The Emperor’s Table

8th September, 2018 - 21st September, 2018
  • Delhi / Jaipur / Agra / Lucknow / Mumbai / Nasik / Mumbai

  • 13 NIGHTS / 14 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Persian scholar, food connoisseur and historian, Salma is a food consultant for the ITC Welcome Group and author of the award winning The Emperors Table - The art of Mughal Cuisine, Nushka E Shahjahani - Pulaos From The Royal Kitchen of Shah Jahan, Islamic Food With Healing Touch and Flavours of Avadh - Journey from the Royal Banquet to the Corner Kitchen. With her knowledge and experience, and plethora of charming and fun anecdotes, there is no one better to host your journey through India and the delights and developments of its range of cuisines. Accompanying the group, Salma will give an introduction into the cuisine of each new destination and explain the nuances of the techniques, textures and flavours used to create some of India's best cuisine.

Salma Husain

A Food Historian, Consultant & Author

India may be synonymous with spices and “curry” but its cuisines are as varied as its people. Led by food historian, consultant and author, Salma Husain, this journey is an enticing exploration of the many flavours of India – from the spicy street food of Old Delhi to royal dining in Rajasthan and the distinct romance of Avadh. With a pinch of culinary history and a dash of traditional culinary arts, this journey is the perfect recipe for any food lover and connoisseur!

Take a journey through some of the most iconic cities of India – tasting authentic local delicacies, enjoying them with locals, and learning the secrets behind some of the country’s most popular dishes. Also visit the wine capital of India, Nashik, to enjoy a vineyard tour, wine tasting and pairing.

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Salma Husain, a food historian, consultant and author
  • Tour of a Vineyard
  • Experience mouth-watering Indian street food
  • Relish a variety of cuisines at world-class restaurants
  • Spice market visit
  • Learn the art of cooking the local delicacies from the locals
  • Group photograph of guests
  • Surprise gift to group members

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    8th September 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2
    9th September 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    10th September 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    11th September 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    12th September 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    13th September 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    14th September 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    15th September 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    16th September 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    17th September 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    18th September 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    19th September 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    20th September 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14
    21st September 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 1
    8th September 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Delhi

    Welcome to the national capital of India – Delhi. Get insights about the tour during the briefing session with Salma Husain, the tour expert and enjoy your dinner.

    • Taj Diplomatic enclave
  • Day 2
    9th September 2018 (Sunday)

    Delhi

    Start your day with a tour of Old Delhi and the spice market. Taste the street food of Old Delhi and enjoy lunch at an old haveli. Spend your evening at leisure. Your dinner will be at Masala Library restaurant, a gastronomic experience.

    ( Note: Masala Library has a dress code for men of smart casual (no shorts) and closed footwear.)

    • Taj Diplomatic enclave
  • Day 3
    10th September 2018 (Monday)

    Delhi

    Start your day by visiting New Delhi and Humayun's Tomb. In an exclusive meeting with the family that invented Butter Chicken, hear their story while enjoying the delicacy. Spend your evening at leisure and enjoy dinner at Bukhara, a globally recognized Indian restaurant.

    • Taj Diplomatic enclave
  • Day 4
    11th September 2018 (Tuesday)

    Delhi / Jaipur

    Drive to Jaipur where you will get insights about Rajasthani cuisine. Learn the art of cooking authentic Rajasthani delicacies and have dinner with the local royal family in their Durbar hall (Diggi Palace).

    • Samode Haveli
  • Day 5
    12th September 2018 (Wednesday)

    Jaipur

    Start your day with a visit to the Amer Fort and enjoy lunch with a view of the Fort. Later, visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and during the day, learn about Indian breads. Enjoy authentic Rajasthani cuisine for dinner at the Samode Haveli Heritage hotel.

    • Samode Haveli
  • Day 6
    13th September 2018 (Thursday)

    Jaipur / Agra

    Drive to Agra and learn about Mughlai cuisine. Your trip to Agra is incomplete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. After visiting the Taj ahal, enjoy Hi-Tea at a hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal.

    • ITC Mughal a luxury collection
  • Day 7
    14th September 2018 (Friday)

    Agra / Lucknow

    Visit the Agra Fort and drive to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, an approximately 4-hour drive. Here, you will gain insight into Awadhi Cuisine. In the afternoon, take the guided street food trail and taste the delicacies.

    • Vivanta by Taj
  • Day 8
    15th September 2018 (Saturday)

    Lucknow

    Spend your day taking a tour of the city.

    • Vivanta by Taj
  • Day 9
    16th September 2018 (Sunday)

    Lucknow

    Start your day by visiting La Martiniere College and spend your afternoon at leisure. In the evening, learn the art of cooking Awadhi cuisine and enjoy dinner with Muzaffar and Meera Ali, renowned designer and movie producer.

    • Vivanta by Taj
  • Day 10
    17th September 2018 (Monday)

    Lucknow / Mumbai

    Fly to Mumbai and spend the afternoon taking a tour of the city. In the evening, learn the art of cooking Parsi delicacies from a Parsi family and enjoy dinner with them.

    • The Taj Mahal Palace ( tower wing )
  • Day 11
    18th September 2018 (Tuesday)

    Mumbai / Nasik

    Drive to Nasik, an approximately 4-hour drive and check in to your hotel at a vineyard. In the evening, take part in a wine-based cocktail-making competition and enjoy your dinner.

    • The source at Sula
  • Day 12
    19th September 2018 (Wednesday)

    Nasik

    Start afresh with a yoga session at the resort. Later, enjoy a personalized wine tour with wine tasting and food pairing at the vineyard. Enjoy a grape oil massage session at the resort.

    • The source at Sula
  • Day 13
    20th September 2018 (Thursday)

    Nasik / Mumbai

    Start early and cycle your way around the resort. Later, drive to Mumbai (approx. 3 hours) and en route visit a boutique vineyard, where you can enjoy lunch with wine pairing.

    • Taj Santacruz
  • Day 14
    21st September 2018 (Friday)

    Leave Mumbai

    After having your breakfast at the hotel, transport to the airport to leave India.

Getting ready for India

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Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Salma Husain, a food historian, consultant and author
  • Tour of a Vineyard
  • Experience mouth-watering Indian street food
  • Relish a variety of cuisines at world-class restaurants
  • Spice market visit
  • Learn the art of cooking the local delicacies from the locals
  • Group photograph of guests
  • Surprise gift to group members

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