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Detailed itinerary

  • Day 1 – Delhi: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Royal Plaza for a 2-night stay. (N)
  • Day 2 – Delhi: This morning, on a tour of Old Delhi, you will delve into a maze of crowded streets and thronging markets inside the ancient walled city, see the spectacular Red Fort and stroll along vibrant Chandni Chowk. Colourful silk saris adorn store fronts and the fragrance of local spices fills the air. You will discover the diversity of Indian flavours as you wander through the narrow lanes on a street food journey: fresh samosas sizzle in pans of boiling hot oil and parathas cook on hot grills. The sweeter tooth is also catered for with an array of sugary delights including creamy kulfi, gulab jamun and jalebi. Next, pay a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque with its impressive marble domes, and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The morning ends with lunch at Andhra Bhawana, a bustling canteen that specialises in the south-eastern Indian food from Andhra Pradesh. In the afternoon, join a tour of New Delhi and drive through the British built boulevards and lush green parks. See the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House, both reminders of a colonial past. Continue to the ancient Qutb Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone, and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. This evening, enjoy a taste of traditional cooking in a private home. Your hosts will show you how to cook favourite dishes before a family dinner. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3 – To Agra: Board the early morning Shatabadi Express train bound for Agra. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Set in classical gardens with shimmering mirror pools, it is a truly breathtaking sight. A visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort is also included. As you wander through the chambers, take time to stop at elaborate archways for superb views of the Taj Mahal. Dinner this evening is at Peshawri, a restaurant specialising in Mughali cuisine and dishes from the Northwest Frontier. Succulent kebabs and a range of Indian breads are house specialities. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Look out for typical Delhi street food, such as chaat papdi: a fried wafer topped with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chilli.
  • Day 4 – To Jaipur: Make an early morning visit to Mehtab Bagh, a 400-year-old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna river. As the sun rises over the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum is resplendent in the changing hues. Once the sun is up, leave Agra for the drive to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted sandstone city was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and took 15 years to complete. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, for a 3-night stay at the Hotel Diggi Palace. Dhruv joins you this evening for a visit to the City Palace, still the official residence of the maharaja. Take a tour of some of the private rooms before an introduction to the traditional thali (meal), which will be served at a dinner inside the palace. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: A train journey is always an adventure in India. Soak up the atmosphere at the station where local vendors sell samosas and small boys serve chai from huge silver kettles to the crowds of travellers.
  • Day 5 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you today. Discover more of the city, where all buildings here are painted pink by the maharaja’s decree, on a tour this morning. Revisit the City Palace and view the Mughal treasures in the museum, then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredibly accurate observatory that was built in the 18th century. An explosion of noise and colour greets you at the bazaar; an adventure for all the senses. Fragrant cinnamon, cloves and cardamom overflow from canvas bags, street vendors sell sticky sweetmeats, chai stalls serve glasses of steaming hot tea and local women haggle for glittering bangles and saris in every vibrant shade. Visits will be made to other local markets and Dhruv will introduce you to some of the typical ingredients and local produce used in everyday Rajasthani regional cooking. This evening, visit Naila Bagh, a 19th-century palace owned by the Naila family, your hosts for the evening. Dhruv, accompanied by the palace chef, will demonstrate how to create local dishes before dinner is served. Local dishes such as gata, a traditional dumpling, and papal kisabazi, a fragrant vegetable curry, may be on the menu. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Ask Dhruv for his favourite thali dishes and top tips on how to recreate these in your own kitchen.
  • Day 6 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you this morning. Stop at the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds before driving to the spectacular Amber Fort. This 17th-century stronghold stands high above the parched desert below. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. Lunch will be served amid the opulent surroundings of 1135AD, a restaurant within the Amber Fort that specialises in recreating Rajasthani dishes of a bygone era. Dhruv and the restaurant chef will also give a cookery demonstration. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Jaipur is a top spot for shopping, particularly for the distinctive blue ceramics and richly coloured textiles.
  • Day 7 – To Delhi: Drive to Delhi via the beautiful Samode Palace, a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A short tour will be followed by lunch (optional). Continue to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Royal Plaza. (B)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Catch the latest Bollywood movie at the atmospheric and lavishly decorated Rajminder cinema.
  • Day 8 – Depart Delhi:In the morning, transfer to the airport. (B).Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsExtensions: If you wish to extend your stay or visit other parts of India, please contact us for details. 
Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Extensions

