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This is a cultural and culinary journey like no other, from sampling mouth-watering street food in Mumbai to dining in style at the famous Karim’s restaurant in Delhi, at a heritage mansion near Bharatpur and at the mouth-watering 1135 AD restaurant in Amber Fort.
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10 nights’ accommodation, activities and entrances fees as per the itinerary, meals as per the itinerary, services of a private car and driver, internal flights, local English speaking guides.
Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat, 01 Apr – 30 Sep '18
Experience the best street food in Delhi and the delightful taste of Rajasthan’s traditional cuisine along with the colours of India’s markets and bazaars and how to cook up delicious regional Indian dishes in a number of inspiring cooking classes and explore the vibrant cultural scene of Mumbai.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but it's also one of the most interesting in the world with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars!
Following breakfast, set off on a half day tour to explore the highlights of Mumbai, with the chance to see the famous Dabbawallas in action as they begin delivering lunches around the city. Visit the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, as well as the Jain Temple and Hanging Gardens, offering a panoramic view of Chowpati Beach and Dhobi Ghat. Drive past the Flora Fountain, Crawford Market and Marine drive, the seafront boulevard known as the Queen's Necklace. (B) (L)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight (B)
Take a cycle rickshaw ride through chaotic streets of the famous Chandni Chowk and walk through the back alleys of Khari Baoli, Asia's largest wholesale spice market. Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings. Treat your tastebuds with lunch at an authentic local restaurant, where a fourth generation family still produces amazing cuisine. You'll also have the chance to visit a beautifully preserved stepwell which had been used in ancient times to conserve water, and learn more about the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, at Gandhi Smriti, where you can visit the museum. Explore New Delhi and its iconic government buildings as well as the magnificent Humayun's Tomb. (B, L).
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Lucknow. This afternoon explore the beautiful Muslim-era sights of the city, including Imambara, Asifi Husainabad, Rumi Gate and the Clock Tower. In the evening, take a heritage walk to explore more of the old city and to discover the lanes of the oldest marketplace in Lucknow. (B).
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart on a tour of British era Lucknow, including a visit to La Martiniere School and Dilkusha Palace and Gardens before arriving at Lucknow Residency. This afternoon, visit the grave of Walter Burley Griffin, who designed the city of Canberra, before continuing to the house of famed film makers and fashion designers Muzaffar & Meera Ali, Kotwara House. You'll have the chance to see their collection and workshop and interact with the artisans at work. In the evening take a culinary walk along the lane adjacent to Akbari Gate to sample some of the cuisine on offer in Lucknow. (B)
After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Agra, stopping en route to visit Kannauj, known for its perfumes or attar, which have been supplied to Mughal emperors for almost 300 years. (B)
Take a sunrise trip to see the beautiful morning light over the Taj Mahal. Following breakfast at your hotel, make your way to the magnificent Mughal era Agra Fort, a World Heritage Listed Site. This afternoon visit Hessing's Tomb, known as the Red Taj Mahal. In the evening, enjoy a heritage walking tour and dinner at the famous Peshawri restaurant. (B,D).
After breakfast at your hotel, take a private car to Jaipur, stopping at the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri en route. This fascinating city served as the capital of the Mughal empire for only ten years. Visit the heritage mansion of Chandramahal Haveli, nestled in the small village of Perharsar, enjoy lunch at the poolside restaurant before continuing to the Pink City of Jaipur. (B) (L) (D)
Following breakfast, depart on a tour of the old city of Jaipur, visiting the garden of astronomical structures of Jantar Mantar. Your nest stop will be the impressive City Palace, which houses the former private museum of art and artefacts, now open to the public. Drive past the towering facade of the Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal before lunch in a traditional vegetarian restaruant. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Amber Fort, which lies on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. This evening, dine at the famous 1135AD Restaurant at the Fort. (B) (L) (D)
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. (B)
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6 Days / 5 Nights
Enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
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From Delhi to Udaipur, experience a journey in the timeless state of Rajasthan, home to many palaces and forts.
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