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Cultural & Culinary Delights - 09 Nights/ 10 Days

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Cultural & Culinary Delights - 09 Nights/ 10 Days

Take a unique journey through the culinary history of India with a one of a kind food specific tour through the ancient cities in and around this region. Explore the diverse cuisine that consists of some savory dishes that leave an imprint in the heart of every food lover.

DAY 1

Arrive Mumbai

You will arrive in the morning at Mumbai International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a YATRA representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you will be transferred to hotel, where you will proceed for check-in. Mumbai - It is young, it’s lively and confluences of varied cultural currents and cross currents have given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India. The capital city of Maharashtra State, formerly known as Bombay lies in the southwestern part of India. Oozing with the cocksure self-confidence of a maverick moneymaker and "Bindass" (carefree) attitude, Mumbai is also country's financial and commercial hub and has a principal port on the Arabian Sea. Mumbai is the hub of Indian film industry, which has played a pivoted role in the development of cinematography. "Bollywood", as it is called, produces the second most number of pictures in the world every year, next only to Hollywood, U.S.A. Mumbai claims to be the world's largest production centre for films. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be accorded with a Traditional Welcome. The warmth of Indian hospitality and the custom of welcoming guests is as old as time itself. As you step into the hotel, ladies in traditional local costumes greet you with garlands of flowers and perform the "aarti" ceremony. After having your forehead anointed with the traditional red "tikka", relax with a non-alcoholic welcome drink. After the welcoming ceremony, proceed for check-in to your rooms, which will be pre-allocated to ensure smooth check-in. Overnight stay at Mumbai Read more

DAY 2

Mumbai

Breakfast at the hotel Morning visit, Elephanta Island (closed on Mondays) was known in ancient times as "Gharapuri" or The Place of Caves. The Portuguese took possession of the island and named it Elephanta after the great statue, which they found on the seashore. There are seven caves of which the most important is the Mahesha-Murti Cave. The main body of the cave, excluding the porticoes on the three open sides and the back aisle, is 27 m square and is supported by rows of six columns. The gigantic figures of Dvarapalas, or doorkeepers are very impressive. The cave temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was excavated some time in the 8th century by the Rashtrakuta Kings who ruled the area between AD 757-973. Elephanta closely follows the pattern of the Dumar Lena cave in Ellora. After sightseeing you will be transferred to Trishna Restaurant for Lunch– the best seafood restaurant in Bombay. This restaurant is becoming more and more popular among international tourist. Start with mouth-watering starters’ mushroom chili, Kolhapuri Prawns & beer. Some of the highlights of main course will be konkani & tandoori fish, crabs & lobsters etc. enjoy and meal. In the afternoon you will take a short walk around ‘Fort’ in south Mumbai. Although, physically there is no existence of Fort but the walk around this precinct, you will se an astonishing variety of historical landmarks and buildings constructed in different styles of architecture and built in variety of buildings. Each building in the Fort area tells a fascinating story – of the people who lived there and the history that was created in & around the area it occupies. En-route this walking tour; you will get an opportunity to stop at a local restaurant to get an insight on the food consumed by the average person. You may also try out the local specialty of the city such as the “vada pav” (Indian hamburger) & “bhel puri”. Rest of day is at leisure or free to explore the local markets. This evening’s dinner with a tour briefing will be held at `Chetana’ restaurant serving traditional Gujarati vegetarian cuisine. Enjoy refreshing non-alcoholic welcome drinks while there is a lecture demo of Gujarati cooking. Wall Street Journal (travel section) termed Chetana’s food `divine no matter what your regional preferences may be’. Gujarat is famous for its vegetarian food; gram flour, a rich source of protein, is used in making of breads and as a component of various dishes. Kadi, made from dahi (yoghurt) and gram with a subtle combination of spices is delightful. An interesting difference is the use of jaggery to add a hint of sweetness to piquant sauces. This will be followed by dinner where food is doled out to each one as they sit and eat making sure your plate is never empty. Overnight stay at Mumbai Read more

DAY 3

Mumbai - Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel Today proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The tour starts from the Gateway of India. Gateway of India is the landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace. Your first stop will be the Jain Temples, built of marble and dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. From the temples you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive. From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Later a our representative will transfer you to Mumbai domestic airport to board flight for Udaipur. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to hotel. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal. Upon arrival at hotel check-in at hotel, following which remainder of the day is free for relaxation. Overnight stay at Udaipur Read more

DAY 4

Udaipur

After buffet breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Udaipur City, also known as the City of Sunrise First on your sightseeing tour you will proceed for a tour of the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola. The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake. Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows. The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the Crystal Gallery and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace and Sahelion-ki-Badi. After the city tour visit the Gangaur Ghat from where you will start walking through the narrow lanes of Udaipur to reach your lunch stop – Savage Garden Restaurant. This restaurant serves excellent Mediterranean Food. Later proceed for a boat cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jag Mandir Palace (this will be a sharing boat), which covers almost four acres and is noted for its marble pavilion and an imposing dome. You’ll see people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the massive City Palace and the old city. Tonight, learn to cook with Udaipur’s Aristocracy - An inspirational experience will lead you to work with fresh produce, cooking authentic Mewari food with housewives from former Udaipur Aristocracy who have zealously guarded their recipes for many generations. Return to your hotel after dinner. Overnight stay at Udaipur Read more

