India and Nepal are a jigsaw puzzle of cultures, histories, and influences, and the cuisine is as diverse as everything else. With food as your focus, this handcrafted tour explores both the culinary and cultural fabrics as you visit superlative sights from Everest to the Taj Mahal. Taste with the locals, including the Nepalese, Tibetan, Rajasthani, Peshwari, Mughal, Nizam, and other cuisines and explore with your senses as you discover the many markets, kitchens, backstreets, restaurants, and...
Kathmandu – A Spa Above Kathmandu Valley
Land in Kathmandu and relax as you transfer to your hotel spa on a ridge above the city. Look down on the bustle, and look out towards the Himalayas as you sink your senses into the spa and enjoy a one-hour treatment. Landing at any city in Asia can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you are tired from the flight or jet-lagged. So before jumping into the adventure, you will need some time to unwind and recover from your travels. In Kathmandu, that is best done outside the city, as that is where the country’s best hotels are located. So rest, relax and energize yourself for what is to come.
Kathmandu – Backstreet Food Tour of Old Kathmandu Kingdoms
Nagarkot – Incredible Himalayan Views and Tibetan Cuisine
Delhi – Hiking to Everest Panoramas and Flying To Delhi
Delhi – Sights of Delhi and Home-Kitchen Curries
Delhi – Street Food Delhi Breakfast and More Remarkable History
Agra – Peshwari Cuisine and the Taj Mahal
Jaipur – Sandstone Extravagance and Mughal Cuisines
Jaipur – Rajasthani Snacks and Astonishing Architecture
Jaipur – Spice Markets and Learning Rajasthani Cooking
Hyderabad – Islamic Crafts and Cuisine
Hyderabad – The Famed Mix of Mughal and Nizam Flavors
Mumbai – Street Food Walking Tour and an Enigmatic City
Mumbai – Exploring Mumbai and Indian Seafood
Mumbai – Departure
- Taste your way through the streets of Mumbai, trying all of the distinctive dishes that have evolved in India’s most energetic city
- Tour a spice market in Jaipur and take local products into a kitchen, where you will learn the secrets of Rajasthani cuisine
- Walk Himalayan trails and enjoy stunning views towards Mount Everest, and then re-energize with classic Tibetan food
- Explore the diversity of Indian gastronomy with days dedicated to Peshwari, Mughal and Nizam cuisines
- Explore historic Kathmandu Valley kingdoms through their food, discovering all the traditions of Nepalese cuisine
- Marvel at the monuments, including the Taj Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub Minar, and so many more
- Search for your breakfast on a walking food tour of Delhi and spend half a day cooking curries in a Delhi kitchen
- Engage with the Islamic crafts of Hyderabad, immerse yourself in the pink city of Jaipur and find Indian seafood in Mumbai
- Linger with a cup of tea, which is central to culture all across India and Nepal, but like the cuisine, it is very different depending on where you are
India and Nepal are like a giant patchwork with every piece showing their own history, culture, and cuisine. The diversity is both remarkable and misunderstood, as this is a land with so many languages, influences, ideas, expressions, traditions and ways of life. Gastronomy is one of the best ways to begin understanding the cultural differences, as every region has its own cuisine, and what most people know as Indian food is an amalgamation of ideas found across both India and Nepal. Through the food, you can discover the culture, and through the culture, you will get an authentic experience in these two exotic and ever-changing nations.
This is a tour for food lovers led by a handpicked collection of culinary guides. If you do not like to experiment, then this will not be the tour for you. Every day will bring a grand menu of new flavors and experiences taking you through Nepalese, Tibetan, Rajasthani, Peshwari, Mughal, Nizam and more. You will tour the backstreets and explore all the street food and the marketplaces, and use your senses to enjoy every part of your surroundings. There are local kitchens for cooking demonstrations and hands-on lessons, plus restaurants that range from the very local to the very old and regal. Along the way, you will discover astonishing sights including Mount Everest and the Himalayas, Kathmandu’s historic kingdoms, mosques and forts in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and a Mughal sandstone city, the best of Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Nepalese cuisine is mostly unknown and is an excellent introduction to regional staples and flavors. You will spend a couple of nights in Kathmandu and then relax in Nagarkot, looking out on the Himalayas while exploring Buddhist Tibetan cuisine. Your four stops in India will be chosen for both their cuisine and their local experiences. Delhi is diverse, shaped by many religions and cultures. Agra and Jaipur take you on a journey through Peshwari, Rajasthani and Mughal cuisines. Hyderabad’s food is heavily influenced by Islam and Persia, while Mumbai is an indulgent mix of colonial influences and evolving local flavors.
$2,920 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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