The Best Culinary and Cultural Journey of North India - 12 Days

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive at Delhi.

Most flights arrive either in the evening or at night, and we strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s hotel stay can be added at the time of reservation.

Welcome to India, home to a dizzying array of unique culinary offerings, incredible historical monuments, a plethora of natural wonders, and the world’s most colorful culture. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Delhi airport.

Indian Food

You are greeted as you exit the jet bridge from your plane and are escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. After this process you will be met by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Accompanying Tour Director and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are now driven to your top-ranked luxury hotel and assisted with your check-in if it is 3 pm or later.

Your suite at the Delhi Oberoi includes 24-hour butler service and access to the exclusive Resident’s Lounge with its associated benefits. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed. While you are here, we recommend that you take the time to enjoy the incredible facilities of your hotel, including their heated indoor and outdoor pools and their wonderful spa and its fascinating offerings. Yoga sessions are available in the mornings.
(Overnight – The Oberoi New Delhi – Oberoi Suite)

Day 2 Delhi.

Start your day with a conversation with a senior chef at your hotel after you enjoy a breakfast that includes a large selection of Indian and western offerings, including scores of made to order options. You will be given an introduction to common Indian spices, and learn how they add flavor and color while providing health benefits.

Indian Spices

During breakfast the hotel chefs will ask for your preferences on which ingredients you want to focus on for your paratha dinner on this day, and this practice will go on for the rest of your culinary journey with us.

Please note that most of our guests on our culinary and other journeys do not want 3 full meals during their travels. Indian breakfast foods can be rich and there is such a large variety and assortment of delicious Indian and western foods that are on the lavish buffet as well as available to order, that most guests will skip lunch, or ask for a banana, an apple, or something similar for lunch. If you do get hungry during the morning or early afternoon, your Tour Director Guide will recommend options for a full lunch during your sightseeing.

Delhi has more amazing culinary options than any other city in India and we will only be able to introduce you to some of the local cuisine’s highlights during the three full days you will spend here. The food you will experience and learn about here will include some of the amazing street food that Delhi is famous for, but your street food experiences will all be with the expert chefs at your luxury hotel, thereby avoiding the extreme issues most American stomachs would be guaranteed to suffer if they actually ate on the streets.

Begin your exploration of India in the mid-morning with a drive to one of Delhi’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the awe-inspiring 12th century Qutab Minar. Delhi has over 500 ancient structures strewn over its vast expanse. In terms of amazing achievements of man from almost a millennium ago the Qutab Minar is unmatched in its architectural brilliance and longevity.

Qutab Minar

Qutub Minar

This 240 ft tall tower is a symbol of victory and a spectacular example of Persian architecture, with intricate carvings and gorgeous inlaid calligraphy.

Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of the Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, stands the legendary 2500-year-old Iron Pillar. The pillar stands 23 feet and 8 inches tall, weighs about 7000 pounds, and has inscriptions that are still legible to a great extent. This massive cast iron structure is said to have been moved from its distant cave shelter to Delhi around the 12th century.

Next you will be driven to the beautiful Lodi Gardens. This massive garden complex is spread over 90 acres of priceless real estate in the heart of Delhi, and contains the tombs of various rulers of the Pashtun Dynasty that ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century. There are lush lawns and a plethora of flowers and plants mixed in with all the monuments.

Very near the gardens is the Lodi Art District, your last destination before returning to your hotel. Delhi isn’t famous for its street art and murals, and the large amount of street art found all over this upscale part of the city will both surprise and delight you. The subject matter ranges from quirky to distinctly ethnic Indian and there will be surprises around every corner. A google presentation on the Lodi Art District –

Return to the Oberoi in the late afternoon and, after you freshen up, a tailor will take measurements for your traditional Indian apparel, which will be expertly tailored and presented to you at Jaipur. You will be shown options for colors and other customizable elements and can select based on your preferences. These garments will be made of fine materials and will make some of the special experiences on your exploration even more memorable.

Paratha Cooking Lesson and Dinner: Your chef instructor and F&B staff will start your cooking lesson journey with an introduction to the wonders of the North Indian Paratha, and the art of making it along with associated chutneys and other accompaniments.

Some of the scores of different types of parathas are popular breakfast items, others are among the most prevalent street food, while others are used as standalone meals or as accompanying breads with lunch and dinner. Although wheat flour is now used as the primary grain in over 98% of paratha’s served today in India and other nations, years ago the simple folk of India mainly used ancient and much healthier grains such as amaranth (rajgira), barley (jau), pearl millet (bajra), finger millet (ragi), and sorghum (jowar) in their daily preparations. Throughout your culinary exploration of India, you will be exposed to cooking with some of these ancient grains, although the ubiquitous wheat option will always be present for those who want it.

Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains

There are dozens of types of parathas and they can be made of one, or a combination of, grains. They are delicious plain but the most popular versions are stuffed parathas, which have the option of many different stuffing’s, most common among which are spiced potatoes, paneer, cauliflower and other vegetables, along with other options. Parathas, just like other Indian food, are always accompanied by a large assortment of delicious spicy pickles and chutneys, as well as other pleasures such as yogurt raitas. We feel that it is hard to beat a large dollop of fresh churned unsalted butter on top of a hot paratha! You will enjoy the fruit of your preparations as a filling dinner that you have helped prepare!
(Overnight – The Oberoi New Delhi – Oberoi Suite)

Day 3 Delhi.

