Start and end in New Delhi! With the sightseeing tour Chef-Led India Tours that Explore Cuisine and Culture at the Same Time, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 4 other destinations in India. Chef-Led India Tours that Explore Cuisine and Culture at the Same Time includes flights, an expert guide, meals.
On arrival at Delhi IGI airport meet with our office representative, assistance and transfer to hotel (Hotel check / in out time 1200hrs, early check in subject to rooms availability). Dinner & overnight at hotel. Start point Pick up from IGI Airport, Delhi, India
Breakfast at hotel. Old Delhi Sightseeing City tour of Old Delhi visit Red Fort (Mondays closed) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years, until 1857. Cycle rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk Bazar. Visit Jama Masjid (Mosque) opposite the fort one of the largest mosques in the world, built by Shah Jahan. Raj Gath: The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination. India Gate: The 42m high stone "Arch of Triumph", erected in the memory of Indian soldiers who died in the First World War; Drive through Rajpath "Kingsway" a VVIP area of Delhi including Rashtrapati Bhawan. Food tour - cooking lessons street food of Old Delhi, followed by lunch. New Delhi Sightseeing City tour of New Delhi visit Humayun?s Tomb: Build by wife of Humayun, the second mughal king. It is an early example of Mughal architecture. Qutab Minar: The building complex dated back on the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple (Mondays closed) in the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the citys inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionizing the concept of worship. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Jaipur check in and lunch. Explore Jaipur Market Afternoon free for personal activities, leisure, explore the market etc. Overnight at hotel. Dinner at Narain Niwas Palace serving ethnic Rajasthani food with live folk performance. Overnight at hotel. Jaipur The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - Beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens.
Breakfast at hotel. Jaipur - Amber Fort & Jaigarh Fort Visit Amber Fort and enjoy Elephant Ride. Raja Man Singh the Rajput commander of Akbar?s army constructed the fortress palace in the end of 16th century. Amber is superb example of Rajput architecture, situated on a hilltop, overlooking a lake. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake. Jaigarh Fort considered to be one of the most well fortified structures in India. The magnificent fort was constructed by Sawai Singh of Jaipur in 1726 in order to tighten the security of Amber and Jaipur. Situated on the top of the hill the fort provides the stunning view of the Jaipur town and magnificent amber fort. The main highlights of the fort are massive Cannon, fortification, museum, palaces, temples and the magnificent water tanks. Jai Van is claimed to be the largest cannon on wheels in the world. The length of the barrel of this cannon is 20 ft. 2 inches, the diameter 8 ft. 7 inches and it weighs 50 tons. The range of the gun is 22 miles and it consumes 100kgs of gunpowder for every shot. Food tour - Rajasthani food cooking lesson followed by lunch. Jaipur City Tour Afternoon city tour of Jaipur, visiting Main tourist attractions of Jaipur. City Palace situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture and house fine collection of textiles, costumes and armory. Palace of the Winds built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Observatory Maharaja Jai Singh was a great astronomer of his time. He built here extraordinary (and very accurate) stargazing Observatory here named as Jantar Mantar. Laxmi Narayan Temple known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel drive to Agra via visiting Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri. Abhaneri Sightseeing Abhaneri is a small village popular for the amazing Baoris (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand. Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name. In the present day, this city of brightness is in ruins; still it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for Baoris, which are the unique invention of the natives for harvesting rain water. Amongst the other step wells, Chand Baori is the most popular one. This colossal step well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. Chand Baori is one of Indias deepest and largest step wells. The huge tank with delicate carvings is certainly delightful to the eyes. Lunch at midway motel/ resort. Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri: built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 yrs. Due to scarcity of water. Predominately, a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area, the architectural style is very much in tune with emperor?s dream & partakes of both Hindu & Muslim styles. See the graceful buildings including Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & other places. Arrive Agra check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax.? Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Agra - sunrise visit Taj Mahal Sunrise visit Taj Mahal one of the seven wonder of the world build by Shah Jahan in 1631 AD and was completed in 1651. This symbol of love made out of white marble took 22 years to complete was build in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Ustad Ahamad Lahori, a Parsian Architect, is said to be the main designer and planer of this magnificent memorial. On full moon night, the glory of the Taj is at its best. (Taj Mahal remain closed on every Friday)? Breakfast at hotel. Agra Fort & Itmad-ud-daulahs Tomb Agra Fort: build by the famed Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Construction of the massive red sandstone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, though additions were made up until the rule of his grandson, Shah Jahan region it has partially become Palace. The Diwan-I-Am (public audience hall) the beautiful Diwan-I-Khas (private audience hall) were also added by Shah Jahan.? Itmad-ud-daulahs Tomb; Built between 1622 and 1628 by Empress Nur Jahan for her father, boasts of marble trellis work and inlaid with-precious stones, this mausoleum on the opposite bank of the Yamuna from the Taj, exhibits a strong Persian influence. This is actually the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. Later drive to Lucknow lunch at Midway motel/ resort. On arrival check in.? Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Lucknow Sightseeing City tour visit Bara Imambara; The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula. It was built as a part of a relief project for a major famine that took place in the year 1784. British Residency; The British Residency of Lucknow is a famous historical landmark of this place. It is now in ruins and has been declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Chattar Manzil; One of the imposing structures built by the Nawabs of Lucknow, Chattar Manzil is a very famous tourist attraction of Lucknow. The most unique thing about the Chattar Manzil of Lucknow is the strikingly different architecture. Jama Masjid; In the year 1423, Sultan Ahmed Shah constructed the Jama Masjid in Lucknow. It is built entirely with yellow sandstone and is known for its intricate style of design and architecture. Rumi Darwaza; The Rumi Darwaza of Lucknow is one of the most impressive architectural structures in India. It was constructed in the year 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula. The Rumi Darwaza is an example of the fine architectural style of Awadh. Food tour - Kabab cooking lessons, followed by lunch Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Varanasi check in at hotel followed by lunch. Varanasi evening Ghats?s & temples visit Evening Ghats?s & temples visit, attend Holy Ganga Aarti; Every evening, a magical aarti is performed at Dasashwamedh Ghat. Halt your boat right at the steps for the best view. The presiding priests stand on a wooden chauki in the water. To the chant of Sanskrit mantras, and the clash of cymbals and drums, the river is worshipped with flowers, incense, sandalwood, milk and vermilion. First the blazing camphor lamp and then the many- flamed aarti lamps are raised high and then arched back to the water, the dark river reflecting the golden flames as Ganga accepts the worship. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Varanasi Boat Ride Early morning boat ride and Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water. Varanasi presents a unique combination of physical, metaphysical and supernatural elements. According to the Hindu mythology, Varanasi liberates soul from human body to the ultimate. It is the Ganga Ghats of Varanasi that complement the concept of divinity. Ghats of Ganga are perhaps the holiest spots of Varanasi. The Ganga Ghats at Varanasi are full of pilgrims who flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges, which is believed to absolve one from all sins. There are number of temples on the bank of the Ganga river in Varanasi. It is believed that people are cleansed physically, mentally and spiritually at Ganga Ghats. It is at the Ganga Ghats where we see life and death together. For thousands of years people have been thronging these Ghats to offer their morning prayers to the rising sun. There are more than 100 ghats along side Ganga in Varanasi. Some of the prominent and popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Kabir Ghat and Assi Ghat. Breakfast at hotel. Varanasi Sightseeing City tour, visit World famous Benaras Hindu University: founded by Pandit Madan Malviya at the turn of the century, also has a new Vishwanath temple. The temple, built by the Birlas, a rich industrialist family, is meant for a caste-less, egalitarian society, Tulsi Manas Temple: Its white marble walls have the verses of Tulsidas? Ramcharitmanas inscribed on them and Bharat Mata Temple: a modern shrine, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It has a huge relief map of the Indian sub-continent showing all its rivers, mountains and pilgrimages.? Excursion to Sarnath Sarnath: one of the three holiest sites for Buddhists. This is where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in 528 BC. There are many temples here, representing the many cultures where Buddhism is the dominant religious philosophy. Youll find the Tibetans, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Burmese and the Thai have set up centres of learning, monasteries and temples. The Ashokan Pillar here used to be crowned by a capital that had four lions with their backs to each other looking out in the four cardinal directions the capital, now a national emblem for the Indian Union, is in the Archaeological Museum in Sarnath. The Ashokan Pillar, constructed by the legendary King Ashoka (3rd century BC), still stands. There are many stupas here, as is a bodhi tree that is a sapling from the bodhi tree in Sri Lanka. The Bodhi tree is the peepul tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. A cutting from the original was planted in Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka), and the bodhi in Sarnath has been grown from a sapling from that. Lunch during the sightseeing at local restaurant.? After sightseeing transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel followed by farewell dinner at exclusive venue for the g
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destinations.End point Drop off to IGI Airport, Delhi, India