The Emperor’s Table

7th September, 2019 - 18th September, 2019
  • Delhi / Jaipur / Agra / Lucknow / Mumbai / Nasik / Mumbai

  • 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

Persian scholar, food connoisseur and historian, Salma loves to take gastronomic journeys into the royal kitchens of Mughal emperors, who took the culinary art to its zenith, as well as dig out exotic recipes from the royal kitchens of the Nawabs and Rajas of India. Her culinary explorations have taken her across the globe to Persia, Turkey, Central Asia, and Afghanistan to dig into the nuances and influences of these regions on North Indian cuisine. Along the way, she researched on the fascinating history and journey of “kebabs”. Salma is the author of award-winning “The Emperors Table - The Art of Mughal Cuisine”, which has been declared as one of the best books on culinary history in the world.  

With her knowledge and experience, and plethora of charming and fun anecdotes, she makes for the perfect companion on a tour of India through the delights and developments of its range of cuisines.

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, celebrated food historian, consultant and author
  • Enjoy mouth-watering Indian street food through curated walks
  • Dine with the royal families of Jaipur and Lucknow 
  • Visit a vineyard and taste the local wines of India  
  • Relax with a Yoga session and grape oil massage in a vineyard 
  • Group photograph
  • Surprise gift during the journey

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    07th September 2019 (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
    8th September 2019 (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
    9th September 2019 (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
    10th September 2019 (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
    11th September 2019 (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
    12th September 2019 (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
    13th September 2019 (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
    14th September 2019 (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
    15th September 2019 (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
    16th September 2019 (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
    17th September 2019 (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
    18th September 2019 (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
View Full Itinerary
  • Day 1
    07th September 2019 (Saturday)

    Arrive Delhi

    Welcome to the national capital of India – Delhi. Get insights about the upcoming tour during a briefing session with Salma Husain, over dinner. 

    • The Claridges
  • Day 2
    8th September 2019 (Sunday)

    Delhi

    Start your day with a tour of Old Delhi and its popular market Khari Baoli – Asia's largest spice market. Relish the street food of Old Delhi, followed by an exclusive meeting with the family who invented Butter Chicken, where they tell their fascinating story as you enjoy the dish. In the afternoon, visit New Delhi and Humayun's Tomb and then enjoy south Indian and coastal cuisine for dinner at one of the finest restaurants of Delhi.

    • The Claridges
  • Day 3
    9th September 2019 (Monday)

    Delhi

    Drive to Jaipur and get insights into the art of Rajasthani cooking, with an interaction and dinner with a royal family at their Durbar hall (Diggi Palace).

    • The Claridges
  • Day 4
    10th September 2019 (Tuesday)

    Delhi / Jaipur

    Start your day with a visit to the magnificent Amer 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.

    • ITC Rajputana A Luxury Collection
  • Day 5
    11th September 2019 (Wednesday)

    Jaipur / Agra

    Drive to Agra, where we dive into the intricacies of Mughlai cuisine. Visit the iconic monument of love Taj Mahal, followed by hi-tea at a hotel overlooking the Taj. 

    • ITC Mughal A Luxury Collection
  • Day 6
    12th September 2019 (Thursday)

    Agra / Lucknow

    Visit Agra Fort and then drive to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, an approximately 4-hour drive. Here, you will gain insights on Awadhi cuisine. In the afternoon, take a guided street food trail through traditional roadside eateries and taste the best of local food.

    • Hyatt Regency
  • Day 7
    13th September 2019 (Friday)

    Lucknow

    Spend your day on a tour of the city. In the evening, learn the art of cooking authentic Awadhi cuisine and enjoy dinner with a royal family.

    • Hyatt Regency
  • Day 8
    14th September 2019 (Saturday)

    Lucknow / Mumbai

    Fly to Mumbai and spend the afternoon taking a tour of the city. In the evening, take a walking tour of the city and enjoy local street food.

    • ITC Grand Central
  • Day 9
    15th September 2019 (Sunday)

    Mumbai / Nasik

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

    • The Source at Sula
  • Day 10
    16th September 2019 (Monday)

    Nasik

    Start afresh with a yoga session at the resort. Later, enjoy a personalised 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 11
    17th September 2019 (Tuesday)

    Nasik / Mumbai

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

    • Waterstones hotel
  • Day 12
    18th September 2019 (Wednesday)

    Leave Mumbai

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to onward destination.

