7 Days Culinary Travel Package of India with a Chef

This culinary tour covers the famous Golden Triangle of India which includes Delhi, Agra, Jaipur plus Udaipur. This golden triangle or The Great Indian Samosa Tour as we like to call it, specialises in showcasing best of Indian food and cuisine.This tour package is a great choice for tourists who want a special introduction to the expansive and multiple Indian cuisines. The best food from Northern and West Indian cuisines are covered, in addition to all the essential sight seeing in the three cities. The culinary activities will be the food tours, cooking classes, kitchen tours, restaurant visits and are guided by a chef, so that you can cover each detail

DAY 1: Delhi Food Tour travel india with a chef

Our first day in Delhi, begins as we visit some of more prominent Delhi landmarks. We see the Lotus Temple, a Baha’i house of worship built in 1986 and a 72 m tall tower built in 1193, the Qutub Minar. By noon we begin the acclaimed and award winning 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 15-18 varieties of food dishes, characteristic to north Indian food culture, as you visit 10 food joints in Old Delhi, Central and South Delhi. The food joints that you will visit have been there since many generations and are known for their quality and taste of the food that they provide. The oldest place that you will visit is 110 years old and the youngest is 40. 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, camera, utensils, bicycles, clothes, shoes, vegetables, etc. We also go to see the spice market of Delhi and a temple which houses a charitable kitchen and feed more than 10,000 people everyday. This food walk in Delhi covers not just Old Delhi, but New Delhi with Connaught Place and parts of South Delhi as well.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2: Cooking Fun

Now is the time when you actually get a chance to cook some of the different varieties dishes that you tasted the day before. We will organize a half day cooking class for you which will be guided by a chef and his family. The class begins by making of masala chai (Indian tea) and some fried Indian snacks known as Pakodas which are best enjoyed hot with chutney (dips). You will enjoy your chai and pakodas as the chef gives an introduction about Indian food and the expectations he has from you to make the most of this cooking class. Now you actually start cooking. You will be taught to cook some dishes which make for staple Indian meals like daal and pulao, egg plant raita, rotis and stuffed parathas (stuffed and fried rotis). You will also learn to make some delicious Indian vegetable and dessert such as halwa, kheer etc. If non-vegetarian dishes are included, then you can have butter chicken, chicken tikka and mutton curry. We now have a sumptuous spread of dishes in front of us which we will savor in the form of a meal. At the end of the class the chef will gift you with the small spice hamper with a collection of essential Indian spices to carry back home and use in your own cooking. After the cooking class is over we can visit the India Gate, Rajpath and the President’s House. This area of Delhi is especially beautiful after dark and is a popular spot of picnic for the Delhi residents.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3: Visit Taj Mahal, Agra.

Taj Mahal. Agra. Delhi Jaipur, Golden triangle of India travel packagesA day to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. It is a three hours drive from Delhi to Agra. We start early in the morning from Delhi. We reach Agra and check-in to the hotel. After some rest we go to visit the Taj Mahal. Any picture does not truly justify the actual beauty of the monument made completely out of white marble. You can spend some time here having a look at the intricate work and the enormous amount of effort that went in to building this monument of love. A lot of visitors then take a walk in the beautiful green gardens made even more attractive by gushing fountains. You may also wish to take some pictures on the marble benches just like some world known celebrities. After visiting the Taj Mahal, we head towards the Agra Fort made of sandstone and learn about its history walking through the various parts of the fort and enjoying the breathtaking views of the city of Agra as well as the Taj Mahal. This fort was the seat of Mughal empire for a long time and gives nice glimpse in to the life of people and various events that happened during that period.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 4: The Pink City of Jaipur & Elephants

We spend this day sight seeing in the wonderful city of Jaipur. This city is capital of Rajasthan state and is known city as the Pink City due to use of pink paint in the walled portion. Here we first go to 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). After enjoying the beauty of the Hawa Mahal, we go to spend some time with the elephants in the Pink City. The elephants are gentle giant who will not harm you. Before we begin the play, you will be served a delicious  food tours in India with a cheftraditional Rajasthani thali (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 come the time to ride an elephant of your choice and ride into the jungle. We spent some time there under the open sky with the bon fire. We can also opt to have a demonstration of the handicraft and entertain ourselves with some Rajasthani folk dance.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

