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Private Food Tour in India

This program is showcasing Mughlai, North Indian, Punjabi and Rajasthani Cuisine. The food tour in Old Delhi will take you on the majestic journey of spices, aroma, and the Mughal era. This program also includes cooking demonstrations followed by dinners with Indian families in Delhi, Jaipur, and Amritsar. 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 of India. After completion of this tour, you will understand basic Indian recipes and spices along with its colorful cultural kaleidoscope.

Highlights

  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi and to a local market in Jaipur
  • Cooking demonstrations with local families in Delhi, Jaipur, and Amritsar
  • Food walks in Old Delhi and Amritsar
  • Enjoy biryani for dinner with some kebab at local restaurants
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jaipur, Amritsar, and Delhi
  • Enjoy a Jeep ride and Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Magnificent sunrise visit in Taj Mahal
  • 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast

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

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Delhi: The Visaya (Udman Hotels) - 2 nights

Visaya is a premiere boutique hotel in New Delhi providing a holistic and luxurious hospitality experience. Visaya is a Sanskrit word from ancient Hindu scriptures -The Upanishads. True to the essence of the meaning-VISAYA-the hotel-ensures an experience that is not only savored by material senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste but also by the soul which does not rely on the senses. Its endeavor is to take you through that journey of blissful stay.

Amritsar: The Fern Residency - 2 nights

The Fern Residency, Amritsar is a midscale business hotel with 48 elegant rooms with contemporary design offering the highest level of comfort. The hotel is best suited for business and leisure travelers; it offers world-class hospitality along with the historical wonders the city has to offer. It is located minutes away from the famous market Hall bazaar, Lawrence Road, Katra Jaimal Singh and several iconic attractions like Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border.

A favorite with the locals for its excellent dining and entertainment options, Amritsar’s rich heritage finds tribute in the furnishing, art and cuisine of the hotel, set amidst the lush greenery of a sprawling property. Located on Mall Road, the hotel is superbly connected to the important business and entertainment hubs of Amritsar’s main city.

Delhi: The Visaya - 1 night

Stay in Visaya for another night.

Jaipur: Khandela Haveli - 2 nights

Khandela is an ancient town (more than 2000 years old) and was ruled by various dynasties of the Rajput clans. Raja Raisal from the Shekhawat clan of Rajputs established his rule over the Shekhawati region with Khandela as its capital from 1538 – 1615 AD and the descendants ruled the state till Indian independence. The present owners are the 17th and 18th Generation of Raja Raisal.

The descendants of Raja Raisal during their rule also developed the region of Shekhawati to make it an internationally renowned tourist destination, specially highlighting the architecture of Havelis (residence of the elite), castles and forts.

Agra: Royal Regent - 1 night

Located at the center of the tourist zone of the Mughal city Agra, with a magnificent view of the Taj at its backdrop, Hotel Royale' Regent is central to all the main attractions of the city and is one of the easiest accessible hotels in the town. Sharing close proximity with the symbol of love, Taj Mahal, this hotel in Agra offers a mesmerizing view of the magnificent Wonder of the World, from its rooftop restaurant, rooms, and several other parts of the hotel.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

On arrival at Delhi International Airport, after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet East Voyages' representative in the arrival hall holding a paging of your name. He will further assist you with your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. (standard check-in time is at 12:00). This evening enjoys a cooking demonstration with a local family in Delhi followed by dinner.

An authentic culinary experience includes an understanding of the basic ingredients of creating the perfect dish, applying simple nuances to it and indulging the tummy and the heart with it. This experience combined a perfect culinary experience all in one, simple three-course itinerary. Starting time is 17:00. (please book your arrival flight in Delhi accordingly). This culinary will be available on the quoted additional supplement.

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 into 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 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 till 12:00 / Winter 08:30 till 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 - 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 English-speaking local friend cum story teller cum photographer
  • Free online restricted photo album of the entire tour as a gift to your clients, for their memories!
  • What to wear: Because of the little conservative society in Old Delhi - Ladies, please dress modestly (wear a dress that covers your shoulders and your legs below the knees), Please ensure you are carrying a 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 past 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 2.75m in diameter. It is also a UNESCO site. In the evening, enjoy a biryani dinner at a local restaurant on a fixed menu basis. This day food walk and evening dinner will be available on the quoted additional supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Amritsar by flight

Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast there will be an assisted transfer to the airport to board the flight for Amritsar. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Amritsar airport and transfer to hotel.

Later in the afternoon proceed for the Wagha Border visit. The Wagah Border Ceremony is a military practice carried out by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. The soldiers treat it with absolute seriousness.

Return to hotel. The evening be the witness of procession of Palki Sahib at Golden Temple. Eleventh guru of Sikh. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Enjoy starters like Tandoori Chicken, paneer tikka, Chicken tikka. This dinner is included. On this day, lunch will be on a direct payment basis and; dinner is included.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 4: Amritsar

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast visit Golden Temple, then visit the community kitchen. Later visit Jaliawala Bagh and the local market.

The most sacred of Sikh shrines, the Golden Temple, is a major pilgrimage destination for devotees from around the world, as well as an ever-increasing popular tourist attraction. Construction of the Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar) was initiated by Guru Amar Das, the third Guru, in 1570 and was completed by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru. During the sightseeing, the guide will give a small introduction about Sikkhism.

You will also do a food walk covering local eateries markets and taste the mouthwatering street foods and snacks of Amritsar. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Later explore the shopping area of the city.

