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The Spice Route: Culinary Splendors of South India: February 11 -22, 2017; Pre-tour Goa

Mumbai . Kochi . Kumarakom . Tekkady . Madurai . Chennai . Mamalapuram  


I am pleased to announce, once again, this very special tour to South India - an 'insider's experience' to the beauty, splendor and romance of this ancient land coupled with a culinary passage through a variety of cuisines that differ from region to region. Our 11-day tour encompasses some of the most spectacular sights, sounds and tastes of South India. You will view the distinctive horticultural and agricultural practices handed downand through the centuries and will trek where the spices and herbs are grown, rice is harvested, tea and coffee are cultivated. You will see how cardamom and black pepper are processed and natural jaggery sugar is produced from the sugarcane. You will wonder the Bazaars in Cochin, the spice capital of the world; cruise the Backwaters of Malabar and observe the great Kathakali-the classic dance of India. You will visit colorful markets, participate in several cooking demonstrations and enjoy varied cuisines ranging from Gujarat Marwari, Jain and Tamil vegetarians to Konkani and Kerala seafood, Goan and Parsi delicacies, to Mumbai's famous street food chaat. 
The enticing program is designed to embrace the Indian culinary heritage. You will return with an enriched experience and knowledge, providing you with a better understanding and appreciation of this country and its cuisine. Custom planned and offered exclusively by Julie Sahni, this 11-day tour includes Mumbai (Bombay), Kochi (Cochin), Kumarakom, Tekkady, Madurai, Mamalapuram (Mahabalipuram) and Chennai (Madras). Due to popular demand, we have added an optional 3-day Pre-tour visit to Goa. Spices

The Tour will include:

  • All luxury resort and deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Most meals, including receptions and dinners
  • Boat rides on Backwaters and lakes
  • The Hotel and domestic airport transfers with portage supplimented with area experts and on-site guides
  • Specially arranged banquets, field trips to spice gardens, farm kitchens and fairs, cooking classes and all sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Comprehensive advice and information on pre-travel planning
  • Visit one of India's best cookware shops

For detailed itinerary, tariffs and additional information, please inquire online or call (888) 606-5333.

The Glorious Moghuls: Culinary Splendors of North India
October 3-14, 2016; Pre-tour September 30-October 3, 2016: The Mother Teresa Home, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Delhi . Jaipur . Fatehpur Sikri . Agra . Khajuraho . Varanasi

I am very pleased to announce, this incredible 11-day tour of North India. A land of contrasts, India combines the rich tradition of an ancient past with advances in technology but India's luxury lies in its lush landscape, medley of colors, its hospitable people and extraordinarily delicious cuisine.
The 11-day tour will journey through the mystical architecture and a mosaic of diverse religious traditions as you travel through the ancient Indian Rajput, Sikh and Moghul cities. You will visit the opulent Taj Mahal, the Holy city of Varanasi and Ganges, 6th Century BCE Buddhist pilgrimage site Sarnath, and the unique "Pink City of Jaipur where you will ride an elephant! Visit the world heritage site in Central India 'Chandela Dynasty Temples of Khajuraho'. Built between 9th and 10th Century A. D., these temples are famous for their exquisite design, architecture and erotic carvings. Exclusive spice and vegetable market visits and lectures with Julie Sahni. Special cooking demonstrations and feasts, arranged in private homes with expert cooks, will delight your palate. This tour will introduce you to diverse and delicious tastes of Ayurvedic Hindu vegetarian, Kayasth business community, Rajasthan Jain, Marwar royal, Punjab, Moghul flavors. Vegetable bazaars, wheat fields and typical Indian farm kitchen will give you glimpses of rural landscape and culture - a different India.

 The Tour will include:

All Luxury, deluxe and first class hotel accommodations, most meals, including receptions and dinners, visit to the Taj Mahal, twice, at sunset and sunrise, elephant ride to Amber fort, boat ride on the Ganges, the hotel and domestic airport transfers with portage supplimented with area experts and on-site guides, specially arranged banquets, temples, farm kitchens and fairs, cooking classes and all sightseeing and entrance fees, and comprehensive advise and information on pre-travel planning.

Custom planned, offered and led exclusively by Julie Sahni, this 11-day tour will cover Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi. An optional 3-days Pre Tour to The Mother Teresa Home, Kolkata (Calcutta). For a detailed itinerary, tariffs and additional information, please inquire online or call (888) 606-5333.


Julie Sahni’s tour of India was a magical adventure which opened so many doors for me. To immerse oneself in the sights and sounds, the food and culture, and most of all the people of this spectacular land with Julie as one’s guide is a unique experience. Her thorough planning and excellent agenda enabled us to have a true taste of India, while feeling safe and carefully guide. I recommend the trip.     - Michael
Julie at Taj Mahal
Thank you for a wonderful trip. Your enthusiasm and knowledge made this a terrific experience. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and have had my horizons expanded. I will recommend your tour of India to my colleagues.    - Suzanne

Thank you for making my trip to India such an inspiring and memorable experience. Your passion and love of India was evident and I am grateful to you for sharing that!     - Karen

Words cannot express how much John & I enjoyed every part of the Indian Culinary Tour. You are a wonderfully generous person. John had the best birthday of his life in India…. Keep me on your mailing list. I’d love to make another trip to India with you.    - Marilyn

Thanks for an unbelievable trip!    - Lori

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