A Portrait of India

J.L. Erickson Expanding on its offerings of “insider” cultural experiences, Tauck World Discovery has launched a new, 18-day A Portrait Of India tour to Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle in the north and Kerala in the south that features an opportunity for foodies to meet and have hands-on experience wit

By: J.L. Erickson

Expanding on its offerings of “insider” cultural experiences, Tauck World Discovery has launched a new, 18-day A Portrait Of India tour to Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle in the north and Kerala in the south that features an opportunity for foodies to meet and have hands-on experience with acclaimed Kerala chef Nimmy Paul.

Located along India’s southwestern coast, Kerala is home to beaches and a tropical climate and is known for growing and exporting spices including pepper, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, ginger, chilies and mustard, all of which are featured in local recipes.

Author of Kitchens of Kerala, Paul is a culinary instructor with more than 15 years’ experience teaching native Kerala cuisine whose recipes have been featured in India, the U.S. and Europe. Paul was the only amateur among nearly 60 chefs from Asia and India invited to the Seventh Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference and Festival in California.

Along with the cooking demonstration and dinner with Nimmy Paul, the tour includes a houseboat cruise through the canals of Kerala, a special performance of a 400-year-old classical dance-drama, and a dinner near the Raja Ghat along the Ganges river in Varanasi, visits to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as palaces, museums, tombs and temples, a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi and an elephant ride en route to the Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Tauck is offering seven departures in early 2006 (Jan. 9 and 30, Feb. 6, 20 and 27 and March 13 and 20), and six in the fall of 2006 (Oct. 2 and 23, Nov. 13 and 20 and Dec. 4 and 11). Prices begin at $7,690 per person, double, and do not include roundtrip airfare to India or six intra-tour flights (from $990 per person).

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