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.
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 Osian Desert Camp.
You will be picked up from the New Delhi airport.
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.
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. India Gate is a war memorial constructed in memory of soldiers who died during World War 1 and Anglo Afghan wars. After a short walk, it'll be time to head back to the hotel. This area is the favorite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, especially after dark.
You will also 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.
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.
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 by a delightful food walk through its old markets and lanes. 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. During the food tour, 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.
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.
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. Instead of a hotel, the stay in Jodhpur will be a in a campsite in the desert, in a place called Osian, just outside Jodhpur city. This day will be free for rest and exploration. It will be your first night out away from the crowd of the city, close to nature.
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.
After a bit of rest, you will take a walk in the desert and prepare to enjoy the sunset and activities planned. Dinner, a traditional Rajasthani village meal from the region will be served around a campfire to be enjoyed under open night skies away from city.
You will be dropped off at the New Delhi Airport.
This culinary vacation will take you to the Golden Triangle and Jodhpur, in India.
During this vacation you will be offered seven breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners included in the price.
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.
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 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.