Route and itinerary

The tour starts in Mumbai with registration, a welcome reception, the tour briefing and a short tour.

Why India in June?

The crops, particularly mint, are being harvested and processed during this time in Uttar Pradesh as well as agarwood being processed in Assam.

Study Tour Cost

The cost of the tour is US$6,800 and includes ten nights single room accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels; all programme meals and receptions, transportation and tour guides.

Those intending to register should read in advance IFEAT’s Cancellation Policy and Participation & Code of Conduct Policy available on the India Study Tour website, since when you register you will be asked to tick a box saying you agree with these policies:

Also at the time of registering please note that delegates will be asked for some additional information, including passport details. This is vital for flight bookings and obtaining permission to visit CIMAP, a government funded research establishment. If this is not completed promptly then it may jeopardise a person’s registration.

The Tour

IFEAT is pleased to announce our 12th Study Tour will take place in India from 12th to 21st June 2020. The tour will visit various Indian essential oil, oleoresin and spice producing, processing and exporting companies dealing in a range of flavour and fragrance ingredients. Delegates will visit western, central and northern India, which have diverse climatic zones facilitating the production of a wide range of F&F ingredients including several varieties of mint, agarwood (from which oudh is produced) and sandalwood. India has a history stretching back thousands of years and during their travels delegates will experience diverse environments, magnificent monuments, beautiful scenery and a rich heritage of traditional music, dance, crafts, costumes and cuisines. The tour will cover several cities including Mumbai, Lucknow, Agra, Delhi, Bareilly, Fatehpur Sikri and Guwahati.

Participation will be limited to approximately 40 participants. IFEAT members are advised to book early, as previous recent study tours were extremely popular and sold out quickly. Registration will open in mid-November 2019 and will be limited to one person per IFEAT member company.

Study Tour Objectives

  • The India Study Tour 2020 has a number of objectives:
  • To gain knowledge of production and processing facilities of mint oils, menthol, essential oils, aroma chemicals and F&F ingredients produced and processed in Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh (UP), New Delhi and agarwood and sandalwood in Assam.
  • To view field cropping, traditional field distilleries, modern distillation and oleoresin extraction plants.
  • To visit a major research institute specialising in essential oils and medicinal plants.
  • Provide an opportunity for delegates to meet with Indian producers, processors, importers and exporters. India is one of the world’s largest importers, exporters and consumers of F&F ingredients.
  • Learn about India’s rich history and heritage.
  • Tours allow delegates to meet with other flavour and fragrance industry professionals from a variety of countries – on recent study tours there have been participants from over 20 countries.
  • To achieve all of this over a period of eleven days.

The Route

The map and itinerary provide a summary of the places and operations that we will visit. The tour starts in Mumbai – India’s financial and entertainment capital known as the “the city of dreams” – with registration, a welcome reception, the tour briefing and a short tour. The following day we will visit the operations of two major Indian companies, Jindal’s menthol processing operations and S.H. Kelkar (Keva), India’s leading fragrance manufacturer. The following day we fly to Lucknow and spend the next four days in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with visits to Barabanki, Bareilly and Badaun.

Some two million people are employed in mint production and processing in UP, producing peppermint (M. piperita), cornmint (M. arvensis) and spearmint (M. spicata) oils as well as other essential oils and attars. Visits will be made to the mint production and processing areas where harvesting will be in full swing. Traditional distillation operations will be seen alongside modern processing operations. Visits are planned to the production and processing operations of Kancor Ingredients, Oriental Aromatics (formerly Camphor and Allied Products), Gem Aromatics, Herbochem, Ashri Menthol and Jindal. In addition, a visit will be made to the research headquarters of CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutes into essential oils and medicinal plants. The final day in UP will be spent travelling to Agra (“the city of love”), visiting various growing and processing operations along the way.

A highlight of the tour will be dinner on the hotel terrace overlooking the Taj Mahal Palace followed by a very early morning visit to this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then a long coach journey to Delhi, India’s capital city and visit Ultra International’s operations at Sahibabad. The following day we will depart on an early flight to Guwahati in the north east state of Assam, close to Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. During the next two days delegates will visit Ajmal’s agarwood and sandalwood plantations, oudh distillation and processing units, the R&D centre and there will be a smelling session. In addition, visits will be made to neighbouring educational and medical establishments.

On the final day of the tour we will take an early morning flight back to Delhi, followed by a farewell dinner. Besides seeing some of the wide range of aromatic materials produced in India, the tour will enable delegates to experience its rich culture, diverse cuisines and physical beauty.