Start your morning with another delicious breakfast just as the day before. Along with your preferences from all the other options, you will be served a fresh crispy dosa, made to your preferences, with sambhar. Originating in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, dosas are now one of India’s most popular foods and are eaten for both breakfast and lunch. This large round ultra-thin crepe is served folded over and is accompanied by sambhar, a delicious and thin lentil-based stew containing morsels of fresh vegetable and delightful bland spices. Dosas are always accompanied by a selection of hand ground chutneys, the most common of these being a coconut chutney. Most dosas are made with a black lentil and rice fermented batter, but there are a few other options available, including a delicious and healthy version made of Ragi (finger or red millet). Along with your choice of batter, you have the option to have your dosa plain, or served as a ‘masala dosa’ that includes a potato and vegetable gravy inside the dosa.

You will now enjoy a short drive through some of Lutyens’ historic New Delhi. You will stop for a view of the exterior of the massive and awe-inspiring Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was known as the Viceroy’s House during the British era. From here you can also enjoy a striking view of the India Gate at the other end of majestic and historic Rajpath, the former Kingsway.

Almost next to India Gate is the crown jewel of India’s museums, the National Museum. You will experience a short visit to the Harrapan Gallery here. The museum has about 200,000 artifacts but you will explore just a very small section that pertains to the Indus Valley Civilization. A Cradle of Civilization, the Indus Valley exhibits will awe you with their amazing four and five millennium old artifacts and will give you insights into some of what you will experience during your tour of India. Those who are not interested in museums at all can ask their tour director to substitute this visit with other experiences. Guests who want more time at the museum should let us know soon after reserving their tour.

Next you will drive through a section of Connaught Place, which is New Delhi’s downtown and still retains its colonial architecture and design. Arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, which is a large gold domed Sikh House of Worship and is the most prominent Gurudwara in Delhi. It was first built as a small structure in 1783 and then expanded over the next few decades. The campus includes the temple, a kitchen, a school, an art gallery, and the Sarovar (Holy Tank) whose water is called Amrit (Holy Nectar). As with all Sikh Gurudwaras, volunteers, including children and the elderly, the extremely wealthy and not so well-off perform almost all the chores required to keep the Gurudwara functioning. A fascinating part of this is the daily langar (community meal), and you will witness as thousands of meals are served to all visitors who want one, regardless of race, religion, gender or belief. Only vegetarian food is served, so that no religions dietary restrictions are violated.

A short drive from here will get you to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this Tomb Complex (1562 A.D.) does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. Its striking beauty and flawless proportions will captivate you.

Front View of Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun Tomb

After these stops a drive on tree lined avenues surrounded by embassies of the world’s major nations will bring you to your next experience, where you will stop for a walk through one of Delhi’s most colorful middle-class bazaars, the Sarojini Nagar Market. This massive street level bazaar has multiple sections, from garments to vegetables to street food, and outside the brick-and-mortar structures are street stalls and other sellers with just a small table of displays. Always abuzz with activity, you will be able to experience a portion of the bazaar as the middle-class residents of Delhi go about their shopping and bargaining.

Late Afternoon – You will return to your hotel and freshen up, after which it is time to enjoy a Chaat cooking session with the hotel chefs. Along with being India’s gastronomical capital, Delhi also has the most amazing street food (chaat) in the country, although residents of Mumbai and Kolkata will most likely not agree with either of the preceding statements. Everywhere you go in India, you will see thousands of street vendors with manually pushed carts and small roadside stalls who have a constant stream of locals enjoying the incredible tastes of chaat. Much as you might be tempted, we only recommend chaat and other street food at the upscale restaurants where you will dine – many of them offer some chaat options on their menu’s.

You will learn about some of the dozens of different popular chaat items, and before you start on the cooking experience you will sample a few, including what is arguably the most unique street food there is, the golgappa. Also known as pani puri in other parts of India, the explosion of flavors that a golgappa creates on your palate cannot be described in words – it is a combination of spicy, tart, sweet, crunchy and more.

Gol Gappas

Learn how to make two of the most popular street foods that are fairly easy to make, aloo (potato) tikki and aloo chaat. While you are learning you will be enjoying multiple other amazing chaat items. After this don’t be surprised if you end up asking for different chaats throughout your time in India!
(Overnight – The Oberoi New Delhi – Oberoi Suite)

Day 4 Delhi.

For breakfast this morning you will be served fresh Chole Bhature, among the most popular foods in Delhi and North India, as well as a street food staple. As always, a large selection of Indian and western options at the buffet, including scores of made to order delights, will also be available. Chole is a term used for the three different variety of chickpeas found in India, but you will dine on this day on a thick traditional chickpea dish that is amazingly delicious, and Bhaturas are a puffy fried bread made of leavened flour. These are eaten by locals for breakfast and lunch and are a routine part of the standard breakfast offerings at your hotels. There are many accompaniments for Chole Bhature, with the primary one’s being traditional Indian achaars (pickles), which are small pieces of vegetables and fruits, preserved for weeks or longer in brine or vinegar, along with various Indian spices. Chopped onions are another common accompaniment.

Your first destination today is the Jama Masjid (1650 A.D.) in Old Delhi, the largest mosque in India.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

The Masjid is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture and is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It is an active place of worship and its courtyard can hold 25,000 worshippers. Bare legs and shoulders are not permitted inside the mosque and we include rented sarongs and scarves from the vendors at the entrance.

