I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian cooking for a very long time. My mentor Noorbanu Nimji and I published A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen in December of 2015 but we’ve done tours and taught Indian cooking together in Calgary since about 2007. In 2011, because I am also founder and owner of Alberta Food Tours, Inc., I was asked to lead tours to India and have been happily doing so since 2012 thanks to my partnership with Indus Travels.
My 2017 trip has been sold out for some time so I’m happy to announce my plans for India 2018. Click on the link for the full itinerary. The synopsis follows along with some photos from past trips to whet your appetite.
Departing Canada on September 20, 2018, we’ll begin our East meets West sojourn in captivating New Delhi where we’ll enjoy ancient monuments, classic restaurants, authentic shopping and hands-on cooking with one of India’s foremost cooking instructors. Leaving the big city behind we’ll head south to the major destinations of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is alive with colour and we’ll enjoy the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur and the white city of Udaipur. These are cities to explore arts, culture and history but we’ll also include visits to a few small villages in our travels so that you can experience the rural life of India. Walking is one of the best ways to experience a destination and the local way of life, culture & nature, so we’ll spend time on foot to connect with Rajasthani people.
Of course, we’ll include Agra and it’s glowing gem, The Taj Mahal on this Northern soujourn. Finally, we’ll head east to Bengal and the “city of joy” – Kolkata.
Kolkata is located on the east bank of River Hooghly. It is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and the commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India. It is India’s oldest port as well as its sole major riverine port. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary, artistic and scholastic thought. Here we’ll spend time enjoying the arts and culture and most importantly eating at fabulous restaurants and learning some incredible Bengali cuisine with local
To obtain more information or to register for this trip of a lifetime, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As promised here are a few of my photos from previous trips. If you click on the India tab in the sidebar, you’ll find a collection of stories I’ve written about my India travels. You can also follow along as my photographer friend Pauli-Ann Carriere and I build a South India food and travel inspired cookbook at our new blog Faces, Places and Plates. It’s a great way to connect with cooks and their culture whether you stay in the comfort of your armchair or get inspired to go and meet our subjects for yourself.