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8 Days Food Discovery, Cooking & Culture Tour in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Jodhpur, India

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Unforgettable Culinary Holiday in India

Join this private luxury culinary tour which 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. Some of the culinary activities in New Delhi will be guided by a chef, to fully immerse you with every detail India has to offer.

Highlights

  • 1 cooking class, 1 cooking demo
  • Option to have more cooking activities
  • Learn about Indian spices, drinks, and cooking methods
  • 2 food walks with food tasting, sightseeing and market visit
  • Visit Taj Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur's Galta Jee Temple
  • Enjoy a desert jeep safari and meet local villagers
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

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. In Jodhpur, you will be spending two nights in the city or a desert camp depending upon season.

Please note that the hotels provided may change according to availability and season. All these properties are 4-5 star or heritage properties.

Program

Day 1: Delhi - Food tour with chef, tea tasting and sightseeing

Your first day in Delhi will be the time to begin the full day food tour and sightseeing covering Old Delhi and New Delhi both. 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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur, cooking class

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. Dinner will be in this class.

Day 5: Jaipur, sightseeing

Enjoy a leisurely day in Jaipur enjoying the historical sights and enjoying a bit of local food. You will visit sights such as 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.

Day 6: Jaipur-Jodhpur

After breakfast, it's time to hit the road again as you start driving towards Jodhpur. The normal travel time to reach there is about five hours. Along the way, there will be a few rest stops in a few places like Ajmer. Night stay in Jodhpur can be in a campsite in the desert, in a place called Osian, just outside Jodhpur or in a hotel inside the city depending upon season and availability. This day will be free for rest and exploration.

Day 7: Jodhpur, desert safari, village visit

The day will begin with an early morning jeep safari of the desert. The driver will take you for an introductory drive of the area. During this drive, you will see sand dunes and meet some local villagers. It's also possible to visit a few traditional Rajasthani villages nearby to observe and experience the life of a typical village in Rajasthan. You can help them tend their animals, visit their homes, and taste some of their food. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the way of life of simple Indian villagers.

Sightseeing in Jodhpur will cover Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and 1-2 other local places of interest. 

Day 8: Airport drop-off

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 Jodhpur airport/railway station after breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Delhi sightseeing
  • Optional visit to India Gate, Rajpath, and the President’s house
  • Agra sightseeing
  • Jaipur sightseeing
  • Desert safari

Location

This culinary vacation will take you to the Golden Triangle and Jodhpur in India.

Food

During this vacation you will be offered seven breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners included in the price. Most of food provided is vegetarian with a few meat options. Some customizations can be done for certain dietary requirements like dairy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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)

Optional Jodhpur exploring day

The day will be dedicated to exploration of the blue city, Joshpur. But first, you will visit the impressive Mehrangarh fort which is situated 122 meters above the city. The impressive fort includes attractions such as Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal, and Takh Vilas, each one being a major attraction by itself. The day can cover a number of attractions like Jaswant Thada, Balsamand Lake, Mandore Gardnes, and a few other depending on available time. Drive back and airport drop off can be arranged on the same day or the next.

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 for 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 will also help you use your own cameras better.

A cycling tour in Agra on day 4

Guests can choose to do a morning cycling tour in Agra countryside on day 4 for 3500 INR per guest.

What's included

  • 2 food walks, one each in New Delhi and Agra which include food tasting, sightseeing and market visit
  • 1 Indian cooking classes with a chef in New Delhi and 1 in Jaipur
  • Option of one cooking demo in Jodhpur
  • Learn about Indian spices, drinks, and cooking methods
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Visit Taj Mahal, Jantar Mantar Jaipur's Galta Jee Temple among many other historical sites
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation by road in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local guides for sightseeing
  • Entry fee for monuments and activities

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Train tickets
  • Cost of personal expenses like phone, laundry, etc.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Meals not mentioned above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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