One of your most enduring memories of India will be your next experience as you enjoy a walk through the ancient Chandni Chowk Bazaar, home to the world’s largest spice market. The cacophony of sounds which have echoed through the centuries, the cries of hawkers and the animated bargaining, along with the incredible colors and the diverse smells emanating from the street food stalls and spice markets combine to make for an experience that is unique to this ancient bazaar. An option to experience a cycle-rickshaw through the bazaar is available for those interested in it. Next you will drive around the 75-foot tall and 1.6-mile-long sandstone walls of the Red Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can ask your Tour Director Guide to include a visit inside the Fort – it is not standard on our tour for two reasons – there are some similarities to the Agra Fort which you will visit, and quite a large part of this fortified city is currently occupied by the Indian Army and off limits to visitors. The Red Fort was the seat of the Mughal Empire for more than two hundred and fifty years. Both the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid were built by Shah Jahan, the emperor who created the Taj Mahal. 

From Old Delhi you will head back to central Delhi and the Indian Accent restaurant at the Lodhi Hotel for a late lunch. This is one of three worldwide Indian Accent restaurants (the other two are among the top-rated Indian restaurants in London and New York) and its menu combines traditional Indian flavors with innovative global ingredients and cooking techniques to create an unmatched dining experience – we feel that the original branch at Delhi serves the best food when compared to the other two. Indian Accent has been awarded an impressive number of ‘Best Indian Restaurant in India’ awards from the most reputable publications over the last 8 years. The restaurants founder chef, Mr. Manish Mehrotra, is similarly the recipient of more top chef awards than anyone in India. You will select from a choice between vegetarian and non-vegetarian six course chef’s tasting menus. You will be driven back to your hotel in the middle of the afternoon.
We recommend you retire early as your departure will be slightly early on the following morning. You are on your own if you want to eat dinner tonight and we recommend a light meal at the excellent 360° multicuisine restaurant, or one of your hotel’s other fine dining restaurants. This evening, if not earlier, you will select your breakfast preferences for the following morning as you will be eating the meal on your short train journey to Agra.
(Overnight – The Oberoi New Delhi – Oberoi Suite)

Day 5 Delhi – Agra.

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after your Tour Director has collected your breakfasts and you will be driven to the nearby Nizammudin Railway Station. An Indian railway station is an experience an itself, always abuzz with activity as India’s vast masses travel on the world’s largest rail network. Although the stations premises are not particularly sanitary, your train and your compartment are very clean and the best that India has to offer on its passenger trains, with comfortable and wide reclining seats and a clean and pleasant environment.

You will be on India’s fastest train, the Gattiman Express, which reaches speeds just under 100 miles an hour on parts of this journey. You will be assisted in boarding your compartment, the best available on the train, and your baggage will be ported to the racks above your seats. After an hour and 40 minutes during which you will enjoy your breakfast and watch the countryside zip by, you will be assisted with your disembarkation at Agra Cantt Railway Station, as porters unload your bags.

You are driven to your gorgeous luxury resort where you will drop your bags off and use the facilities to freshen up after your first views of the magnificent Taj Mahal from the spectacular lobby. There is a very small chance that your room might be available for a very early check-in, but you will most likely be assisted with your check-in after lunch. Please note that the Oberoi Amarvilas has a great spa, an amazing pool straight out of the Arabian Nights, and many other facilities. They offer multiple hotel experiences, which can be reserved by us in advance upon request. There are nightly cultural performances at the resort, just as there will be at your resorts in Jaipur, Narlai, and Udaipur.

You will be driven to the first red sandstone fort of North India, the Agra Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing example of a blend of Persian, Indian and European architecture and was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and the private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.

Chamber in Agra Fort

Chamber in Agra Fort

There are unique views of the Taj Mahal from a section of the fort, including the room where the Taj Mahal’s creator, Emperor Shah Jahan, was imprisoned during the later years of his life by his infamous son and successor, Aurangzeb.

After this you will return to your spectacular resort and its Taj Mahal views. You may want to avoid lunch this afternoon – if you feel hungry, we recommend a light snack so that you are ready for what is in store for dinner. Your resort has a very good multi-cuisine restaurant, as well as an excellent Indian Fine Dining restaurant with tasting menus available. You are assisted with your check-in around 2 pm, if an earlier check-in is not available.

After relaxing and enjoying your memorable view for a little while, you will proceed for a late afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal. Experience the amazing Taj and its surroundings in bright sunlight, culminating with an opportunity to admire the sun’s rays setting on the façade of the world’s finest monument. When you experience the Taj Mahal with an Easy Tours’ Tour Director who shares unique insights into its innumerable facets, some of their passion for this masterpiece may rub off on you. The world’s greatest monument dedicated to love is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 A.D. as a memorial to his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. This spectacular white marble mausoleum was created by about 22,000 skilled craftsmen, many of whom were brought here from far away nations, and it took twenty two years to complete. When the Taj Mahal closes right after sunset you have the option to ride a golf cart or enjoy the short walk to your resort which is just a few hundred yards away.

Dinner is a delight for your taste-buds this evening. The Peshawri Restaurant at the ITC Mughal Hotel is the smaller sibling of the world’s most famous Indian Restaurant, the Bukhara in the ITC Hotel at Delhi. The food is the same and the cuisine originates from colonial India’s North West Frontier Province, now located in the Afghanistan and Pakistan regions. Everything is slow cooked and both the nonvegetarian and vegetarian offerings are among the very best traditional North Indian food you will eat in your lifetime. You will order ala carte from their menu and watch as the chefs do their magic in the open kitchen. Utensils are not offered and you are supposed to eat with your hands – they do provide a very large bib as this will be a messy meal. For dishes such as Daal Bukhara (slow simmered for 24 hours), the world’s largest naan, the amazingly delicious four-foot Naan Bukhara can serve as a way to scoop the daal. We caution you about overeating this evening as you will have an early start on the next day for the sunrise at the Taj Mahal.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Amarvilas – Premier Balcony Room with Taj View)

Day 6 Agra – Jaipur.

