We booked this as part of my husband's birthday present. He is an avid fan of Indian food, and we like to think we're pretty adventurous with food, keen to try authentic dishes, but unsure of how to go about trying street food on our own.
This was the perfect solution. We were picked up from our hotel by our host for the tour, Jaidev Jamwal, and taken on an unforgettable food journey through Old and New Delhi, taking in the amazing tourist sights and smells that bombard you.
We were taken down side alleys in Old Delhi, visiting street vendors who specialize in specific dishes, many of whom are continuing a family business established in the late 1800's, so known for their dishes - not that you'd ever know this as mainstream tourist. Along the way, we visited the spice market, got a behind the scenes view of an area where spices are sold wholesale around India. We also visited behind the scenes of a Sikh temple that feeds 10-12,000 people daily.
Day culminated in a meal at a restaurant frequented by locals.
Some of the food we tried (provided by the tour operator) included:
1)Kachori, samosa (2 types each), Puuri, Aaloo sabzi (potato curry) , gulab jamun, lassi,
2) Daualt ki Chaat (white fluffy snack),
3) Aalo chaat, Paav Bhaaji,
4) Aaloo Tikki,
5) Kulfi (mango, pomegranate),
6) Cholay (chick peas), kulcha, Chole bhatura,
7) Dahi chaat,
8) Mushroom patty,
9) Keema matar, Saag Chicken, Kofta curry, Naan, Rumali roti,
10) Naan Khatai (cookie).
Establishments visited included:
1) Lakshmi Misthaan Bhandaar (for Rajasthani Thali ), sweets (doodh bundi ke laddoo),
2) Salty/sweet Lassi in walled city, M.I Road (early morning),
3) Sanjay omelette (for egg dishes),
4) Rawat Misthaan Bhandar (Pyaaz ki kachori),
5) Tea Shop - Tapri Cafe,
6) Handi Resturant for dinner at M.I Road.
A great day if you love food but aren't brave enough to "go it alone" - with the added bonus of seeing the sights.
Venturing where every travel book warns not to go... back alleys eating fresh fruit and other street food... it was awesome. Mr, Rajeev Dalhoy himself took us and three other guests around for the day. The tour consisted of a ride in the car to Old Delhi. Starting off at a 1910-established eatery we time-traveled through the history of Delhi through delicious curries, sweets, breads, ice cream and other delights. We took rickshaws to get around the bustling crowded streets on a busy Monday afternoon, all the while accompanied by Raj and his wife who were always at the ready with wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and mineral water. I could recommend this tour and this company to anybody visiting India. Rajeev also gave us fantastic recommendations for the rest of our trip in India. We also did not see a single other tourist for the whole day. Don't think twice - book this tour today!
a traveler United States
This is a great chance to sample the very rich regional cuisine. Additionally, we enjoyed the glimpses to daily life in sections of Delhi that are not easily accessible to tourists. We had a great time and the guide and experience were superb. We highly recommend the tour to those interested in cuisine and culture.