Widely regarded as one of the world’s best cuisines, Indian food is as rich in variety as it is flavour. Across the subcontinent, culinary styles vary from one region to another. In the north, meat and vegetables are often served in tomato, onion and yoghurt-based sauces, whilst further south, vegetarian dishes flavoured with coconut and chilli are popular.

Travelsphere, the UK’s pioneering escorted tour operator, has five tours of India taking in over 20 cities and every flavour of food across this great country.

Kerala – the flavours of Southern India is a 10-day culinary tour where Travelsphere adventurers will have the opportunity to cook with renowned chef and journalist Nimmy Paul in Cochin. Kerala has historically been the spice trade centre for India and Nimmy will demonstrate the best way use these aromatic ingredients.

The tour of Kerala begins in Cochin, before heading to Thekkady known for its flora and fauna including the Macaque monkeys and Malabar giant squirrel. One of the highlights of the tour is an overnight stay on board Kerala’s famous houseboats, a truly unforgettable experience in traditional surroundings.  The tour is priced from £1,759 per person with an option to extend the holiday by four days and relax on the crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam for an extra £299 per person.

“Gurinder Chadha’s film Viceroy’s House brings to the screens the architecture and beauty of Jodhpur and is bound to whet the appetite for an India adventure. Travelsphere’s Royal Rajasthan tour takes in many of the locations used in the film, including the Mehrangarh Fortress,” said Kathy Farahat, Travelsphere’s Destination Expert.

Royal Rajasthan is a 14-day tour of this princely state with its mixture of hilltop forts, lakeside palaces, exquisite temples and colourful towns which are all set against startling desert scenery.

Food remains an important part of this holiday, on the second day, after the cycle rickshaw tour around Delhi taking in the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, Travelsphere’s guests enjoy dinner at a century-old Haveli, a former private mansion.

Agra is the next stop on the tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal and Jaipur’s Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort.

During the tour there is plenty of time to experience Jodhpur, the location for much of the filming of Viceroy’s House, the story of India’s independence starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.

Jodhpur is famed for its amazing architecture from the Mehrangarh Fortress which rises from the rockface to the Jaswant Thada, an imposing cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

Travelsphere’s ultimate Grand Tour of India, allows travellers to tick off India’s most impressive sights including Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the Agra Fort. Search for tigers in Ranthambore, visit an elephant camp and cruise the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

The 19-day Grand Tour of India, which begins in Delhi and winds its way through Agra and Jaipur before heading to Bangalore, touring round the south of India, ending the holiday in Mumbai and the stunning coastline of Kovalam beach. Prices for this tour start at £2,749 per person.

For those looking to focus on the northern region of India, Travelsphere has the 10-day Beyond the Golden Triangle, taking in Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Dausa, along with the eight-day Taj Mahal, Delhi and Amber Fort holiday.

Travelsphere continues to expand the number of tours it offers, currently spanning 78 countries from the Galapagos Islands to Japan and New Zealand to Norway.

Travelsphere holidays include scheduled flights – many from regional airports, all overseas transfers, accommodation, 24-hour helpline available seven days a week and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and local guide.

Book a Travelsphere Holiday online at www.travelsphere.co.uk, call 0800 9875110 or contact your local travel agent.