Enjoy a sunrise visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the incomparable Taj Mahal. Morning is the best time to experience it during most of the year, except for some years during which morning fog in late December and most of January can affect photography. Since it is more expensive for Indian tourists to enter at this early hour the massive monument and its surrounding Mughal gardens have a lot fewer visitors than the rest of the day. As the rising sun’s rays illuminate the precious stones inlaid in the marble they will gleam momentarily and change colors.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Late Afternoon

Return to your resort in time for a breakfast of the large selection of Indian and western options at the breakfast buffet, including scores of made to order delights. By now you will be somewhat familiar with the myriad Indian offerings available, including pooris or bhaturas with chole, south Indian offerings like dosas, idlis and vadas accompanied by sambhar, pakoras, and obviously the option to order your favorite western egg creations with breakfast meats, assorted breads, fruit juices, hot beverages, and a lot more.

You are assisted with your check-out from your resort after breakfast and then you are driven to the Chand Baori stepwell at Abhaneri, located just off the highway to Jaipur. Snacks and refreshments will be available in your vehicle enroute. The massive 10th century Chand Baori stepwell is one of the most impressive in all of India and is located next to a charming Rajasthani village. The depth of the stepwell is that of a modern 7 story building, and there are stairs (no longer accessible to visitors) leading down to the bottom from three of the 100 foot plus wide (35 meters) sides, creating symmetry and beauty to the ancient structure.

Continue on with your journey to Jaipur, a UNESCO World Heritage City. Located in the heart of the city’s most prestigious area, with 47 acres of lush manicured greenery, your home in Jaipur is the awe-inspiring Rambagh Palace, the Maharaja’s former residence. You will stay in a Historical Suite and upgrade options to higher suite categories are available. The Palace is next to Jaipur’s finest golf course, the Rambagh Golf Course, and tee time and equipment can be arranged with prior request and an extension of you stay in Jaipur. There are Rajasthani cultural performances at your palace almost every night.

After checking in you will be presented with your bespoke Indian garments and whenever you are ready, today or on another day, the Palace Butlers will be happy to assist you in donning your new clothes – female hotel staff will assist ladies with their clothing. Today is a good day to dress up as an Indian Royal as your dinner experience befits the apparel.

Dinner will be at an incredibly charming and atmospheric venue this evening. The unique Steam Bar & Restaurant on the Rambagh Palace grounds is comprised of a lovingly restored 19th century narrow-gauge steam train and a recreated colonial era railway station – you can eat in the train compartments or on the authentic colonial era platform next to the train. You will select from a choice of wonderful multi-course set menus that highlight the local cuisine.
(Overnight – Rambagh Palace – Historical Suite)

Day 7 Jaipur.

For breakfast this morning you will be served fresh Kachoris, quite possibly the most popular food among the natives of Rajasthan. As always, a large selection of Indian and western options, including scores of made to order delights, will also be available. Kachori’s are a deep-fried partially stuffed pastry with a variety of possible stuffing’s, that is relished by North Indians for breakfast and lunch. The magical state of Rajasthan is the home of a unique kachori culture, and Jaipur is famous its Pyaaz (Onion) Kachori’s, although the stuffing includes traces of other vegetables, along with a mixture of delightful spices.

Jaipuri Kachori

Jaipuri Kachori

Today will start with three of Jaipur’s off the beaten tourism track historical destinations, which also happen to be among the most wonderful opportunities for photography in India. First you are driven to a very scenic location in Jaipur adjacent to a public park, The Albert Hall Museum, which was completed in 1887 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob. You won’t enter the museum (unless you would like to) as this stop is solely for you to walk around and take-in the absolutely gorgeous Indo-Saracenic architecture. Rudyard Kipling (himself the son of a museum curator) on a visit was so impressed that he wrote “it is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards”.

From here you are driven to the ancient Hindu pilgrimage site of Galtaji, located in a crevice in the Aravalli Hills. This 15th century complex of temples here is sometimes referred to as the Monkey Temple by tourists because a large tribe of monkeys lives here and believes they own the complex. The picturesque complex of temples has seven ponds that are fed by springs on the surrounding hilltops, and Hindu pilgrims consider taking a dip in these to be purifying. The beautiful temple complex has been a retreat for a sect of Hindu ascetics since the 16th century.

The monkeys agree and swim around the main pond with reckless abandon, and many of them can be seen diving into the tank from various vantage points. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Galtaji Temple, which is crafted in pink stone. There are other ancient temples in the complex, and you will visit a couple of them, including the Balaji Temple.

Part of Galtaji (Monkey) Temple Complex

Part of Galtaji Temple Complex

Monkeys are everywhere, and they are obviously in-charge! For someone not used to their social behavior and grooming rituals, observing them can be fascinating.

From here you will be driven to Jaipur’s best kept secret, the royal cenotaphs known as Gaitore ki Chhatriyan. By now you will have seen many examples of Chhatri’s (ornate umbrella shaped domes), but those that cover the individual tombs and structures here are a sight to behold, and an incredible Instagram opportunity. In a city full of UNESCO Sites and incredible colors, this complex is sometimes our guests’ favorite memory of Jaipur. Although you are still in today’s Jaipur, this spots serenity and scenery is a surprising break from the crowds and noise. The complex was first used in 1733 AD for a tomb that marked the cremation site for Jaipur’s Rajas. Although each of the smaller structures is worth a detailed exploration, the highlight is the large intricately carved white marble cenotaph of Jaipur’s founder, the legendary Maharaja Sawai Jai Singhji.

