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Join us on this culinary and cultural journey through North India with celebrated chef and author Christine Manfield.


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For six years, Christine has led luxury culinary tours to India with EPIcURIOUS travel. Following the publication of her latest book, A Personal Guide to India and Bhutan, Christine will guide us take us on an exploration of the rich culinary and cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan before culminating the tour with a visit to Mumbai.

We begin in extraordinary Delhi, before heading to Uttar Pradesh and the stunning city of Lucknow, a renowned cultural hub and home of the rich and aromatic Awhadi cuisine.

A rail journey takes us to Agra, to visit the greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal. We travel through the intoxicating landscapes of Rajasthan and experience its vivid colours, swirling crowds, spectacular deserts and stunning cuisine firsthand.

A luxury safari at Ranthambore National Park will introduce us to some of the local fauna, before we are offered a taste of the wonderfully warm and generous Rajasthani hospitality at the stunning Shahpura Bagh estate.

In the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, we explore laneways packed with an immense variety of street food, fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Our journey culminates in the thriving metropolis of Mumbai, India’s most modern and vibrant city, where Bollywood mansions are juxtaposed by Portugese architecture, small villages and by-lanes and a thriving food culture provides an unforgettable final taste of this remarkable country.

How itUnfolds

DAY DAY 1: ARRIVE DELHI

On arrival at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport you will be welcomed by an Epicurious Travel representative and driven to The Imperial Hotel for check-in.

Delhi is a heady experience. The capital city of India has two distinct personalities: Old Delhi, with its chaotic, winding alleys, crammed with cycle rickshaws, colourful shops and noisy street traders and New Delhi, built by the British in 1911 for unashamed colonial display.

DAY DAY 2: DELHI

This morning we visit some of the most iconic sites of Old Delhi, which pulses with energy and colour and the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars full of the sights, sounds and aromas of the Indian sub-continent.
In the afternoon we visit New Delhi - a city of wide boulevards offering ever-changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city that is renowned for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India) and India Gate.

DAY DAY 3: DELHI – LUCKNOW

Our morning flight from Delhi takes us to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh and birthplace of the distinctive Awadhi cuisine. We check-in to the stunning Vivanta by Taj-Gomti Nagar hotel and begin our exploration of the city.

The late afternoon will be spent on foot, exploring the city and sampling the culinary offerings of Lucknow: kormas, zarda, kofte, and many delicious variations of kebab are just some of the specialties on offer.

DAY DAY 4: LUCKNOW

Following a leisurely breakfast, we meet our guide and delve into the fascinating history of Lucknow by visiting some of the city’s most significant sites and beautiful buildings. Along the way, there will be ample opportunity to continue our exploration of Awadhi cuisine.

DAY DAY 5: LUCKNOW – DELHI

This morning is at leisure before our late morning transfer to the airport – take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Vivanta, have one last foray into the city or even enjoy a sleep-in!

On arrival in Delhi, we are met at the airport and transferred back to our home in Delhi, the iconic Imperial Hotel. This afternoon is at leisure and you are free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or, alternatively, explore the city independently.

DAY DAY 6: DELHI – AGRA

Today begins early at the New Delhi train station, where we join the Shatabdi Express for our journey to the ancient city of Agra. On arrival we will be met by our expert guide, who will lead a short introductory tour of the city including a visit to the renowned Red Fort of Agra. From here we will continue to the Taj Mahal where we enjoy sunset while admiring the beauty of this fantastic monument.

DAY DAY 7: AGRA – RANTHAMBORE

Our guide will meet us shortly after breakfast and drive us to the beautiful Mehtab Bagh garden on the banks of the Yamuna River, offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal on the opposite side of the river.

From here we drive to Ranthambore, eating a picnic lunch on the way. Our accommodation for the next two nights is the luxurious Aman-I-Khas safari camp, situated on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park.

DAY DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE

Today we will be taken on two game drives to see the wildlife of Ranthambore; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Though mainly known for tiger, Ranthambore also has large number of sambhar, chital and nilgai. Wild boar and an occasional gazelle can also be seen, as well as the Indian hare, mongoose, monitor lizards, leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile.

DAY DAY 9: RANTHAMBORE – SHAHPURA BAGH (BHILWARA)

We wake up early for a sunrise game drive, before having breakfast at camp. After checking-out we drive to our next destination at Shahpura Bagh.

Shahpura Bagh is set within a beautiful 40-hectare estate, which includes a string of lakes that provide excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. As a luxury homestay, you will experience the warmth and generosity of Rajasthani hospitality firsthand, including fabulous home-cooked meals.

DAY DAY 10: SHAHPURA BAGH (BHILWARA)

Today we explore the estate and area surrounding Shahpura Bagh, getting a taste of rural life in Rajasthan. After breakfast, we visit Nahar Sagar lake, the product of an ambitious engineering scheme undertaken in the early 1900s by Rajadhiraj Nahar Singh, to bring water to the estate and its impressive 140-acre orchard. En route we will also stop off in a number of villages in the surrounding area, before returning to Shahpura Bagh for lunch. After a short rest, we walk to the beautiful Ram Dwara, an ancient temple sitting atop a wooded hill offering fantastic views of the surrounding area.

DAY DAY 11: SHAHPURA BAGH (BHILWARA) – JAIPUR

Leaving the idyllic rural setting of Shahpura Bagh behind, we drive to Jaipur. On arrival into the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, we check-in to the Taj Rambagh Palace, the former residence of Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II. The rest of the day is at leisure, providing the opportunity to relax and enjoy the opulent surrounds of the palace and gardens.

DAY DAY 12: JAIPUR

This morning we take a short drive north to Amber, the ancient capital of the region prior to Jaipur. We ride up to Amber by jeep and explore the maze of passages, corridors, pavilions, ornamental gardens and ramparts.

After lunch we continue into the bustling city where, after a quick visit to the Observatory, you will begin your walk through the narrow by-lanes discovering the life and social milieu of this medieval city of Jaipur.

DAY DAY 13: JAIPUR – MUMBAI

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a late morning transfer to the airport. A short flight delivers us into the thriving centre of Mumbai, one of India’s most exciting cities. Located on the edge of the Arabian Sea, Mumbai was a fishing village comprised of seven swampy islands when the Portuguese acquired it in 1534. Mumbai today is city of striking contrasts and a vibrant, confident metropolis that’s tangibly high in energy.

DAY DAY 14: MUMBAI

In the morning we meet our guide for the day and set off on a sightseeing tour of the city. We begin with a visit to the sacred Banganga Tank, before strolling through the vibrant local bazaars of Mumbai and take in the colour, noise and pulsating energy of the spice market. After a stop for lunch at a local restaurant we proceed to see Mani Bhawan, drive past Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus, Towers of Silence, Jain Temple and on to the Marine Drive and arrive at Chowpaty Beach.

This evening will be at leisure, perhaps to explore and browse in the Colaba shopping district.

DAY DAY 15: MUMBAI – DEPARTURE

Today is at leisure. With your room at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel at your disposal until 20:00hrs you will have the opportunity for some well-deserved rest or last minute shopping (or eating!) trips. In the evening we transfer to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for our onward flights.

Meet your Guide:

Christine Manfield

Christine is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, a perfectionist inspired by strong flavours and a writer whose successful books…

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