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India Food Trail – 17 days culinary journey across India

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16 Days/ 15 Nights
Cochin, India
Kolkota, India
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Traveling in India is all about the discovery of varieties in the Indian culture along with their exotic cuisines. Lined with an array of variety food ranging from Ghee-laden punjabi cuisine, fiery Bengali food, lip-smacking street delicacies of the Delhi street or the relishing seafood in Goa ; there is something for everyone out here! So save the drools that has started to round in your mouth and get packing- to set out on this flavorful adventure through India to taste the best of the cuisine it has to offer!

Cities covered are – Kolkata, Varanasi, Agra, Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa & Cochin.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Airport transfers.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • Airfares.
  • Any expenses of personal nature/ room service fee/ tips.
  • Visa/GST if applicable.
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions.

Things To Carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable to the destination.
  • Sunscreen/ sunglasses/ umbrella/ hats/ caps.
  • Identity documents and other travel documents (visa, if applicable).
  • Medication and first aid along with prescription.
What to Expect

Kolkata – The cultural haven of India. This famous 350-year old metropolitan city always boasts about it’s buzzing streets, luscious ghats, lively nightlife, famous bazaars set on the banks of Hoogly and the much renowned Roshogollas or Rasgullas and Sondesh.

You will come across historical sites like Victoria Memorial – rich in its architecture, Belur Math, Dakshineswar Kali Mandir and many other places of interest. Road trips are an attraction in this city. 

About the eating culture of the city- it has a wide range of choices for one to choose from. Starting from the Assortments of Sweets-Roshogollas and Cham cham to the Spicy fish curry (Macher Jhol: especially Chingri Malai Curry Or Bhappa Elish )-the staple food in every Bengali household – it has something for every mood cravings.

Varanasi – The spiritual heritage city that stood the test of time, Varanasi has witnessed every stage of the worldly evolution. It houses various pilgrimage sites for Hindus and the Scared River of Ganges. The saintly aura that surrounds the city gives its visitors an experience to attain salvation and an experience to last a lifetime. It is the perfect destination for serene getaway.

The cuisine of Varanasi has a unique difference to it. Dum Aloo, Bati Chokha, Rabri and Banarasi Kalakand to the simple Bhramin Thali of Vegetarian Falvors each of these are the top picks of every tourist. The other famous delicacies includes, Badam Sharbat and Thandaai – which is a form a cannabis that is famous in India. 

Lucknow– The city of Nawabs is the Gateway to Medieval India. Transfer back in the time of Courtly Thezeeb or manners and graces of the Beebies. 

The Cuisine- is different from the rest of the India begin hardcore non-vegetarian Platter. that holds the mouthwatering Kebabs, Chickan Tikkas to Spicy  Biryanis, there is Nothing simple about the Lavish City.

Agra– The city that hosts Taj Mahal- one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The city is surrounded with its rich history, architecture and romance.  Agra provides the perfect setting for historical buffs and culture junkies.

Among the food choices the city has the provide are the famous Petha, a candy made of ash gourd and the top pick of delicacies Agra has to provide! Aloo tikki, Papri chaat, dalmoth are a few others to name.

Delhi – The Capital City. Political Sites to explore, Luscious Gardens to picnic, Shoppers Haven and Spot for Savouring delicacies- you name it, Delhi has it! Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill, the India Gate, the Rajpath are among the must- visit places in the city. Delhi also boasts of its cultural diversity and its abundance of food choices.

Delhi is always known for its lip smacking street food, that covers all the available varieties of chaat items. Also among the available choices in Delhi are –  Mughlai cuisine, mexican cuisine along with a touch of rich punjabi tadka!

Jaipur – The pink city! This city boasts about the rich culture of the famous Indian clan of rulers i.e The Rajputs along with the attached royalness. Located in the eastern border of Thar Desert, the city is the home to various famous sightseeing spots – The Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, Pink city to name a few.

One can always get lost into the magical vibe of the pink backdrop of the city. Also, absolute foodies have a ball at the city due to their extravaganza in the food culture. Their staple meal includes 2-3 varieties of sweet, a wide choice of Indian sabjis etc. The extremes weather conditions of Rajasthan has an effect on the choice of vegetables and lentils used by the residents.

