Spice up your Indian experience by savouring the finest cuisines refined over centuries in the kitchens of the maharajas and the tables of the Raj. This special Food and Wine tour of India, savour curries, chutneys and Kebabs, relishes the flavors, and breathes in the aroma of subtle spices, while you observe demonstrations by master chefs and cookery experts and enjoy the delicious meals prepared for you (Indian food has been actually voted 5th most favorite food by the global traveller). Explore and rediscover the culinary wealth of India. North India is known for its Kebabs, biryanis and Mughlai cuisine, a creation of the chefs of the Mughal emperors, known for its rich curries and heady aroma of spice, Because of India’s long coastline, seafood is quite popular with India’s culinary experts. Different species of fish, crabs, shrimp, mussels and prawns are fried, baked, picked, salted and preserved to make delicious dishes having a unique taste of their own.
Indian Wine’s and Indian Wine Brands are making waves and topping charts on recognition not only domestically but internationally as well will give you another reason to join this out- of- the- world trip. China may get the press for being the world’s premier emerging wine country, but India recently is not far behind and the fast catching up, and infect the drinking culture of India, may give you a pleasant surprise of your life!!!
SUNDAY 02 OCTOBER, 2016 MUMBAI"
Mumbai is a cluster of seven islands, derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, who are the oldest inhabitants. Mumbai, today, is more than just a metropolis. It is in fact an enigma of mud huts and sky-scrapers, age-old traditions and high fashions, the industrialists' heaven and movie maker's Hollywood.
This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a specialty restaurant (Konkani). Welcome dinner at a typical Konkani Malvani Restaurant: Goa Portuguesa in Mahim. Malvani - Konkani food is a mix of Malvani and Konkani cuisine. Both cuisines are fish dominated.
MONDAY 03 OCTOBER, 2016 MUMBAI "
This morning after breakfast, embark on a city tour of Mumbai including an interesting dabbawala’s of Mumbai. Continue to visit Girgaum Chaupati
Evening visit Mohammed Ali Road – for road side refreshment and Indian snacks.
TUESDAY 04 OCTOBER, 2016 MUMBAI / NASIK"
After breakfast embark on an architectural tour (Walking Tour) of Mumbai - The heritage walks aim to raise the awareness of the people of Mumbai and visitors, about the city’s architecture and heritage monuments. Personalized, educative and imaginative, the walking tours highlight the vast range of architectural styles, planning elements and ornamental details, tracing the social and cultural history of the city.
We start with the visit to the Mumbai's most famous monument - the British built arch "Gateway of India", Mumbai’s landmark, built in 1927, commemorating King Emperor George V’s visit, first ever, to India by a reigning monarch. This is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. We then walk towards the Regal Theatre Opened in 1933 designed by Charles Stevens with the interiors designed by Karl Schara; Regal Cinema lent its name to Regal Circle and was the only Art Deco cinema when it opened. The Governor of Bombay formally inaugurated Regal Cinema in 1933. It was the first of Mumbai's Art Deco cinemas. Regal Cinema was fully air conditioned, and had an underground parking lot for patrons. There was a lift up from the parking lot, a major innovation at that time. We now visit Prince of Wales Museum building from outside. Designed by George Wittet, the foundation stone was laid in 1905 by the visiting Prince of Wales. The building was completed in 1914, converted to a military hospital during World War I, and finally opened in 1923 by Lady Lloyd, the wife of Sir George Lloyd, then governor. Located opposite to the Museum is the majestic facade of the late 19th-century Elphinstone College, a Gothic-Victorian-style university campus, replete with stone balconies, balustrades, turrets, and gargoyles. Also on Mahatma Gandhi Road, slightly further north of the college, you'll pass another historic building, the 19th-century David Sassoon Library, significantly funded by the affluent Jewish businessman, David Sassoon. Adjacent to the library, on same road is the Army and Navy Building. Worth a look for its fine mid-19th-century neo-classical facade, this building was originally used as a British army navy store. We walk further and visit the Mumbai University which was established in the year 1857 at Town Hall. It was relocated in 1874 to the new complex near Oval Maidan. It is one of the esteemed universities of the country and amongst the top 500 universities of the world. Next to the University is the High Court of Mumbai. The work on the present building of the High Court was commenced in April 1871 and completed in November 1878 and is situated between the University Building and the Public Work Secretariat. We now walk to the Flora Fountain. This is a stone fountain situated in Fort business district in the heart of South Mumbai. Flora Fountain was built in 1864. The fountain depicts the Roman goddess Flora. It is now a heritage structure. It was erected by the Agri-Horticultural society of Western India. We now proceed to Jehangir Art Gallery. This Gallery displays of the most sought-after venues for artists to exhibit their oeuvres. One can stroll around the gallery and can browse through the various painting. The 44 year old landmark eatery started as a cafe catering to artists in Mumbai which soon became the city's cultural hub. It also houses natesans, the country's oldest licensed antique dealers. Don't be surprised if a world-famous painter is sitting next to you, sipping tea. Later in the afternoon travel overland to Nashik roughly 3 hrs drive, the Grape-Wine Capital of Maharashtra. It is also counted amongst the major pilgrim destinations of India, as it serves as one of the venue of KumbhMela, held once in twelve years upon arrival check in to Hotel.
WEDNESDAY 05 OCTOBER, 2016 NASIK "
After your breakfast, proceed for a short city tour, visiting the Coin Museum, one of the most popular tourist places in the Nashik city. The museum was founded under the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies, in the year 1980. It is one of its kind museums in the whole of Asia. The items displayed inside the museum comprise of coins, moulds, dyes, replicas, photographs, and concise write-ups. Here, you can get to see the processes of casting and machine striking, along with those of coin minting and coin manufacturing. Later proceed to visit The Gargoti Museum of Minerals. It displays the mineral treasures of the earth varying in nature, shape, color and application. It has been rated as one of the best museums in the world for zeolites. There is a separate section for displaying rare foreign minerals. Specimen of diamonds, cut stones, light green cubical apophylite, crystals of yellow calcite, blue-green aquamarine and cavansite are some of the unique displays. Later proceed to the Sula Vineyard – A Pioneer of the Indian Wine revolution for a tour of the estate and see the making of the wines and also tasting of the wines. The 45 minutes trip starts with a visit around the Sula estate (Vineyards, Amphitheatre, Restaurant, and Tasting Cellar, around the Bottling Plant etc.) and the wine tasting includes a selection of 6 premium wines at their beautiful Tasting Room & Wine Bar, with its magnificent view of the vineyards and the back waters of Gangapur Lake, offers a perfect atmosphere to enjoy our great wines and cheeses. This evening enjoy wine amd dinner at Café Rose, which has an array of A la carte dishes inclined towards healthy and nutritious food with a bunch of ingredients hand-picked from our own organic farms.
THURSDAY 06 OCTOBER, 2016 NASIK / AURANGABAD"
After breakfast, travel overland to Aurangabad roughly 4.5 hrs drive. Upon arrival check in to hotel, a city founded by Aurangzeb, A picturesque city with rolling hills and ruins transports one back in time. Aurangabad will be your base to see the world famous rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora, Late this afternoon visit the manufactures for Himrro Shawls, Paithani Saris and Bdiriwal. Himroo is an age old weaving art of Aurangabad, when Muhammad Bin Tughlaq shifted his capital from Delhi to Aurangabad in 14th century A.D. the hand woven Himroo fabrics were used to serve the Royal family, since then this art has been preserved by the Qureshi family for generations. Stay overnight at the Hotel.
FRIDAY 07 OCTOBER, 2016 AURANGABAD"
Morning after breakfast, proceed to visit to incredible rock-cut monuments of Ajanta Caves, housing significant examples of early Buddhist paintings. It was here Buddhist art attained the peak of its development, in frescoes and wall paintings revealing a fascinating lifestyle. This evening enjoy a special Aurangabadi Cuisine – called NaanKhaliya– which is a dish that originated from Aurangabad in India. It is a concoction of mutton and a variety of spices. Naan is the bread made in tandoor (Hot furnace) while is a mixture of mutton and various spices. Nan Khaliyawas initially a Mughal Army dish (prepared during war times) later converted in to Muslim festive and function dish.
SATURDAY 08 OCTOBER, 2016 AURANGABD/BANGALORE"
Morning proceed to visit the three hundred and fifty years old Ellora caves. One of the finest sculpture sites in the country with 34 amazing caves. Kailasnath Temple, actually sculpted out of a mountain, was created as the residence of Lord Shiva. It is perhaps the largest monolith ever created and bears testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. Afternoon fly to Bangalore via Mumbai, the capital city, Bangalore, known as “India’s Silicon Valley” or “Garden City”, a modern, bustling city and an important industrial center. Arrive and check into hotel for 0vernight at hotel.
SUNDAY 09 OCTOBER, 2016 BANGALORE/MYSORE"
Today, after a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a tour to Grover Vineyard at Nandi Hills - 40 kilometres towards north of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka, Nandi Hills is a picturesque region dotted with sloping green hillsides and miles of forestland, inhabited with incredibly beautiful wild life. In this paradisiacal landscape stand our vineyards. Spread over 410 acres and nestled on the foothills of the Nandi Hills are our vineyards, credited with starting the Premium Indian wine industry and slowly transforming India’s reputation as a maker of exciting wines to a producer of world-class, award winning wines. For next 2 hours enjoy a tour of the estate: The Grover Vineyards includes a visit of the vineyard, the winery and a tasting of 4 different wines. You will learn about the family’s history, the growing cycle of the vine, the wine making process, the different varietals planted and the method to taste wine. Later in the afternoon travel overland to Mysore roughly 3 hrs drive, en-route visit Srirangapatnam, an island in the Cauvery River where Tipu Sultan built his Summer Palace. Arrive in Mysore, the abode of untold grandeur and glory. The capital city of the Wodeyars Kingdom has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples, stay overnight at Hotel
MONDAY 10 OCTOBER, 2016 MYSORE/SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE"
Morning, visit the Mysore Palace, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic palace, the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, graces the city skyline. An earlier palace was burnt down in 1897 and the present one, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace was completed in 1912 at a cost of Rs. 4.2 million. The former maharaja is still in residence at the rear of this palace. Inside is a Kaleidoscope of stained glass mirrors gilt and colors. The palace even has a selection of temples within its grounds. Later we drive on to Chamundi Hills - Overlooking Mysore from the 1026-meter summit of the Chamundi Hill, the Sri Chamundeswari Temple. This temple is dominated by a towering seven storeys, 40 meters high Gopuram (or tower). The goddess is the family deity of the Maharajas and the people of Mysore. Later, visit the famous five meter tall Nandi (Shiva’s Bull) carved out of solid rock in 1659. It is one of the largest in India and is visited by many pilgrims. Afternoon visit Gitanjali homestay to experience the culture and cuisine, over an evening in the outdoor gazebo, you will be taken to the grossary shop to show how and what raw material/ ingredients are bought to cook South Indian dishes. An elaborate, ethnic Kodava dishes spread out on the banana leaf, and interaction with your host Yamuna, dressed in her traditional Kodava attire, promises a unique gourmet experience. In the past, she has been the host for eminent groups from the National Geographic magazine, the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art and many others. Return to the hotel.
This day is day of festivity. Enjoy Mysore Dasara celebrations throughout the day. Mysore Dasara festival is a ten days celebration which culminates on the last day. Each night the Mysore Palace remains spectacularly illuminated during the Dasara. The celebrations begin with the royal couple offering a special Puja to Goddess Chamundeshwari in the Chamundi Temple which is situated atop Chamundi Hill in Mysore. After this a special private durbar i.e. royal assembly is held at the Mysore palace.
During the festival several dance performances and music concerts are held in auditoriums and other venues. Wrestling competitions and food festivals are also organized. The Dasara exhibition starts during the festival and lasts till December. Various stalls sell all kinds of handicrafts, ornaments, clothing, cosmetics, eatables, etc. along with games and amusement rides at the exhibition.
The highlight is the Royal traditional procession from Mysore Palace, on the last day of the festival.
Evening enjoy dinner at the Terrace of the Hotel Lalit Mahal Palace.
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER, 2016 MYSORE/NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK "
This morning after breakfast travel overland to Nagarhole National Park, roughly 2.5 hrs drive, The name Nagarhole is derived from the Kannada word `Naga' meaning `snake' and `Hole' means `stream'. This name is apt as number of streams snake through this rich tropical forest. The area houses habitats of several rare and endangered species, notably the tiger. The Park mainly consists of moist deciduous forest in the northern and western parts and dry deciduous forest in the south-eastern part. A unique feature of these forests is the open grassy swamps, where the grass is lush all year-round. The swamps are numerous due to the high rainfall. After settling in at the Lodge embark on an afternoon guided safari in the park. Stay overnight at hotel.
THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER, 2016 NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK "
Enjoy a morning and afternoon jungle safari into the Park. The rich lush green bamboo, succulent grass and other shrubs offer ideal conditions for the elephant population. Apart from the elephants, the principal wildlife is the tiger, panther, chital, sambar, and sloth bear. Primates include langur, bonnet macaque and slender loris. Notable carnivores are tiger, leopard, jungle cat, jackal, wild dog and sloth bear. Herbivores include elephant, spotted deer, sambar and gaur. Over 250 species of birds are present, including the malabar trogon and malabar pied-hornbill and birds of prey such as crested hawk-eagle and crested serpent-eagle. Stay overnight at hotel.
FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER, 2016 NAGARHOLE/HASSAN "
After Breakfast travel overland to Hassan roughly 6 hrs drive. Which prospered under the control of the great Hoysala Empire from the 11th to 13th century AD, This was the period when the great temples of Belur and Halebid were constructed. Hassan was greatly influenced by Jainism, later becoming a well-known centre for Jain literature. Stop at wayside villages, markets to photograph the rural life etc...Tour the temples of Belur and Halebid belonging to the most artistically period of the Hindu cultural development. At Belur the Channekeshava Temple is a Hoysala masterpiece built in a walled spacious place where the carving matches the equality of the architecture. The construction of Hoysaleswara Temple began by Kedaroja, the ruler Narasimhal in 1141 and is incomplete after 86 years of chiseling. Arrive and check into hotel. Later proceed to visit Belur and Halebid. Tour the temples of Belur and Halebid belonging to the most artistically period of the Hindu cultural development. At Belur the Channekeshava Temple is a Hoysala masterpiece built in a walled spacious place where the carving matches the equality of the architecture. The construction of Hoysaleswara Temple began by Kedaroja, the ruler Narasimhal in 1141 and is incomplete after 86 years of chiselling. Return to Hasan for overnight stay at hotel.
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER, 2016 HASSAN/HOSPET EN-ROUTE CHITRADURGA FORT "
After breakfast, drive to Hospet roughly 7 hrs drives, the satellite town built during the reign of Krishnadevaraya. This is a typical country town of Karnataka and is frequented by people who come to see the Vijayanagar ruins. En-route Chitradurga Fort visit. After lunch at Naveen Residency, proceed for Hospet. Upon arrival check into hotel, stay overnight at Hotel
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER, 2016 HAMPI (VIJAYNAGAR RUINS)/BADAMI "
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full day excursion to Hampi to explore the ruins and temples. Once the flourishing capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi was abundant in wealth, military prowess, and culture. The Pampati Swami Temple, the Queen's Bath, the Lotus Mahal, the King's Balance and the musical pillars of the Vittala Temple evoke memories of bygone splendor. Other main attractions here are the temple complex of Lord Virupaksha, UgraNarasimha, Matanga Hill and the Vittala Temple Complex. Later drive to Badami roughly 4 hrs drive, Capital of the ancient South Indian Kingdom of the Chalukyas, Badami is situated in North Karnataka near a beautiful red sandstone ridge. Formerly known as Vatapi, the city was founded in AD 543 by Pulkeshin I, the great lion king. Stay Overnight at hotel.
