Food our in India with our Chef 7 Days
|Delhi Food Tour
Our first day in Delhi begins with a tour of Delhi landmarks. We see Lotus Temple, a Baha’i house of worship built in 1986 and a 72m tall tower built in 1193, the Qutub Minar. By noon we begin the food tour of Delhi, starting with old Delhi. A great way to be introduced to Indian cuisine and culture, this trip will set the mood for the rest of the trip. You will get to sample about 15 to 18 varieties of dishes as you visit 10 or more food spots in Old Delhi, Central and South Delhi. The food junctions that you will visit have been there for generations and are known for their quality and taste of the food that they provide. You will visit places 40 to 110 years old. This trip in the old part of Delhi will find you walking through the narrow medieval streets of Delhi. Here you will sample many Indian delicacies like samosa, lassi, butter chicken, kulfi (Indian ice cream), melt in the mouth kebabs and many such variants. You will see that the different lanes are marked for selling different types of goods ranging from invitation cards, spices, cameras, utensils, bicycles, clothes, shoes, vegetables, etc. We will also take you to see the spice market of Delhi and a temple which houses a charitable kitchen and feeds more than 10,000 people every day.
ACTIVITIES: Food walk in Delhi, Sightseeing
|DELHI – COOKING CLASS & SIGHTSEEING
Today will include visiting it’s famous and not so famous corners of Delhi. To start the tour, we will 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 building the Taj Mahal and the similarities between the two monuments are quite obvious. Next stop will be the grand Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, a beautiful complex full of attractive art, gardens and fountains. It is also the record holder for the 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 drive to Raj Path and pass by the 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, you will head back to the hotel.
ACTIVITIES: Delhi sightseeing.
|DELHI/AGRA – SIGHTSEEING
A day to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the spectacular Taj Mahal. It is a three hours drive from Delhi to Agra. We start early in the morning, reach Agra and check into the hotel. Later we will visit the Taj Mahal. Any picture does not truly justify the actual beauty of the monument. You can spend some time here admiring the intricate work and the wonderful detailing. You can then opt to walk in the beautiful lawns as you enjoy the beauty of the fountains. You may also wish to take some professional pictures on the marble benches just like some world known celebrities. After visiting the Taj Mahal, we head towards the Agra Fort made of red sandstone and learn about its history. Agra was capital of Mughal Empire for a long time and it’s quite obvious from its lavish palaces and the attention to detail visible in every aspect of the construction.
|AGRA/JAIPUR -FOOD WALK IN JAIPUR
After breakfast, we will leave Agra in the morning, reach Jaipur, and check into the hotel after which you will get ready for some sightseeing and a food walk in the Pink City where you get to experience Jaipur and its original earthly beauty. Taste the delicious salty lassi and sample all the different varieties of food it has to offer. This food tour will offer you the sampling of fragrant kachoris full of flavor and some chai which is prepared over the charcoal fire. You can also get to taste the wonderful array of Rajasthani sweets and snacks. Along with sampling food, we also do some sightseeing such as Galta Jee Temple which houses a lot of monkeys and langoors and ride an elephant up the Amber Fort. The sightseeing will depend on the time we have on hand. We will visit the local markets which are very colorful, fragrant and full of life, with lots of people selling lots of things in their shops such as shoes, bangles, jewellery, clothes, utensils, spices and artifacts. The guests will be guided in the use of spices used in authentic Rajasthani cooking. We end the day enjoying a large platter of traditional Rajasthani food
ACTIVITIES: Food walk in Jaipur, Sightseeing
|JAIPUR – RIDE AND HAVE FUN WITH ELEPHANTS
We spend this day sightseeing in the wonderful city of Jaipur. This city is known as the Pink City. Here we first Visit the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Wind. It is a 5 story tall monument with intricate lattice work and has 953 small jharokhas (windows). This morning, we then spend some time with the elephants in Elefantastic. The elephants are gentle giants and highly trained. Before we begin play time with the elephants, you will be served a delicious traditional Rajasthani Thali for lunch. After enjoying the meal, you can have as much time as you want feeding, riding and playing with the friendly and trained elephants. Then will come the time to ride an elephant of your choice and into the open land. Next, we will visit some major landmarks of Jaipur City like Jaipur Palace, Janatar Mantar, City Museum, Galta ji Mandir etc. Highlight of the evening will be you dressed in Indian outfits attending a royal dinner with an old aristocratic family of Jaipur.
ACTIVITIES: Elefantastic and Sightseeing
|JAIPUR/OSIAN DESERT CAMP
This day, early in the morning we travel to Osian near Jodhpur. On the way we stop at Sambahar Lake, India’s largest salt water lake which is the source of 9 percent of India’s total salt production. We will observe the process of salt making and will be able to do a bit of bird watching.. Many migratory birds come here during winter, and it is a sight to behold. Then we will drive towards Osian desert camp near Jodhpur and camp there for the night. We then take a walk in the desert and enjoy the activities planned for the evening. The dinner will be a Rajasthani village meal, served around a camp fire. To make the night more entertaining, you will enjoy artisans and dancers from nearby villages who will present their native and traditional song and dance of the region.
ACTIVITIES: Traditional cultural evening, sightseeing
|JODHUPUR- COOKING TIME (JODHPUR)
We begin day 7 with a morning camel safari in the Thar Desert. Here we will get to enjoy traveling over the enormous sand dunes by camel, and may also spot some wild life. We then go to a Bishnoi village nearby, where you will get a chance to observe their village life up close. You will have the opportunity to dress up like them and click a few pictures, spend some time in the village kitchens and also learn something about their domesticated animals. In short, you will be able to live their lives for a while, and enjoy the simplicity of an Indian village. Then drive to Jodhpur city, to visit the Mehrangarh Fort. The Fort includes attractions like the Sheesha Mahal, Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal and Takh Vilas, each a wonder in itself. When we get back in the evening. it will be time to participae in an interactive cooking demo, where you will learn some secrets about traditional Indian and Rajasthani cooking. Our chef and his team will teach you the many aspects about Indian cooking and you will be able to apply the earlier instructions to the preparation of this meal. Dinner includes the dishes prepared.
ACTIVITIES: Desert safari on camels, visit a local village, sightseeing