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.