    • Waterstones hotel
  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Delhi
    • Taj Diplomatic enclave
    • 5 Star
    • Jaipur
    • Samode Haveli
    • Heritage
    • Agra
    • ITC Mughal a luxury collection
    • 5 Star
    • Lucknow
    • Vivanta by Taj
    • 5 Star
    • Mumbai
    • The Taj Mahal Palace ( tower wing )
    • 5 Star
    • Nasik
    • The source at Sula
    • 5 Star
    • Mumbai
    • Taj Santacruz
    • 5 Star
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 5175 5865 7330 9560
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 1150 1305 1630 2130
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 105 125 155 190
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 13 nights & 14 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, journeys & excursions by appropriate air-conditioned vehicles based on the number of guests

    All entrance fees at the places of interest based on the program

    Assistance on all arrival, departure & during the journey

    Street food tasting & journey of Delhi & Lucknow

    Dinner with a royal family in Jaipur

    Dinner with a renowned designer & film producer in Lucknow

    Cooking demo & dinner in Mumbai

    Wine tasting session & journey of a vineyard

    Yoga and grape oil massage at a vineyard

    Porterage at airport & hotels

    All currently applicable taxes

  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Meals not included and mentioned in the program

    Personal fees for cameras at the places of visit, depends on size of camera and equipment

    Any International airfare or domestic airfare (which is quoted separately). All flight schedules and airfare are subject to change till the time of final booking

    Any Visa fee (all nationalities require an entry visa prior to arrival in India)

  • SPECIAL NOTES

    Please send all bookings and information related emails to our Special Projects team at crafted@creative.travel

    Copies of passports for all guests will be required at the time of booking

    Check in times at the hotels are 1400 Hrs. / Check out times at the hotels are 1200 noon

    Free baggage allowance on domestic flights, as prevails currently (subject to change):Economy Class passengers: 20 kilos per person in check-in bag and 7 kilos in cabin bag.Excess baggage allowance can be purchased online in advance or at the airport while checking in

    Due to any unforeseen circumstances, if any airline opts to cancel / withdraw their flight operation(s) on particular sector(s) their liability is limited to the 100% refund of the airfare charged for the particular sector(s) and do not stand responsible for re-routing or re-booking seats on any other airline. In such events / situations, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd. will try best to work out most suitable alternative option to make our guests travel and all applicable supplement(s), if any, to be borne by the guests / passengers

    The driving times mentioned in the proposal are approximate and as per normal traffic & road conditions

    The maximum group size will be 24 guests to ensure a delightful experience

    Journey prices are based on current taxes, in case of any change, the same will be levied additionally

  • BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT FEE

    BOOKING 

    1.25 % of Journey cost to be paid at the time of booking

    2.Remaining payment to be paid 70 days prior to Journey

    3.If booking is made within 70 days of the journey, full payment is required to confirm the Journey

    4.Payment can be made by bank transfer or through Creative's online payment gateway

    CANCELLATION 

    1.Upto 70 days prior to Journey - 10% cancellation fee shall be applicable.

    2.Between 69 - 50 days prior to Journey - 25% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    3.Between 49 - 31 days prior to Journey - 50% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    4.Less than 30 days prior to Journey - 100% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    NAME CHANGE 

    1.Accommodation: Free of cost upto 72 hours before arrival

    2.Flights: A fee of US$ 55 per person, per sector shall be applicable along with any change in the ticket fare.

    3. Trains: A fee of US$ 5 per person, per sector shall be applicable.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

    The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to modify itineraries, substitute accommodations, including flights and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control such as

    'force majeure' events - flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, strikes, airport closure, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services. Most of the changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date but occasionally there could be a major change closer to the departure date.

    We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of guests required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it.

    In both conditions of change / cancellation, you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund deducting the taxes except where the major change/cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. In case of force majeure, we will refund you for all unutilised services after deducting taxes.

Getting ready for India

We look forward to welcoming you to India. Here is some pre-departure information to help you prepare for your trip. Incase you need any other information, please do reach out to us. Download 24 Hours Emergency Contact Number: (+91) 9911 266277

Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Salma Husain, celebrated food historian, consultant and author
  • Enjoy mouth-watering Indian street food through curated walks
  • Dine with the royal families of Jaipur and Lucknow 
  • Visit a vineyard and taste the local wines of India  
  • Relax with a Yoga session and grape oil massage in a vineyard 
  • Group photograph
  • Surprise gift during the journey

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