DAY 5

Udaipur - Jaipur via Delhi

Early morning a our representative will transfer you to airport to board flight for Jaipur. Upon arrival you will transfer you to hotel, where you will proceed for check-in. In the afternoon, proceed for an Indian Curry cooking demonstration followed by lunch at Heritage hotel. You will discover the secrets of the royal kitchen where there will be a special cooking demonstration of a meal that was cooked and is still being prepared for the present day “maharajas”. Watch demo on one of the dishes like `Rajasthani Murgh ka Soola’ (Rajasthani Grilled or baked Chicken); `Kalia Badami’ (meat in imperial almond sauce); `Sowetta’ (millet and meat cooked together); `Rai ki Machli’ (Fish cooked in yoghurt and black mustard) and `Seb Halwa’ (desert made with apple). After lunch proceed for sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Visit City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India. Jai Singh was a great admirer of progresses and research made in the fields of science and technology, but he was passionate about astronomy. There is a very interesting story behind the construction of this observatory, considered as the largest stone observatory in the world. Sawai Jai Singh sent his emissaries to all parts of the world before commencing the construction of this observatory. The emissaries returned with many manuals on astronomy containing cutting-edge technological information. One of these manuals was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". The king ordered the observatory to be built according to the details contained in this manual. When the construction ended, for the astonishment of the king and others, the observatory was 20 seconds more accurate than the one mentioned in "Table. ` Overnight stay at Jaipur Read more

DAY 6

Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. An elephant / jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room. On your return to city visit Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. After the sightseeing return back to your hotel for lunch Late afternoon explore the colourful bazaars of Jaipur. Jaipur is famous for silver jewellery, semi-precious stones & carpets. After the shopping don not forget to visit LMB (Laxmi Misthan Bhandar) in Johri Bazaar for some evening snacks. Your dinner tonight will be at the ethnic village, Chokhi Dhani, for a traditional Rajasthani cuisine thali dinner. Rajasthani cuisine is perhaps the most sensitive among Indian cuisines. Rajasthan cooking in general has its own unique flavour where the simplest and the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of most dishes. Perhaps due to general scarcity of water, cooking is done with minimum use of water, instead milk, buttermilk and clarified butter is used. Non-availability of vegetables like tomatoes has led to the usage of dried mango powder while asafoetida is used instead of onion and garlic. Gram flour is a major ingredient and is used to make some of the delicacies like khatta, gatte ki sabzi, pakodi; powdered lentils are used for mangodi, papad; bajra and corn is used all over the state for preparations of rabdi, khichdi and rotis. Various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. After dinner return back to your hotel. Overnight stay at Jaipur Read more

DAY 7

Jaipur -FatehpurSikri - Agra

After breakfast, proceed Agra (235 Kms / 6 hours) for an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri, En-route you will stop at a Charming Haveli in Bharatpur for lunch. After lunch you will be driven to Agra en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. Upon arrival at Agra check-in at hotel The city of Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble built in the 16th century by the emperor Shahjahan as a monument of love. Agra was once the capital of the Mughals and the relics of the glory are scattered all over the city. From the Taj Mahal to the massive Agra Fort, the delicately carved Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, Akbar’s deserted majestic capital Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is a must on any programme. This evening you will get an opportunity to interact with a local family and try some authentic Awadhi cuisine Awadhi Cuisine is from the city of Lucknow which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh located in Central-South Asia and Northern India), and the cooking patterns of the city are similar to those of Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northern India as well. The cuisine consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Awadh has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad The chefs of Awadh gave birth to the dum style of cooking or the art of cooking over a slow fire, which has become synonymous with Lucknow today. Their spread would consist of elaborate dishes like kebabs, kormas, biryani, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis and warqi parathas. The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices including cardamom and saffron. Overnight stay at Agra Read more

DAY 8

Agra - Delhi

It is said that the best time to visit the Taj Mahal is by sun rise. Early morning a Horse drawn Carriages will take you from the nearest parking for a sunrise tour of the incomparable Taj Mahal (Closed on Fridays). This poignant Mughal mausoleum was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned gray overnight. Taking 22 years and 20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and was transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Though the Taj appears to be amazingly perfect from almost any angle, it is the close-up marble inlay work, which is really astounding. You will have ample time to view and be mesmerized by this outstanding piece of architecture and to later assemble with the whole group for a photograph with the Taj as a backdrop. After the visit of the Taj Mahal visit return to your hotel for buffet breakfast. After breakfast proceed for the tour of Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Agra Fort - the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. Visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions Afternoon, you will be driven to Delhi (204 Kms / 4 hours), upon arrival check-in at hotel. A city of great character, of contrasts and convolutions - this is Delhi, the capital city of India. A city with antiquity dating back over 2,000 years, it is also a modern metropolis with fast cars and neon lit shopping malls. So varied are the shades of Delhi's different faces, it is difficult to grasp it in a short span of time. Overnight stay at Delhi Read more