On the way to your next destination, you can stop for lunch at the excellent restaurant at the upscale Trident Hotel, but there are other alternatives that you can discuss with your Tour Director Guide. After lunch you will explore the awe-inspiring Amber Fort and Palace complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This complex was completed in 1599 AD after 25 years of construction. You will be driven to the back entrance as Easy Tours does not offer elephant-back ascents up the ramparts of the complex because many of the elephants are not treated well. Please note that there are organizations that rescue and care for such elephants in camps in the Jaipur region and in many other parts of India. A half day elephant experience at such a center, with no riding, is an option that can be added to your Jaipur exploration upon request, potentially adding another night at Jaipur.

The massive Fort and Palace complex is one of India’s finest examples of Rajput architecture. Explore the chambers and hallways which are famous for their exquisite designs and handcrafted embellishments.

Amer Fort and Palace
Amer Fort and Palace

Your Tour Director will regale you with the history of the various structures as you take in the amazing workmanship of the craftsmen who created them. From the Fort return to your gorgeous Palace Hotel in the mid-afternoon and freshen-up.

Rajasthani Dinner Cooking Lesson and Dinner. In the late afternoon you will be escorted to a special venue at your palace where a live cooking stand has been set up just for you. A journey into the local culinary specialities will begin, with dishes ranging from the mutton and chicken dishes that the royals ate, to the unique and delicious flavors of vegetarian cuisine that developed over thousands of years in the villages and small towns on the Rajasthani desert. Unique local ancient grains (millets have traditionally been a staple in this state) will be in the breads as well as a khichdi that is distinctly rural Rajasthani. Take a break to freshen-up before dinner as the chefs put the finishing touches to your meal and tonight would be a great time to again don your Indian clothing.
(Overnight – Rambagh Palace – Historical Suite)

Day 8 Jaipur.

Enjoy a diverse selection of local, national, and western delicacies for breakfast, including scores of made to order delights. After breakfast you will begin your exploration of the walled pink city of Jaipur with a visit to Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a fascinating stone observatory built in 1728. Among other instruments, it includes a massive stone sun dial that is accurate to within 2 seconds. After the observatory you have the option to be driven to your nest 3 destinations, or you can choose to walk – the total distance of the walk not including exploration of the sites, is about half a mile, and your stroll will be through parts of the fascinating main bazaar in the heart of the pink city and watch the locals as they shop for pretty much everything a consumer can possibly want. This atmospheric and crowded bazaar has street sellers of vegetables, fruit and other goods occupying the curbs with their displays. There are stores selling spices, nuts, flowers, toys, footwear, hardware, and a lot more, mixed in with street food vendors and brick and mortar eating establishments. Byzantine alleys lead into inner courtyard shops.

Located next to Jantar Mantar is the City Palace, the royal residence that was built in a delightful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. A part of this massive complex is still occupied by the Royal family and is not accessible to the public. Your Tour Director will regale you with stories of royalty as you admire their trappings. This immense complex also houses a number of museums that include displays of armor, miniature paintings, and a large and impressive collection of ancient royal garments and accoutrements.

Another few minutes of walking will bring you where you have a photo opportunity at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind). This intriguing facade was built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court could use its unique windows and observe the bustling bazaar without being visible to the people on the streets.

Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal

Jaipur is India’s capital for jewelery, and the largest supplier of exquisitely crafted jewelery to much of the world, and Johri Bazaar (jewelers’ market) is a historic enclave that happens to be the center of the largest precious stone cutting area on our planet. You will experience a short walk through a section of the area (please note that all the jewelry manufacturers are located on higher floors and so you will not be seeing the jewelers at work) and soon arrive at a small boutique hotel, The Johri. This five-room inn has an excellent restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Locally sourced fresh organic vegetarian cuisine is served here, and you will order ala carte from their menu of seasonal and regional offerings. We strongly recommend all their chaat and appetizer items, but their main entrees are not to be missed either.

Optional late afternoon activity: Jaipur is India’s shopping mecca for all sorts of exquisite hand-crafted items, fabrics, carpets, as well as jewelery, and those who are interested in shopping can have their Tour Director serve as your personal shopper, or you can choose to return to your spectacular palace hotel. You are on your own for dinner on self-pay basis tonight and, as before, we recommend a light western meal at the excellent Marble Arch restaurant, or the palace’s atmospheric fine dining Indian Restaurant.
(Overnight – Rambagh Palace – Historical Suite)

Day 9 Jaipur – Narlai.

You are assisted with your check-out from your hotel in the morning after a slightly early breakfast that, as always, contains dozens of Indian and western preparations, as well as many options for made to order dishes. Join your Tour Director Guide and your chauffeur and you are now driven to historic Rawla Narlai, a 17th century Royal Hunting Lodge located right in the middle of a wonderful and authentic ancient village. Rawla means Royal Palace, Narlai is the name of the village.

Much of the so-called rural tourism offered in Rajasthan is of smaller villages that receive a constant stream of visitors and most of their guest experiences are, at least partially, staged. This large village 16th Century village (almost 6000 residents) of Narlai is centuries old and the people are genuine and warm villagers.

Rajasthani Village
Rajasthani Village

The ancient royal lodge has been meticulously restored by its owners, the Royal Family of Jodhpur, and calling it boutique would be a vast understatement. There are two wings – one being the original 17th Century hunting lodge, and a more modern wing that was built around 20 years ago. Near the lodge and visible from various vantage points is a massive ancient volcanic granite boulder called Elephant Hill, with a historic small Hindu Temple at its peak, and many caves carved into its facade.

