Foodies Trip of Delhi, Agra & Rishikesh
Places covered: New Delhi, Agra & Rishikesh.
Activities: Food tours, cooking classes, photo walks, city walk, yoga
Mode of transport: By road
Accommodation: A mix of best luxury and heritage hotels.
Transport: In comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
Sightseeing: Major landmarks of all cities in addition to some hidden gems on the way
Duration: 6 days, 7 nights. ( Option to add more days)
First day in Delhi will be the time to begin the food tour of Delhi from 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 rest of your trip to India. There will be approximately 16-18 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 is in business for 110 years and youngest for 40. You’ll sample delicacies like samosa, lassi, butter chicken, kulfi (Indian ice creams), melt in mouth 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 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, bicycles, cameras, utensils, vegetables, clothes , shoes, books and much more. The food tour will also include a visit to Spice Market of Delhi in which the 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.
ACTIVITIES: Food tour of Delhi, sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast in hotel. Lunch and dinner during food tour
DAY 2, Delhi: Sights of Delhi
This day in Delhi will be dedicated to exploring it’s famous and not so famous corners. To start the tour, we’ll first visit Humayun’s Tomb, a majestic monument built in remembrance of Humayun, the first proper Mughal king. The tomb’s design was used in Taj Mahal and the similarities between the two monuments is quite obvious. Next stop will be the grand Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, a beautiful complex full of beautiful art, gardens and fountains. It’s also the world record holder for World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.
After lunch, we’ll visit the National Museum nearby, which is among the largest museums in India. A large number of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art are on display. Later, we will go to Raj Path and see President’s House, India Gate and gardens around it. 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.
ACTIVITIES: Delhi sightseeing. Optional: Sightseeing tour of Delhi with a local photographer.
MEALS: Breakfast Lunch .
OPTIONAL DAY 2: Cooking Class in New Delhi
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 he things to expect during the cooking class. Then it’ll be the time to don the aprons and start cooking. You’ll learn to cook proper Indian meals consisting of pulao, daaal (lentils), egg plant,raita, rotis (flat Indian breads), stuffed paranthas (stuffed and fried rotis), vegtables and more. Dessert will be in 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 President’s House. This area is the favourite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, specially after dark.
ACTIVITIES: Cooking class, sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch.
Wake up early and get in to your vehicle for a 3 hours drive to Agra. Leave your luggage at the hotel and reach Taj Mahal, one of the 7 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 tell them. Take a walk in the gardens and enjoy the play of water in fountains which increase it’s beauty many times over. Sit on the marble bench and get your photos clicked 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, we’ll take a walk through the centuries old and famous Agra market and take a look at the wide variety of colourful art and various other things on display.
ACTIVITIES: Agra sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch .
OPTIONAL: You can also leave for Rishikesh the same day after visiting Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to save time
DAY 4: Rishikesh
After checkin, breakfast and a bit of rest, it will be the time to explore Rishikesh town. Walk towards iconic Lakshman Jhoola bridge and enjoy some time on the river’s beach. After that, you will be driven about 12 km upstream for a thrilling session of river rafting in riverGanga. After lunch, you will attend first of your Yoga class, which will begin with a short introductory class followed by instructions about basic meditation and Yoga exercises.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner in hotel.
ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, River Rafting, Yoga, Meditation
Waking up early morning before sunrise, you will ride the car or bike to Kunjapuri (26 km). Reach the sunrise point and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise over Rishikesh. After sunrise, it’s time for a walk/trek to Kunjapuri temple at an altitude of 1600 m where we’ll have breakfast. After breakfast, we walk to Laxman Jhula 13 km from Kunjapuri. On the way, we’ll come across numerous
beautiful sights and attractions like Neer Gadu waterfall, numerous birds, beautiful landscapes etc. We’ll reach Laxman Jhula to end the trek. Evening will be time for another yoga session.
ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, Yoga, Meditation
DAY 6: Nature Walks
After breakfast, it’s time to ride towards Vashishtha cave. It’s a small cave on bank of river Ganga in a peaceful setting and beautiful beach. We can enjoy the sights and/or meditate there for a while. Next, we’ll ride to Neer Gadu or Gadu Chatti waterfall and enjoy some time there enjoying the beautiful scenery. Evening time will be for the last Yoga session of this trip.
ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, Yoga, Meditation
Day 7 : To Delhi
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi airport for drop.
- Tiger Safari in Ranthambore : Ranthambore on the way to Jaipur from Agra is one of the best places in India for a jungle safari. A stay of 1 or more days can be arranged there in which you can do a jungle safari with very good chances of spotting the Royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat.
- Adventure: A hiking and camping trip in Rishikesh can be included on request during certain seasons.
- Varanasi, Udaipur & Jodhpur: A visit to Varanasi, Jodhpur, Jaipur or Udaipur for 2 or more days can also be added to this trip. Please see this Udaipur, Varanasi and Jodhpur itinerary for details.
- 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 etc. and will also help them use their own cameras better.