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WINE TASTING TOUR TO INDIA 12 nights / 13 days

Mondial Trails specializes in group tours to India / Nepal for farmers, nature lovers and others interested in farming. We also arrange agricultural conferences, pre and post tours, events, farm stays and country hospitality experiences. We have key contacts in agriculture and farming throughout India with whom we liaise to organize our tour programs. Mondial Trails is pioneer in promoting agricultural tourism in India & Nepal.

India an agricultural nation and agriculture being most important sector in India. Government of India has initiated number of steps to boost the agricultural business. We have now been able to establish our presence in the world market through update with the new techniques and farming methods, latest equipment and packing and transporting systems. Come and experience this Goldmine. Endowed with diverse species of plants and poultry farming, India is one of the eight centre’s of origin of plants. Besides, important food crops it has 190 species of fruit, vegetables and spices, more than 1,200 species of medicinal and aromatic plants which are of great significance to indigenous health systems. It has immense economic potential value for cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. India occupies a pre-eminent position with respect to animal genetic resources with 26 breeds of cattle, 8 breeds of buffalo, 42 breeds of sheep, 20 of goats, 8 of camel, 6 of horse, 4 of pigs and 18 breeds of poultry along with species like Mithun, Yak, Geese and Ducks. It gave Rice, Sugarcane, Mango and many spices to the world. We are recognized by The Department of Tourism, Government of India. We are proud to be among the very few Indian Companies that has a separate department looking after AGRI – TOURISM to India.

Agritourism is the latest concept in the Indian tourism industry, which normally occurs on farms. It gives you the opportunity to experience the real enchanting and authentic contact with the rural life, taste the local genuine food and get familiar with the various farming tasks during the visit. It provides you the welcome escape from the daily hectic life in the peaceful rural environment. It gives you the chance to relax and revitalize in the pure natural environment, surrounded by magnificent setting. See the real India and have the experience of the lifetime on the farm stay holidays.

Farm Stay :
Well you must now be bored of visiting the hill stations and staying in the first class Ac hotel room. And you might be looking for the change this time. And to offer you the holidays with the difference agritourism is definitely a good option.

To get that very special experience of the rural ambiance and to enjoy the rural life, Indian tourism provides you the opportunity to stay right away in the farms houses along with the other villagers and experience the difference. Witness the unique lifestyle of the villagers. Learn about the their age old traditions and culture, which they resume till date. Converse with them and feel how warm hearted and simple they are. Along with them spend time playing the pleasing rural games such as taash (cards) and kho kho. Then there are interesting bull fight and wrestling matches held on various occasions in the village. On the tour to the village what attracts you the most is the colorful costumes of the villages. Womens are seen wearing the ghagra choli (Skirt and top) or the saris. While are men are donned up in the traditional kurtas and turbans. Both men and women are usually seen wearing the various jewellery items.

Venturing into the agricultural farms:
Roam into the vast spreaded acres of agricultural lands along with the group of villagers who can provide you the better insight of the village. As you roam into the fields, feel the smell of the India soil, which gives you the real flavor of India. Enchant with the farmers working hard in the fields. Take the view of the bulls ploughing the fields. The wells, other water bodies, mountains and forests are the added attraction for the tourists.

Animal Rides :
Apart from all this, holidays on farms provides you the complete entertainment. Ride on the bullock carts along with the villager's into the agricultural fields. See them carrying fodder for animals into the buggies. You can even take the camel ride to explore the village and the surrounding areas.

Cow Milking :
Cow milking is real exciting activity, which can't be escaped. Practice the art of cow milking from the villagers. Feed the cows with the fodder and chapatis. See how the rural womens cook food on the chulas made of mud. Taste the authentic rural cuisine and drink fresh milk of cow.

Rural art and craft :
Villages are expert in making the handicrafts, it is something which is passed on from their one generation to the other. You can carry some of the items back to the home as the momentum.

Village fairs and festivals :
You can also participate in the village seasonal harvest fair and festivals. Onam, Baishaki and Pongal are some of the village most famous harvest festivals. Than you can enjoy the traditional dance and music performed by the villagers on such occasions. You are advised to respect the local tradition and please do not take out the photographs without permission as the villagers are quite conserve and orthodox.

Tour at Glance

Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
Day 02: Bangalore - Grover Vineyards – Bangalore ( Surface 40 Kms / 1 hr)
Day 03: Bangalore – Optional day kept for Grover Vineyard visit or visit Bangalore city.
Day 04: Bangalore – Hospet(Surface / 335 Kms).
Day 05: Hospet – Hampi – Hospet.
Day 06: Hospet – Badami (Surface / 125 Kms).
Day 07: Badami – Goa (Surface / 270 Kms)
Day 08: Goa.
Day 09: Goa.
Day 10: Goa / Mumbai (Flight).
Day 11: Mumbai / Nasik (172 Kms / 3 hours).
Day 12: Nasik
Day 13: Nasik – Mumbai(Surface / 172 Kms / 3 Hrs).