Please note that the lodge is a unique rural historical experience and is not a luxury hotel – the amenities will not match your previous lodging. Although the rooms in the new wing are larger and have more modern conveniences and much more natural light, we recommend the rooms in the ancient wing as their incredible historical charm is a unique experience not found elsewhere. However, if you do not want a paucity of natural light, we recommend the new wing. Rooms in both wings have upscale traditional Rajasthani artwork, furnishings and décor, and the heritage wing rooms obviously have more antiques. If you choose the new wing, you will still experience a lot of the 17th Century lodge’s original features. You will select your room preference at the time of your reservation.

The cuisine served at the lodge wins accolades from everyone who stays here, and most of it is sourced from their own organic farms and orchards, as well as other farms surrounding the village. The chefs are attentive and will customize your meals to your preferences, and just like in most resorts that you will stay in while in Rajasthan, there are live local cultural performances every evening. The lodge also offers exceptional service levels – nothing is too much for the staff.

After checking in and a slightly late lunch, you will enjoy an extended walk through the large village to get an introduction to the lives of the simple but proud Rajasthani villagers.

Rajasthani Villagers

There will be young boys and girls herding goats, sheep, and cows around the area, and many other experiences that are only found in rural Rajasthan. There will also be multiple opportunities to view various indigenous activities. if you communicate with the villagers through your Tour Director Guide, their simplicity, warmth, and hospitality will captivate you.

Ancient Stepwell Dinner Experience: After sunset you will be assisted in climbing aboard a traditional bullock cart and transported through the dark countryside to a charming 16th Century stepwell. Your magical dinner will be at the stepwell, accompanied by live local folk music and accented by hundreds of oil lamps adorning the steps of the stepwell. As you enjoy a multi-course dinner of local delicacies and the lodge’s attentive service, the oil lamps and countless stars will illuminate this amazing night.
(Overnight – Rawla Narlai – Grand Heritage Room)

Day 10 Narlai – Udaipur.

Guests can select one of two activities for the early morning today, or choose to relax and sleep in. Couples and family/friends can temporarily separate to enjoy one or the other – advance notice of your preference will be needed. Guests can ask for two nights at Narlai (most who stay here tell us that they would have liked more time here), giving them the option to indulge in both activities – the only reason we do not make two nights standard here is because some of our guests need truly luxurious lodging as much as possible.

The first option, after tea/coffee and a snack, is to accompany one of the lodge stewards (they do this daily) up the 756 ancient hand carved steps that lead to the peak of Elephant Hill where you can enjoy the spectacular views and visit the small Hindu Temple. Your lodge steward will carry a hot beverage and snacks for your refreshment at the top of the boulder.

The other option is to board one of the lodge’s jeeps with a lodge naturalist and head into the surrounding jungle in search of leopards, who are known to be elusive animals.

Large Male Leopard
Large Male Leopard

Sightings of tigers at India’s better National Parks are much more frequent than leopards, but leopard sightings are fairly common around Narlai, which is not a National Park. At the least you will enjoy an adventure into small rural communities and the jungle – 88% of our guests have had one or more leopard sightings during this adventure. The ride is bumpy as you are traversing rough terrain.

In both cases you will return to the lodge to have a late delicious breakfast and then you can enjoy your fascinating surroundings for a little while. You will be assisted with your check out just before noon and then you will proceed for the drive to Udaipur with a stop enroute. A very short scenic drive will bring you to one of India’s least mentioned historical and architectural marvels, the 15th Century Jain Temple that is an active place of worship.

Explore the awe-inspiring marble Ranakpur Jain Temple Complex. The main temple’s twenty-nine halls are supported by fourteen hundred and forty-four massive yet intricately carved marble pillars, and no two are of the same design. There is an abundance of intricate sculptures and friezes and the enormous scale of the monument and the exquisite details of its design have to be experienced to be believed.

After this you will continue on with your journey to Udaipur. This is one of the most picturesque drives in all of India, and snacks will be available in your vehicle during the drive. As you go through the Aravalli hills there will be photo opportunities of village life and livestock, including many camels.

Drawing Water from a Well

Drawing Water from a Well

The rolling landscape, the languid lifestyle, and the charm of the local villagers might make you ask for a stop or two during this 2-to-2.5-hour journey. Arrive at magical Udaipur in the late afternoon and you are driven to your spectacular lakefront resort where you are assisted with your check-in. In the last two decades the Oberoi Udaivilas has twice won ‘best hotel in the world’ award in the annual Travel & Leisure magazine’s U.S. based readers survey for very good reasons. The architecture, gardens and other facilities and services are the best among all of the highly vaunted Oberoi Hotels.

Freshen up after checking in and then proceed to a special venue where the amazing chefs at Oberoi Udaivilas have a cooking lesson set up for you. Your interactive cooking lesson will include local specialties made with lamb, chicken, vegetables and ancient grain breads.
After your dinner is prepared you will enjoy a break, during which you can also enjoy the unique local entertainment that the resort orchestrates in the evenings. After the entertainment you will enjoy your preparations for a delicious dinner.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Udaivilas – Premier Room with Semi Private Pool)

Day 11 Udaipur.

Enjoy a slightly early breakfast from, as always, a large selection of Indian and western options, including scores of made to order delights. The reason for the slightly early morning breakfast is that the City Palace Complex has an hour at the beginning of every morning where they charge a little more and thus get significantly fewer visitors at that time. Your exploration of the vast complex will almost certainly take longer than an hour, but you will have done most parts that the later visitors will flock too.

The fabled City Palace Complex contains multiple old palaces and other structures.

