6 Days Culture and Culinary Vacation in India

Unique Cooking and Culinary Holiday in India

On this culinary tour of India's Golden Triangle or Great Indian Samosa, as it is called, you will visit the three converging cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Discover spice bazaars and street food stalls. Visit imperial Delhi, the legendary Taj Mahal, and the extraordinary pink city of Jaipur. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Indian Samosa and be absorbed in the culture and way of life of locals who prepare gastronomic Indian dishes.

Highlights

  • Indian cuisine cooking classes
  • Learn about amazing Indian spices
  • Market visits and street food tours with food sampling
  • Visit Delhi landmarks, the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur Galta Jee temple
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation

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3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for two nights in New Delhi, in hotels like Taj Vivanta, Tadisson Blu, Royal Plaza, or similar. In Agra you will spend one night and you will be accommodated in hotels like Wydham Grand, Clarks, Mariott Agra, or similar. You will spend two nights in Jaipur and be accommodated in hotels like Ramada, Nahargarh Haveli, and Narain Niwas, or similar.

Program

Day 1: Food tour, sightseeing

Your first day in Delhi will be the time to begin the food tour through Old Delhi. This tour which is the top ranked culinary tour service in Delhi will serve as a great introduction to Indian food and culture and will help set the tone for the rest of your trip. There will be approximately 16 to 18 different Indian food dishes from different Indian cuisines and you'll visit up to 10 different food joints in Old Delhi, Central, and South Delhi.

All of the food joints that you'll visit have been in business for generations and are famous for their quality of food. The oldest place in the list has been in business for 110 years and the newest for 40 years. You'll sample delicacies like samosa, lassi, butter chicken, kulfi (Indian ice creams), mouthwatering kebabs, and much more. The Old Delhi part of the tour will take you through the old, narrow streets of medieval Delhi marked by old mansions, centuries old markets, and thousands of people milling about their daily routine.

Each lane in this area is a market for different commodities like invitation cards, spices, bicycles, cameras, utensils, vegetables, clothes, shoes, books, and much more. The food tour will also include a visit to the spice market of Delhi during which you will learn about various kinds of spices used in Indian cooking and spend a few minutes inside a temple which feeds more than 10000 people every day.

Day 2: Cooking class, sightseeing

It’s time to cook some of the things that you sampled the day before in a half day cooking class led by a chef and his family. The class will begin with making of masala chai (Indian tea) along with some fried Indian snacks, pakodas, which are best enjoyed hot. Enjoy your piping hot chai with pakodas as the chef gives you an introduction about Indian food and the things to expect during the cooking class. Then it’ll be time to don the aprons and start cooking.

You’ll learn to cook proper Indian meals consisting of pulao, daaal (lentils), eggplant, raita, rotis (flat Indian breads), stuffed paranthas (stuffed and fried rotis), vegtables, and more. Dessert will be in the form of halwa. Non-vegetarian food can also be covered in form of butter chicken, chicken tikka, mutton curry etc.The cooking class will end with a meal of all the things cooked by you. All the participants will also receive a small gift hamper of some of the basic Indian spices used in a typical North-Indian kitchen.

After the cooking class, you can visit India Gate, Rajpath, and the president’s house. This area is the favorite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, especially after dark. India Gate is a war memorial constructed in memory of soldiers who died during World War 1 and Anglo Afghan wars.

Depending on the amount of time left, there is also the possibility to visit Humayun's Tomb, a majestic monument built in remembrance of Humayun, the first proper Mughal king. The tomb's design was used in the Taj Mahal's construction and the similarities between the two monuments are quite obvious. The next stop will be at the grand Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, a beautiful complex full of beautiful art, gardens, and fountains. It's also the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple.

After that, you'll visit the National Museum nearby, which is among the largest museums in India. A large number of articles ranging from the prehistoric era to modern works of art are on display. Please note that the visit at Humayun's Tomb and other places may not be possible all the time.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra, sightseeing

Wake up early and get in to your vehicle for a three-hour drive to Agra. Leave your luggage at the hotel and reach Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. According to most people, it looks much better in real life than in photos. Enjoy your time there, soaking in all the sights and thousands of small but mind blowing details that most people miss without someone to hint at them.

Take a walk in the gardens and enjoy the play of water fountains which increase its beauty many times over. Sit on a marble bench and get your photos taken in the same place where countless celebrities like Diana have posed for pictures. Walk out and reach Agra Fort made of red sandstone for an interesting history lesson. As you walk through various parts of the fort, notice the breathtaking views of Taj Mahal, as well as the Agra town which will come up.

After this, you'll take a walk through the centuries old and famous Agra market and take a look at the wide variety of colorful art and various other things on display.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur, sightseeing

After an early wake up, you will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this, you will begin to explore the Pink City of India. On this day, you'll cover sights such as Galta Jee temple, with its resident population of monkeys and langoors, Nahargarh Fort, and a few more depending upon available time.

Explore the local markets with their mind boggling varieties of colors, fragrances, and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelry, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices, and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves.

Day 5: Jaipur, sightseeing

After an early breakfast, it's time to have some fun with the friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. You'll have the chance to play, feed, and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After lunch, it's time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (palace of wind). It is five stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. The facade of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You'll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory builtin in the early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After the observatory, you will visit Jaipur City Palace which is still partly a royal residence in addition to housing a museum. Then it's time to visit the famous Jal Mahal, a palace constructed on an island on the Man Sagar Lake.

Day 6: Jaipur - Delhi, airport drop off

Your last day of the journey will begin with a leisurely breakfast. After this, your driver will either drive you back to Delhi or leave you in Jaipur according to your choice.

Location

This culinary holiday will take you to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, in India.

Food

During this vacation you will be offered five breakfasts, four lunches, and two dinners included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A food walk in Agra on day 3

The possibility of a food walk in Agra during the third day of the itinerary is also available.

Optional food tour and cooking class on day 4

You'll walk through the streets and pink markets enjoying the sights of this easy going city and sample all the delicious food it has to offer. During the food tour we'll sample different types of delicious kachouris, chai prepared over charcoal fire, some justly famous Rajasthani sweets, around half a dozen different snacks and a big traditional Rajasthani dinner at the end.

Optional day, tigers of Ranthambore

This day can be added in between Agra and Jaipur journey between October 1 and June 30. After breakfast, set out to Ranthambore that is located 150 kilometers away to experience a unique safari adventure. First, you'll check in at the hotel and spend some time resting and getting ready for the jungle safari that will happen during the evening. Enjoy the wildlife in the jungle safari and view a myriad of fauna and flora in their natural habitat.

Ranthambore is one of the best places in India to see endangered Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Check out the ancient Ranthambore fort to unearth its rich history. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. The safari can be enjoyed in the morning, as well as during the evening. You have the choice of joining the morning safari on the next day, too.

Photography

A specialist photography guide is available in New Delhi and can be added in Agra, Jaipur and other cities on request. The photography guide will take pictures of guests, sights, food and others, and will also help participants use their own cameras better.

Udaipur, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Rishikesh

Other places like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Rishikesh can be added to or removed from the itinerary on request.

What's included

  • Indian cuisine cooking classes
  • Services of a local guide in each city
  • Transportation by road, in air-conditioned Toyota Innova, Etios, or similar, with driver
  • Entry fee for all monuments and activities
  • Taxes and toll charges
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Any costs arising out of circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airplane tickets or train tickets
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, shopping

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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