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Explore some of the lesser known regions of India to discover lost dynasties, magnificent Bengal tigers and the ancient Hindu traditions in Varanasi. Luxuriate in India's most outstanding hotels.


“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 focuses on North and Central India introducing guests to the outstanding cities of Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad and the dynasties that ruled them and had a significant impact on their architecture, culture and cuisine.

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. Just north of Varanasi, is Sarnath, a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where Buddha preached his first sermon. Sarnath is a spiritual place of mainly ruined stupas, shrines and temples, with an interesting museum.

We make a brief stopover to admire the famous Khajuraho temples constructed between AD 950 to 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. Built predominantly from sandstone the temple sculptures are very beautiful, executed with a joy, fluidity and lack of inhibition that is unrivalled in modern India. These temples are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spotting a majestic Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild for the first time is an experience that’s difficult to express in words. Their grace and confidence is captivating and an encounter with one of these magnificent cats is not quickly forgotten.  The Bandhavgarh National Park is the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Rewa, today the grasslands and sal forests of the Park harbour a healthy population of tigers, as well as deer, langur monkeys, sloth bear and wonderful birds such as drongos, bee-eaters and rare hornbills.

We stay in luxury historic hotels such as the Imperial in Delhi, Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad and the impressive Brijrama Palace on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi. The beauty and natural environment of Bandhavgarh National Park offers a rare insight into the vast and spectacular landscapes of Central India and the wildlife that inhabits it. The stunning Samode Safari Lodge on the edge of the Park offers a true connection with nature and wildlife.

If you feel like spending a few days in the buzzing metropolis of Mumbai after the tour we have a three day extension program for you to embrace this extraordinary city.

JourneyHighlights

Explore the Mughal cities of Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad with their rich history and cuisine
Admire the ancient sandstone temples and sculptures of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Khajuraho
Experience the magic of the evening Aarti Ceremony on the Ganges River in Varanasi
Spot a Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild at Bandhavgarh National Park where we enjoy time to relax in nature
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

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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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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