Notes from the Field - India Charm

Notes from the Field - India Charm
September 2016
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Since his children were small, A&K Product Manager John Saporito dreamed of taking the family to India. Just returned from the subcontinent, John shares some of the family’s favourite experiences from south to north.

MAKE LIKE A MAHARAJAH

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Even though more than a million people visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort each year it’s a must see. Perched impressively on a jagged ridge outside Jaipur, the well preserved palacecum- fort dates to the early 18th century and is mesmerisingly beautiful. The views from up top are breathtaking.

HOME COOKING

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Keen in the kitchen, Lucy and Grace were enthralled by the cooking class in Delhi. We were welcomed into Neha Gupta’s home where she introduced us to the many spices used in Indian cuisine. We chatted to her about her way of life as she demonstrated the secrets of a fragrant lamb curry, dhal and roti. A delicious lunch awaited!

TAKE TO THE SKIES

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Gently floating over traditional Rajasthani villages at dawn in a hot air balloon was one of life’s most unforgettable moments. Drifting quietly over the rooftops we watched the villagers as they woke, cooking on the rooftops and getting ready for the day ahead. Smiling faces appeared from everywhere to wave us on.

SUBLIME SPICE

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The cuisine of Goa in India’s south has been influenced by an exotic blend of sea, spices and foreign traders which means delicious snacks, fantastic fish and modern fusion are all on offer. The combination of coconut and fish is sublime and one of the standout meals was a prawn Balchão, originally brought to Goa by the Portuguese. A less spicy version was produced for the girls!

OUR SUGGESTED JOURNEY

A&K’s ten day‘Royal Rajasthan’ is priced from $6,385
For more information call A&K on 1300 551 541 or your local travel agent.

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