Boutique travel specialist, Beacon Holidays has launched its 2011 Masala Trails programs, two unique itineraries that take the food aficionado on a culinary journey to the dazzling cuisine capitals of India.
Set against a backdrop of bustling cities, palaces, lakes, desert forts and architectural marvels, the Masala Trails programs will showcase the splendid culinary heritage of India through one of the richest, aromatic condiments that has contributed to the world's gastronomic taste sensations – Indian spices.
The Masala Trails programs are hosted by Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal, a noted Indian cuisine author and columnist, who will lead the journey ‘off the road less eaten' and introduce guests to the piquant flavours, delicate aromas and tantalising dishes that has influenced many cultures and imperial courts for over 5,000 years.
Offering two unique tour options, the South India Masala Trails program departs February 25 – 7 March, 2011, and the North India Masala Trails program departs March 10 – March 20, 2011. The programs can also be combined a complimentary three night stay in Goa. In addition, guests enjoy outstanding accommodations at a variety of luxury properties and heritage hotels including Taj Hotels and Trident Hotels, numerous sightseeing, market and culinary excursions and an array of sumptuous Indian meals and cooking demonstrations.
The 10 day fully-escorted North India Masala Trails program departs March 10 – March 20, 2011 and includes the popular destinations of New Delhi, Agra, Samode, Jaipur and Jodhpur, in the heart of Rajasthan. Additionally, guests will enjoy a number of cooking demonstrations, superb regional specialties and banquets including a Royal dinner and evening picnic, shopping excursions, an elephant and jeep ride, and the opportunity to interact with local families and vendors at a number of regional markets.
Priced from AUD $3,900 (based on double occupancy), the fully-escorted North India Masala Trails program includes daily breakfasts and most dinners, local English-speaking guides, a local culinary expert for market and cooking demonstrations, monument entry fees, an elephant and jeep ride, location transfers and sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicles, and taxes.
The 11 day, South India Masala Trails program departs February 25 – March 7, 2011 and includes the ‘hot' destinations of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), Hyderabad, Cochin, Thekkady – home to the spice plantations, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, Kumarakom and vibrant Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the heartbeat of modern India. Additionally, guests will enjoy an array of cooking demonstrations and specialty dishes, shopping excursions, an evening Kathakali Dance Show performance, a boat ride in Periyar National Park - a vantage point for spotting elephants and many species of birds – and an overnight houseboat stay on Kerala's beautiful backwaters. The trip concludes in dynamic Mumbai, guests take delight in a Gujarati cuisine cooking demonstration and enjoy a private dinner at a cosmopolitan home.
Priced from AUD $4,750 (based on double occupancy), the fully-escorted South India Masala Trails program includes daily breakfasts and most dinners, local English-speaking guides, a local culinary expert for market and cooking demonstrations, a spice plantation tour and boat ride, a dance performance, location transfers and sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicles, and taxes.
WHEN: Tours start 25th February 2011
WHERE: Locations throughout India
COST: From $3,900
BOOKINGS: Contact Beacon Holidays on Ph:1800 667 791
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