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India Culinary Tour

This program is showcasing Mughlai, North India, Rajasthani cuisine, Goan seafood, and Portuguese cuisine. The food tour in Old Delhi will take you on a majestic journey of spices, aroma, and the Mughal era. This program also includes a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with an Indian family in Delhi, Jaipur, and Goa. The interaction with Indian families will give you an opportunity to closely observe Indian culture, tradition, and food habits. The program also includes food walks to discover lip-smacking street foods in India. After completion of this tour, the guest will understand basic Indian recipes and spices along with a colorful cultural kaleidoscope.

Highlights

  • Cooking demonstrations in Delhi, Jaipur, and Goa
  • An exciting food walk in Delhi, Jaipur, and Goa
  • Chorao Island experience
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, Humayun Tomb, the Red Fort, and religious monuments in Goa
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers

9 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

Envisaged hotels:

  • Delhi: The Visaya (Udman Hotels) 3-star boutique hotel (2 nights)
  • Agra: Royale Regent 3-star (1 night)
  • Jaipur: Khandela Haveli 3-star boutique (2 nights)
  • Goa: Somy Plaza / Nazri Resort / Regenta Central Imperial Candolim (5 nights)

The hotels mentioned are indicative and will be booked only once East Voyages gets a go-ahead from your end. The rooms will be subject to availability.

The check-in time at the hotel is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 12 p.m. In case you have a flight arriving or departing at midnight, East Voyages suggests that you book the room for pre-night / late check-out to avoid any inconvenience.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive at Delhi International Airport and transfer to hotel. No activities on this day to relax after a long international flight, however if guests want, they can explore the city on their own. Enjoy lunch at barbeque Nations serving variety of barbeque. This lunch will be available on a direct payment basis.

This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration with a local family in Delhi followed by dinner. This culinary experience will be chargeable as per quoted supplement in the list.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 2: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, you will proceed for a combined full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi. You start the tour from Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. This part of Delhi will take you through the Old Mughal era, while walking through old lanes you can see big wooden carved antique doors, big havelis (mansion), narrow lanes, and busy bustling life. You must taste lip-smacking street food in the Old Delhi market area.

Enjoy an Old Delhi food tour from Chawri Bazar Metro Station Outside Exit Gate - 3 (Land Mark: near shop no. 3487-88 Chowk HauzQazi / Ashok Chat Corner (Timing: in summer 08:00 until 12:00, winter 08:30 until 12:30)

  • Old Delhi local breakfast / local lunch (in case of afternoon tour) / some safe street food tasting to try some local delicacies
  • Heritage and bazaar walk
  • Participation in local activities and interaction with locals
  • Cycle / battery rickshaw rides
  • Visiting a few hidden treasures
  • Spice market visit (Khari Baoli)
  • Temple visit
  • Local home for a complimentary traditional meal at Masterji Kee Haveli (an old private mansion in the old city in which single-family is living for generations)
  • Company of an English-speaking local friend, storyteller, and photographer
  • Free online restricted photo album of the entire tour as a gift to your clients, for their memories!

What to wear: Because of little conservative society in Old Delhi - Ladies, please dress modestly (wear dress which cover your shoulders and your legs below the knees), Please ensure you are carrying cap for adequate protection against the sun. Usually, you have to take off footwear to visit Indian houses but check with your host as this rule may apply only to some areas of the house.

Post lunch visit New Delhi or Lutyens Delhi, beautifully designed by “Sir Edwin Lutyens”, and drive pass India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Connaught Place. Later continue the sightseeing visiting Humayun Tomb. The tomb was built in 1570 and was the first garden tomb made by Humayun’s son Akbar. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conclude the sightseeing with the visit to “Qutub Minar”, the stunning red stone tower is 72.5 m high with 2.75 m in diameter. It is also a UNESCO site.