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Detailed itinerary

  • Day1 – Delhi: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Royal Plaza for a 2-night stay. (N)
  • Day1 – Delhi: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Royal Plaza for a 2-night stay. (N)
  • Day 2 – Delhi: This morning, on a tour of Old Delhi, you will delve into a maze of crowded streets and thronging markets inside the ancient walled city, see the spectacular Red Fort and stroll along vibrant Chandni Chowk. Colourful silk saris adorn store fronts and the fragrance of local spices fills the air. You will discover the diversity of Indian flavours as you wander through the narrow lanes on a street food journey: fresh samosas sizzle in pans of boiling hot oil and parathas cook on hot grills. The sweeter tooth is also catered for with an array of sugary delights including creamy kulfi, gulab jamun and jalebi. Next, pay a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque with its impressive marble domes, and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The morning ends with lunch at Andhra Bhawana, a bustling canteen that specialises in the south-eastern Indian food from Andhra Pradesh. In the afternoon, join a tour of New Delhi and drive through the British built boulevards and lush green parks. See the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House, both reminders of a colonial past. Continue to the ancient Qutb Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone, and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. This evening, enjoy a taste of traditional cooking in a private home. Your hosts will show you how to cook favourite dishes before a family dinner. (B, L, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip:Look out for typical Delhi street food, such as chaat papdi: a fried wafer topped with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chilli. 
  • Day 2 – Delhi: This morning, on a tour of Old Delhi, you will delve into a maze of crowded streets and thronging markets inside the ancient walled city, see the spectacular Red Fort and stroll along vibrant Chandni Chowk. Colourful silk saris adorn store fronts and the fragrance of local spices fills the air. You will discover the diversity of Indian flavours as you wander through the narrow lanes on a street food journey: fresh samosas sizzle in pans of boiling hot oil and parathas cook on hot grills. The sweeter tooth is also catered for with an array of sugary delights including creamy kulfi, gulab jamun and jalebi. Next, pay a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque with its impressive marble domes, and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The morning ends with lunch at Andhra Bhawana, a bustling canteen that specialises in the south-eastern Indian food from Andhra Pradesh. In the afternoon, join a tour of New Delhi and drive through the British built boulevards and lush green parks. See the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House, both reminders of a colonial past. Continue to the ancient Qutb Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone, and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. This evening, enjoy a taste of traditional cooking in a private home. Your hosts will show you how to cook favourite dishes before a family dinner. (B, L, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip:Look out for typical Delhi street food, such as chaat papdi: a fried wafer topped with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chilli. 
  • Day 3 – To Agra: Board the early morning Shatabadi Express train bound for Agra. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Set in classical gardens with shimmering mirror pools, it is a truly breathtaking sight. A visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort is also included. As you wander through the chambers, take time to stop at elaborate archways for superb views of the Taj Mahal. Dinner this evening is at Peshawri, a restaurant specialising in Mughali cuisine and dishes from the Northwest Frontier. Succulent kebabs and a range of Indian breads are house specialities. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: A train journey is always an adventure in India. Soak up the atmosphere at the station where local vendors sell samosas and small boys serve chai from huge silver kettles to the crowds of travellers.
  • Day 3 – To Agra: Board the early morning Shatabadi Express train bound for Agra. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Set in classical gardens with shimmering mirror pools, it is a truly breathtaking sight. A visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort is also included. As you wander through the chambers, take time to stop at elaborate archways for superb views of the Taj Mahal. Dinner this evening is at Peshawri, a restaurant specialising in Mughali cuisine and dishes from the Northwest Frontier. Succulent kebabs and a range of Indian breads are house specialities. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: A train journey is always an adventure in India. Soak up the atmosphere at the station where local vendors sell samosas and small boys serve chai from huge silver kettles to the crowds of travellers.
  • Day 4 – To Jaipur: Make an early morning visit to Mehtab Bagh, a 400-year-old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna river. As the sun rises over the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum is resplendent in the changing hues. Once the sun is up, leave Agra for the drive to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted sandstone city was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and took 15 years to complete. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, for a 3-night stay at the Hotel Diggi Palace. Dhruv joins you this evening for a visit to the City Palace, still the official residence of the maharaja. Take a tour of some of the private rooms before an introduction to the traditional thali (meal), which will be served at a dinner inside the palace. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Ask Dhruv for his favourite thali dishes and top tips on how to recreate these in your own kitchen.
  • Day 4 – To Jaipur: Make an early morning visit to Mehtab Bagh, a 400-year-old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna river. As the sun rises over the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum is resplendent in the changing hues. Once the sun is up, leave Agra for the drive to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted sandstone city was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and took 15 years to complete. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, for a 3-night stay at the Hotel Diggi Palace. Dhruv joins you this evening for a visit to the City Palace, still the official residence of the maharaja. Take a tour of some of the private rooms before an introduction to the traditional thali (meal), which will be served at a dinner inside the palace. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Ask Dhruv for his favourite thali dishes and top tips on how to recreate these in your own kitchen.
  • Day 5 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you today. Discover more of the city, where all buildings here are painted pink by the maharaja’s decree, on a tour this morning. Revisit the City Palace and view the Mughal treasures in the museum, then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredibly accurate observatory that was built in the 18th century. An explosion of noise and colour greets you at the bazaar; an adventure for all the senses. Fragrant cinnamon, cloves and cardamom overflow from canvas bags, street vendors sell sticky sweetmeats, chai stalls serve glasses of steaming hot tea and local women haggle for glittering bangles and saris in every vibrant shade. Visits will be made to other local markets and Dhruv will introduce you to some of the typical ingredients and local produce used in everyday Rajasthani regional cooking. This evening, visit Naila Bagh, a 19th-century palace owned by the Naila family, your hosts for the evening. Dhruv, accompanied by the palace chef, will demonstrate how to create local dishes before dinner is served. Local dishes such as gata, a traditional dumpling, and papal kisabazi, a fragrant vegetable curry, maybe on the menu. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Jaipur is a top spot for shopping, particularly for the distinctive blue ceramics and richly coloured textiles.
  • Day 5 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you today. Discover more of the city, where all buildings here are painted pink by the maharaja’s decree, on a tour this morning. Revisit the City Palace and view the Mughal treasures in the museum, then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredibly accurate observatory that was built in the 18th century. An explosion of noise and colour greets you at the bazaar; an adventure for all the senses. Fragrant cinnamon, cloves and cardamom overflow from canvas bags, street vendors sell sticky sweetmeats, chai stalls serve glasses of steaming hot tea and local women haggle for glittering bangles and saris in every vibrant shade. Visits will be made to other local markets and Dhruv will introduce you to some of the typical ingredients and local produce used in everyday Rajasthani regional cooking. This evening, visit Naila Bagh, a 19th-century palace owned by the Naila family, your hosts for the evening. Dhruv, accompanied by the palace chef, will demonstrate how to create local dishes before dinner is served. Local dishes such as gata, a traditional dumpling, and papal kisabazi, a fragrant vegetable curry, maybe on the menu. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Jaipur is a top spot for shopping, particularly for the distinctive blue ceramics and richly coloured textiles.
  • Day 6 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you this morning. Stop at the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds before driving to the spectacular Amber Fort. This 17th-century stronghold stands high above the parched desert below. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. Lunch will be served amid the opulent surroundings of 1135AD, a restaurant within the Amber Fort that specialises in recreating Rajasthani dishes of a bygone era. Dhruv and the restaurant chef will also give a cookery demonstration. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Catch the latest Bollywood movie at the atmospheric and lavishly decorated Rajminder cinema.
  • Day 6 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you this morning. Stop at the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds before driving to the spectacular Amber Fort. This 17th-century stronghold stands high above the parched desert below. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. Lunch will be served amid the opulent surroundings of 1135AD, a restaurant within the Amber Fort that specialises in recreating Rajasthani dishes of a bygone era. Dhruv and the restaurant chef will also give a cookery demonstration. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Catch the latest Bollywood movie at the atmospheric and lavishly decorated Rajminder cinema.
  • Day 7 – To Jodphur and Rohet: Depart Jaipur for the full day’s drive to Rohet. En route, stop at Jodphur and visit the red sandstone Mehrangarh Fortress, which rises out from a towering rock face high above the sprawling blue-washed houses of the city, and Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built in memory of a former maharaja and an architectural landmark. Continue to Rohet for a 2-night stay at Rohetgarh. The majestic setting and ancient ramparts of this old fort capture the spirit of Rajasthan. Rohetgarh is still a home, now lived in by the ruling family of the town. (B)
  • Day 7 – To Jodphur and Rohet: Depart Jaipur for the full day’s drive to Rohet. En route, stop at Jodphur and visit the red sandstone Mehrangarh Fortress, which rises out from a towering rock face high above the sprawling blue-washed houses of the city, and Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built in memory of a former maharaja and an architectural landmark. Continue to Rohet for a 2-night stay at Rohetgarh. The majestic setting and ancient ramparts of this old fort capture the spirit of Rajasthan. Rohetgarh is still a home, now lived in by the ruling family of the town. (B)
  • Day 8 – Rohet: This morning, take a 4×4 safari with picnic lunch to the Bishnoi tribal villages. This unique experience encompasses all that this fascinating region has to offer. Begin by meeting the warm and hospitable Bishnoi people and hearing about their customs and ceremonies. Then, learn about their special relationship with the wildlife, especially the rare black buck antelopes, which they have helped to preserve, and spend some time with local shepherds, farmers and weavers. Take the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the surroundings of this heritage property. The late Thakurani Sahiba Jayendra Kumari, the former lady of the house, began the now famous culinary workshops at Rohetgarh. Today her legacy is carried on by her daughter in-law, Rashmi Singh. This evening, join Rashmi for an interactive demonstration of traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes followed by a dinner of what you have prepared. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8 – Rohet: This morning, take a 4×4 safari with picnic lunch to the Bishnoi tribal villages. This unique experience encompasses all that this fascinating region has to offer. Begin by meeting the warm and hospitable Bishnoi people and hearing about their customs and ceremonies. Then, learn about their special relationship with the wildlife, especially the rare black buck antelopes, which they have helped to preserve, and spend some time with local shepherds, farmers and weavers. Take the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the surroundings of this heritage property. The late Thakurani Sahiba Jayendra Kumari, the former lady of the house, began the now famous culinary workshops at Rohetgarh. Today her legacy is carried on by her daughter in-law, Rashmi Singh. This evening, join Rashmi for an interactive demonstration of traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes followed by a dinner of what you have prepared. (B, L, D)
  • Day 9 – To Udaipur: Drive south to Udaipur, visiting the vast and exquisite marble Jain temple at Ranakpur en route. Optionally, have lunch at the historic Fateghbagh Heritage Hotel. In the afternoon, continue to Udaipur for a 2-night stay at the LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B)
  • Day 9 – To Udaipur: Drive south to Udaipur, visiting the vast and exquisite marble Jain temple at Ranakpur en route. Optionally, have lunch at the historic Fateghbagh Heritage Hotel. In the afternoon, continue to Udaipur for a 2-night stay at the LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace. (B)
  • Day 10 – Udaipur: This morning you will see all the highlights of this beautiful city. Start with a visit to the City Palace Museum, where you will step into the marble courtyards and look out through the ornate windows to Lake Pichola below. Continue to the Jagdish Temple with its superb carvings and travel to the outskirts of Udaipur to the unique surroundings of Devra House set amid lush countryside. An interactive cooking demonstration will be followed by lunch with your hosts. Learn how to make traditional daal, chapatis and a selection of other vegetarian and meat dishes. After lunch, relax and enjoy the spectacular views across the lake and city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L)
  • Day 10 – Udaipur: This morning you will see all the highlights of this beautiful city. Start with a visit to the City Palace Museum, where you will step into the marble courtyards and look out through the ornate windows to Lake Pichola below. Continue to the Jagdish Temple with its superb carvings and travel to the outskirts of Udaipur to the unique surroundings of Devra House set amid lush countryside. An interactive cooking demonstration will be followed by lunch with your hosts. Learn how to make traditional daal, chapatis and a selection of other vegetarian and meat dishes. After lunch, relax and enjoy the spectacular views across the lake and city. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B, L)
  • Day 11 – To Delhi:Transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi.Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsExtensions: If you wish to extend your stay or visit other parts of India, please contact us for details. 
  • Day 11 – To Delhi:Transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi.Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsExtensions: If you wish to extend your stay or visit other parts of India, please contact us for details. 
Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Extensions

