Luxury Gourmet Tour to North India 2011
Holiday Dates: Between 9th and 24th March, 2011, your 16 day Luxury Tour to Royal North India visits: Mumbai (1 night), Aurangabad (2 nights), Udaipur (3 nights), Kumbhalgar (1 night), Shahpura (1 night), Jaipur (2 nights), Agra (2 nights), Delhi (2 nights).
Wednesday 9th March, 2011 – Heathrow to Mumbai
Flight Jet Airways from Heathrow T4: 2105. Non-stop flight (8 hours 50 minutes).
Thursday 10th March, 2011 - Mumbai (Bombay)
Flight Arrives Mumbai (BOM) 11.25am.
Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (1 night) in the Old Wing. You will be greeted by Pat and Dominique with a welcoming cocktail.
Afternoon Escorted local area walk with Pat and Dominique.
Dinner The Taj Hotel Group Executive Chef, India’s Top Chef, Hemant Oberoi, holds a Gourmet Evening exclusively for us.
Friday 11th March, 2011 - Mumbai (Bombay) and Aurangabad
Morning Tour of Mumbai (Bombay).
Lunch Elco Bhel Restaurant, Bandra. Mumbai’s local speciality food, Bhel Puri at Mumbai’s fashionable area, Bandra.
Afternoon Fly to Aurangabad.
Hotel The Taj Residency Hotel, Aurangabad (1st night).
Dinner At Taj Residency Hotel. Will include local Aurangabadi, Marathwada and Deccani cuisine.
Saturday 12th March, 2011 - Aurabgabad
Morning Excursion to Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Khuldabad and Ellora Caves.
Afternoon A visit to India’s top Catering School.
Dinner Amber Restaurant, campus training restaurant. Students present their choice of menu.
Hotel The Taj Residency Hotel, Aurangabad (2nd night).
Sunday 13th March, 2011 - Aurangabad to Udaipur
Morning An early breakfast.
Flight To Udaipur. Here we meet our Volvo coach, driver and porter, who will take us right through to Delhi and the end of our tour.
Hotel Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge, Udaipur (1st night).
Demonstration Shikarbadi Exec Chef's evening cooking demonstration of Mewari and Rajasthani specialities.
Dinner Dinner in the garden.
Monday 14th March, 2011 - Udaipur and Jaisamand
Morning Excursion to Jaisamand Lake (Dhebar) with boat and jeep trips.
Lunch Indian BBQ. The resort chefs will demo and cook fresh lake fish and other specialities.
Afternoon Back to Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge. Relax by pool.
Dinner Private al fresco chef’s menu at Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge.
Entertainment A traditional puppet show.
Hotel Shikarbadi Hunting Lodge, Udaipur (2nd night).
Tuesday 15th March, 2011 - Udaipur
Morning Tour of Udiapur City.
Lunch At Nataraj - Gujarati Vegan Thali Restaurant.
Afternoon Drive to Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur. Local tour available.
Dinner Alfresco private set dinner by the Taj Lake Palace Lily Pond.
Hotel The Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur (1 night).
Wednesday 16th March, 2011 - Udaipur to Kumbhalgar
Morning 4 km to Kumbhalgar.
Hotel Check in to Aodhi Hunting Lodge Hotel, Kumbhalgar (1 night).
Lunch Table d’hote menu at the hotel’s Chowka restaurant.
Afternoon Excursion to Kumbhalgar Fort and a jeep ride into the countryside.
Dinner Served exclusively for us at the hotel’s poolside.
Entertainment Traditional dance.
Thursday 17th March, 2011 - Kumbhalgar to Shahpura
Morning Drive to Shahpura Bagh Hotel (c3hours / 220km).
Hotel Check in to Shahpura Bagh Hotel, Shahpura (1 night).
Lunch At Shahpura Bagh Hotel.
Afternoon Local excursion the local fort, farm and villages in the surrounding area.
Dinner At the hotel with the family, who are passionate about food, will provide and talk about the menu containing local specialities.
Friday 18th March, 2011 - Shahpura via Dera Amer to Jaipur
Morning Drive to Dera Amer for your private elephant ‘safari’.
Lunch Buffet style lunch in the gardens, with the freshest Naans from the Tandoor alongside. And, yes it’s licensed.
Afternoon A c45 minute Elephant Ride into the jungle surrounding the lawns. Drive to Jaipur.
Hotel The Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur (1st night).
Dinner The Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur.
Saturday 19th March, 2011 - Jaipur
Morning Tour of Amber Fort and Jaipur City.
Afternoon Return to the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel.
Evening Visit Rajasthan’s annual Elephant Festival in town today.
Dinner A special festive four-course Maharajah’s dinner (Baradari) served in a private location in the grounds.
Entertainment Sitar and tabla (drum) players will play during the feast.
Hotel The Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur (2nd night).
Sunday 20th March, 2011 - Jaipur to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri and Bharatpur
Morning Tour Fatehpur Sikri (Emperor Akbar’s Ghost city).
Lunch Bharatpur at Laxmi Niwas Palace. Paneer is promised from the palace’s own dairy and vegetables from their farm.
Afternoon Check in to The Oberoi Amarvilas. Agra. Your room has a view of the Taj.
Evening Tandoori cooking demonstration. Chefs will invite you to have a go.
Dinner Chefs’ menu at Esphahan Restaurant. Full moon, so view the Taj Mahal from your room.
Hotel The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra (1st night).
Monday 21st March, 2011 - Agra
Dawn View sunrise over the Taj Mahal in the privacy of your own room.
Morning Tour of Agra.
Lunch At Dasaprakash South Indian Restaurant.
Afternoon Shopping Trip.
Note At some time during our stay at Amarvilas, we hope to have a detailed kitchen visit (their workload permitting).
Dinner Private poolside dinner.
Hotel The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra (2nd night).
Tuesday 22nd March, 2011 - Agra to Delhi via Sikandra
Morning Drive c200km (4.5 hrs) to Delhi stopping at Akbar’s tomb, Sikandra.
Hotel The Imperial Hotel, Delhi for 2 nights (Heritage Room).
Lunch 1911 Restaurant, The Imperial Hotel. Self service buffet lunch is legendary.
Afternoon Tour of New Delhi.
Dinner Dum Pukht Restaurant, The Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Delhi. Our meal will include Raan (a leg of marinated mutton), Nehari (marinated lamb knuckle), Badin Jaan (roasted aubergine) and Dum ki Khumb (button mushrooms).
Hotel The Imperial Hotel, Delhi (1st night).
Wednesday 23rd March, 2011 - Delhi
Morning Tour of Old Delhi.
Afternoon Shopping Trip.
Dinner The Spice Route, Restaurant, The Imperial Hotel, Delhi.
Hotel The Imperial Hotel, Delhi (2nd night).
Thursday 24th March, 2011 - Delhi
Morning A comfortable flight time allows you to breakfast and pack in good time.
Jet Airways Flight Departs DEL 13:40. Arrives LHR 17:40. (non stop, 9hrs 30mins).