In the evening, enjoy Biryani and Kebab dinner at a local restaurant on a fixed menu basis. This dinner will be on a chargeable basis as per additional quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra by road (approximately 204 kilometers / 4 hours)

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, drive to Agra. The land of the Taj is not only famous for the biggest allure “Taj Mahal” but also for the legacy of the Mughals which they had left behind. Their legacy can be seen in mausoleums, tombs, and magnificent forts. Lunch will be on a direct payment basis at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit Red Fort. Red Fort is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. The fort is built of red stone to make it the main residence of the Mughals.

Later, visit a marble workshop and see the artist preparing different marble objects. Visit a Petha shop (the famous sweet of Agra made of pumpkin white ash gouard. Petha tasting is included.

Evening dinner will be at a local restaurant. This dinner will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur by road (approx. 260 kilometers / 6 hours)

In the early morning, visit the beautiful Taj Mahal. During sunrise, the sun's rays have a magical effect on the marble surface. It changes its color which creates eternal beauty (closed on Friday).

Return to hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast drive to Jaipur en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. The short-lived capital of Mughal emperor Akbar “Fatehpur Sikri is 40 km away from Agra. Sufi Saint Salim Chisti from Sikri village predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. Akbar then built this beautiful monument which blends Mughal and Persian art.

Continue the drive to Jaipur. Jaipur is also known as a pink city because of its wall color which are exclusively painted in pink color. This colorful city has chaotic streets, colorful auto rickshaws, and lively culture. It is the gateway to Rajasthan. Here you can still see royal life, forts, and palaces reflecting a glorious past.

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later enjoy lunch at the hotel. Lunch will be on a direct payment basis.

In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local family. This year has been declared as Millet Year and in this part of India people use millet a lot in their daily food. It has very good health benefits since it is gluten-free, you will also come to know about it. You will also get to know about spices and our food habits. It will be a wonderful session along with cultural exchange. This culinary experience will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

After early breakfast proceed to visit Amber Fort. En route, stop at Hawa Mahal for clicking some pictures. It is a stunning 5-story building. It was built to enable royal ladies to see the daily lives of the city or some function or procession as in those days ladies had to cover their faces. Visit Amber Fort by shared jeep.

Later enjoy a food walk at a local market and taste local street food. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Also, visit a sweet shop where you can taste two sweets of your choice. You can then buy yourself these sweets and savories. This food walk and lunch will be chargeable at an additional quoted supplement. Later, visit City Palace (Royal residence) and observatory (Jantar Mantar).

In the evening, experience a cooking demonstration of LAAL MAAS PREPARATION (famous Rajasthani recipe cooking RED MEAT OF GOAT) using flavorful Indian species. It is actually a very famous non-vegetarian recipe. This culinary experience will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 6: Jaipur - Goa by flight

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Goa. Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Lunch will be on a direct payment basis. In the evening, you will spend your time at leisure. Dinner will be at a local restaurant on a direct payment basis. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 7: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, drive to a cookery workshop. They have been conducting classes for many years. It offers fun-filled culinary experiences in the form of cookery workshops and culinary tours to travelers visiting Goa. Visit Panjim market wherein the guests will be taken to buy spices used for cooking the guests will be accompanied by a guide. Later on, the guests will be taken to the venue wherein they will be given a nonalcoholic welcome drink. The cooking demo (wherein the guest would participate too), chicken xauti, Macrael rechado, and vonn (sweet dish). This culinary experience will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Post-cooking, guests will be having the food cooked by them along with other items such as rice and pickle and one bottle of beer complimentary.

Post lunch, back to the hotel. The evening will be at leisure to relax. Dinner will be at a local restaurant on a direct payment basis.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 8: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, visit Old Goa Churches. Churches and Convents of Goa is the name given by UNESCO to a set of religious monuments located in Goa Velha (or Old Goa), in the state of Goa, India, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.