etailed itinerary

  • Day 1 – Delhi: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Royal Plaza for a 2-night stay. (N)
  • Day 2 – Delhi: This morning, on a tour of Old Delhi, you will delve into a maze of crowded streets and thronging markets inside the ancient walled city, see the spectacular Red Fort and stroll along vibrant Chandni Chowk. Colourful silk saris adorn store fronts and the fragrance of local spices fills the air. You will discover the diversity of Indian flavours as you wander through the narrow lanes on a street food journey: fresh samosas sizzle in pans of boiling hot oil and parathas cook on hot grills. The sweeter tooth is also catered for with an array of sugary delights including creamy kulfi, gulab jamun and jalebi. Next, pay a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque with its impressive marble domes, and Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. The morning ends with lunch at Andhra Bhawana, a bustling canteen that specialises in the south-eastern Indian food from Andhra Pradesh. In the afternoon, join a tour of New Delhi and drive through the British built boulevards and lush green parks. See the iconic India Gate and imposing Parliament House, both reminders of a colonial past. Continue to the ancient Qutb Minar, a soaring tower of sandstone, and the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. This evening, enjoy a taste of traditional cooking in a private home. Your hosts will show you how to cook favourite dishes before a family dinner. (B, L, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Look out for typical Delhi street food, such as chaat papdi: a fried wafer topped with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chilli.
  • Day 3 – To Kolkata: Morning flight to Kolkata. Transfer to the Hyatt Regency for a 2-night stay. Kolkata has always inspired passionate views. To some, it is an extraordinarily vibrant city and the proud intellectual capital of India. To others, it has been and remains a centre of poverty. Kolkata is a veritable microcosm of India. The character of the city, which remained the capital of British India for nearly 140 years, has been shaped by the British Raj. Bengalis are renowned for their love of good food and lunch at Aaheli is the perfect introduction. Try dishes from both east and west Bengal at this atmospheric restaurant. The basis for many dishes is the local mustard seed oil and panch phoroi, a blend of five spices. This afternoon, take a tour of the city. Many colonial buildings remain in Kolkata and among the most famous is the Victoria Memorial, planned by Viceroy Curzon and often referred to as the British Taj Mahal. Take a walk along College Street, one of the world’s oldest educational institutions and visit College Street Coffee House, a converted lecture hall famed for its student life and endless discussions, in Bengali known as adda. Balance of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Visit the former home of Mother Theresa, now a museum known as the Motherhouse
  • Day 3 – To Kolkata: Morning flight to Kolkata. Transfer to the Hyatt Regency for a 2-night stay. Kolkata has always inspired passionate views. To some, it is an extraordinarily vibrant city and the proud intellectual capital of India. To others, it has been and remains a centre of poverty. Kolkata is a veritable microcosm of India. The character of the city, which remained the capital of British India for nearly 140 years, has been shaped by the British Raj. Bengalis are renowned for their love of good food and lunch at Aaheli is the perfect introduction. Try dishes from both east and west Bengal at this atmospheric restaurant. The basis for many dishes is the local mustard seed oil and panch phoroi, a blend of five spices. This afternoon, take a tour of the city. Many colonial buildings remain in Kolkata and among the most famous is the Victoria Memorial, planned by Viceroy Curzon and often referred to as the British Taj Mahal. Take a walk along College Street, one of the world’s oldest educational institutions and visit College Street Coffee House, a converted lecture hall famed for its student life and endless discussions, in Bengali known as adda. Balance of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Visit the former home of Mother Theresa, now a museum known as the Motherhouse
  • Day 4 – Kolkata: Morning visit to the bustling Mullik Ghat flower market where bright yellow and orange flowers overflow from sacks and the calls of the vendors auctioning their stock fills the streets. All of this takes place in the shadow of the Howrah Bridge, one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world. A cruise on the Hooghly river, a tributary of the Ganges, completes the morning. This afternoon, explore the maze of stalls in New Market where just about everything is for sale. This is the place to discover the diverse street food of Kolkata and watch the chefs of the streets in action as they prepare samosas, kebabs and pakoras. Much of the Jewish influence of the city has faded away but Nahoum’s, a Jewish bakery, is still as popular as ever and renowned for moist lemon cakes and rich cheesecakes. Kewpies Kitchen was started in the converted garage of the home of Minakshie Dasgupta and his two daughters as a homage to his late wife. Dinner is included here. Bengali dishes are individually served in a set order and flavours are balanced by course. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Kolkata is the place to buy jute bags and mats.
  • Day 4 – Kolkata: Morning visit to the bustling Mullik Ghat flower market where bright yellow and orange flowers overflow from sacks and the calls of the vendors auctioning their stock fills the streets. All of this takes place in the shadow of the Howrah Bridge, one of the largest cantilever bridges in the world. A cruise on the Hooghly river, a tributary of the Ganges, completes the morning. This afternoon, explore the maze of stalls in New Market where just about everything is for sale. This is the place to discover the diverse street food of Kolkata and watch the chefs of the streets in action as they prepare samosas, kebabs and pakoras. Much of the Jewish influence of the city has faded away but Nahoum’s, a Jewish bakery, is still as popular as ever and renowned for moist lemon cakes and rich cheesecakes. Kewpies Kitchen was started in the converted garage of the home of Minakshie Dasgupta and his two daughters as a homage to his late wife. Dinner is included here. Bengali dishes are individually served in a set order and flavours are balanced by course. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Kolkata is the place to buy jute bags and mats.
  • Day 5 – To Lucknow: Morning flight to Lucknow. Transfer to the Vivanta by Taj for a 2-night stay. Flourishing under the Muslim Nawabs, Lucknow reached its zenith as a political and cultural centre in the 18th century. The distinctive architecture of this period is fascinating and an afternoon tour of the old city is the best way to discover the rich culture. Unravel the history of the mutiny of 1857 at the Residency as you explore the ruins then visit the Rumi Darwaza with its beautifully ornamented gateway and the spectacular Bada Imambara, considered to be the largest vaulted apartment in the world. Many of the dishes that we are so familiar with have their origins in Lucknow and were created by the mughals. Chicken korma and chicken passanda are two typical examples. This evening, take a guided culinary walking tour to see the street food of the city. Watch as chefs grill kebabs, there are more than 100 types in the Lucknow repertoire, cook biryani in sealed pots and create flaky parathas. Dine on Awadhi specialities at Oudhyana in the Taj Vivanta Hotel. (B, D)
  • Day 6 – Lucknow: Visit the dhobi ghats of Lucknow located on the banks of the Gomti river. Swathes of colourful clothes hang up to dry in the sun and the sound of cloth striking stones as the dhobis pound and rinse their washing provides a backing soundtrack These large open-air laundries are where embroidered and hand-made garments are taken for their last wash before they hit the local shops. Spend the afternoon at leisure. This evening, attend a dinner at Kotwara House, home to the royal family of Lucknow. The Kotwara cuisine that you will be served this evening has evolved over 1000 years. Dishes may include delicately flavoured kebabs, kormas and passandas. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Scented oils and high quality chikan embroidery are specialities of Lucknow
  • Day 7 – To Agra: Board the early morning train bound for Agra. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Grand Hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Set in classical gardens with shimmering mirror pools, it is a truly breathtaking sight. A visit to the red sandstone Agra Fort is also included. As you wander through the chambers, take time to stop at elaborate archways for superb views of the Taj Mahal. Dinner this evening is at Peshawri, a restaurant specialising in Mughali cuisine and dishes from the Northwest Frontier. Succulent kebabs and a range of Indian breads are house specialities. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: A train journey is always an adventure in India. Soak up the atmosphere at the station where local vendors sell samosas and small boys serve chai from huge silver kettles to the crowds of travellers.
  • Day 8 – To Jaipur: Make an early morning visit to Mehtab Bagh, a 400-year-old Mughal garden on the banks of the Yamuna river. As the sun rises over the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum is resplendent in the changing hues. Once the sun is up, leave Agra for the drive to Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted sandstone city was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and took 15 years to complete. Continue to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, for a 3-night stay at the Hotel Diggi Palace. Dhruv joins you this evening for a visit to the City Palace, still the official residence of the maharaja. Take a tour of some of the private rooms before an introduction to the traditional thali (meal), which will be served at a dinner inside the palace. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Ask Dhruv for his favourite thali dishes and top tips on how to recreate these in your own kitchen.
  • Day 9 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you today. Discover more of the city, where all buildings here are painted pink by the maharaja’s decree, on a tour this morning. Revisit the City Palace and view the Mughal treasures in the museum, then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredibly accurate observatory that was built in the 18th century. An explosion of noise and colour greets you at the bazaar; an adventure for all the senses. Fragrant cinnamon, cloves and cardamom overflow from canvas bags, street vendors sell sticky sweetmeats, chai stalls serve glasses of steaming hot tea and local women haggle for glittering bangles and saris in every vibrant shade. Visits will be made to other local markets and Dhruv will introduce you to some of the typical ingredients and local produce used in everyday Rajasthani regional cooking. This evening, visit Naila Bagh, a 19th-century palace owned by the Naila family, your hosts for the evening. Dhruv, accompanied by the palace chef, will demonstrate how to create local dishes before dinner is served. Local dishes such as gata, a traditional dumpling, and papal kisabazi, a fragrant vegetable curry, maybe on the menu. (B, D)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Jaipur is a top spot for shopping, particularly for the distinctive blue ceramics and richly coloured textiles.
  • Day 10 – Jaipur: Dhruv will join you this morning. Stop at the elaborate facade of the Palace of the Winds before driving to the spectacular Amber Fort. This 17th-century stronghold stands high above the parched desert below. Visit the Temple of Kali, the Palace of Mirrors and the Hall of Pleasures. Lunch will be served amid the opulent surroundings of 1135AD, a restaurant within the Amber Fort that specialises in recreating Rajasthani dishes of a bygone era. Dhruv and the restaurant chef will also give a cookery demonstration. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B, L)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: Catch the latest Bollywood movie at the atmospheric and lavishly decorated Rajminder Cinema.
  • Day 11 – To Delhi: Drive to Delhi via the beautiful Samode Palace, a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. A short tour will be followed by lunch (optional). Continue to Delhi for an overnight stay at The Royal Plaza. (B)
  • MasterChef Travel Tip: The street stalls and boutiques of Connaught Place are the perfect place for last-minute gifts. Step through the doors of the Imperial Hotel and back to the days of the Raj for a farewell cocktail.
  • Day 12 – Depart Delhi:In the morning, transfer to the airport.(B).Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsExtensions: If you wish to extend your stay or visit other parts of India, please contact us for details.

