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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.
In New Delhi, you will be spending two nights in either Taj Vivanta, Radisson Blu, or Royal Plaza, or a similar hotel. In Agra, you will be spending one night in either Wydham Grand, Clarks, or Marriott Agra, or their equivalent. In Jaipur, two nights will be accommodated in either Ramada, Nahargarh Haveli, Narain Niwas, or their equivalent.
Please note that the hotels provided may change according to availability and season. All these properties are 4-5 star, equivalent or heritage properties.
Your first day in Delhi will be the time to begin the full day food tour and sightseeing covering both Old Delhi and New 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 10-12 different food joints in Old Delhi, Central, and South Delhi. You may also choose to do some tea tasting during the tour.
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.
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. The cooking class will end with a meal of all the things you cook. All the participants will also receive a small gift hamper of some of the basic Indian spices used in a typical North-Indian kitchen.
Here, the guests have the option to either do a full day cooking class or do some sightseeing after half day cooking. Full day cooking class will have a lot more different dishes including paneer, saag, desserts and drinks.
If you choose to see the city after half day 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.
Please note that schedule and dishes may vary according to seasonal availability, timings and other factors like weather. Half day class will cover breakfast and lunch, full day cooking class will cover dinner too.
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 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 sightseeing, enjoy the cuisine of Agra in a short food walk and city discovery walk which will take you to centuries old Agra bazaar. This food walk takes you to centuries old Agra bazar where you can taste local street food delicacies like petha, chaats, bhalla, papri and many others.
Wake up early and drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for some rest and freshening up. After this get in to the car and drive to a house of a local family in the city.
Be ready to learn a bit of Jaipur cooking. This cooking demonstration teaches you the basics of traditional Jaipur cuisine and how locals use it in their daily lives. In 3-4 hours, you will learn to cook a traditional Rajasthani meal with local breads, 2-3 vegetarian dishes and 1-2 desserts. Dinner will be in this class.
Enjoy a leisurely day in Jaipur enjoying the historical sights and enjoying a bit of local food. You will visit sights such as 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 built 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. Some other places like Galta Jee temple, Hawa Mahal can be included depending upon available time and weather.
The food will include lunch and some street food and sweets from some iconic food shops of Jaipur.
This will be the last day of your trip which you are free to use as you wish. Depending upon your plans, the car can drop you at Jaipur airport/railway station or in New Delhi after breakfast.
Optional visit to India Gate, Rajpath, and the President’s house
Agra sightseeing, inlcuding Taj Mahal
This culinary holiday will take you to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, in India for a private culinary vacation with various food-related activities like cooking classes, food walks and tea tasting.
During this vacation you will be offered five breakfasts, four lunches, and two dinners included in the price. Food items included in food walks and cooking classes can be customised to a certain extent.
Guests can choose to do a morning cycling tour in Agra countryside 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 you'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.
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.
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.
Other places like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Varanasi, Rishikesh can be added to or removed from the itinerary on request.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
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