DAY 9

Delhi

After buffet breakfast at hotel, you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; drive past the Red Fort continuing to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque, walk down the narrow streets of Chandi Chawk to reach mosque. It is the largest mosque in India, accommodating up to 25,000 worshippers at one time. Designed by Shah Jahan, this grand red sandstone and white marble mosque was said to have been built by 5,000 artisans from 1644 to 1656. The broad red sandstone steps lead up to gates to the east, north and south. After sightseeing proceed for lunch at famous Karim’s restaurant. Karim’s known for its delicious Mughlai food all over the world. The restaurant has a bit of history behind it. The owners' great grandfather was the chef in the Mughal emperor’s royal kitchen... The recipies, therefore, have been passed on from those times. It’s a popular restaurant which has found mention in the best travel journals. Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines, influenced by the imperial kitchebs of Mughal Empire. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes that were prepared in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors. Indian cuisine is predominantly influenced by the cooking style practiced during the Mughal era. Mughlai food is quite spicy and has a very unique aroma. On eating Mughlai food, one can get a feel of the ground spices. The spices used in the preparation of Mughlai food are easily accessible. The rich preparation of Mughlai food consisting of flavoured sauces and butter based curries is so tempting that food lovers are bound to crave for more and more food. Mughlai food offers an amazingly delicious variety of food ranging from hot spicy shorba or soup to ginger based roasted meats to kulfi with rose petals sprinkled on it. Even, the names of the Mughlai food are so attractive that a person gets tempted to try out different dishes. After lunch, you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. Designed and built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and his friend Sir Herbert Baker, the new capital was formally inaugurated in 1931. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The walled city is all tradition where one will be able to glean a past life-style in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutub Minar, The five-storied tower with a 14.4 metre base that tapers up to two and a half metres at the top is visible for a long distance around. Pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns erected the attached Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque also built by him. Then visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan, the President’s residence. In the evening you will be driven to Bukhara Restaurant in the Maurya Sheraton Hotel for dinner. The robust cuisine of the Northwest Frontier. The decor comprises stone floors and walls hung with authentic Bukhara carpets. Rough hewn trestle tables and wooden stools complete the rugged look. Copper pots and urns are suspended from the ceiling and pillars by natural rope; the quality of this type of food is entirely dependent upon the Chef. Skills and experience of Master Chefs have contributed in making Bukhara the outstanding success that it is. After Dinner return back to your hotel . Overnight stay at Delhi Read more

DAY 10

Departure Delhi

Today in time you will be transferred to airport to board you flight back home / onward destination.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Mumbai
Hotel Fariyas
Day 3
Location Udaipur
Hotel Royal Retreat
Day 5
Location Jaipur
Hotel Four Point By Sheraton
Day 7
Location Agra
Hotel Clarks Shiraz
Day 8
Location Delhi
Hotel Holiday Inn

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 09 nights of accommodation at the above mentioned hotels
  • Accommodation as 01 double/twin sharing bedroom
  • Meal plan on breakfast only however the lunches / dinners as mentioned in the program are included in the program.
  • Assistance on arrival and departure
  • Motor Boat cruise at Elephanta in Mumbai
  • Boat Ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur
  • Elephant ride at Amber fort
  • Service of professional English speaking guide
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursion by Air - Conditioned Car as per the itinerary
  • All expenses related to transport such as fuel, toll, parking and interstate taxes
  • All applicable Government taxes

Package excludes

  • Domestic Airfare
  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

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  • The above given price is valid from October'17 – March'18 [Except 20 December'17 - 10 January'18]

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Bonjour Varun, ​ ​ Nous sommes arrivés tôt ce matin à Paris, mais avec des regrets , il faisait 9°.​ Nous ne vous remercierons jamais assez pour le séjour que vous nous avez organisé.​ Désormais, nous connaissons un peu l'Inde grâce au dévouement et à la gentillesse​ de toute l'équipe.​ Nous ne manquerons pas de proposer la destination Inde à nos connaissances et aux clients de l'agence.​ L'Inde est un pays qui mérite d'être visité par beaucoup de touristes de tous les pays du monde.​ ​ Votre initiative de concocter un programme pour les musulmans de l'Europe et d'ailleurs est positive, et attirera j'en suis​ convaincu beaucoup de touristes , et notre désir est d'en être une partie prenante.​ ​ Encore une fois je te prie de remercier tout le staff pour la qualité de l'accueil.​ ​ Le guide Amer et le chauffeur ont été remarquables , ce sont de vrais professionnels.​ ​ En espérant te voir à ta venue en France, je t'adresse mes remerciements les plus chaleureux.​ Read more

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