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.
This is one tour that should not be missed. The guide was knowledgeable and willing to change at a drop of a hat to an all vegetarian experience. The tour not only gives you insight to Indian cuisine but an introduction to the madness of Old Delhi while still feeling safe. The food and history behind the small eating places were fascinating (and we eat a lot of Indian food). The amount of places you visit and the food tried is far too much... Even though we hadn't eaten all day we ended up missing out the last two mains and all the desserts apart from the ice cream. If back in Delhi, we will have to repeat the experience (just start from the middle).
a traveler New Zealand
From the moment we met Rajeev with his incredibly calm demeanour we felt completely comfortable. We had only been in Delhi for one day and were travelling as a couple with a 5-year-old child. The tour itself was amazing, we tried a lot of food that we never would have ventured to try without Rajeev, all of which was amazing and he even managed to find food for our son's more limited palate. We included some shopping, which Rajeev tailored on the day for what we wanted. His knowledge of both food (at a very technical level) and Dehli was second to none. By the end of the day, Raj was more of a friend to us and our son loved him. Would recommend to anyone wanting to experience real Delhi.
Natasha M. Switzerland
Fantastic food tour experience! My husband and I went on this food tour on our first day in India thinking it would be a great way to see the city. We were right! We experienced so much of Old and New Delhi while eating amazing food and being guided by two wonderful and knowledgeable guides. We got to see and do so much while not having to worry about a thing: they took care of travel, ordering and paying for all food. It was a true all-inclusive experience. Highly recommended!
Roxane United States
Yum! We had a blast and our favorite foods in India were eaten during this tour. We had such a good time on this food tour. We did this on our first day in India to help learn a little about Indian food and help learn our way around the city. This tour beyond exceeded our expectations. Our guide not only took us to some amazing eateries (some of the best food we had on our entire trip was during this tour), but our guide also being a chef took the tour to a whole new level. Our guide pointed out interesting flavor combinations eating our lentils with different breads, learning about all the different Indian spices, trying things wed never pick on our own, and lots of other insightful tidbits really made this tour special. Our time observing and helping to make food at the Sikh Temple was awesome. I loved how completely organized everything was. There was never any waiting around for the next thing; our next mode of transportation or meal or table at a restaurant was already waiting for us. So much fun.
Rachel L. United States
Best Indian food in Delhi! My husband and I wanted to experience the real Delhi, off-the-beaten-path, so we booked Jaidev for an afternoon food tour. Jaidev was a wonderful guide. He was friendly, down to earth, and very knowledgeable. After meeting us right outside of the metro stop, he took us through Old Delhi to some of the best spots with the most authentic Indian cuisine that the area had to offer. We would have never have been able to navigate through Old Delhi had it not been for him. He assured us that all of the establishments were highly sanitary and we had no problems with the foods that we tried. It was most definitely some of the best and most unique Indian food we have ever had. The crowds, the smells, and the energy along with Jaiidev's attentive and personable attitude made this deeply cultural experience one for the books. Highly recommended.
a traveler Azerbaijan
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Delhi was delightful, Agra amazing, and Jaipur wonderful. Our time was well spent, we ate, explored, and enjoyed each moment thanks in very large part to the thoughtful planning of the India Food Tour team.
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The dream tour you imagine, at least mine. With backalley restaurants and foodstands that serve very good food and a guide that takes you through it, all with a lot of knowledge of food and a warm personality. Worth every rupie and more. Thanks Raj!
Cameron United States
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On our very first day in India, Raj gave us a really wonderful introduction to Delhi -- we traveled all over the city eating local street food (no issues with Delhi belly FYI) and got a real feel for the city's history, culture, and food scene.One highlight was visiting a Sikh temple and getting to help flip rotis in their giant communal kitchen which feeds up to 45,000 people a day. We went to places we would have missed on our own. We learned about and ate fabulous things I would have been afraid to try otherwise. I can't think of a better introduction to Delhi.Also amazing is the way India Food Tour caters to your interests -- you just tell them what you are hoping to see/taste and they will customize the experience. We peppered Raj with questions about current life in India and he was really informative, plus very fun to "hang" with and he also gave us suggestions on other things to do/see on the rest of our trip.On my last day Raj helped me do some shopping, he did an amazing job of taking me to specific places I wanted to see and also did some negotiating on my behalf. Very very helpful and fun! I can't recommend it enough. I don't normally like "tours" but this was truly fantastic.
a traveler United Kingdom
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While planning for our India vacation, it was a bit difficult for us to select a travel agency in such a different and far away country. There was so much to take in, to plan and so many businesses promising soo much on their websites and advertisements!We wanted to experience the real India. We didn't want to just go there for general sightseeing. So we were willing to spend some effort for preparation. So after a lot of research, we prepared our own travel itinerary and contacted a lot of travel agencies for their suggestions and quotes.Among dozens of offers received the level of detail, personalization and personal touch offered by India Food Tour impressed us the most. The replies were prompt and full of useful information which was really helpful.We also wanted to taste some good Indian food which sealed the deal for us, as they offer culinary tours too. So after deciding everything and finalizing the itinerary, we finally took the plunge and it was much better than our wildest dreams.Our India vacation was the best time we had in any of our vacations and we loved each moment. We visited Rajasthan, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho and 2 national parks in India and enjoyed every where.The vacation was excellently planned with comfortable hotels, great drivers and lots of fun things to do like food tours, jungle safaris, elephant rides, zip lining, dancing with villagers, trying out ethnic clothes and so on. The company staff was extremely helpful and responsive at any time. Couldn't have asked for more.
a traveler United States
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We hired this company to arrange part of our northern India trip which included Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Udaipur. The service was very good and prompt in every way. All the major parts of trip like sightseeing, transport, hotels and food were chosen well and according to our budget. Their staff was always available on phone at all times and it was a big help. Our trip to India was an enjoyable experience and their service played a fairly big part in it. Worth a look.
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