8 Days Indian Golden Triangle & Udaipur Cooking Tour

  • New Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur

8 Days Indian Golden Triangle & Udaipur Cooking Tour

  • New Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur

Culinary Travel in India

A complete travel experience in the Golden Triangle of India and Udaipur. From imperial palaces to chaotic bazaars, and wild, green jungles, this kaleidoscopic country has the potential to overwhelm even the most seasoned traveler. A must see for foodie travelers who want a special introduction to the expansive Rajashthani Indian cuisine. This cooking break also covers must see sights in India's tourist circuit and in the city that is also known as the Venice of the East. Learn from the best and take home valuable lessons in Indian cuisine. Explore the tastes, sights, and amazing culture of India in this chef guided tour.

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes, 2 market visits
  • 2 street food tours with food sampling
  • Traditional Rajasthani dinner with royal family in Jaipur
  • Learn about Indian spices, drinks, and cooking methods
  • Visit Delhi landmarks, Taj Mahal, Jaipur Temples
  • Elephant show, playtime with elephants
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 4 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Hindi, English
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In New Delhi, you will be spending 4 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, 2 nights will be accommodated in either Ramada, Nahargarh Haveli, Narain Niwas or their equivalent.

Day 1 - Delhi , excursion, food tour, spice market visit

  • Your first day in Delhi begins with visits to the Delhi landmarks.
  • You will see the Lotus Temple, a Bahai house of worship built in 1986, and the 72 meter tall toyour, Qutub Minar, built in 1193.
  • By noon, you will begin the award winning food tour of Delhi, starting with old Delhi. You also go to see the spice market of Delhi and a temple which houses a charitable kitchen and feeds more than 10,000 people every day.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 2 - Delhi, cooking class, excursions

  • Now is the time when you actually get a chance to cook some of the different varieties of delicacies that you had sampled the previous day.
  • After the cooking class, you can visit the India Gate, Rajpath, and the Presidents House. This area of Delhi is especially beautiful after dark and is a popular spot for picnics for Delhi residents.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - Agra, transfer, excursions, cooking class

  • A day to visit one of seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. It is a three hour drive from Delhi to Agra. So you start early in the morning from Delhi and once you reach Agra, you will check-in to the hotel and rest before you visit the Taj Mahal.
  • No picture can truly justify the actual beauty of the monument. You can spend some time here having a look at the intricate work and the wonderful detailing. The guide will explain all the mind blowing details and astonishing amount of work that yount in to constructing this lovely monument.
  • You can then opt to take a walk in the wonderful lawns as you enjoy the beauty of the fountains. One of must do things in the complex is to take some pictures on the marble benches just like some renowned celebrities like Lady Diana.
  • After visiting Taj Mahal, you head towards the Agra Fort made of red sandstone. You will learn about its role as the seat of Mughal empire and various lesser known facts about its history walking through the various parts of the fort and enjoying the breathtaking views of the city of Agra as youll as the Taj Mahal.
  • Cooking class.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 4 - Jaipur, food tour, market visit, cooking class

  • Explore Jaipur in a delicious way in a day long food tour. It is a day long trip where you get to experience Jaipur and its original cuisine and timeless beauty. Have a drink of salty lassi, staple drink of Jaipur after a light breakfast.
  • In a cooking class, you will also learn about some of the spices and ingredients that are conventionally used in Rajasthani cooking.
  • You will end the day with a big traditional Rajasthani dinner with 5-6 different dishes which you will surely enjoy.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Jaipur, transfer, excursions

  • You will spend this day sightseeing in the wonderful Pink city of Jaipur.
  • After an early breakfast, it's time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic.
  • You'll have the chance to ride them, 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 the lunch, it's time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of Wind. It is a 5-story tall monument with intricate lattice work and has 953 small jharokhas (windows).
  • After enjoying the beauty of the Hawa Mahal, you will spend some time in Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh.
  • After visiting the observatory, you 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 in Man Sagar Lake.
  • The dinner will be another star attraction of this day as you'll enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner with an old royal family of the city.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6 - Udaipur via Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, transfer, excursion

  • Another early morning wake up call and you drive towards Udaipur with a rest and sightseeing stop at the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur.
  • These temples youre constructed betyouen 14th to 15th century and the architectural style is completely unique to what youll find elsewhere in India. One temple contains 1444 marble pillars, each one carved in exquisite detail.
  • After the temples, you will drive to Kumbhalgarh where you will see the ayou inspiring Kumbhalgarh fort with its 15-foot thick walls which extend for 38 kilometers. The walls are second largest in Asia and have withstood the ravages of time quite well. There are around 360 temples inside the whole complex.
  • After this, you will drive to Udaipur and reach your hotel by night.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7 - Udaipur sightseeing

