The Multicultural Milieu
India’s unique multi-ethnic heritage and vibrant culture makes for one of the most intriguing holiday experiences that you can imagine. Life here is rooted in the past, adapted to the present, geared for the future, and an amalgam of all the people and cultures that came and settled here over centuries. The experiences we have handpicked in this section help you explore and understand the rich and diverse culture of a land that defies definition. Discover India’s blissful dawns, vibrant evenings, chaotic markets, old quarters, colourful queer community, and its enduring heritage palpable in every nook and corner.
Kolkata – Confluence of Culture
When the British established Kolkata as their stronghold people came here from across the country and the world to test their fortunes. Amongst them, the industrious Chinese immigrants took up work as shoemakers, tannery workers, and other professions deemed “disrespectful” by upper-caste Hindus. They brought with them their cooking techniques. What ingredients they couldn’t find, they adapted with the local ones creating a happy harmony of flavours that is still a favourite of Calcuttans.
Enjoy a taste of Chinese breakfast and learn about the different communities that made Kolkata their home in our Confluence of Cultures Walk.
Jaipur – Evening Bazaar, Crafts & Cuisine of Old Jaipur
The pink-hued latticed honeycomb of Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal is sure to make you dizzy as you try to take in its breath-taking beauty. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh commissioned the five-storeyed marvel in 1799 as a concrete veil from behind which the royal women could watch the city life.
This emblem of Jaipur is the starting point of a fascinating evening walk that will take you through the Bazaars, Cuisine, and Crafts of Jaipur.