We are delighted that you may be interested in joining A Taste of India Today: Mumbai and Hyderabad, October 19 – 27, 2018

Anticipating that you may have questions, we have provided some thoughts to a few common queries. Once you register for the tour, we will send you a detailed WELCOME PACKAGE for the adventures ahead. Meanwhile, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at info@kilachandandkarp.com.

1. What is special about this trip?

This immersive 8-day culinary tour in India has been designed by Judi and Karen to showcase the experts who are at the heart of India’s dynamic culinary transformation and to provide intimate, hands-on access to practitioners and industry leaders. With many decades of living, travel, eating and cultural exploration in Asia and throughout the world, Judi and Karen bring their personal and professional insights, experience, connections and sense of humor to exploring the underappreciated and misunderstood culinary treasures of India. The group of tour participants will never exceed fifteen individuals.

Kilachand + Karp is partnering with Swati Mathur, owner of Travel and Special Things (TST), a Destination Management Company, to deliver a seamless experience while we are in India. TST has extensive local knowledge, contacts, resources and expertise. Swati is not only very experienced at delivering the best in high-end custom travel but is also savvy to the expectations and demands of today's global customers.

2. What should we expect to be doing each day?

Carpe diem! We believe in getting the most out of every day, and as such, the itinerary is full, exciting and fun. However, we are mindful that everyone needs breaks, which will be scheduled at key moments each day. As this is a culinary tour and we will be sampling many dishes every day, we recommend that everyone pace themselves in order to get the most out of the tastings.

3. How will the group be moving around each day?

We will be moving around in small, comfortable, air conditioned vans, except upon arrival at the Falaknuma Palace where you will be met by a surprise!

4. What concerns should I have about eating and drinking, if any?

We advise against eating raw, unpeeled produce of unknown origin and recommend drinking bottled water and only using ice if the ice is made from such water. We will do our best to accommodate anyone with dietary restrictions. Finally, it is always advisable to ask your doctor what medications to bring to ease digestive complications should they occur.

5. What shots do I need? Do I need to take medication in advance of the trip?

You should consult your doctor or travel clinic and check out the latest from the CDC.

6. What if I want to extend my trip in India?

Sure! We can arrange a pre- and/or post-tour package for you. We will connect you to our travel partner, Swati Mathur of Travel and Special Things, should you want to prepone or extend your stay in India. 

7. What will the weather be like in October? What clothes should I take?

India will be hot in the daytime and pleasant in the evenings.  Mumbai has a subtropical climate and is humid like New York City in the summer, while Hyderabad is dry like Phoenix.

From a dress code perspective, India is casual and conservative. Foreign women generally wear dresses, skirts of an appropriate length and tops, or nice pants. We would advise never wearing shorts and camisoles or cropped/midriff tops, except in a gym. Casual comfortable cotton and gauze pants, skirts or tops with light sweaters or shawls for the evenings, hats, sunglasses, sneakers, sandals or comfortable shoes for walking are all fine. You will also want to bring some dressier combinations for evening receptions, dinners and our closing dinner at the Falaknuma.

8. What is included in the tour fee?

Tour Fees

A Taste of India Today: Mumbai and Hyderabad, October 19 - 27, 2018

The all-inclusive tour price is USD $9,250 per person. Single supplement is USD $2,450.00.

A nonrefundable deposit of USD $750.00 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour.

All travel between destinations (domestic flights, transfers, surface, etc.), all hotel accommodations and all meals on the itinerary within India are included in the tour fee (see chart).  There is a nonrefundable deposit of US$750 per person required to guarantee your place on the tour. Full payment will be due 60 days prior to the start of each trip.

9. What is not included?

Any discretionary spending on gift items, souvenirs and personal hotel expenses (e.g., spa activities, laundry, mini bar, etc.).

10. What will the accomodations be like?

The Taj Hotel Palaces Resorts' name is synonymous with hospitality, comfort and luxury. During your time in Bombay, you will stay at the legendary and iconic Taj Mahal Palace at Apollo Bunder by the Gateway to India in Colaba.  In Hyderabad, you will relax at the sumptuously renovated heritage property, the Taj Falaknuma Palace.

11. Do I need a visa?
12. Do I need health and/or travel insurance?

It is not required, but we strongly suggest that you obtain insurance as the trip is fully non refundable. We are happy to recommend several providers, each offering a variety of different service levels.

13. What are the deadlines for booking this trip?

As these tours are designed for a small group of ten to fifteen people, we strongly suggest that you reserve as soon as possible. A nonrefundable deposit of US$750 per person is required to guarantee your place. We are delighted to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to contact us at info@kilachandandkarp.com.

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As in life, many things are unpredictable. Therefore, please note that all final details for these tours are subject to change.