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Discover Culinary India: 11 nights from £3295 per person
By: Corinthian Travel
The Indian Culinary Tour weaves together three of northern India's celebrated regional cuisines and combines visits to spice markets, street food walks, and interactive cooking lessons to deliver a unique Indian gastronomic experience.
From lip-smacking Vada Pav as well as the irresistible Paani Puri filled with an addictive tangy, spicy sauce that defines Mumbai's street-food culture to the delectable kebabs made famous by the Nawabs of Lucknow and the exotic Kolhapuri Mutton curry, a quintessential Marathi dish prepared using roasted spices, sample exotic flavours from across India on this private tour.
The India Culinary Tour begins in Delhi, where you will participate in a traditional 'langar' at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, before tucking into fluffy Naan Bread and slow-cooked Rajma Dal at the award-winning Bukhara restaurant renowned for its Mughlai cuisine.
Then, visit the iconic Taj Mahal and try Agra's famous Panchhi Petha (gooey Pumpkin based sweet), before embarking on a train journey to Lucknow. Whilst at Lucknow, you will visit the lively spice markets with a local family and then assist them in preparing Galouti Kebab as well as Awadhi Biryani, that originated from the royal kitchens of Oudh.
Next, fly to Indore and drive to the charming Ahilya Fort. Hereto pick vegetables and herbs from Ahilya's organic farm and assist the resident Chef prepare an authentic Marathi Thali.
This interactive lesson will feature a main course (Kolhapuri Mutton Curry) and a milk-based dessert (Basundi). Along the way, visit Lucknow's historic sites as well as enjoying a sunset cruise (shared basis) on the sacred Narmada river.
The tour concludes in Mumbai, where you will have a chance to visit the bustling Crawford market; observe the dabbawallahs ferrying tiffin boxes across Mumbai; savour Mumbai's street food as well as taste the famous Irani Chai at the iconic Kayani Parsi café.
The holiday costs from £3295 pp (two sharing), which includes private transportation, 11 nights' B&B (plus two lunches and four dinners), culinary activities, boat transfers, and tour guides in cities. Flights extra (bookable through Corinthian Travel).
Call 020 3583 6089 or visit www.corinthiantravel.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR