After years of researching and exploring this much loved and magical destination, EPIcURIOUS travel brings you the quintessential Indian itinerary. This exciting journey embraces the rich culture, sumptuous food, breathtaking architecture and landscapes and endearing people of the Indian subcontinent. It commences in Delhi, the capital city of India with its Mughal monuments and Imperial City built by the British. Delhi is a heady experience of old and new, renowned for its architectural masterpieces, unbeatable shopping and boundless, vivid energy.
From there you travel to Amritsar, the centre of the Sikh religion, sensational food and the incomparable Golden Temple. Here, you will enjoy the magnificent Punjabi cuisine, from the delicious sweets to the famous kulcha, and experience sunrise at the Golden Temple. It is also home to the largest community kitchen in the world where volunteers provide food for around 50,000 people a day. An inspiring experience to say the least.
Your journey continues to Agra and the majestic Taj Mahal and onward to Rajasthan revealing the ultimate Indian experience with its vivid colours, swirling crowds, spectacular deserts, tranquil lakes and rich cuisine. You visit the Ranthambore National Park where you have the opportunity to spot the majestic Bengal Tiger and enjoy down time in nature at the beautiful Sherbagh tented camp. Your journey continues through the stunning landscape of Rajasthan with its fabulous palaces and forts and important cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur where you stay in heritage palaces and stylish hotels.
Your next destination is the city of Ahmedabad in the State of Gujarat. This is one of India’s best kept secrets – a city steeped in a rich and diverse culinary and cultural past. Explore the fabulous street food, amazing architecture and journey out of the city to see the remarkable art of double ikat weaving and the ancient stepwells of this stunning region.
Fly on to Mumbai, where you commence your transition into Southern India. Mumbai today is more than just a metropolis. It is in fact an enigma of mud huts and skyscrapers, age-old traditions and high fashion, the industrialist’s haven and Indian moviemakers’ Hollywood. The city is constantly changing whilst also standing still.
From Mumbai, you fly to Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India, where you watch fishermen set their ancient Chinese fishing nets as the sun sinks into the Arabian Sea. In the backwaters of Kerala you enjoy the special hospitality and superb cuisine of hosts whose families have lived here for generations. A cooking class enhances your experience of this exhilarating destination. Attend a traditional Kathakali dance performance and a sumptuous houseboat journey on the tranquil Keralan backwaters, stopping at local villages on the way. The languid pace of the south is a fitting finale to your Indian adventure.