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8 Day Private Cooking and Food Tour of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur

Delhi, India

Culture Tour and Cooking Vacation in India

Your arrival in India is the beginning of an amazing weeklong journey in this country. Starting from day one, you will be able to enjoy Indian food tours, cooking classes, and many other fun things to do in India. Some of these activities are led by local chefs and various optional activities are also available to spice up your experience!

Highlights

  • 2 food walks
  • 3 cooking classes
  • Go sightseeing in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-5 star or heritage properties
  • Authentic India experience
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations with 4-5 star quality.

Program

Summary of the trip

  • Day 1: Food tour, sightseeing in Delhi. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Day 2: Cooking class with a chef, optional sightseeing. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 3: Sightseeing, food walk in Agra. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 4: Cooking demo. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Day 5: Sightseeing in Jaipur. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 6: Sightseeing in Udaipur, rest. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 7: Sightseeing in Udaipur. Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 8: Udaipur airport drop off. Meal plan: Breakfast

Delhi delights

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 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.

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 & 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 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 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 demo

Wake up early and drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a some rest and freshening up. After this get in to the car and drive to home of a local family in the city to 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.-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. The food will include lunch and some street food and sweets from some iconic food shops of Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur To Udaipur drive

You’ll start the day with a a drive to Udaipur starting early morning and check in to your hotel there for some rest and freshening up. This day will be free for rest and exploration.

Day 7: Udaipur sightseeing 

Start your day with a visit to the 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’ll 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. Other places of interest which can be covered are Fateh Sagar Lake, 

Optional: A cooking class specializing in Mewari cuisine can be arranged on this day in evening or previous day as an extra. 

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 Udaipur airport/railway station after breakfast.

The description of the tour above is subject to changes. It shows the general idea about activities and schedules, but it can be customized depending upon activities, season, time available, etc.

Included excursions

Sightseeing in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur

Location

This tour will take you to 4 cities in India. Starting from Delhi, you will enjoy a trip to Agra, followed by Jaipur, and end in Udaipur.

Food

Included in your package are eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and one dinner. Most of the food in food tours is vegetarian with a few meat dishes. Cooking classes are almost always vegetarian. Meat dishes can be included at an extra charge and prior notification. Breakfast is the hotel buffet.

Some adjustment with food is possible. However, it may not be possible to accommodate people who don't consume gluten and a few other dietary allergies. Adjustments can be made for dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian diets.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
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)

Cooking class in Udaipur on day 6 or day 7

Cycling tour in Agra on day 4 morning

What's included

  • Transport in an air-conditioned car with a driver (Toyota Etios, Toyota Innova, Force Tempo or similar)
  • Entry fee for all monuments and activities
  • Taxes, toll charges, etc.
  • Services of a local guide / instructor in each city
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-5 star or equivalent properties
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary

What's not included

  • Cost of train, air tickets
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Cost of meals not mentioned here
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, shopping, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Interpreter in language(s) other than English (available on request, at an extra cost)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Airport pickup from New Delhi and drop off at Udaipur Airport or railway station is included.

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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round, but the best weather is between September and early April. 

 

Solo travelers

This retreat can accommodate solo travelers.

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