts that stud its streets and outskirts.

Day 8: Jaipur

Morning: Excursion to the magnificent Amber fort and visit the City Palace and Observatory.

After the sightseeing, we meet our Indian host & accompany her to the local spice market to learn about the cuisine of Rajasthan and to buy fresh stock. We return to our host’s house and start preparing a Marwari dinner. The Marwari cuisine is primarily vegetarian. The spice content is quite high in comparison to other Indian cuisines, but the food is absolutely scrumptious. Dried lentils and beans obtained from native plants are used extensively in the preparation of Rajasthani dishes. Gram flour is the major ingredient in the making of a couple of delicacies.

Itinerary Option: Visit the conversation centre of Elefriend, one of the best places to get close to elephants. Here, elephants are treated with love and respect and you have the opportunity to feed, paint, wash and ride the elephant. This is a great opportunity to learn and understand the behaviour of these beautiful creatures.

Day 9: Agra

Your driver will pick you up in the morning and drive to Agra. En route visit the magnificent ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Perched on a rocky crest just a short drive southwest of Agra, the well-preserved ruins of this atmospheric site were once the short-lived imperial capital of Mughal emperor Akbar. Shortly after the emperor's death in 1585, the entire city was suddenly abandoned for reasons that still remain uncertain. Venture though Agra Gate and ponder the enigma for yourself as you explore the grandiose red sandstone palaces, monuments and mosques that remain of this mysterious, ill-fated city.

In the afternoon we will visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Continue to the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, also known as baby Taj Mahal which was the first Mughal structure built completely from marble.

Day 10: Delhi

Today, early in the morning, you will have the chance to explore one of the most spectacular and beautiful architectural marvels, the Taj Mahal. After breakfast your guide will drive you to Delhi.

This evening you will try a North Indian restaurant for your dinner. North Indian food is basically a fusion cuisine of Punjab & the local Mughal cuisine. Delhi was the seat of Mughal Empire. High use of dairy products; milk, cottage cheese, ghee (clarified butter), and yoghurt are all common ingredients. Gravies are typically dairy-based. Other common ingredients include chillies, saffron, and nuts. This cuisine goes better with Indian breads over rice.

Day 11: Delhi

This morning, embark on a tour of Old Delhi with your guide. Explore the city by cycle rickshaw, stopping to take in the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire - Lal Qila, or the "Red Fort". Encased by towering red sandstone walls, this dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site was built at the very height of Mughal reign by Emperor Shan Jehan as a grandiose symbol of pomp and power. Pay a visit to the nearby Raj Ghat to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial before venturing to Jama Masjid to admire the magnificent marble domes and gold spires of the largest mosque in India. After climbing the mosque's southern minaret to soak up sweeping views over Delhi, witness the ancient marketplace of Chandni Chowk come alive as locals prepare for the trading day.

Leave ancient India behind you and return to New Delhi. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the city. Your tour takes you along the Raj Path or "King's Way" ceremonial avenue, past verdant lawns, canals and trees and the imposing Parliament House and India Gate monument. Explore the elegant Humayun Tomb and its surrounding 30 acre, Persian-style garden and inspect the intricate Arabic inscriptions and carvings that cover the soaring tower of Qutub Minar.

Day 12: Lucknow

Your guide will bring you to the railway stations in Delhi for your ride to Lucknow.

We spend the afternoon with our local host and purchase spices, vegetable and poultry from the local market. You will learn how to prepare a traditional Avadhi dinner.

The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like rich spices, which include cardamom and saffron. Kebabs are the integral part of Awadhi. Lucknow is proud of its Kebabs

Day 13: Lucknow

Morning sightseeing in Lucknow and visit Bara Imambara, British Residency Lucknow, Chattar Manzil & Jama Masjid. Later this afternoon, we will try the famous street food of Lucknow.

Day 14: Kolkata

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata.

In Kolkata, we will have the last stop of our culinary circuit – The Bengali Cuisine!

Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour and visit the Fort William, stunning Victoria Memorial & Marble Palace Museum. In the evening visit the flower market.

Day 15: Kolkata

We meet our local host, who leads us to the fish, vegetable and spice market to make our purchase of fresh ingredients.

Today, we will embark on a lunch cruise on river Ganges and return to our host’s and how to prepare a Bengali cuisine dinner.

Bengali food is influenced by historical and strong trade links with Turks, the British, The Jews, the Marwaris and Tipu Sultan for Mughal food. Bengali cuisine is appreciated for its fabulous use of five essential spices, namely mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed, aniseed, and black cumin seed. The staple food of people in Bengal is rice and fish. When it comes to cooking fish, there are unlimited options.

Day 16: Kolkata

This brings us to the end of the culinary tour of India, which covered South, West, Central and East India.

In time transfer to the International airport for your onward journey.

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Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
  • Domestic flights: Cochin – Mumbai – Goa / Goa – Ahmedabad / Ahmedabad – Jaipur / Lucknow – Patna – Kolkata
  • Cooking Demo in Cochin, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, & Kolkata.
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