In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local family. They will explain to you about their food habits and about the spices. You will also know the culture of this part of India. This day food walk, lunch, and cooking demonstration will be available on the quoted additional supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 5: Amritsar - Jaipur via Delhi by flight

Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at hotel. Post breakfast, assisted transfer to airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport connect the flight for Jaipur.

Jaipur is also known as 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 vacation, here you can still see royal life, forts and Palaces reflecting glorious past.

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later lunch will be at a local restaurant on a direct payment basis. Evening enjoys cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local family. It will be available on the quoted additional supplement.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 6: Jaipur

After early breakfast, proceed to visit Amber Fort en-route and 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/ elephant.

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 2 sweets of your choice. You can then buy for yourself these sweets and savory ones. Lunch and food walk will be available on an additional supplement. Later, visit the City Palace (Royal residence) and observatory (Jantar Mantar).

In the evening, you will visit bustling yet colorful market showcasing beautiful handicraft, Rajasthan jewelry and shoes. You can get your hand painted with traditional Indian design of henna. It looks awesome. Evening dinner at a local restaurant on a fixed menu basis on a direct payment basis.

Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 7: Jaipur - Agra

  • Approximately 5.5 hours drive

Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast, drive to Jaipur en-route and visit Fatehpur Sikri. The short-lived capital of Mughal emperor Akbar “Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kilometers 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 driving to Agra. On arrival, check in at the hotel. 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.

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 gourd. If got permission, you will see the making of Petha (purely subject to permission). Evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant (Pinch of Spice). It will be available on the quoted supplement.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Agra - Delhi

  • Approximately 203 kilometers / 4.5 hours drive)

Early morning, you will 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. Afternoon Agra Fort. Red Fort is a UNESCO heritage site. It is a major tourist attraction from all over the world. The fort is built in red stone to make it the main residence of the Mughals. Lunch will be on a direct payment basis.

Later drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, dinner will be at a local restaurant. Dinner will be available on a direct payment basis or as per quoted supplement .After dinner, you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

Important

  • Walking tours require approximately 1.5 to 2 hours walk on the road so the guests should be physically fit to walk.
  • Foodies are welcome on this tour however should be aware that Indian food is spicy, although the restaurants you will be taken to use spices according to foreigners' taste, they may find it a little extra spicy while tasting food with local vendors. Everyone is requested to carry proper medication to avoid any stomach issues during the tour.
  • For All the cooking demonstrations organized at Indian houses, the house lady or man will cook the local delicacies for guests.

Location

This tour starts from Delhi and will cover Amritsar, Jaipur, and Agra.

Food

Since it is an Indian Culinary, this tour has included the best of street and main course delicacies which Indians included in their different meal timing. Breakfast meal plan is included during the hotel stay with mentioned family dinner or lunch along with a cooking demonstration and without a cooking demonstration in Delhi.

  • Meals: On a breakfast basis (please note on arrival day, breakfast is not included)
  • Lunch is included during the old Delhi food tour and lunch in Hyderabad. Local food tasting is also included in Delhi, Jaipur, and Amritsar.
  • It is recommended to have light breakfast/lunch or no breakfast / lunch before the tour to enjoy the experience and local safe delicacies of Old Delhi thoroughly. Meals would be planned according to the starting time of the tour.
  • Please advise in advance if any of the participants is allergic to any spice or food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Cooking demonstration with local family in Delhi: USD 136 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 & Kebab at a famous local outlet in Delhi on a direct payment basis: USD 60 per person
  • Dinner on the last day will be at a city restaurant or atrocity hotel in Delhi on affixed menu basis: USD 60 per person

Amritsar

  • Lunch at a local restaurant on a direct payment basis.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (included in the price)
  • Enjoy the most amazing street food of Punjab followed by lunch at a local restaurant: USD 80 per person
  • Cooking demonstration with a local family followed by dinner: USD 130 per person

Jaipur

  • Lunch will be on a direct payment basis
  • Cooking demonstration with a local family followed by dinner: USD 70 per person
  • Food walk followed by lunch at a local restaurant: USD 80 per person
  • Dinner will be at a local restaurant on a direct payment basis.

Agra

  • Lunch on a direct payment basis: USD 40 per person
  • Dinner will be at a local restaurant: USD 45 per person
  • Lunch will be on a direct payment basis

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation based on a double/twin basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner in Amritsar
  • All transportation i.e. airport transfers, sightseeing and interstate drives (2 pax medium car, 4-6 pax minivan)
  • Services of English-speaking local guide during sightseeing in each city as per the itinerary (different guides in each city)
  • 1-time entrance fee as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water and wet tissue in the vehicle
  • All currently applicable taxes (5% Goods & Service Tax)

What's not included

  • Single room supplement (applicable over and above twin sharing rate - 368 USD per single room)
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare - Supplement for airfare from Amritsar-Delhi (120 USD per person)
  • 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 Lunch on Day 8 while driving from Jaipur to Agra
  • Any item not specified under ‘cost includes’
  • Any bank charges during transferring the payment

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.
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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.

  • Single supplement (2023-2024 season, 3-star hotels): 320 USD
  • Single supplement (2023-2024 season, 4-star hotels): 490 USD
  • Single supplement (2024-2025 season, 3-star hotels): 380 USD
  • Single supplement (2024-2025 season, 4-star hotels): 540 USD

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