India Tour With A Chef: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Jodhpur. 8 Days

This tour with emphasis on Indian food and Indian cooking is specially designed for tourists who want more than just general sightseeing in Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur plus Jodhpur.  It covers the best of north and western Indian cuisines without compromising on the must see sights in any way. The culinary activities like food tours, cooking classes, kitchen tours, restaurant visits etc. are led by a qualified chef for maximum attention to detail. You can customise  or extend each tour by the extension days mentioned at the end.

Services Provided

Transport:

In private or shared car with driver, air or train.

Accomodation:

Hotels, guest houses, heritage properties, campsites.

Endurance Level:

Anyone to Expert. Depends upon destinations and activities chosen.

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, market tours, kitchen tours,  Bird watching,  Cultural activities, Meditation, Yoga,  sightseeing, Volunteer activities.

Duration:

Variable

Meals:

By Choice

Cost:

From INR 90,000 onwards ( US $ 1,500). Depending upon group size and itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Delhi Delights

Food tour in Delhi

First day in Delhi will begin with a visit to  iconic Delhi landmarks, Lotus Temple, a beautiful Baha’i house of worship built in 1986 and Qutub Minar, a 72 m tall tower built in 1193 and still standing tall. Noon will be the time to begin the food tour of Delhi from Old Delhi. This tour 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 m0uth 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 and a temple with a charitable kitchen which feeds more than 10,000 people every day.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cooking Magic

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 parathas (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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, Agra Delhi, Jaipur tour

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.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner.