Today visit Aihole and Pattadakal, Aihole, the regional capital between the 4th and 6th centuries, you can see Hindu temple architecture in its embryonic stage, from the earliest Ladkhan Temple to the later and more complex structures like the Kunligudi and Durgigudi. Also visit Pattadkal, situated in the left bank of the Malaprabha River. It has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The place reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyas from the seventh to the ninth centuries functioning as the royal commemorative site. The biggest temple here, dedicated to Virupaksha, has a massive gateway and several inscriptions. Arrive and check into hotel.
TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER, 2016 BADAMI/GOA "
After breakfast, travel overland to Goa roughly 7 hrs drive, variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Arrive and check into hotel for overnight stay the hotel.
WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER, 2016 GOA "
After a leisurely breakfast the day will be at your disposal to explore the city on your own. Evening savor some of the most authentic Goan cuisine / vindaloo, (which does not resemble anything that you get in London), Ambottik (Sour Curry), Caldeirada (Fish Flavored with Wine), Cabidela (Rich Spicy pork Dish), Sorpotel (pork with Vinegar).Also enjoy the ‘spirit’ of our local made Port Wine and Feni which can be (Either from Cashew or Coconut). Feni is local liquor produced exclusively in Goa only. There are two types of Feni; cashew feni and coconut feni, depending on the original ingredient. The small batch distillation of feni has a fundamental effect on its final character; still retaining some of the delicate aromatics, congeners and flavor elements of the juice from which it was produced. As a thumb rule, the aroma is indicative of a carefully crafted feni. This drink is classified as country liquor and is therefore not allowed to be sold outside Goa.
You also come to taste the Port wine, which is actually the fortified wine from Portugal: it comes in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet, and is produced using almost any grape grown in its heartland (the Duoro river valley of Portugal), and became popular in England from 1703 onwards as its wars with France deprived English consumers of French wines and brandies. Goan port-style wines were actually the first wines produced in modern India: the first unit (set up in 1965) was Vinicola by one Ivo da Costa, behind his beautiful 100-year old Portuguese-style bungalow outside Margao town. Later return to your hotel.
THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER, 2016 GOA "
After breakfast, enjoy an interesting tour of Old Goa, which includes, the Church of St. Francis Of Assisi, 17th century pieces of religious art. A beautiful octagonal tabernacle richly decorated in an ornate style has two statues, one of St. Francis of Assisi and the other of Jesus on the Cross. Vows of poverty, humility and obedience of St. Francis of Assisi's are in scripted right below these two statues. Chapel of St. Catherine dedicated to St. Catherine. It stands as a living monument of the conquest of Goa by Alburquerque. At one enters the chapel you will see a statue of Our Lady. There is also a beautiful altar dedicated to St. Catherine upon which stands another statue of Our Lady of Peity. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Bom Jesus means Infant Jesus or Good Jesus. Inside the Basilica, you will see a beautiful display of architectural pieces in wood, stone, gold and granite. Immediately to the right is the altar of St. Anthony and to the left is a wooden statue of St. Francis Xavier. St. Cajetan Church, equally amazing is the high vault on which are inscribed the words of Christ "My House is A House of The Words of Christ". The church has alters to dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady Of Piety and St. Clare and to the right are the altars dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Evening enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner at a typical Portuguese’s restaurant, The Upper House, or Viva Goa Panjim serving some of the mouth-watering original authentic Portuguese signature dishes. Later return to the hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel
FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER, 2016 GOA/DEPARTURE "
This morning A Classic Tour Collection’s representative will assist you for your departure transfer to the airport to board your onward flight