In the outskirts of Lucknow, lies Kannauj, a rustic village full of traditional perfumeries. Immerse your senses in the aromatic environs of Kannauj as you witness the ancient process of handcrafting Attar. Attar, also known as Ittar in Urdu, is a natural perfume oil derived from botanical sources like flowers, wood, roots of plants, exotic woods, spices, resins and tree particles. Discover the true essence of the process that goes into creating a vial of attar and learn about it's anecdotes distilled over hundreds of years, celebrating traditions and embracing the new. Get an exclusive chance to interact with perfumers and artisans who create attar and discover the stories of it's evolution. Witness how the redolence of attar’s glory is slowly fading in the increasing swarm of exclusive designer fragrances, and how the generation old perfumers are constantly reinventing the humble attar, to suit the contemporary taste.
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More than just the Chicken Tikka Masala! Discover the cuisine of India as the scents of cumin, coriander and ginger; the tang of tamarind, mustard and mango powder mix with the fragrance of saffron, turmeric and cardamom. Indian food presents a range of flavours, subtle and intense, as vast as the country itself. Regional influences range depending on climate and elevation as well as history and religion. Throughout your travel, experience India’s warm hospitality and sample exotic culinary creations as you explore varied regions of the subcontinent, immersing yourself in ancient history and appreciating the ultramodern development of the 21st century.
Explore a part of India’s kaleidoscopic past as you discover the India of today. As you stroll through bustling city streets and bazaars, your guide will help you decipher the layers of history and culture now hidden behind dusty facades and crowded signboards. Experience the pomp and magnificence of western India as you delve into the art and culture of the city of Mumbai, and the kingdoms of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jaipur. As you walk through royal palaces, forts and fascinating museums that contain the treasures and magnificence of glorious empires, you’ll tread the path of kings and conquerors as you marvel at the rich tapestry of Indian history.
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