Elephants of the Pink City

Another early wakeup and we’ll drive towards Jaipur, the famous pink city of India. After check in at hotel, it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. After this, we leave to enjoy some play time with elephants, the gentle giants. But first, it’s time for a traditional Rajasthani lunch served in thaali (platter). Once meal is finished, play time will begin. You’ll have the chance to ride, feed and play with the highly trained and friendly elephants for hours. Ride an elephant of your choice in to jungle and sit under the open night sky around a bonfire. A demonstration of folk dance and handicrafts is also possible.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

OPTIONAL DAY 4: Jaipur Sights

Another early wakeup and we’ll drive towards Jaipur, the famous pink city of India. After check in at hotel, itJaipur tour‘s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

 

Food tour of Jaipur

Get to know Jaipur better via a day long food tour as you explore it’s sights, smells and flavours at once. After a light breakfast, gather in the walled city for a drink of salty lassi. You’ll  alk 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 kachaouris, 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, we’ll cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s resident population of monkeys and langoors), Amer Fort and a few more depending upon available time. Explore the local markets with their mind boggling varieties of colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Jaipur to Osian 

Spices in India

Another early morning wake up call and we drive towards Osian near Jodhpur . On the way, we’ll stop at Sambahar lake, India’s largest inland salt water lake. It’s area varies between 190 to 230 sq km and is the source of nearly 9% of India’s salt production. A large number of migratory birds call make this lake their winter home every year. We can visit some salt making workshops and observe the process from up close. Later, we get in to our vehicle and reach Osian camp site by evening. After a bit of rest, we will take a walk in the desert and prepare to enjoy the sunset and activities planned. The 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.  To make the night more lively, some dancers and artisans from nearby villages will put up an entertaining performance.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Desert Adventure

Day 7 will begin with a morning camel safari of the Thar desert. You’ll enjoy the ride, views of ever shifting sand dunes, spot some elusive wildlife as well as  visit nearby tribal villages where you observe their way of life from up close. If interested, you can dress up like them, eat in their kitchens, spend some time with domesticated animals and so on. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the way of life of simple Indian villagers.  A jeep safari can also be arranged if desired. We’ll then drive to Jodhpur city and visit the impressive Mehrangarh fort which is situated 122 m above the city.  The impressive fort includes attractions such as Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal and Takh Vilas, each one of which is a major attraction by itself. Evening will be dedicated to an interactive cooking demo in which you’ll learn the secrets of some traditional Indian including Rajasthani dishes and sweets. Dinner will include the dishes cooked during the demo.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

End of Journey 

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

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTENSIONS:

The tour can be extended according to wishes of the guests and new activities and places added. Some options :

  • Optional Day 8
  • Optional Day 8 or Day 9
  • Optional Day 8 or Day 9
  • Optional DAY 9 or 10
  • Last Day

Treasures of Jodhpur 

Sack of chillies in spice market tour

Day 8 will begin with a visit to Rao Jodha Desert Rock park which is a great example on reclaiming waste lands. Till 2006, the area was overrun by an invasive plant specie baavlia (Prosopis juliflora)  from Central America. But after years of hard work, the land has been reclaimed and is home again to nearly  100 species of native flora. Next, we’ll visit Jaswant Thada, an architectural marvel built of carved sheets of marble. The stone is highly polished and so thin that it glows in sunshine. Then it’s time to visit Mandore, ancient capital of Parihar Rajput dynasty. You’ll see Mandore fort, Mandore Gardens and an ancient temple built between 13th and 15th century. The architectural grandeur of the place even after centuries of disuse in remarkable.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

To Udaipur via Ranakpur

Another early morning wake up call and we drive towards Udaipur with a rest and sightseeing stop at the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur. These temples were constructed between 14th to 15th century and the architectural style is completely unique to what you’ll find elsewhere in India. One temple contains 1,444 marble pillars, each one carved in exquisite detail. Later, we’ll proceed on our way to Udaipur and reach there by evening. After check in at hotel, it’ll be time for exploring the streets of charming Udaipur and relaxing by beautiful lake Pichola.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

To Udaipur via Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh

Another early morning wake up call and we drive towards Udaipur with a rest and sightseeing stop at the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur. These temples were constructed between 14th to 15th century and the architectural style is completely unique to what you’ll find elsewhere in India. One temple contains 1,444 marble pillars, each one carved in exquisite detail. After the temples, we’ll drive to Kumbhalgarh where we’ll see the awe inspiring Kumbhalgarh fort with its 15 feet thick walls which extend for 38 km. The walls are second largest in Asia and have withstood the ravages of time quite well. There are around 360 temples inside the whole complex. After this, we’ll drive to Udaipur and reach our hotel by night.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

Udaipur Sightseeing

We’ll start the day with a visit to City Palace museum and admire it’s 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, we’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. Then we’ll visit Fateh Sagar lake, an artificial lake built in 1651. it’s situated in a picturesque setting with Aravali hills at 3 sides. We’ll take a boat ride and enjoy the sunset from one of the islands in between. Drive back to hotel for sleep.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

Flight or train to Delhi

Last day will be free pending the flight, train or road trip back to Delhi.   The cooking classes and food tours will be led by Rajeev Goyal, a chef and restaurant owner. Trained and qualified guides will be provided at each monument during sightseeing tours.

MEALS: Breakfast

Chef Tour: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur. 7 Days

This tour with emphasis on Indian food and Indian cooking is specially designed for tourists who want more than just general sightseeing.  It covers the best of north and western Indian cuisines without compromising on the must see sights in any way. The culinary activities like food tours, cooking classes, kitchen tours, restaurant visits etc. are led by a qualified chef for maximum attention to detail.You can customise  or extend each tour by the extension days mentioned at the end.

Services Provided

Transport:

In private or shared car with driver, air or train.

Accomodation:

Hotels, guest houses, heritage properties.

Endurance Level:

Anyone to Expert. Depends upon destinations and activities chosen.

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, market tours, kitchen tours,  Bird watching,  Cultural activities, Meditation, Yoga,  sightseeing, Volunteer activities.

Duration:

Variable

Meals:

By Choice

Cost:

From INR 90,000 onwards ( US $ 1,500). Depending upon group size and itinerary.

Travel Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

Delhi Delights

Food tour in Delhi

First day in Delhi will begin with a visit to  iconic Delhi landmarks, Lotus Temple, a beautiful Baha’i house of worship built in 1986 and Qutub Minar, a 72 m tall tower built in 1193 and still standing tall. Noon will be the time to begin the food tour of Delhi from Old Delhi. This tour 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 m0uth 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 and a temple with a charitable kitchen which feeds more than 10,000 people every day.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Cooking Magic

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 parathas (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.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, Agra Delhi, Jaipur tour

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.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner.

Elephants of the Pink City

Another early wakeup and we’ll drive towards Jaipur, the famous pink city of India. After check in at hotel, it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. After this, we leave to enjoy some play time with elephants, the gentle giants. But first, it’s time for a traditional Rajasthani lunch served in thaali (platter). Once meal is finished, play time will begin. You’ll have the chance to ride, feed and play with the highly trained and friendly elephants for hours. Ride an elephant of your choice in to jungle and sit under the open night sky around a bonfire. A demonstration of folk dance and handicrafts is also possible.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

OPTIONAL DAY 4: Jaipur Sights

Another early wakeup and we’ll drive towards Jaipur, the famous pink city of India. After check in at hotel, itJaipur tour‘s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner

Food tour of Jaipur

Jaipur tours

Get to know Jaipur better via a day long food tour as you explore it’s sights, smells and flavours at once. After a light breakfast, gather in the walled city for a drink of salty lassi. You’ll  alk 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 kachaouris, 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, we’ll cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s resident population of monkeys and langoors), Amer Fort and a few more depending upon available time.  Explore the local markets with their mind boggling varieties of colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Udaipur via Ranakpur

Spices in India

Another early morning wake up call and we drive towards Udaipur with a rest and sightseeing stop at the famous Jain Temples of Ranakpur. These temples were constructed between 14th to 15th century and the architectural style is completely unique to what you’ll find elsewhere in India. One temple contains 1444 marble pillars, each one carved in exquisite detail. Later, we’ll proceed on our way to Udaipur and reach there by evening. After check in at hotel,  it’ll be a time for another interactive Indian cooking session in which you’ll learn to cook some more Indian (local Rajasthani) dishes in addition to the some you learnt earlier in Delhi. The dinner will consist of the food cooked during cooking demo.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

