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Each and every part of the world possesses a different tradition, culture, lifestyle and if food habits are to be considered, no other nation can beat the gastronomical affairs Indians have with the assortment of flavors found here! Indian food has developed from being a provincial eating routine to an advanced, modern and sophisticated cuisine that consolidates the best of tasty flavors and fresh new ingredients to make mouth-watering dishes well known all over the world. Each of the indigenous cuisine of India express an extraordinary story with just the perfect contribution of cultures and ages mixed since days of yore. This tour, however just focuses on four cities, not only highlights the variety and complexity of the cuisine but more importantly giving you an in-depth view of the culture behind the food. It will unquestionably guarantee you a taste of authentic Indian cooking. Imagine yourself enjoying biryanis and kebabs that are the strengths. If you want a blast of flavors inside your mouth, you should take the journey straight from the lap of central India serving scrumptious street food to the curries of the graceful city and brace yourself with the most savoring food trail across the traditional dishes of each state of India! Pour the sheer madness of different traditional dishes of India on your plate and relish a scrumptious dinner with your friends and family in this Food trail of North India and Tandoori trail of India !
On arrival you will be welcomed by our representatives at the airport lounge and then will be transferred to your pre-booked hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome with Garland and “Tilak” while hotel formalities are completed. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
After a filling buffet breakfast at the hotel and a quick tour briefing, you can start your sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. You can start by driving pass the renowned 17th- century fort, the Red Fort and Jama Masjid which is India’s biggest mosque. You can then visit Chandni Chowk. For a quick snack you can head straight to the famous Paranthe Wali Gali. The food is old fashioned and strictly vegetarian at the Paranthe Wali Gali and has a lot of varieties including the exotic fillings like pees, cashews, cauliflower, mix of veggies, and many more. Sweet lassi, often served in earthen glasses is also a specialty of this place. Sightseeing is a really good option to explore a place but sometimes, the best way to explore a city and its culture is by sampling its local cuisine. For a taste of authentic India head straight to Chandni Chowk, which is often, called the food capital of India which is famous for its street food. The place has variety of snacks. The real flavor of the Delhi street food lies in the chaat. It is a mixture of potato, crispy fried bread, Dahi Bhalla, gram and tangy-salty spices. The mixture is garnished with sour home-made Indian chilly and tamarind sauce, fresh green coriander leaves and yoghurt. You can also have the glorious Gol Gappe, kachoris stuffed with potato and peas, Samosas, Dahi Bhalla and Paneer Tikki. For people having a sweet tooth, Rabdi Faluda is a must.
For non-vegetarians the place has for you fresh fish, aromatic kebabs, fried chicken, Mutton Burrahs, Butter Chicken, Reshmi Kabab, Murgh Musallam and more. Post having a filling lunch, head for a tour of New Delhi. You can visit, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and drive past India Gate that honors Indian soldiers. In the Evening get ready for a culinary experience and enjoy truly Mughlai food at the world renowned restaurant Moti Mahal known to have introduced butter chicken to the world in 1948. Mughlai Biryani, Tandoori Tikka, Qurma are some of the delicacy you will be enjoying. Overnight at the hotel in Delhi.
After having a quick breakfast start for an early morning transfer to railway station to board the Shatabdi Express to reach 'The City of Nawabs', Lucknow. Ensure you have enough space to enjoy walking food tour of Lucknow which allows you to have the world famous traditional roadside eateries. Some of the eateries we visit are Mobeen's Pasanda, Raheem's Nihari Gosht, Bismillha's or Idris' Biryani, Tundey Kebab and finish with Indian ice cream at Chanakya's Kulfi. Overnight stay in the hotel at Lucknow.
This morning, prepare yourself you have long hours of walk so that in the evening you can enjoy the Awadhi Cuisine dinner to the fullest. Start with a sightseeing tour and visit the Bada Imambara which is a famous monument that has historical, cultural and heritage importance. You can also visit the Asfi mosque which reside in the complex area only. You can likewise visit the Bhul-Bhulayah (the labyrinth) and a summer palace with running water. Government Museum is a must visit for all the tourists and is situated in a modern three-storied building at Banarasi Bagh area of Lucknow. Take a leisurely walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.
After all this walking you must stop for a culture filled lunch. The traditional food of Lucknow is highly patronized by the Nawabs of Lucknow during their time. The royal chefs of Lucknow are trained to render an exquisite culinary spread that included some of the richest and most exotic preparations in the country. The food in Lucknow have a balanced blend of aromatic and fiery spices. You can satisfy your taste buds by savoring on mouth-watering dishes like kebabs, nihari-kulcha, parathas, kachoris, nimish and many more delightful preparations to appease your taste buds.
