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From the Indian capital of Delhi to the quintessential hill station of Shimla, this extraordinary journey takes us to the vibrant city of Kolkata and finally majestic Bhutan.


Led by Jennifer Wilkinson, the group comes together in India’s capital, Delhi before travelling to Chandigarh and on to Shimla in the foothills of the Himalaya, with the greater Himalayan range, often referred to as the “roof of the world”, towering above. We explore the hill station of Shimla to discover the remnants of the British Raj, now blended with local traditions and way of life. We delight in the luxury of the beautiful Wildflower Hall for three nights.

We continue on to Kolkata, a city steeped in colonial history and architecture but with a vibrant and captivating cultural and culinary core. It exudes charm and character with its decaying mansions, abundant street food and lively markets. It was home to many freedom fighters and intellectuals during India’s battle for Independence and this strong and proud character continues today in its people.

Our final destination the magnificent Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, offers a wonderful amalgam of culture, spirituality, exceptionally friendly people and a variety of walking in an unspoilt natural environment. Prayer flags and Buddhist monuments are a constant reminder that this is a deeply spiritual land.

We travel to Punakha via the capital Thimphu, enjoying views of the Himalayan peaks and passing through several charming hamlets enroute. One of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, Punakha is set in lush forests east of the Dochula Pass, with warm summers and pleasant winters.

We depart by road through the beautiful valley of Gangtey, home to the revered Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. An estimate of 200 to 300 cranes reside in this valley from November to March and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) take extreme measures to ensure the safety of the Cranes.

We return to Paro for our last two days in Bhutan. Guests have the option to walk to the stunning Tigers Nest probably the most revered monument in Bhutan or enjoy time relaxing at the hotel before our final dinner together.

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Jennifer Wilkinson Owner / Director

Jennifer has a life-long passion for food, wine and travel. Following a successful career in economics and industrial relations, she left…

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  • My visit to India with Epicurious Travel’s Himalayan Odyssey exceeded every expectation, every day. Jennifer’s understanding of India, combined with the specialist knowledge of local guides, provided the background to two of the most enthralling weeks of my life. The itinerary covered everything from gritty street life to privileged luxury, opening up a view of India that I cannot imagine finding any other way. Incredibly beautiful scenery, wonderful food, the opportunity to meet local residents in their homes and workplaces and a truly congenial group of like-minded people to share it with made this trip a one-off that I will never forget. Bravo Epicurious… your’e all class!

    Himalayan Odyssey , Jennifer Gilchrist March 2019

  • Jennifer knows India so well, you feel in very good hands throughout. Best trip to India, great diversity, great group, fantastic scenery and food, really good pace, most enjoyable!!!

    Himalayan Odyssey, Cary and Rob Gillespie March 2019

  • This was our second trip to India with Epicurious Travel but our first with a group. We were a little apprehensive having never travelled like this before however we found out quickly that we were with like-minded travellers and friends.
    The Himalayan Odyssey was a fantastic tour to explore the north of India. From the “wow” moments of the Golden Temple to sunrise over Kangchenjunga and the majestic Himalayas we experienced many emotions. India effortlessly gets under your skin and leaves you wanting more.
    The tour arrangements were fantastic and Jennifer was great fun. Jennifer and the Epicurious team made our tour seamless and comfortable. It was great to share our experience with new friends. We are small group tour converts.

    Himalayan Odyssey, Katrina and Andrew Wannan March 2019