OPTIONAL DAY 4: Jaipur Sightseeing

Another day in Jaipur is optional. We visit the Jantar Mantar, an incredible astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh who was a great lover of art as well as technology. All the huge instruments are made of mortar but can still be used for taking astronomical observations centuries later. We then visit the Jaipur City Palace and enjoy looking at the museum. A part of the palace is still a royal residence. This museum is the best place in city to take a peek in to the history of this beautiful city and how the people and royalty shaped it in it’s current form. After that we visit the Jal Mahal which is a palace constructed on a small island in the water of the Man Sagar Lake. The attractions visited this day can be chosen by the guests according to their wishes.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

 DAY5: Food walk of Jaipur

The food tour of Jaipur begins today. It is a day long trip where you get to experience Jaipur in it original ethereal beauty. After having a light breakfast and we start by visiting the bazaar in the walled city of Jaipur. We officially begin the food walk by having some salted lassi, staple drink of Rajasthan. As we walk in the streets of this Pink City enjoying the sights of the market, we can sample all the different varieties of food it has to offer. This food tour will offer you the sampling of delicious delicacies like fragrant kachoris full of flavor and special masala chai which is prepared over the charcoal fire. We will also taste the vast and wonderful array of Rajasthani sweets and snacks. We end the day by having a large platter of traditional Rajasthani Dinner. Along with sampling food, we also do some sight seeing such as Galta Jee Temple which houses a lot of monkeys and langoors and the Amer Fort. The sight seeing will depend on the time we have on hand. We do not forget to visit the local markets which are very colorful and full of activities with the lculinary travel in india with chefot of people selling lots of things in their shops such as shoes, bangles, jewellery, clothes, utensils, spices, artifacts. The guests will also be give a short crash course in proper use of spices used in the traditional Rajasthani cooking.

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DAY 6: Udaipur via Ranakpur

One more morning to wake up early and drive to Udaipur. In between we halt at the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur. Here we can rest a little as we enjoy the sights of the temple constructed between the 14th and 16th century. The architectural style is very unique and worth spending some time upon . One of the temples contains 1444 marble pillars, and each one of them is carved in extreme detail. We then proceed to Udaipur and reach by evening. As we check in hotel there, you will again be invited for a specialised interactive cooking session, where we will learn some more local Rajasthani delicacies. These dishes will be served for dinner.

MEALS: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 7: Goodbye

We will do some more sightseeing in Udaipur such as the Pichola lake and enjoy the view on its banks and then we fly back to Delhi.

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTENSIONS: food walks in India

Here are some options you can take if you wish to extend your tour.

Optional Day 6: To Udaipur via Chittorgarh Udaipur travel

As we drive towards Udaipur, after having lunch in Chittorgarh, an ancient city established in the 271 BC. A lot of heroic sacrifices and one of the most wanted seats of power during the olden times, in Chittorgarh you will learn about many historic characters like Maharana Pratap, Meera Bai, Rana Sanga, and Rana Kumbha and so on. You will be able to visit tourist attractions like Vijay stambha, Kalika Mata Temple, Rani Padmini’s temple and the like. We, then go to Udaipur and check in the hotel at night.

Optional DAY 7: Udaipur Sightseeing

The day starts with a visit to the City Palace Museum and look at the vast collection of medieval and ancient artifacts. The palace is extremely beautiful. This palace was built over a period of 400 years and I a mix of various styles of architecture. We then go and visit the Jagdish temple nearby and look at the extraordinary craftsmanship. This is a white temple and was built in 1651. It is quite popular with the tourists and devotees from distant places come to visit it. After this we go to the Fateh Sagar Lake, an artificial lake built in 1651. It has the Aravalli Mountains on the three sides. We do some boating here and view the sunset as we visit one of the lands in the middle of the lake. Later, we drive back to the hotel.

DAY 8: Flight or train to Delhi

We return back via, flight, train or road, and we keep the day free to adjust the travel timings.

Please note that the culinary tour and cooking sessions will be led by Rajeev Goyal, a qualified chef and restaurant owner. For each of the sight seeing tours, a proper qualified guide will help you understand better.

Travel Package Details

TRANSPORT: In private or shared car with driver, air or train.
ACCOMMODATION: 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: Breakfast, dinner on all days. Lunch on all days can be included on request.
COST: From INR 72000 onwards ( US $ 1200) and covers all expenses mentioned above.