8 Days Jodhpur & Golden Triangle India Cooking Tours

  • New Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Osian - Jodhpur

Cookery Holidays in India

This luxury chef tour emphasizes on various types of Indian food and Indian cooking. In addition to the historical city of Jodhpur, the tour covers the Golden Triangle of India consisting of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. A must see for foodie travelers who want a special introduction to the expansive Indian cuisine. Experience the best of Northern and West Indian cuisines, including sightseeing of all major as well as lesser known landmarks in all the cities visited. The culinary activities will be guided by a chef, to fully immerse you with every detail India has to offer.

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes, 2 cooking demos
  • Rajasthani village dinner over camp fire
  • Learn about Indian spices, drinks, and cooking methods
  • 2 street food tours with food tasting, 2 market visits, salt making tour
  • Visit Delhi Lotus Temple, Taj Mahal, Jaipur Temples
  • Local artist performances, elephant show
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 5 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Hindi, English
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In New Delhi, you will be spending 2 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. In Jodhpur, you will be spending 2 nights in either Indiana, Ajit Bhawan, or Osian dessert camp.

Food tour in Delhi, Jaipur (day 1, 5)

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. You will see that the different lanes are marked for selling different types of goods ranging from invitation cards, spices, camera, utensils, bicycles, clothes, shoes, vegetables, etc.

In Jaipur, The food tour will enable you to get to know the 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. We 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 sweets, 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, jewellery, amongst other things.

Cooking classes and demos in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur (day 2, 3, 5, 8)

We 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. We now have a sumptuous spread of dishes in front of us which we 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.

  • Lucy Hill

    Lucy has worked with numerous individuals and with clients such as Selfridges and the Soho House Group among various other wonderful eating establishments. She offers unique recipes and teachings on how to make delicious food feel even better in the body than it tastes. Lucy Hill and her team, also known as Chaya Kitchen, can cater for all events, tastes, and dietary requirements for individual and private dining and from small groups through to massive parties.

  • Steffy White

    Steffy's beautifully balanced teaching suits this retreat approach perfectly. Leading twice daily yoga asana sessions, with a Dynamic flow focus in the morning and Yin in the evening, her nurturing yet challenging practice is always delivered with a smile. Alongside the physical practice, guests can experience pranayama and guided meditations. Her yoga class will connect you on every level to all parts of yourself, clearing a way for new beginnings, and awakening your inspirational connection to your highest wisdom and best sense of well-being.

Day 1: Excursion, food tour, spice market visit

Delhi

Our first day in Delhi begins with visits to the Delhi landmarks. We will see the Lotus Temple, a Bahai house of worship built in 1986, and the 72 meter tall tower, Qutub Minar, built in 1193.

By noon we begin the award winning food tour of Delhi, starting with old Delhi. We 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, dinner

Day 2: Cooking class, excursions

Delhi

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 is over we 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, dinner

Day 3: Transfer, excursions, cooking demo

Agra

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 we start early in the morning from Delhi and once we reach Agra, you will check-in to the hotel and rest before we 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 went in to constructing this lovely monument.

We 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, we head towards the Agra Fort made of red sandstone. We 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 well as the Taj Mahal.

Cooking demo.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4: Transfer, excursions

Jaipur

After leaving Agra early in the morning, we will reach Jaipur in about 3-4 hours. You will check-in at the hotel for rest and freshening up. We will spend this day sight-seeing in the wonderful Pink city of Jaipur.

First, we will visit the 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, we will spend some time with the elephants in the Pink City via Elefantastic. The elephants are gentle giants and very well trained.

Before we begin the play time, you will be served with a delicious traditional Rajasthani thali for lunch. After enjoying the meal, we can spend a few hours feeding, riding, and playing with the friendly and trained elephants.

After lunch, enjoy a rare opportunity to ride, feed and play with these highly trained, friendly gentle giants for hours. Choose an elephant for your ride to the jungle; sit around a bonfire under the open night sky while enjoying folk dance and and song performances presented by local artists.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Food tour, market visit, cooking demo

Jaipur

Explore Jaipur in a delicious way in a day long food tour. It is a day long trip where we 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 your cooking demo, you will also be taught about some of the spices and ingredients that are conventionally used in Rajasthani cooking.

We will end the day with a big traditional Rajasthani dinner with 5-6 different dishes which you will surely enjoy.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Transfer, excursion, salt making tour

Sambahar Lake - Osian

Today we will visit Osian near Jodhpur for our night in the desert. To reach there in time, well have to start early in the morning. On the way there, we make a stop at the famous Sambahar Lake 90 kilometers from Jaipur. This is Indias largest salt water lake.

The lake area varies between 190 to 230 sq. kms and it is source of 9% of Indias total salt production. Many migratory birds come here during winter and it is a sight to behold. After viewing the birds, we will visit some salt making workshops and view the process in detail.