Goodbye

The morning will consist of some sightseeing in Udaipur before the flight back to Delhi. We’ll visit Pichola Lake and sit on it’s bank for an over view of what we saw, experienced and learnt during the tour, exchange notes and so on.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

EXTENSIONS:

The tour can be extended according to wishes of the guests and new activities and places added. Some options :

  • Optional Day 6
  • Optional DAY 7
  • Day 8

To Udaipur via Chittorgarh

We’ll hit the road to Udaipur with a lunch break in Chittorgarh, It’s an ancient city which was first established in 271 BC. Throughout it’s history, it was one of the most prized seats of power in India and witness to a number of glorious battles and heroic sacrifices. It’s home to numerous important characters in Indian history such as Maharana Pratap, Meera Bai, Rana Sanga, Rana Kumbha and many more. In here, you can learn about some of the history by visiting attractions like Vijay Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, Rani Padmini’s Temple and many more. After visiting some of the sights, we’ll drive towards Udaipur and check in at the hotel by night.

Udaipur Sightseeing

We’ll start the day with a visit to City Palace museum and admire it’s 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, we’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. Then we’ll visit Fateh Sagar lake, an artificial lake built in 1678. it’s situated in a picturesque setting with Aravali hills at 3 sides. We’ll take a boat ride and enjoy the sunset from one of the islands in between. Drive back to hotel for sleep.

Flight or train to Delhi

The extra day 8 will be free pending the flight, train or road trip back to Delhi.   Cooking classes and food tours will be led by Rajeev Goyal, a chef and restaurant owner. Trained and qualified guides will be provided at each monument during sightseeing tours.

Culinary Tour of India with Chef : February 2016

Bookings for this season’s first Culinary Tour of India with chef in February 2016 are open.  This food tour of India with a chef will cover Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 6 days. These culinary tours are great choice for foodies and are eclectic mixture of memorable activities like food walks, cooking demos, sightseeing, adventure and introduction to culture and history of India in one compact package. The group size is kept small to ensure maximum attention to detail. All the culinary activities included in the tour will be led by Rajeev and his crew. Last date for booking a slot in this tour is 20th January.

Places covered:

India’s Golden Triangle which includes New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, playtime with elephants, desert safaris, introduction to spices. A professional photographer will stay with group to take their pictures during the tour and to help guests take some high quality pictures themselves.

Mode of transport:

By Road

Accomodation:

A mix of best heritage and boutique hotels in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. 

Meals:

All meals included from food tours, top specialty restaurants and hotels. 

Sightseeing:

Major tourist attractions of all cities in addition to some hidden gems on the way.

Cost:

US $ 1950 per person on twin sharing basis inclusive of all taxes.

Maximum group size:

15

Duration:

6 days, 6 nights.

Dates:

Reporting date 15th February. Official tour from 16th October till 21st February 2016

Last date for booking:

20th January 2016

Contact:

Email – info@indiafoodtour.com , Phone +91 98106 45418

Travel Itinerary

On 15th February, a day before the tour officially starts, all the guests will be taken for a special welcome dinner with Rajeev . This one will be a gourmet dinner in one of best restaurants in New Delhi and a way to introduce guests with each other in an informal setting. Rajeev and his crew will provide them with a a few details and guidelines for the trip before it officially begins a day later.

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6

Delhi: Delhi Food Tour

delhi food tour

This culinary tour will officially begin with a full day food tour of 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 m0uth 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 going on with their daily routines. 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

Delhi: Sights of 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 will leave to visit Humayun’s Tomb and Akshardham Temple. The sightseeing will end with India Gate and Rajpath . This area is the favourite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, specially after dark.

ACTIVITIES: Introduction to spice, Cooking class, Delhi sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel, lunch during cooking class.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal

Photo tour Taj Mahal

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 and dinner.

Agra – Jaipur: Food tour of Jaipur

Jaipur tours

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful city walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’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 Jaipur tour we’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.  Sightseeing part will cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

ACTIVITIES: Food tour of Jaipur, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( Lunch and dinner during food tour)

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants

playtime with elephants in Jaipur

After an early breakfast, it’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After lunch,  it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake. 

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner ( Lunch during Elefantastic ).

Delhi: End of Journey

This will be the last day of journey as we’ll get in to our vehicles and drive back towards Delhi. If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

Accommodation provided from 15th February night in Delhi till 21st February night in Jaipur.

Please read disclaimer, terms and conditions and cancellation policy on this link.

Culinary Tour of India with Chef : December 2015

This culinary tour with a chef will take you to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Jodhpur in 8 days. These culinary tours are great choice for foodies and are eclectic mixture of memorable activities like food walks, cooking demos, sightseeing, adventure and introduction to culture and history of India in one compact package. One major attraction o this culinary tour in December will be camping in desert in Jodhpur. The group size is kept small to ensure maximum attention to detail. All the culinary activities included in the tour will be led by Rajeev and his crew. Last date for booking a slot in this tour is 25th October.  

Places covered:

New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Jodhpur. 

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, playtime with elephants, desert safaris, introduction to spices. A professional photographer will stay with group to take their pictures during the tour and to help guests take some high quality pictures themselves.

Mode of transport:

By Road

Accomodation:

A mix of best heritage and boutique hotels in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. Camp site in Jodhpur.

Meals:

All meals included from food tours, top specialty restaurants and hotels. 

Sightseeing:

Major tourist attractions of all cities in addition to some hidden gems on the way.

Cost:

US $ 2250 per person on twin sharing basis inclusive of all taxes.

Maximum group size:

15

Duration:

8 days, 8 nights.

Dates:

Reporting date 13th December. Official tour from 14th December till 21st December 2015

Last date for booking:

25th October 2015

Contact:

Email – info@indiafoodtour.com , Phone +91 98106 45418

Travel Itinerary

On 13th December, a day before the tour officially starts, all the guests will be taken for a special welcome dinner with Rajeev . This one will be a gourmet dinner in one of best restaurants in New Delhi and a way to introduce guests with each other in an informal setting. Rajeev and his crew will provide them with a a few details and guidelines for the trip before it officially begins a day later.

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Delhi: Delhi Food Tour

Food tour in Delhi

This culinary tour will officially begin with a full day food tour of 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 m0uth 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 going on with their daily routines. 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

Delhi: Sights of 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 will leave to visit Humayun’s Tomb and Akshardham Temple. The sightseeing will end with India Gate and Rajpath . This area is the favourite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, specially after dark.

ACTIVITIES: Introduction to spice, Cooking class, Delhi sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel, lunch during cooking class.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal

Photo tour Taj Mahal

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 and dinner.

Agra – Jaipur: Food tour of Jaipur

Jaipur tours

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful city walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’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 Jaipur tour we’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.  Sightseeing part will cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

ACTIVITIES: Food tour of Jaipur, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( Lunch and dinner during food tour)

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants

playtime with elephants in Jaipur

After an early breakfast, it’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After lunch,  it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake. 

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner ( Lunch during Elefantastic ).

