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A TASTE OF INDIA

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£ 2685

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Indian Spices
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi
Old Delhi
Bara Imambara gates, Lucknow
Devi Garh Fort Exterior at Dawn
Udaipur
Philip Kutty’s Farm, Kerala
Backwaters cruise, Kerala
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Street food South India

Overview


A comprehensive introduction to the delights of Indian cuisine; you will sample a wondrous variety of traditional and regional specialties. From exquisite vegetarian dishes in Tamil Nadu and spicy, aromatic curries in Chettinad and Rajasthan, to tropical fruits and seafood in Kerala and the mouth-watering kebabs and biryanis in Lucknow and Hyderbad.

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Itinerary


Day 1 - Depart the UK for Delhi
Fly overnight from the UK to Delhi
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Day 2 - Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, where you will be greeted by a Western and Oriental representative, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in. After settling into your hotel, head out for an afternoon visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. A Gurudwara is a Sikh place of worship, many of which have common kitchens known as a Langer, that provide free food to people of all religions and faiths. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, located in Connaught Place in the heart of New Delhi, is of significant histo...
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Day 3 - Delhi
Today you will head off for a full day of sightseeing in Delhi, a special blend of old and new, the city is a bustling, energetic metropolis of contrasts. The old city was founded in 1639 under the Mughal ruler Shahjahan, and was known as Shahjahanabad, until it was changed to Old Delhi later on. In the early part of the 20th Century the British arranged for leading architect, Edward Lutyens, to design a new city to be the Capital of India, known as New Delhi. Your tour will start with...
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Day 4 - Delhi – Lucknow
Today depart Delhi and fly to Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow has always been a multicultural city, and flourished as the cultural and artistic capital of North India in the 18th and 19th centuries with its courtly manors, beautiful gardens, poetry, music and fine cuisine. Lucknow has a rich culinary heritage with the local Awadhi Cuisine having been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques; the cuisine of Lucknow now bears similarities to those of Persia, Kas...
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Day 5 - Lucknow – Delhi – Udaipur – Delwara
Today you will travel via Delhi and Udaipur to the village of Delwara in Rajasthan to enjoy a stay at the unique and spectacular Devi Garh palace. Nestled in the Aravalli hills, this 18th century palace has been carefully restored and rebuilt into a luxury hotel comprising of 39 suites with an emphasis on design and detail, using local marbles and semi-precious stones. Dining and the culinary arts are of great importance at Devi Garh, they aim to provide guests with an authentic experien...
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Day 6 - Delwara – Udaipur - Delwara
In the morning leave the hotel for a guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur, begin with the breathtaking City Palace. Built in 1725, it is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the beautiful Lake Pichola. Continue on to Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. After your city tour, continue on foot with a walking tour of the old city, a wonderful way to experience the sights an...
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Day 7 - Udaipur – Vechoor
A very early start today as you say goodbye to North India and head off to Kerala. On arrival in Cochin airport you will be greeted by a Western and Oriental representative, transferred to your hotel in Vechoor and assisted with check in. The next two nights will be at Philip Kutty’s Farm; an exclusive home stay located on a small farm island on Vembanad Lake, the farm is run by a local family and offers a rare opportunity to enjoy an authentic experience of Kerala while getting to kn...
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Day 8 - Vechoor
After a relaxed morning you will enjoy a day cruise through the backwaters on one of Kerala’s famous houseboats. The houseboats, known as Kettuvallams, are constructed from large planks tied together using handmade coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea though, amazingly, they are built entirely without the use of nails. They are generally powered by a small outboard engine, allowing them to cruise along the back...
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Day 9 - Vechoor – Thekkady
After breakfast, you will be driven to Thekkady an enchanting journey as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Kerala. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla Periyar Dam ac...
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Day 10 - Thekkady – Madurai
A very early start today as you leave Thekkady and journey to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Spread along the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamil Nadu, this modern industrial city is today famous as a temple town. In the evening, you will visit the Meenakshi Temple complex to witness the evening prayer ceremony, the temple contains an estimated 33,000 sculptures in the temple and it...
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Day 11 - Madurai - Karaikudi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will continue on with a drive to Karaikudi. Karaikudi and 74 other villages comprise Chettinad, the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars. The Chettiars were a prosperous banking community who ventured overseas to do business in South and South East Asia, particularly with Ceylon and Burma, in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Chettinad is famous for its fortress-like homes and temples as well as the local cuisine. The word “Chettinad" also means a soc...
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Day 12 - Karaikudi to Hyderabad
You will be served tea and coffee at the hotel before checking out and transferring to Trichy airport for your flight to Hyderabad via Chennai. Arrive in Hyderabad you will be greeted by a Western and Oriental representative, transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in. The remainder of your day is free to settle into your hotel and try some of the local Hyderbadi cuisine, known for its rich and aromatic nature with Biryani perhaps the most famous Hyderabadi dish.
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Day 13 - Hyderabad
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a full day of sightseeing in Hyderabad. You will visit architecturally stunning Charminar and Mecca Masjid the most famous mosques in Hyderabad, Continue with a visit to Chowmahalla Palace, renowned for its unique style and elegance before visiting the Golgconda Fortm a 13th century fort with an interesting history, finally you will visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs which are just a short walk away from the fort. In the evening you will hav...
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Day 14 - Hyderabad - Home
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home.
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Price Includes 


international flights in economy, domestic flights as detailed, accommodation as detailed, chauffeur driven private car and a private English speaking guide for sightseeing and excursions.

Please note all of our tours are only suggestions and your holiday can be completely tailor-made. Please call one of our travel specialists for further suggestions.

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