Then we get on our way to Osian. We will stay here in a camp site in the desert for the night. After some rest, we will go for a walk in the desert. You will enjoy a lot of activities planned for the evening, including songs and dances passed on for generations as performed by local artists. A traditional Rajasthani village dinner will be served around the campfire.

Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner

Day 7: Village visit, excursions, cooking class

Thar Desert - Jodhpur

We begin this day in the Thar desert with a morning camel safari ride. During the ride we will enjoy the views of the sand dunes and may also spot some wild life. After the camel safari we then visit a nearby tribal village. We can also have the same experience by dressing up like them and spending some time with them in their kitchen and along with their animals. In short, we will be able to live their lives for a while and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in an Indian village.

A jeep safari ride can also be arranged on request. After that we then head back to camp and begin our journey to Jodhupur city. In Jodhpur city we will first go to visit the Mehrangarh Fort. This fort is situated 122 meters above the city and boasts of many attractions. Some of them are the Shisha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, and Takh Vilas, each a wonder in itself.

In the evening, we have an interactive cooking demonstration where we will learn some tips and secrets of the traditional Indian cooking as well as some popular dishes in Jodhpur region. Dinner will be served including the dishes you have prepared in the demo.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Tea party, departure

Kaylana Lake - Jodhpur

This is the last day of our visit. Well drive to the tranquil Kaylana Lake and share our experiences of the journey over hot cup of tea or coffee. After the tea party, well leave for Delhi via air or road.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Our tailor made travel plans will help you explore India in the best way possible. Discover the best that India has to offer by tasting Indian food via Indian food tours, learn to cook Indian food in custom cooking classes, get to know local culture and history in detailed heritage tours, get an adrenaline rush in awesome adventure tours or just relax on beaches and heritage hotels. Every tour is custom designed and unique for each guest. Our aim is to provide the best possible service to all our guests without compromising on safety, comfort and quality.

Optional tours

Jaipur sightseeing (day 4)

Visit Jantar Mantar built by Maharaja Jai Singh. It is an incredible astronomical observatory and was built in the early 18th century. After Jantar Mantar, we will visit Jaipur City Palace. The Jaipur City Palace houses the museum. The palace, although being a museum, is still partly a royal residence. After visiting the Palace, we will be visiting Jal Mahal. Jal Mahal is very famous and is constructed on an island in Man Sagar Lake. The places visited can be adjusted according to wishes of the guests.

Jodhpur sightseeing (day 8)

We begin this journey by visiting the Rao-Jodha Desert Rock Park. This is an exceptional example of reclaiming waste lands. Up to 2006, this area was overrun by an invasive plant species called the Bawalia (Prosopis juliflora) from Central America. After a lot of hard work, this area has been reclaimed and nearly 100 species of native flora can now be seen here. After this, we go to the Jaswant Thada. This is an architectural marvel made of thin marble sheet. This marble is polished in such a way that it glows in the sunshine. Now we visit the Mandore which was the ancient capital of the Parihar Rajput dynasty. In Mandore we ee the Mandore Fort, the Mandore Gardens and also the temple built between the 13th and 15th century.

Trip to Udaipur Ranakpur (day 8 or 9)

An early morning wakeup call and we drive to Udaipur. In between we take a stop at Ranakpur Jain Temples. Constructed in between the 14th and 15th Century, these temples have a unique architectural style. You will not see anything like it elsewhere. There are 1444 marble pillars here and each one is carved in a special way with exceptional details. We drive back to Udaipur and reach there in the evening. After we check-in the hotel, we have another interactive session of cooking some more Rajasthani Dishes. These will be served to you for dinner.

Tour to Udaipur via Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh (day 8 or 9)

An early morning wakeup call and we drive to Udaipur. In between we take a stop at Ranakpur Jain Temples. Constructed in between the 14th and 15th Century, these temples have a unique architectural style. You will not see anything like it elsewhere. There are 1444 marble pillars here and each one is carved in a special way with exceptional details. Then , we drive to Kumbalgarh ,a dn view the Kumbalgarh fort, which has the second larget wall in Asia, which is 15 feet thick and 38 km long. It is still in very good condition. There are 360 temples inside the complex. After this we drive to Udaipur and reach Udaipur at night.

Udaipur tour (day 9 or 10)

The visit to City Palace Museum is the first thing we do today. The City Palace Museum was built 400 years ago and is an eclectic mix of many beautiful architectural styles. There are also many artifacts that you will admire. After this we go to the Jagdish Temple which is another architectural marvel and has superb craftsmanship. This is a white temple built in 1651 and a lot of people come here from distant places. After that we visit the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is an artificial lake nestled between the Aravali Hills and is very picturesque. We can do some boating in the Fateh Sagar Lake and stop over on the island in the middle to watch the sun set.

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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