Jodhpur: Osian Desert

After breakfast, it will be the time to hit the road again as we start driving towards Jodhpur. Normal travel time to reach there is about 5 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 desert in a place called Osian, just outside Jodhpur city. Rest of day will be free for rest and exploration. It will be your first night out, away from the crowd of city close to nature. You can go for a desert safari on a camel or jeep in evening.

ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, jeep and/or camel safari

Jodhpur: Blue City

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 m above the city. The impressive fort includes attractions such as Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal and Takh Vilas, each one of which is 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 upon available time. Evening time will be spent in a detailed Mewari cooking demonstration. Food prepared during cooking class will be served for dinner.

ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, jeep and/or camel safari, cooking class
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Back To Delhi

This will be the last day of journey as we’ll get in to our vehicles and drive back towards Delhi. If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

Accommodation provided from 13th December night in Delhi till 21st December  night in Jodhpur.

Please read disclaimer, terms and conditions and cancellation policy on this link.

Culinary Tour of India with Chef : November 2015

This one is our 2nd culinary tour with a chef of this season.  This tour of India will cover Delhi, Agra, Jaipur in 8 days. These culinary tours are great choice for foodies and are eclectic mixture of memorable activities like food walks, cooking classes, sightseeing, adventure and introduction to culture and history of India in one compact package. The group size is kept small to ensure maximum attention to detail. All the culinary activities included in the tour will be led by Rajeev and his crew. Last date for booking a slot in this tour is 20th October.   

Places covered:

India’s Golden Triangle which includes New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur 

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, playtime with elephants, desert safaris, introduction to spices. A professional photographer will stay with group in Delhi to take their pictures during the tour and to help guests take some high quality pictures themselves.

Accomodation:

A mix of best heritage and boutique hotels in all cities.

Meals:

All meals included from food tours, top specialty restaurants and hotels. 

Transport:

In comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.

Sightseeing:

Major tourist attractions of all cities New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur in addition to some hidden gems on the way.

Cost:

US $ 2350 per person on twin sharing basis inclusive of all taxes.

Maximum group size:

15

Duration:

6 days, 6 nights.

Dates:

Reporting date 15th November. Tour from 16th November till 22nd November 2015. 

Last date for booking:

20th October 2015

Contact:

Email – info@indiafoodtour.com , Phone +919810645418 , +918802105459

Travel Itinerary

On 15th November, a day before the tour officially starts, all the guests will be taken for a special welcome dinner with the chef . This one will be a gourmet dinner in one of best restaurants in New Delhi and a way to introduce guests with each other in an informal setting. Rajeev and his crew will provide them with a a few details and guidelines for the trip before it officially begins a day later.

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6

Delhi: Delhi Food Tour

delhi food tour

This culinary tour will officially begin with a full day food tour of 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 m0uth 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 going on with their daily routines. 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

Delhi: Cook like the locals do

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 will leave to visit Humayun’s Tomb and Akshardham Temple. The sightseeing will end with India Gate and Rajpath . This area is the favourite family picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and is quite picturesque, specially after dark.

ACTIVITIES: Cooking class. Delhi sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner in hotel, lunch during sightseeing.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal

Photo tour Taj Mahal

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 and dinner.

Agra – Jaipur: Food tour of Jaipur

Jaipur tours

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful city walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’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 Jaipur tour we’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.  Sightseeing part will cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

ACTIVITIES: Food tour of Jaipur, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( Lunch and dinner during food tour)

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants

playtime with elephants in Jaipur

After an early breakfast, it’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After lunch,  it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake. 

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner ( Lunch during Elefantastic ).

Jaipur -Delhi: End of Journey

This will be the last day of journey as we’ll get in to our vehicles and drive back towards Delhi. If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

Accommodation provided from 15th November night in Delhi till 21st November night in Jaipur.

Please read disclaimer, terms and conditions and cancellation policy on this link.

Culinary Tour of India with Chef : December 2014

Bookings for Culinary Tour of India with chef Rajeev Goyal in December are open.  These culinary tours are an eclectic mixture of food walks, cooking demos, sightseeing, various fun activities, adventure and introduction to culture and history of India in one compact package. The group size is kept small to ensure maximum attention to detail. All the culinary activities will be led by Rajeev and his crew. Last date for booking a slot in this tour is 25th November.  Please note that bookings for November tours are over at this point. We will operate one such tour every month till March 2015. 

Places covered:

India’s Golden Triangle which includes New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur in addition to  Jodhpur, Osian. 

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, playtime with elephants, desert safaris, introduction to spices.

Mode of transport:

By road

Accomodation:

A mix of best heritage and boutique hotels in Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, luxury campsite in desert.

Meals:

All meals included from food tours, top specialty restaurants and hotels. Includes one welcome dinner on 15th with chef and one dinner in Jaipur with royal family.

Transport:

In comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.

Sightseeing:

Major landmarks of New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur in addition to some hidden gems on the way like Sambhar lake.

Cost:

US $ 2340 per person on twin sharing basis inclusive of all taxes.

Maximum group size:

16 

Duration:

8 days, 7 nights.

Dates:

Begins from 16th December 2014 from Delhi. Ends on 23rd December. Check in on 15th December.

Last date for booking:

25th November

Contact:

Email – info@indiafoodtour.com , Phone +91 98106 45418

Travel Itinerary

On 15th December, guests arriving in New Delhi will be picked up from New Delhi airport, railway station or nearby areas and transported to their hotel for rest and freshening up. Rajeev will meet up with them in the evening to take them for a gourmet dinner in one of best restaurants in New Delhi and also to provide them with a a few details and guidelines for the trip before it officially begins a day later.

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Delhi: Delhi Delights 

First day in Delhi will begin with a visit to  iconic Delhi landmarks, Lotus Temple, a beautiful Baha’i houseFood tour in  Delhi of worship built in 1986 and Qutub Minar, a 72 m tall tower built in 1193 and still standing tall. Noon 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 m0uth 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

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
MEALS: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, Agra Delhi, Jaipur tour

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 and dinner . 

Agra – Jaipur: Food tour of Jaipur

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and checin the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful food walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’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 we’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, we’ll cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves. The visitors will be introduced to some of the ingredients used in traditional Rajasthani cooking.

ACTIVITIES: Food tour of Jaipur, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( Lunch and dinner during food tour)

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants

playtime with elephants in Jaipur

After an early breakfast, it’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After lunch,  it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake. The dinner will be another star attraction of this day as we’ll enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner with an old royal family of the city.

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner ( Lunch during Elefantastic, dinner with royal family).

Jaipur-Osian (Jodhpur): Camping in desert

Another early morning wake up call and we drive towards Osian near Jodhpur . On the way, we’ll stop at Sambahar lake, India’s largest inland salt water lake. It’s area varies between 190 to 230 sq km and is the source of nearly 9% of India’s salt production. A large number of migratory birds call make this lake their winter home every year. We can visit some salt making workshops and observe the process from up close. Later, we get in to our vehicle and reach Osian camp site by late afternoon.. After a bit of rest, we will take a walk in the desert and prepare to enjoy the sunset and activities planned. The 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.  To make the night more lively, some dancers and artisans from nearby villages will put up an entertaining performance. The night will be spent in the campsite in desert.