Goa was the capital of Portuguese India and Asia and an evangelization center from the sixteenth century. The justification for the inclusion of religious monuments in Goa in the World Heritage List is the influence of the monuments in the dissemination of Western art forms – the Manueline styles, Mannerist, and Baroque – throughout Asia where Catholic missions were established; the value of the set of monuments of Goa as an exceptional example that illustrates the work of evangelization and the specific value of presence in the Basilica of Bom Jesus of the tomb of Francisco Xavier, which illustrates a major world event: the influence of the Catholic religion in Asia in the modern era.

Later visit Spice Plantation and enjoy lunch there. This visit and lunch will be on a chargeable basis.In the evening, enjoy a food walk in Goa.

  • Start time:4 p.m.
  • End time: 7 p.m.
  • Trail duration: 4 hours
  • Start location: Panjim Post Office

Panjim, the current capital of Goa is known for its Indo-Portuguese-styled architecture that was one of the first to be established when the capital was moved. One beautiful little section that was built during the making of Panjim was Fontainhas, also called the Latin Quarters of Panjim.

From the times of the tobacco trade to the minting of coins and the final administrative Centre of the Portuguese, Panjim has seen it all. With a special focus on the Fontainhas area, you discover the 'Making of Panaji'. You will learn how ‘Nova Goa’ developed as the new capital city after the older capital, Old Goa crumbled down with diseases. You will listen to stories about the most prominent monuments of the area. In addition, you will a local house and one of the oldest bakeries in the city and try out some local delicacies! Let Panjim give you an experience of Goa that will seem like a whole new world altogether!

  • One non-alcoholic beverage at a rustic establishment
  • Sweet tasting at one of the oldest bakeries
  • Local Goan snacks at authentic food spots
  • A special cocktail made with a local alcohol
  • Exciting stories at every spot
  • Meet the locals

Note:

  • This is a walking trail. Approximate distance covered: 1.2 kilometers.
  • Recommended accessories: Rainwear / caps, bottled water
  • Dinner can cater to both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians

In the evening, enjoy Goan Portuguese dinner at a local restaurant on a fixed menu basis. This dinner will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, the East Voyages team will take you to an Island Culinary experience. Post breakfast drive to the jetty from where you board a ferry for Chorao Island. This culinary experience will be on a chargeable basis as per quoted supplement.

Let them take you to one of the most beautiful islands of Goa - Chorao, one that is known for its bounties of nature and some unique culinary secrets that the island has been hiding. The island itself has a rich culinary history. Did you know that the island produced one of the best cheeses in Goa once upon a time?

In this experience, you get on a journey to discover the unseen culinary scene of Goa through a visit to a local family and an introduction to dishes not usually found at any restaurant / cafe in Goa! The experience will cover a series of cooking demonstrations with the local islanders themselves and you sit down together with the locals for a lunch experience like no other!

What makes this tour special?

  • Discover the culinary side of the largest island of Goa
  • Get introduced to some tasty secrets of Goan cuisine
  • Get cooking 3-4 dishes with the islanders
  • Authentic Goan lunch
  • Interesting stories by locals

In the evening, return to the hotel. Dinner will be on a direct payment basis.

Day 10: Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the day will be free to explore Goa in their own way. Guests can check out local eateries on this day. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or hotel’s coffee shop on a direct payment basis. No transport service is included on this day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11: Goa - Mumbai by flight

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai airport connect flight for onward destination. End of services.

Note

  • Please note in Goa the tour includes only 1 dinner as Goa offers a variety of food and restaurants guests can choose and order as per their taste. East Voyages intentionally does not fix them in the fixed menu in Goa.
  • The purpose of the cooking demo tour is to make you understand the cuisine culture of India in a more authentic way and should not be treated / highlighted as a professional cooking class.
  • The vehicle will be as per the itinerary only and not available during leisure time and strictly as per the itinerary.

Important:

The purpose of cooking demo tour to makes you to understand the cuisine culture of Indian in a more authentic way and should not be treated / highlighted as a professional cooking class.

Location

Food

The package includes daily breakfast. You will also enjoy food tasting / food walks and cooking demonstrations as outlined in the itinerary.