Dal Bati Churma, Bhajre ki Roti, Rajasthani Kadhi, Ghevar Choorma, are some of the dishes one should never miss out!

Goa– Perfect Abode for Aquaholics! Located on the western coast of India, this state is for its beaches and places of worship. Baga Beach is tops the bucket list of every Thalassophile i.e lover of sea.

Among the food choices in Goa, the ones that stand out are the exotic range of seafood which includes Lobsters, pomfret fries, mussels, clams, oysters etc. Also, the goan cuisine has a tint of portuguese flavors to it. Vegetarian option of food are available, but of course very less in number. This is a perfect site for every seafood enthusiast.

Kerala – Gods Own Country. The state that boasts about its rich culture, leafy tea plantations and perfect backdrop of beautiful backwaters. It is named as one among the ten paradises in the world. The world famous art form of Kathakali, Heritage sites, Ayurvedic treatments and mystic mountain ranges are some of the attractions in kerala.

Traditionally served in banana leaves, the kerala cuisine has an altogether different feel to it. The famous picks of tourists among the food options are – Idiyappam, Puttu, Appam, Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu, Kerala style prawn curry and many more. 

(Please note that even though places may have vegetarian options, India is not suitable for Vegan Choices. Also keep up with the traditional and Conservative religious place it would be prudent to read about the country before Visiting).

 

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kolkata (West Bengal)

Arrive in city of Joy at the Kolkata International Airport. Take the Day free and Retire early after Cheking into your hotel. However if not too tired then in the Night fall into the rhythm of the City’s Vibrant Nightlife at College Street in Bowbazar.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Kolkata)

Day 2Kolkata: Sublime and Colonial

Kolkata (Formerly Calcutta) Presents you with the opportunity to taste the rich assorted sweets found nowhere in the world; starting from the soft and Luscious Roshogollas (Rasgullas- warm cottage cheese balls dipped in sugar syrup) to the famous Moas (Puffed rice balls and jaggery). Today you will embark on the culinary trail marked with tradition and Colonial History of the City. Start the tour at Shyambazar offering – tender Kid (Goat) Biryani (Kosha Mangsho Biryani), then drive for 30-40 minutes to reach Maidan- where you can explore the famous Eden Gardens and Victoria Memorial. Also enjoy the Fish Curry that you will find nowhere in India.
In the evening enjoy the Park Street club and indulge in wine and continental food at the popular “Lords and Barons” Club.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Kolkata)

Day 3Kolkata- Varanasi

Early morning, a tour of the famous temples of Kolkata- Belur Math and Dakshineswar Kali temple precedes your drive to Varansi. Reach Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) via flight and after checking in your hotel take the Day free.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Varanasi)

Day 4Ganga River and Bhramin Cuisine of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh )

Today, head to the Ghats where the Holy Ganges flows through the Hindu Religious city of Varanasi. Go on a boat ride in the Sacred River and then visit some of the iconic temples of the City. Enjoy a full course vegetarian Bhramin (Hindu Priests) Plate and learn more about the religion and its Mythology.
Watch the revered Ganga Arti (Evening Prayer Ritiual to the Mother Ganges) and taste the Flavours of Indian Street Food like Chaat and Paani-Puris.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Kolkata)

Day 5Varanasi- Lucknow

In the Morning, say adios to Ganga and drive towards Lucknow (6 hours-7 hours away)- the City of Nawabs.
Experience the Mughal Architecture and Cuisine. Take in the mouthwatering kebabs and Nawabi chicken Preparations. Then Retire early to rest after a long day.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Lucknow)

Day 6Lucknow- Agra

Next up on your itinerary is Agra (4-5 hours drive away). Today is your free day enjoy the City at your own pace, stroll through the local markets- though don’t miss out on the street food like Shwarmas, Muglai dishes and Pethas (a special sweet dish unique to this city).

