I’m excited to announce that in March, 2016, I’m hosting a tour to India. A boutique tour for just 16, I’d love you to come with me.
Steve McHardie is a partner of Rush Expeditions, a unique travel company catering to small-group private tours. While Rush Expeditions takes expectant travellers to exotic, unique and off-the-beaten-track parts of the globe, Steve’s specialty and great love is India.
In partnership with Rush Expeditions, Steve, with his 25-year history of visiting and exploring India, will host a private tour to North India for a party of 16. You will not only experience the scenic and architectural wonders of the region, but also fall in love with the culinary delights that North India has to offer.
I have never been to India. But I have three sets of friends who have all been there in the last 12 months and all have returned saying the country is absolutely fascinating, that it was the most unbelievable holiday and that India is so culturally different they all declared it a travel experience they’re so glad they embraced.
I’ve been waiting in the wings.
All good things come to those who wait and from March 24 – April 3, 2016, I will be co-hosting the tour with Steve. Steve will be our host, along the way we will have private tour guides, and I will help to make sure your culinary knowledge of Indian cuisine not only grows and develops, but that you come away with the knowledge and first-hand experience to cook your own authentic Indian dishes for family and friends.
Independently we will fly into Delhi and our tour with our professional guide begins on March 24. In Delhi we will have a day of sightseeing where we will visit the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun who, during his lifetime in the 1500’s was known as the ‘perfect man’. Then we will visit the Ghandi Museum that has a lot of photographs, art pieces and other memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi. In the afternoon we will tour the area that is full of the grandeur of British imperial architecture then dine in a popular city restaurant.
The next day we will travel to Agra to see the world heritage site, the Taj Mahal which is one of the seven wonders of the world. Built between 1631 and 1648 and made completely of white marble, it stands in memory of Arjuman Banu Begum who died tragically in childbirth. Her husband was so devastated by her loss he commissioned this structure to house her tomb. While in Agra we will dine in a fabulous local restaurant serving the delights of the tandoor and on another night, dine in one of the best restaurants in the city serving Mughal cuisine.
We will travel to Jaipur and visit the fabled Pink City, so named because of the colour of the stone used to build its palaces, forts and arts. That night we will dine in one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city.
While in Jaipur we will visit the Amber Palace which is on the outskirts of Jaipur and located high on a hill overlooking the city. It is a major tourism attraction in the area. We will also see the City Palace where the royal family still resides and that night dine al fresco on the outskirts of Jaipur.
After leaving Jaipur we will journey to the semi-desert region of Shekawati. On the southern silk route, the towns of this region once enjoyed great wealth, and the homes of the traders were brightly coloured as a sign of affluence.
On the outskirts of the farming community of Nawalgarh sits the Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel. Once the country retreat of a local prince, it is now a splendid heritage hotel. We will spend three nights in this hotel enjoying Indian cooking classes and relaxing in the hotel’s incredible environment. I will probably be lying by the amazing pool but if you don’t feel like swimming you can go horseback riding, tour the region by bicycle or travel by camel to a remote location and enjoy a picnic lunch.
While staying at the Roop Niwas Kothi Hotel we will visit a local market and return with produce and then enjoy cooking classes with a local chef. These cooking classes are very ‘hands-on’ and we will sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labour at the end of each session. We shall all return home being able to cook authentic Indian dishes. Wonderful!
After our stay in the region of Shekawati we will return to Delhi for sadly, our final night. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best North Indian restaurants in the country.
The founder of Rush Expeditions is Dr Jo Rush whose company reflects her ideals about what makes a memorable travel experience. She believes visiting a new region needs to incorporate in the travel experience not only scenery but also the history, culture and cuisine of that country.
This is an opportunity to see a country through the eyes of an expert host who knows the region well and will be leading us not only to the best architectural monuments, the most spectacular scenery, the most amazing dining experiences, but also imparting an opportunity to come away with the knowledge, the skill and the love of cooking the culinary delights of North India.
The tour has been strategically placed during March/April to ensure the more mild weather allows for a more comfortable touring experience.
I would love you to join me and Steve as we show you India from an expert’s eye and indulge in an ultimate culinary experience.
For more information on costs, inclusions and greater depth on the itinerary, please view the brochure.