City Palace Complex, Udaipur

You will explore beautifully decorated rooms with thousands of exquisitely sculpted mirrors covering the walls, massive ivory doors (a dark reminder of Indian royalty’s passion for hunting), brightly colored stained-glass windows, expansive inlaid marble balconies, and the unique peacock courtyard. There are amazing views to be had from this structure, especially of Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, and Jag Mandir Island. Enjoy a tour of the amazing Crystal Gallery which houses the world’s largest collection of priceless crystal. Marvel at pieces like the complete bedroom furniture set in crystal and the gorgeous crystal fountains in the courtyards.

Next you will explore Udaipur. With its small-town atmosphere, laid back Udaipur is one of India’s best places to explore on foot, and your Tour Director will take you for walks in small local bazaars and other interesting parts of this charming city. You will also enjoy a slightly bumpy (there are no shock absorbers) three-wheeler scooter ride through the streets.

After you experience Udaipur, you will return to your gorgeous resort for a short break to freshen up and enjoy the wonderful facilities, and also get a snack at one of their great food outlets if you are so inclined.

In the afternoon you are driven to visit the Monsoon Palace, a small hilltop structure that offers amazing views of the picturesque city of Udaipur and its lakes and palaces. The journey up the hill takes you through a protected wildlife sanctuary and occasional small wildlife sightings can be experienced.

Return to the lake area and proceed for a cruise on captivating Lake Pichola in one of the Oberoi boats to enjoy wonderful sunset views of Lake Pichola and magical Udaipur. Return to your resort after the cruise for your last night at Udaipur. Just like the day before, ethnic entertainment will be available at your resort in the early evening. Take however long you want to refresh and enjoy the views and hotel facilities before an enchanting dining experience – dinner timing and your selection between vegetarian and nonvegetarian cuisine will be prearranged based on your preferences.

Experience an amazing Royal Dinner at a special lakefront venue that will make your meal a favorite memory – western food options can be substituted with prior request. This is another evening that is definitely a great time to again don your Indian clothing.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Udaivilas – Premier Room with Semi Private Pool)

Day 12 Delhi – End of Tour.

As on other days, you will enjoy a diverse selection of local, national, and western delicacies for breakfast, including scores of made to order delights. You are at leisure to enjoy your wonderful resorts facilities until the late morning. If you wish to enjoy this beautiful small city and your gorgeous hotel for longer, additional days at Udaipur are highly recommended by our previous guests and can be added.

You are assisted with your check-out around noon and then you are driven to the airport which is located well outside the city and assisted in boarding your afternoon flight to Delhi. Your flight in on India’s best full-service airline and passable meal options will be served during the flight.

There are three departure options on this day and your choice will be influenced by your international flight timings, or whether you want time at a world-class oceanfront resort. Please note that almost all international flights depart from India’s airports either very late at night or early in the morning.

Departure Option 1: If your international flight departure is less than four hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi airport, before bidding you farewell, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.

Departure Option 2A: Late Night Flights – If your international flight departure is not in the early morning, but is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at the Delhi, you are greeted at the airport by your personal chauffeur. Your Tour Director Guide along with your personal vehicle and chauffeur are available to you until it is time for your airport transfer for your international flight. This is a good time to do some last-minute shopping and/or dining if you are so inclined. When you are driven to the airport for your international flight at the appropriate time, your Tour Director Guide will assist you in connecting you with your Airport VIP Services Representative, who will escort you through check-in, customs and immigration. Additional services can be added upon request.


Departure Option 2B: Flights around Midnight – If your flight departs early the next morning, upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be driven to the Oberoi Gurgaon and your Tour Director Guide will assist with your check-in. A nominal additional charge will apply for this extra night. During your check-in, please remind the hotel staff of your flight departure timing – Easy Tours will already have informed them. Your Tour Director Guide will bid you farewell at this time.
(Overnight – The Oberoi Gurgaon – Deluxe Room)

Day 13 Delhi – International Flight.

Flights well after midnight or on the next day Check-out at the appropriate time (your room is available until noon) and a luxury Oberoi vehicle will transfer you to the airport where you will board your international flight. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through customs and immigration.
Our services end with your Oberoi Gurgaon assisted check-in.

Upgrades and downgrades in room/suite/villa type are available at our preferred resorts upon request. You also have the option to reserve your own resort stays, and have Easy Tours include flights and any transfers that are required. You can ask for more details and pricing about one or more of these resorts when you submit the Reservation Form for the Main Tour.

The Leela Goa (Luxury – $$$$)

About The Leela Goa: The best beach and resort in India’s iconic laid-back coastal region of Goa. This is an expansive 75 acres peninsula made of lush tropical gardens with a river on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Lagoons with lotuses meander through the resort and there is a beautiful wide and uncrowded beach, while on the other end of the resort is a riverfront fine-dining restaurant. Multiple water sports are available and need to be arranged directly with the resort.

We recommend the expansive Club Suite or Club Suite with Plunge Pool room types. These suites have associated benefits as well as golf course and Arabian Sea views. We can reserve other room types if you prefer.

While at Goa we recommend one day of sightseeing that will include the Churches and Convents of Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to a picturesque Spice Plantation for a local naturalist guided tour and lunch from their all-natural farms, the charming community of Fontainhas, recognized by UNESCO as a Heritage Zone which has vibrantly colorful 18th & 19th Century Portuguese mansions and streets. This needs to be added to your itinerary soon after you reserve your tour.

Getting to Goa from Cochin: From Cochin Airport you will be on a connecting flight on a no-frills airline, but the two flights will be about an hour each. There will be a cost reduction for the last night’s hotel stay from the main tours pricing if you select Goa, which will be adjusted in the Leela Goa option pricing. Upon your arrival at Goa airport and you are greeted by your VIP Airport Concierge as you disembark your plane and you will now be escorted through baggage claim and introduced to a facilitator who will escort you to your luxury oceanfront destination.