In case any of the guest/s are allergic to any particular food or have any dietary restrictions, East Voyages requests you to please advise in advance so the team can update hotels / restaurants accordingly

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Meals and culinary activities:

Delhi

  • Lunch will be on a direct payment basis on the first day
  • Cooking demonstration with local family in Delhi: USD 130 per person
  • Old Delhi food walk with lunch at a home and enjoy home cooked food: USD 90 per person
  • Dinner at a local restaurant Biryani and Kebab at a famous local outlet in Delhi on a direct payment basis: USD 60 per person

Agra

  • Lunch on day 3 will be on a direct payment basis
  • Dinner will be at restaurant “Pinch of Spice” in Agra: USD 45 per person
  • Snacks during the market visit in Agra is included

Jaipur

  • Lunch will be on a direct payment basis
  • Cooking demonstration with a local family followed by dinner: USD 60 per person
  • Food walk followed by lunch at a local restaurant: USD 95 per person
  • Optional cooking demonstration of Laal Mass with a local family followed by dinner: USD 120 per person

Goa

  • On the day of arrival in Goa, lunch and dinner will be on a direct payment basis.
  • Enjoy cookery workshop followed by lunch on this day: USD 120 per person
  • Dinner on day 7 will be on a direct payment basis
  • Spice plantations visit with lunch: USD 50 per person
  • Enjoy a food walk and taste amazing street food of Goa: USD 70 per person
  • Evening Goan Portuguese dinner on a fixed menu basis: USD 70 per person
  • Chorao Island culinary experience: USD 70 per person
  • Dinner on day 9 will be on a direct payment basis
  • On day 10, we have given the liberty to our guests to explore the amazing Flavors of Goa on your own.

What's included

  • Accommodation for 10 nights based on above mentioned hotels on double or twin sharing basis
  • Meals on a breakfast basis
  • 1 barbeque lunch at local restaurant Barbeque Nation in Delhi
  • 1 food walk with lunch on the 2nd day in Delhi
  • 1 cooking demonstration with local family followed by dinner in Delhi
  • 1 Biryani dinner with Kebab on the second day in Delhi
  • 1 dinner at a local restaurant in Agra
  • 1 lunch at a hotel in Jaipur
  • 1 cooking demonstration with local family followed by dinner in Jaipur
  • 1 lunch at a local restaurant in Jaipur
  • 1 food walk in Jaipur
  • 1 cooking demonstration of Lal Mass (the famous Lamb Meat recipe) at a local restaurant
  • 1 cooking demonstration in Goa
  • 1 food walk in Goa
  • 1 spice plantation and lunch in Goa
  • 1 Goan and Portuguese dinner at a local restaurant
  • 1 Chorao Island experience with a cooking demonstration
  • All transportation i.e. airport transfers, sightseeing, and interstate drives will be done using an air-conditioned Innova car for 4-8 pax or using tempo traveler-mini van
  • Local English-speaking guide services as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water and wet tissue in the vehicle
  • All currently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Visa charges
  • Any room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips
  • Any expenses of personal nature & Insurance of any kind
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any item not specified under the inclusion list
  • Any bank charges during transferring the payment
  • Supplement for airfare from Jaipur-Goa / Goa-Mumbai (265 USD per person, please note that quoted fare is based on instant purchase system generated fares which are subject to change at the time of issuance)
  • Single room supplement (448 USD per person during low season, 555 USD during high season)
  • Christmas Gala Dinner (mandatory, 75 USD per person)
  • New Year Gala Dinner (mandatory, 85 USD per person)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 26% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
from --
Low season
  • 1 October 2023 - March 2024

 

High season

 

  • 20 December 2023 - 6 January 2024

 

Important information

This program can be customized on client’s request. Please send an inquiry to East Voyages for more information.

You can also book rooms on single occupancy basis. Solo travelers are also welcome. Please send an inquiry for more information.

  • 3-star hotel single supplement: 765 USD (2023-2024 season, 860 USD (2024-2025 season)

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