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This captivating journey explores the mesmerising metropolis of Mumbai, the riches of majestic Hyderabad, the ancient city of Varanasi and the natural beauty of the Ganges River near Rishikesh.


“So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked” Mark Twain

This fascinating journey led by Jennifer Wilkinson commences in the dazzling metropolis of Mumbai often still referred to as Bombay by the locals. It is a city of striking contrasts and a vibrant, confident metropolis that’s tangibly high in energy. It is India’s most cosmopolitan city, its financial powerhouse, the nerve centre of the fashion industry and of course home to Bollywood. Also known as the city that never sleeps.

Our next destination, Hyderabad is one of the most enduring Indian experiences imaginable. It is a melting pot of Muslim and Hindu cultures and has a legacy of both Persian and Islamic influences due to the long rule of the Nizams. This legacy pervades all aspects of Hyderabadi culture, from the way the language is spoken, the appreciation for the arts and the renowned Hyderabadi hospitality. The magnificent collection of often faded but beautiful Islamic architecture is a highlight along with the best Biryanis in India.

We experience ancient Hindu customs and traditions in the Holy City of Varanasi. The evening Aarti ceremony on the Ganges River is a highlight of our time in this incredible ancient city.

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and home to some of the most unique and magnificent buildings in India. The city rose to prominence as the home of the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh) who were great patrons of the culinary and other arts, particularly dance and music. Lucknow’s reputation as a city of culture, grand living and rich cuisine has continued to this day. It is famous for its century old bazaars where you get everything from exquisite chikankari garments to delicious kebabs.

Our final location before we head to India’s capital Delhi, is a little piece of heaven on the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalaya near the city of Rishikesh. This wonderful new luxury retreat by the Taj Hotel group is the perfect place to unwind and embrace the natural beauty of this unique region.

After a relaxing break we fly to Delhi for our final two days in this city with its Mughal monuments of Old Delhi and the Imperial City of New Delhi built by the British.

 

JourneyHighlights

Explore the Mughal cities of Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad with their rich history and cuisine
Experience the magic of the evening Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges River in Varanasi
Uncover the fascinating layers of Hyderabad with it's Islamic architecture and delicious cuisine
Delight in staying in some of India's most outstanding and opulent hotels

Meet your Guide:

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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GuestStories

  • This trip was all that I had hoped for. The attention to detail and the organisation meant that I could relax and really enjoy all that India had to offer. The food, the colours and the culture were vibrant and fascinating and the people are welcoming. I also really enjoyed learning and understanding better the history and influences of different rulers and religions. There is so much to remember and I do so with great fondness.

    Jane Orton 
- Indian Odyssey, March 2018

  • A small group tour beautifully managed by Jennifer and Alok our third with Epicurious and hopefully more to come.

    Jenny and Maurice Owen – Indian Odyssey 2018

  • 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

  • We were amazed at the grandness of the forts, palaces and other monuments we visited in or en route to the major cities. It was also great to swap the man made splendour of these places with the natural beauty of Ranthambore and Nimaj, both of which we really loved. On the organisational side of things  all the arrangements put in place by Epicurious were absolutely faultless and worked a treat.  The meeting and greeting, guiding, drivers (our tour driver-Billu- was fantastic ), hotels and meal options were all wonderful. All the hotels were absolutely splendid and we felt rich and famous in all of them. Collectively they probably represent the best hotels we have stayed anywhere in the world. And the Indian food was to die for – particularly the vegetarian dishes which are much more imaginative than those you find in Australia. Not a hint of Delhi belly, but we both put on heaps of weight – we’re thinking of suing Epicurious for this – after all someone must be responsible!
    So we had a great time and we are in debt to you for the fabulous itinerary and faultless arrangements. February 2018

    Wendy Jeffery and Tony Hely