ACTIVITIES:  Sightseeing, Camping in desert, Cultural night.
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jodhpur: Cooking time

Spices used in Indian cooking

This day will begin with a morning camel safari of the Thar desert. You’ll enjoy the ride, views of ever shifting sand dunes, spot some elusive wildlife as well as  visit nearby tribal villages where you observe their way of life from up close. If interested, you can dress up like them, eat in their kitchens, spend some time with domesticated animals and so on. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the way of life of simple Indian villagers.  A jeep safari can also be arranged if desired. We’ll then drive to Jodhpur city and visit the impressive Mehrangarh fort which is situated 122 m above the city.  The impressive fort includes attractions such as Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal and Takh Vilas, each one of which is a major attraction by itself. Evening will be dedicated to an interactive cooking demo in which you’ll learn the secrets of some traditional Indian including Rajasthani dishes and sweets. We’ll learn to cook around 12-14 different dishes from different Indian cuisines and learn the basics of using spices and other ingredients to make awesome meals in easiest possible way. The details that the chef Rajeev would have shared with you during the food tours and other related activities will prove useful here. Dinner will include the dishes cooked during the demo. 

ACTIVITIES: Desert safari, cooking class, sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( Dinner with cooking class)

Jodhpur-Delhi: End of Journey

This will be the last day of journey as we’ll get in to our vehicles and drive back towards Delhi. If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

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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

Accomodation:

A mix of best luxury and heritage hotels.

Transport:

In comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.

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)

UPDATE ITINERARY:

 Link 1 and Link 2

Travel Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

Delhi: Delhi Delights 

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.

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.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal 

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.

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 river Ganga. 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.

Exploring Himalayas: 

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.

MEALS:Breakfast .
ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, Yoga, Meditation.

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.

MEALS:  Breakfast.
ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing, Yoga, Meditation.

To Delhi

After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Delhi airport for drop.

Optional:

  • 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 UdaipurVaranasi 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.

Foodies Trip of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Varanasi

Places covered:

New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Varanasi.

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, photo walks,  playtime with elephants, boat rides,  introduction to spices, city walks.

Mode of transport:

By road, train or air.

Accomodation:

A mix of best luxury and heritage hotels.

Transport:

In comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.

Sightseeing:

Major landmarks of all cities in addition to some hidden gems on the way.

Duration:

7 days, 6 nights. ( Option to add more days)

UPDATE ITINERARY:

Travel Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

Delhi: Delhi Delights

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.

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 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.

Delhi – Jaipur : City walk of Jaipur and cooking class

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful city walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’ll  walk through the streets and pink markets enjoying the sights of this beauiful and historic city.  During the Jaipur tour, we’ll cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves.

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants 

After an early breakfast, it’s time for some sightseeingit’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After the lunch, it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake.

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch ( Lunch during Elefantastic).

Agra : Taj Mahal trip

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 .

Agra – Varanasi: The Ancient City

Wake up early and catch 8:30 am flight to Varanasi. You will reach your hotel by 1:30 pm for rest, shower and lunch. Your guide for Varanasi will then take you to a tour through this ancient city of religion and rituals. A part of the evening will be spent in a sunset boat ride on river Ganga. You will have the chance to see the numerous ghaats, temples and crowds from boat as it floats by. Then you will visit famous Dashashwamedh ghaat for it’s evening aarti (prayer ritual). During your day out, you can also visit a few temples like Lord Vishwanath temple and a few others if there is enough time.

ACTIVITIES: Boat ride in Ganga river.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner.

Saying goodbye to Ganga

The day will begin with a an early morning boat ride on river Ganga. At this time, most of the city is still sleeping and people who are awake are busy with their morning rituals and prayers. Unlike the colourful, noisy and crowded evenings, the mornings are calmer, relaxing and slow paced till the sun is fairly high. He temples are still busy though and you can listen to the morning prayers going on all over. Some people float a bunch flowers and earthen lamps in a boat made of leaves as a way of prayer or greeting to the river which you can do if you wish. Finish the boat ride to get back to hotel for rest and breakfast. Meet up with guide again and take a morning tour of the temples and nearby bazaars. After lunch, it will be time to collect your luggage and head to airport for flight back to Delhi.

ACTIVITIES: Boat ride in Ganga river.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner.

Optional:

  • Tiger Safari in Ranthambore : Ranthambore is in between Jaipur and 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.
  • Jodhpur: A  visit to Jodhpur ot Udaipur for 2 or more days can also be added to this trip. Please see this Udaipur itinerary 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.

Foodies Trip of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Jodhpur

Places covered:

New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Jodhpur.

Activities:

Food tours, cooking classes, photo walks, camel rides, playtime with elephants, kitchen tours, introduction to spices, city walks.

Mode of transport:

By road

Accomodation:

A mix of best luxury and heritage hotels.

Transport:

In comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.

Sightseeing:

Major landmarks of all cities in addition to some hidden gems on the way.

Duration:

9 days, 8 nights. ( Option to add more days)

UPDATE ITINERARY:

Travel Itinerary

  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9

Delhi: Delhi Delights

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

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 Magic

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.

Delhi-Agra: Taj Mahal

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 . 

Agra – Jaipur: City walk of Jaipur and cooking class

After an early wake up, we will drive towards Jaipur and check in the hotel for a couple of hours of rest and freshening up. After this we will begin to explore the Pink City of India by a delightful city walk through it’s old markets and lanes. We’ll  walk through the streets and pink markets enjoying the sights of this beauiful and historic city.  During the Jaipur tour, we’ll cover sights such as Galta jee Temple (with it’s 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 colours, fragrances and people selling and buying almost everything under the sun like clothes, jewelery, bangles, shoes, utensils, spices and much more. These traditional markets of Jaipur are a big attraction by themselves.

You can also opt for a a traditional Rajasthani cooking class in evening which you can learn some famous dishes of the region.

ACTIVITIES: Sightseeing tour of Jaipur, Sightseeing. Optional – cooking class, food walk.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner.

Jaipur: Playtime with gentle giants

After an early breakfast, it’s time for some sightseeingit’s time to have some fun with friendly and intelligent elephants of Elefantastic. We’ll have the chance to ride them, play, feed and do a tons of fun things with the gentle giants. The trainers take very good care of the animals and they are treated as family members instead of an owned animal. After the lunch, it’s time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of wind). It’s 5 stories tall and built of red and pink sandstone. Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows (jharokhas) which are decorated with intricate lattice work. You’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. After observatory, we 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 in Man Sagar Lake.

ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic, Sightseeing
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch ( Lunch during Elefantastic).

To Osian, Jodhpur 

After breakfast, it will be the time to hit the road again as we start driving towards Jodhpur. Normal travel time to reach there is about 5 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 desert in a place called Osian, just outside Jodhpur city. Rest of day will be free for rest and exploration. It will be your first night out, away from the crowd of city close to nature.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner.

Exploring the desert and it’s people.

The day will begin with a 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, see 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, we will take a walk in the desert and prepare to enjoy the sunset and activities planned. The 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 can also choose to do a camel safari.

Activity: Sightseeing, village visit, jeep and/or camel safari
MEALS: Breakfast,  Dinner.

Exploring Jodhpur

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 m above the city. The impressive fort includes attractions such as Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal and Takh Vilas, eachone of which is 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 upon available time. An optional cooking class specialising in local Jodhpuri cuisine.

ACTIVITY: Sightseeing. Optional : Cooking class
MEALS: Breakfast

Back to Delhi

This will be the last day of journey as we’ll get in to our vehicles and drive back towards Delhi. If any of the guests need a drop to airport or railway station to their journey elsewhere, it will be arranged according to their requirements.

Optional:

  • 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.
  • Udaipur: A  visit to Udaipur for 2 or more days can also be added to this trip. Please see this Udaipur 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.