A titillating adventure
A potpourri of scents and colours, flavours from ant-sweet to spicy and fresh... This trip promises a titillating adventure along India'sgastronomic highlights and an exploration of spiritual centers, religious places and monumental remnants of the Mughal and British Empire. Discover the most precious treasures in India where the cuisine is one of them.
Shopping at the world's largest spice market, taking part in a chef's cooking workshop, contributing to the world's busiest soup kitchen, and sampling street food in the city that's famous for it; the only thing that can surpass this sequence of taste sensations is an initiation into authentic Anglo-Indian cuisine at a local family home. स्वादिष्ट खाओ!
Tips & tops from Culinary India:
- Stroll through the chaotic warren of streets in Old Delhi and visit not only Jama Masjid, one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in the world, but also Khari Baoli, the largest spice market on earth
- Chor Bizarre - which means so much as bazaar of thieves - is a dipped-beam eatery full of bric-à-brac where you can enjoy 'wazwan'; no less than 36 (!) courses of India's tastiest authentic Kashmiri dishes
- Television personality and chef Komal Taneja is a lively personality whose passion lies in playing with unconventional combinations of ingredients that she shares in no less than 31 (at the time of writing) cooking and coffee table books, of which 'Recipes for the Kamasutra' is perhaps the most exciting
- In Amritsar, attend the Palki evening ceremony at the Golden Temple, the daily ritual of bringing the holy book Guru Granth Sahib to a special room for the night by reciting a hymns priest
- The langar In the Golden Temple is the largest soup kitchen ever where 50,000 free meals are handed out daily, on holidays even 100,000. Do you help out as a volunteer for a day?
- On the border of Wagahyou will witness the daily Beating Retreat ceremony, a military show of the security forces of India and Pakistan who simultaneously iron the flags on both sides
- Renowned for the food across the country, the old Lucknow,where your guide leads you past the very best addresses for lassi, kebab, nihari and malai gilori
- Paan is often offered as a sign of hospitality; after the meal as a mouth freshener and digestif but also as a symbolic beginning of ceremonies and cultural events
- Kotwara House is not only the home of the Raja of Kotwara, it is the creative breeding ground of the flamboyant artists Muzaffar and Meera Ali, where their international couture is created and his classic films are shown
- In Varanasi at dawn, thousands of pilgrims will worship the rise of the sun, perform rituals and make sacrifices on the river against a backdrop of centuries-old temples from the holy Ganges
- Be consecrated into the secrets of Anglo-Indian cuisine by a genuinely welcoming local Indian family; the perfect end to your gastronomic journey of discovery through India!