Highlights of the tour:

  • Visit Grover Vineyards on the foothills of Nandi Hills
  • Visit to the world heritage site in Hampi
  • Badami – one can see Buddhist, Hindu & Jain shrines.
  • Goa “Rome of the East”
  • Mumbai the business capital of India
  • Visit several vineyards in Nasik region
Day 01 Arrive Bangalore
Arrive Into Bangalore. Meet and assist at the airport. Bangalore became a British garrison town in 1809. The British built wide avenues, classic bungalows, Gothic churches and museums. Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various races and cultures and is one of the most cosmopolitain and modern cities of India. Also known as the Garden city and Silicon Valley of India has well - laid out parks, gardens, long avenues of blossoming trees and salubrious climate.Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 02 Bangalore - Grover Vineyards - Bangalore ( Surface 40 Kms / 1 hr)
After buffet breakfast you would be driven on a full day excursion Grover Vineyard that is located at the foothill of Nandi Hills (40 KMS/ 01 HRS). In 1988, Grover Vineyards was established on 40 acres of land at the foot of the Nandi Hills on the outskirts of Bangalore when; Kanwal K. Grover along with Kapil Grover took on the task of reviving wine drinking in India. Here nine varieties that responded well to Indian conditions were planted on an industrial scale. Today, Grover Vineyards has over 200 acres under plantation. Unlike other wine makers in India today, Grover Vineyards is the only company that shuns ordinary table grapes, while exclusively using only French wine grapes, selected from the original thirty-five varieties of the Vitis Vinifera species.

Grover Vineyards wineIn 1995, Grover Vineyards attracted the attention of the world-renowned oenologue, Michel Rolland, to offer his expertise to the Indian venture. His expertise in wine making sees him as ‘consultant oenologue’ to over 100 companies all around Europe, South and North America and Asia. In India, Rolland is affiliated exclusively with Grover Vineyards. Overnight at hotel. In 1996, the world’s leading champagne house, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, of France took a minority stake in Grover Vineyards. Here was a joint venture between Grover Vineyards and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, to excel in wine making in India.

This company is part of the LVMH Group, a world leader in luxury goods. They extend technical support to Grover Vineyards through their wineries in Australia and New Zealand. In 2001 Grover Vineyards accomplished an extraordinary feat that was once next to impossible, it started selling wine to France! From humble beginnings then, Grover Vineyards has also started exporting wines to highly critical markets like UK, and the USA. Grover wines have been greatly appreciated by the trade and consumers alike in these foreign markets. The company’s wines are now available at all leading hotels, restaurants, wine bars and clubs in these countries.

Grover Vineyards’ list of wines include: Cabernet Shiraz-Red Wine, the most acclaimed red wine in India (blend of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz); Blanc de Blancs de Clairette, the noble Indian white wine (perfectly clear bright White Wine made from Clairette grapes); Rose-Dry, the Pride of India (An attractive salmon pink colour made of fully ripe Red grapes and fermented slowly at low temperatures) and La Reserve Red Wine, the first Barrel-Aged Wine (Crafted in the best of the French wine making tradition of Bordeaux, aged in French Oak barrels, this ruby red wine has a powerful bouquet of luscious ripe fruits with a hint of spice perfectly harmonized with a distinct oaken flavour). Drive back to your hotel after your visit.
Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 03 Bangalore
Optional day kept for Grover Vineyard visit or visit Bangalore city. Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 04 Bangalore - Hospet(Surface / 335 Kms)
Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Hospet.
Hospet in Karnataka is an ideal haven for those who want to visit the architectural remains of the temples of Vijayanagar Empire. The significance of Hospet lies in its propinquity to the World Heritage Site of Hampi. The ruins of Vijayanagar Empire in and around the village of Hampi are spread over an area of more than 26 sq kms.
Day 05 Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
. Morning after breakfast day excursion to HAMPI, The area of Hampi is protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and by rocky granite stones on other three sides. Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar and it is declared a World Heritage site. The monolithic sculptures and monuments along the temples are attractive because of their excellent workmanship. The Vithala temple, which is also known as the most splendid monument of Hampi is situated on the Southern bank of the Tungabhadra River. It is a world heritage monument dating back to the 15th century. The stone chariot in this temple is very famous. Its stone wheels, each shaped in the form of a lotus, are capable of revolving.

The Virupaksha or the Pampapathi temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi. This temple is in ruins but is still in worship and is dedicated to Lord Shiva
Overnight at Hospet.
Day 06 Hospet - Badami (Surface / 125 Kms)
Badami was founded in 540 AD by Pulakesi I. It went on to serve as the capital of the early Chalukyan kings who ruled large parts of Karnataka. The city in time witnessed a major power struggle between the reigning Chalukaya dnasty, the Pallava of Tamil Nadu and the Rashtrakutas. The Chalukyan kings, renowned as great patrons of the arts, architecture and literature, have left behind a fabulous legacy documenting their aesthetic flair and tolerance that marked their rule. Visitors to Badami will encounter Buddhist, Hindu and Jain shrines testifying significantly to the secular vision of these kings. The Badami cave complex also reveals important aspects of the early religious architecture of South India and cave art of the time. Overlooking Lake Agastya, the large man-made lake named after the legendary sage, a horseshoe-shaped phalanx of sandstone cliffs serve as the ancient site of four amazing Chalukyan cave shrines. Two of these shrines are raised to Lord Vishnu, one to Lord Shiva and one to the Jain saints.
Overnight at Badami.
Day 07 Badami - Goa (Surface / 270 Kms)
Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Goa.
Goa, a former Portuguese territory, for more than 450 years is often described, as 'The Rome of the East' is a small enclave located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa covers an area of 3702 square kilometers and comprises two Revenue district viz North Goa and South  Goa.