Later in the evening you can go for a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar. Head to your hotel rest a bit and get ready for another memorable Awadhi Cuisine Dastarkhwan dinner night. It has the preparation of exotic spices and garnishing done with dry fruits. This cuisine was introduced to India by the deputies of the Mughal Emperor, namely, the Nawabs of Awadh, who were originally inhabitants of Persia. With a Nawabi touch, you can enjoy Awdhi Briyani, Galawat & Kakori Kebab, Sheermal to name few. Stay overnight at the hotel in Lucknow.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the morning is free to explore the heritage city of the Nawab on your own. In the evening check out of the hotel and start for a tourney to the city of love, Agra. The city is known by all as the home of the iconic Taj Mahal, it is still associated with the Mughals. Food of this city remains the most authentic one as Mughals savored food. The cuisine here ranges from mild to spicy, with specialties in barbeques and curries. Post your arrival fresh up and visit the marble inlay workshop to understand the beautiful calligraphy done with precious gemstones on the Taj Mahal. Explore local market of the city before returning back to the hotel to enjoy a multi-cuisine dinner. Overnight at hotel in Agra.
After a filling breakfast, head straight to witness the beauty of the UNESCO heritage site, Taj Mahal. Later you can visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and continue you tour to visit the white marble Tomb of Itimad ud Daulah. Later in the day you can visit the Jewel carpet handicraft factory where you will find world renowned and finest handmade collection of embroidered jewel carpets.
Now is time for some lunch. Agra is famous for the sugary, juicy petha, a sweet that is made from the humble ash gourd vegetable. Leaving Agra without a box of petha is unheard of. For the spice lovers, Agra has spicy Bedai which are crisp stuffed puris served with a tangy, toothsome potato curry and a generous serving of thick curd. There are several options for lunch but the famous Rambabu Parathewale comes highly recommended. Evening is free to relax or explore this famous town. Leaving Agra without a Mughlai meal would deem the trip incomplete. Agra being the capital city of the Mughals, Mughlai meal is a must have. Post getting fresh, dig-in to rich gravies. This Food trail of North India and Tandoori trail of India further takes you to the local restaurants famous for mutton keema, kadhai paneer, malai kofta, baingan ka bharta, and butter chicken. Overnight at hotel in Agra.
Post hearty breakfast, drive back to Delhi to board the flight to city of Nizams "Hyderabad". Upon arrival in Hyderabad, you will be transferred to your hotel. The city is also known as the ‘City of Pearls’ as it was once a global centre for pearl and diamond trade. Today, Hyderabad is modern and cosmopolitan having rich history and culture. On your arrival at Hyderabad, set into your hotel and fresh up. After you have freshened up, take a tour of the Hyderabad Palace and enjoy High Tea. While enjoying the beautiful view of the city below, try out the delicacies of the past. Post the high tea, you can relax and enjoy the royal surroundings of the Palace. Overnight at the hotel in Hyderabad.
In the morning, brace yourself to visit the city of Nizams to the fullest. Strat by visiting the Charminar and embark on a tantalizing tour of Hyderabad with a cup of Irani Chai and Osmania Biscuits. While touring the minaret, you can savor upon other delicacies like puffs, pastries, stuffed bread like dil-pasand and dil-khush. Later you can visit the Salar Jung Museum which has the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world, exhibiting over 35,000 objects of art. In the afternoon you can take a visit Golconda Fort. The grand fort is protected by three formidable lines of defense. The Fort was also famous for its hoard of diamonds. Now is time for lunch. Walk towards Patherghatti and enjoy the best varieties of dosas. Stroll around the nearby markets and savor on delicacies like Kulcha, roti kheema and bhaja curry. You can also try the very authentic Hyderabadi Biryani to get your taste buds greedier. You can also try lukhmi with some mincemeat, kebabs and pattherkaghosht. After a scrumptious lunch, conclude your lunch by relishing desserts like double kameetha, khubanikameetha and malai. Post a filling and flavorful lunch, visit Ramoji Film city and return back to your hotel. Later you can stroll through Laad Bazaar, which is filled with small shops selling lacquer bangles, pearl jewelry, inlaid metalwork and other local crafts. For dinner enjoy the grand cuisine of Hyderabad which are the result of its history of over centuries. Overnight at hotel in Hyderabad.
Afte breakfast you will be transfer to airport for your flight to onward destination after this amazing Food trail itinerary.
End of Food trail of North India and Tandoori trail of India