From the Plains to the Mountains: An Exploration of North Indian Cuisine Tour
Our Himalayan Cuisine Tour introduces you to a range of Indian cuisines, from the simple and relatively low spice Himalayan cuisine, to the buttery, richness of Punjabi, to the chili, often steamed, Tibetan. We’ll explore how vegetables are grown in the Himalayan region and spend time at an organic market. You’ll learn to cook traditional dishes and then sample the end result.
Finish your tour with a trip through the green valleys of Punjab, India’s food bowl. You’ll will visit the sacred Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar to volunteer at langar, the community meal that feeds up to 100,000 people per day. If you love Indian cuisine and are eager to explore its many variations, this Ekno Travels Tour is for you.
|A$2150 per person twin share
Single Supplement A$790
* No fixed departure – price based on minimum 2 people
|8 days, 7 nights
|Delhi – Dharamsala – Amritsar – Delhi
Overnight McLeod Ganj
In the evening we’ll sample Himachali cuisine prepared over a log fire while visiting a local Gaddi House constructed from traditional mud. You’ll sample dishes such as Chana Madra (a yoghurt and chickpea flour based gravy popular), Makki Roti (corn flat bread), and Sarso-kaSaag (Mustard Green). Overnight McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj to Amritsar
After breakfast, we’ll head back to the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is a Sikh Gurudwara (place of worship). It is the most sacred Gurudwara in Sikhism reflected in its detailed and elaborate construction. It was first constructed in 1604 and was later rebuilt in 1764.
Service is a prominent tenant in Sikhism, reflected in the large langars, free community meals, available at many Gurudwaras. The Golden Temple serves up to 100,000 people per day with all food prepared and served by volunteers. At langars, food is served to all visitors regardless of faith or background.
We’ll spend some time volunteering at the langar, peeling garlic or hand rolling rotis.
After the Golden Temple we visit the Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial garden for the British massacre of 1919. Our last stop in Amritsar is a visit to the KatraJaimal Singh Bazaar, famous for its textiles and saris. In the afternoon we catch our train back to Delhi. Tour arrangements end upon arrival in Delhi. We hope to see you soon on your next Ekno experience.
Greeting by Ekno representative at Delhi airport and transfer from Delhi Airport to hotel
6 nights’ accommodation and breakfasts
Flight from Delhi to Dharamsala
3 Cooking classes in Dharamsala
1st class A/C train (Chair) Amritsar to Delhi
Car and driver on Days 3 and 4 for sightseeing
Car and driver to Amritsar
Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
Compulsory insurance of any kind
Camera and video entry charges at local sights