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Agra)

Day 7Agra- The Romance of Taj

Explore the gorgeous Taj Mahal- an epitome of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Even Centuries after is feat of Architecture is still unsurpassed in beauty and Precision. Other major attractions are: Akbar’s tomb, Itmad-ud-daula (Baby taj), Agra Fort etc.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Agra)

Day 8Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri

Drive to Jaipur- the city of Palaces (4-5 hours away) while stopping at Fatehpur Sikiri- a small town that was the seat of power of Emperor Akbar for a brief Period. However it hosts a fair share of Iconic monuments that would leave you awestruck. Most notable of these is the massive Buland Darwaaza or the City Gates that once ago protect the town from intruders. Enjoy the night in the Desert landscape of Rajasthan in Jaipur.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Jaipur)

Day 9Jaipur: Royal Rajasthan

Post breakfast; explore the Heritage Rich Rajasthani Flavors in Rajputna fashion in Jaipur- Pink City. The Major attractions include Hawa Mahal (Palace of Breeze), women’s quarter. Built by the Raja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is known for the beehive structure adorned with over 900 intricate latticework “Jharokhas” or windows. This monument sits at the edge of City Palace of Jaipur that sports the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Museum and serves as residence of the Royal Family.
Next up on today’s excursion is the Grand Jal Mahal or Water Palace. As the name suggests this centuries old castle is really floating amidst the Man Sagar Lake and was the brain child of Raja Jai Singh II. Conclude the day with a lively folk dance at dinner while enjoying the delicious Dal Baati- the celebrated rajasthani dish.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Jaipur)

Day 10Jaipur- Mirroring the Luxury

After acquainting with the sandstone monuments head over to Shesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) after a filling breakfast. Located just 30 min Away from Jaipur at Amer, this marble U.N.E.S.C.O. heritage fort was built by the raja Man Singh I. It features some of the most beautiful mirror work on the Ceilings and Walls.
In the Afternoon, explore the Matoa Lake and Kesari Kyari. Then Return to Jaipur for a ride in the hot air balloons for a panoramic view of the Capital of Rajasthan.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Jaipur)

Day 11Jaipur- Delhi

Today embark on the 4-5 hours journey on National highway 48 to reach Delhi the Capital of India. Upon arriving spend the rest of at leisure. Enjoy the Local Street Food or night the Night Scene of the Diverse Metropolis.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Delhi)

Day 12Delhi- Multicultural Capital

Just like Rome, Delhi too was not built in a day, Instead it sports a unique blend of culture accumulated after centuries of change. Delhi is a vast City and it is up to you to select the aspect you want to unravel- the medieval mughal Architectures and Meena Bazaar, Sophisticated Parliamentary Gardens or the resplendent Gardens and serene lotus Temple. However be assured that the flavors of delicacies like samosa, lassi, butter chicken, kulfi (Indian ice creams), melt in mouth kebabs and much more will continue to linger on long after the vacation is over.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Delhi)

Day 13Delhi-Goa

Catch an early flight to Goa- the Queen of Arabian Sea with its spectacular beaches, lovely churches and colonial Portuguese- style Architecture. Not to mention the assortments of Wines and Seafood that would leave you wanting for more.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Goa)

Day 14Goa

Wake up before the Sun and head to the beaches to view some of the gorgeous Sunrise over the Sea. Then participate in a Goa and Konkani food class to learn the gastronomy of the regions dishes. In the evening head again to the beach for some bonfire and guitar jamming accompanied by cocktails.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Goa)

Day 15Goa-Cochin

Today you will arrive at Cochin situated in the state of Kerala- land of Spices. South Indian Spices have played an essential role in the country’s Heritage as well as economy. It is here that you will find the genesis of India’s “Rags to Riches to Rags” past. However legends aside Cochin is your gateway to the famed Backwaters of Kerela.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Cochin)

Day 16Cochin

After a morning stroll in the the scenic beaches of Cochin head to the Alappuzha- a city known for house boat cruises and backwater lagoons and lakes. Revel in the glory of the serene waters while enjoying a plate of Simple, fresh South Indian Cuisine- Dosa, Uttapam or the Iddli and Spicey Sambhar along with raw coconut Chutney.

(Inclusions-Breakfast and Dinner)
(Overnight at Kochin)

Day 17Departure from Cochin

Depart from Cochin Airport towards your home, taking with you the spices and some equally exotic memories that will ever wash away from the mind.

(Inclusions-Breakfast)

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