The royal northern India tour will introduce you to the sumptuous food of the maharajas, the moguls and the nawabs. It includes visits to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Lucknow.
The moguls kitchen produces dishes both mild and spicy, with a strong central Asian influence, and the aroma and taste of whole and ground spices. Derived from mogul techniques, the Awadhi cuisine of the nawabs of Lucknow specialises in elaborate dishes such as kebabs, biryanis and kormas, and rich spices, traditionally cooked slowly over a fire. The Rajasthani cuisine derives from food available in an arid area for a war-like people, influenced by a lack of water and green vegetables. It is also renowned for its snack-food! As well as learning to prepare many of these dishes, and of course eating them, you will also visit spice markets, old food lanes, and other places of gastronomic delight.
You will stay in palace hotels dating back to the days of the Raj, but with modern accommodations: spacious bedroom suites, exotic dining, inviting swimming pools. The many palaces, forts and temples of the region provide an insight to the history and lifestyle, and opportunities abound for purchasing locally crafted goods – silks, fabrics, leather, and all sorts of artifacts.