The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world Famous for its long stretch of beaches dotted with shacks, sea food, local wine, this "Tourist Paradise", now is one of the best holiday destinations in the World.
Goa covers an area of 3702 square kilometers and comprises two Revenue district viz North Goa and South Goa. South Goa is one of the Districts of Goa., It is famous for its natural Beaches, Temples, water falls, hill spots, paddy fields, coconut gardens.
Overnight at Goa
Day 08 Goa
Full day free time at leisure / free for independent beach activities.
Overnight at Goa.
Day 09 Goa
Full day free time at leisure / free for independent beach activities.
Overnight at Goa
Day 10 Goa / Mumbai (Flight)
Morning after breakfast check out from your resort and transfer to Goa domestic airport to board flight to Mumbai.
Mumbai (Bombay), the gateway to India in the days of the Raj, is today India's commercial capital. The city dates back to around the first century AD when the area consisted of seven islands separated by the sea. In 1661 the Portuguese presented the port and islands of Mumbai to the British. In 1668 The East India Company leased all of the Islands of Mumbai from the British Govt. for £10.00 in gold per year. On independence in 1947 the Mumbai presidency became Mumbai state, and subsequently Mumbai became the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai is a fascinating crossroad of the east and west where the sophistication and technology of the first world is combined with the eastern ability to sell almost anything against a backdrop of color, scents and sounds.  Besides being the major port of India this cosmopolitan is the fastest moving, most affluent and most industrialized city in India. It is India's financial, commercial and industrial center, and the center of the film industry.

Afternoon Half day Mumbai city tour, Afternoon sightseeing of city visiting Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat. Later Drive through Marine Drive and Crawford Market

Marine Drive: also known as "Queen's Necklace" is the city’s pride and joy. Drive through this parallel to the shoreline of back bay, from Nariman Point past Chowpatty right up to Malabar Hill.

Princes of Wales Museum: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum previously known as Princes of Wales Museum was set up in early 20th Century to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. The museum houses rare and ancient exhibits of Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands. It has also Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, relics from ancient India and examples of Mauryan Art.

Mani Bhawan: Visit to Mani Bhawan to know about Mahatma Gandhi, the torchbearer of Ahimsa or Non-violence. Gandhi's association with the charkha or spinning wheel began in 1917, while he was staying at Mani Bhavan. It houses a picture gallery, a 20,000-volume research library and a film and recording archive

Dhobi Ghat: A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. Witness the clothes that are soaked in lather water, then thrashed on the stones, later thrown into huge vats of boiling starch and then hung out to dry.
Overnight at Mumbai
Day 11 Mumbai / Nasik (172 Kms / 3 hours)
Morning check out and drive to Nasik enroute visit Zampa Vineyards and later drive to Sula Vineyards. Situated at 2,000 feet above sea level, Nasik is India's biggest grape-growing region. Nasik and vicinity has laterite soils, which are rich in iron. The soil types vary from sandy clay loam and red laterite to murrum soils. These are well suited for grape cultivation. Additionally, the soils have good percolation qualities and therefore produce excellent grapes for wine making. The climate of the area is mild throughout the year and ranges from a low of 8-10°C during the winter to a high of 32-35°C during the summer. The climactic conditions lend themselves to the cultivation of a number of crops throughout the year and specifically to wine grape cultivation.

The harvesting of the grapes is usually at the end of the winter, which helps to expose the crop to warm days and cooler nights. This exposure is very important for the slow maturation of the grapes that helps to enhance their quality The Sula Vineyard, which came into being when Rajeev Samant, a Stanford-trained engineer, quit his job at Oracle in Silicon Valley one fine day and headed home to India. In 1993, Samant started farming on family-owned land in Nasik, planting alphonso mangoes.

Samant found it strange that no wine grapes were grown there at the time. After a little study he was convinced that the Nasik climate was perfect for wine grapes, at par with winegrowing regions in Spain, California and Australia. So he went back to California in search of a winemaker. In Sonoma County, he found Kerry Damskey, one of California's eminent winemakers, who helped him build a winery Samant and Damskey took the revolutionary step of planting Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, varieties that had never been planted in India before. So the Sauvignon Blanc cuttings were flown in from France, the Chenin from California, and these were the first two varieties to be planted at Sula Vineyards, in early 1997.Overnight at hotel.
Overnight at Sula Vineyards
Day 12 Nasik
Full day visit Tiger Hills Vineyards / Chateau d’Ori Vineyards.
Overnight at Nasik
Day 13 Nasik - Mumbai(Surface / 172 Kms / 3 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out and drive to Mumbai.
Overnight at Mumbai or after dinner transfer to International airport to board flight.
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