Departing from Goa: Some international airlines, including two highly rated airlines, Qatar and Emirates, have nonstop flights from Goa to their main hubs (and from there to many airports in the United States), thereby eliminating the need to fly to another city in India at the end of your time in Goa. Alternatively, your Goa excursion can include a nonstop flight back to Delhi, and if your flights departure timing requires, a stay near Delhi Airport.

Recommended Maldives Resorts

You already know about the Maldives! The unmatched clarity of the water and the drop-dead beauty of the surrounding corals at our recommended luxury resorts in the Maldives have to be seen to be believed. You can choose to just relax enjoy this heaven on earth, or select from available adventure activities include snorkeling, scuba diving (PADI certified), and parasailing and a lot more.

The two Maldives resorts we recommend below are restricted to guests who are 15 years or older. For families with younger children please contact us for our recommendations.

Getting to the Maldives from Cochin: Accessing the Maldives from Cochin will require a slightly earlier departure from the Oberoi Vrinda on your last morning, before boarding a short nonstop no-frills flight from Cochin to Male. Please note that this flight only operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You will be greeted at Male airport and escorted to the boarding of your scenic seaplane ride to the island resort. There will be a nominal cost reduction for 1 night’s airport hotel stay from the main tours pricing if you select the Maldives option, which will be adjusted in the Maldives Resort Option’s pricing.

Departing the Maldives: Many international airlines, including Singapore, Cathay, Qatar, Etihad and Emirates, have nonstop flights from the Maldives airport to their main hubs, thereby eliminating the need to fly back to India at the end of your time in the Maldives. If you so require, your excursion can include a flight back to Delhi, and, if your international flights departure timing requires, a stay at the Oberoi Gurgaon near Delhi Airport.

Hurawalhi Maldives Luxury ($$$$$)

Gorgeous luxury resort on a private island with over-water and beachfront lodging options. Largest all-glass underwater restaurant in the world.

Your resort stay at Hurawalhi starts with a B&B package. Half Board, Full Board, and All-Inclusive Plus Packages are available. All Meal Packages do not include the underwater restaurant (available for addendum charge with meal packages). Some of the available experiences also have individual charges paid directly to the resort.

We recommend you review the resorts website – for details on the available Villa/Suite types, the list of available activities and water sports and excursions, some of which are included while others aren’t, and the comprehensive details of the All Inclusive Plus Plan, which we recommend for most guests.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island (Ultra-Luxury & Ultra All-Inclusive – $$$$$$)

There are only 15 Over Water Villa’s on this completely solar powered island. Their signature concept of Anything. Anywhere. Anywhere. that is unmatched even in the ultra-luxury lodging industry. Sustainable in every part of their operations.

The experience starts at your arrival on Male Airport. You are greeted and taken to their private VIP Lounge until it is time for you to be escorted where the seaplane awaits.

Ultimate all-inclusive luxury – we recommend you view details of the resort and their incredibly comprehensive list of luxurious inclusions:

Please review the following aspects on their website

Residences: 13 One Bedroom Residences, 2 Two Bedroom Residences

Exquisite Culinary Journeys: Multiple Luxury Culinary Experiences. Underwater Restaurant has an extra charge.

Wine Cellar: Over 80 Top Rated Wine Labels and close to 10 highly ranked Champagnes are included. There is an Extra Charge for the Owners Very Private Wine Selection.

Luxury Spa: Unlimited Holistic Treatments

Play: Unlimited water sports of all kinds. Unlimited PADI Diving and Snorkeling among amazing corals and a plethora of marine life. Unlimited Luxury Sailings, Deserted Island Picnics, Dolphin Expeditions and more.

Lodging Details

Destination Lodging Room/Suite
The Oberoi New Delhi
Oberoi Suite
Oberoi Amarvilas
Premier Balcony Room with Taj View
Rambagh Palace
Historical Suite  
Rawla Narlai
Grand Heritage Room
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Premier Room with Semi Private Pool
Delhi Airport
The Oberoi Gurgaon
Deluxe Room  


  • VIP Airport Services during International arrival and departure
  • Accompanying Tour Director to assist you throughout your on-tour flights and drives
  • Gift of custom Tailor Made Indian Apparel for Special Occasions, for your journey and later
  • Sunrise and Sunset visits to the Taj Mahal
  • E-Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi
  • Three Wheeler scooter ride through the streets of Udaipur
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels
  • 3 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners including the special experiences mentioned below
  • Special Dinner Experience at ‘Steam’ at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
  • Special Stepwell Dinner Experience at your Royal Hunting Lodge at Narlai
  • Special Lakeside Dinner Experience at your gorgeous resort in Udaipur
  • Lunches/Dinners include only regular hotel bottled water
  • Hotel check-in is at 3 pm and checkout is at noon for almost all the hotels
  • All transfers and sightseeing by personal upscale vehicle
  • Camera Fee’s for Regular Cameras
  • Delhi - Agra Train travel by Executive Class.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all vehicles, except for remote regions
  • All currently applicable taxes.


  • International Travel
  • Expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic premium beverages are not included
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Travel insurance, visa etc.
  • Camera fees for professional DSLR and Video Cameras


Oct 1st – 20th Dec / 5th Jan – 14th Apr

Occupancy Cost Per Person
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

April 15th – September 30th

Occupancy Cost Per Person
Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy

*Prices include all current Taxes & Surcharges.

Travel Supplement

Mode of Travel Airfare
Business Class

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