  • You will start the day with a visit to City Palace museum and admire its vast collection of medieval and ancient artifacts housed in a beautiful building. The palace was built over a period of 400 years and is a mix of various architectural styles.
  • Next, you will visit Jagdish Temple and observe the superb craftsmanship that makes this temple one of a kind. This white temple was built in 1651 and attracts a large number of devotees and tourists from distant places.
  • Then, you will visit Fateh Sagar lake, an artificial lake built in 1651. its situated in a picturesque setting with Aravali hills at 3 sides. You will take a boat ride and enjoy the sunset from one of the islands in betyouen.
  • Drive back to hotel for sleep.

Day 8 - Udaipur - Delhi, departure

  • This will be the last day of journey as you'll get in to your vehicles and drive back towards Delhi.
  • If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

Food tour and spice market visit in Delhi (day 1)

This is a great way to be introduced to Indian cuisine and culture as this trip will set the mood for the rest of the trip. You will get to sample about 15-18 varieties of Indian food dishes, each with its own place in the cuisine of Delhi, as you visit 10 or more food joints in old, central, and south Delhi. The food joints that you will visit have been there for many generations and are known for the high quality and unique flavored food that they provide. The trip in the old part of Delhi will make you walk through the narrow medieval streets of Old Delhi. You will visit places which are 110 to 40 years old.

Here, you will sample many Indian delicacies like samosa, lassi, buttered chicken, kulfi (Indian ice cream), mouth watering kebabs, and more variants. The Old Delhi part of the tour will take you through the old, narrow streets of medieval Delhi marked by old mansions, centuries old market and thousands of people milling about in their daily routine. Each lane in this area is a market for different commodity like invitation cards, spices, camera, utensils, bicycles, clothes, shoes, vegetables, etc. The food tour will also include a visit to Spice Market of Delhi in which you will learn about various kinds of spices used in Indian cooking and spending a few minutes inside a temple which feeds more than 10000 people every day.

Food tour and market visit in Jaipur (day 4)

The food tour will enable you to get to know Jaipur better in terms of its sights, smells and flavors. Jaipur is a very easy going city and you can feel it while walking through its streets and pink markets. you can sample all the different varieties of delicious food it has to offer. This food tour in Jaipur will provide you with the opportunity to sample different types of delicious and fragrant kachauris, masala chai prepared over charcoal fire, a wonderful array of famous Rajasthani syouets, and numerous snacks.

Apart from tasting these delicacies, the food tour will also cover sights such as Galta Jee Temple, Amer Fort, and a few more based on time and availability. Galta Jee has a large resident population of monkeys and langoors. The local markets will be fun to explore as you will see an array of colorful commodities and many people buying and selling them. You will surely want to purchase something out of the wide variety of bangles, shoes, clothes, jeyoullery, amongst other things.

Cooking classes in Delhi and Jaipur (days 2, 4)

India Food Tour will organize cooking classes for you which will be guided by a chef and his family. In one of the classes, you may begin by making of masala chai (Indian tea) and some fried Indian snacks known as Pakodas which are best enjoyed hot. While the chef enlightens you about details about Indian food, spices, ingredients, and the things to expect during the cooking class, you can enjoy hot chai and pakodas.

After the lecture, it is time for you to don the aprons and begin cooking. You will be taught to cook various Indian meals such as Pulao, daal (lentils), rotis (flat Indian breads), egg plant raita, stuffed parathas. You will also learn to make some delicious Indian vegetable and dessert dishes such as halwa. Non-vegetarian dishes include buttered chicken, chicken tikka, mutton curry, etc. you now have a sumptuous spread of dishes in front of us which you will savor for a meal. At the end of the class, the chef will present you with the small spice hamper, consisting of essential Indian spices used in a typical north-Indian kitchen, which you will carry back home.

Testimonials

  • Review by Fiona W
    10 out of 10

    "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. "

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    "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. "

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    "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. "

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    "Day culminated in a meal at a restaurant frequented by locals. "

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    "Some of the food we tried (provided by the tour operator) included: "

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    "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)."

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    "Establishments visited included:"

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    "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. "

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    "A great day if you love food but aren't brave enough to "go it alone" - with the added bonus of seeing the sights."

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  • Review by Zani M.
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Ros B
    10 out of 10

    "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)."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Natasha M. from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Roxane from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Rachel L. from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from Azerbaijan
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Lina H
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Cameron from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "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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