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Visit India and take a food tour from Delhi to Mumbai via Rajasthan 

 

Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavors of India. From Delhi to Mumbai and via the ethereal beauty of Rajasthan, experience the best street food in Delhi, the beautiful sight of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the delightful taste of Rajasthan’s traditional cuisine in Jaipur and Udaipur, the colors of India’s markets and bazaars and how to cook up delicious regional Indian dishes in a number of inspiring cooking classes. See Jaipur’s breathtaking Palace of the Wind, explore the vibrant food scene of Mumbai and spend time in rural Rajasthan living it up in a 17th-century fort. This unforgettable journey into the cultural and gastronomic heart of India will satisfy every appetite.

 

Start Delhi, India Physical rating 2 out of 5
Finish Mumbai, India Ages Min 16 years
Destination India Group size 12 people
Departing October 14, 2017 Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Get a real taste of some of India's most famous culinary traditions while feasting with locals in family-run restaurants, rural homes, or in temples.

  • Discover how food forms part of the daily ritual from cities to rural villages, and learn the secrets of regional cuisines in many local cooking classes.

  • Get in touch with an amazing array of street food on eye-opening and adventurous cuisine crawls.

  • Be surrounded by India’s incredible culture, from streets filled with life to the incredible architecture of the Taj Mahal and beyond.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip travels by overnight train from Udaipur to Mumbai. While the overnight train can seem a little daunting, it is a very efficient way to travel long distances and maximizing time in each place. Note that long distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between Dec-Feb.

  • This trip stays in a mix of accommodation to experience a variety of Indian life. Standards can vary though – there will be hot water in most but not all hotels.

  • The climate in India can vary in the different states – be prepared for hot sticky days and cooler evenings. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather.

  • From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original color. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.

  • Old Delhi can be very busy and crowded. While it’s an exciting place to see local life moving around you, be aware that on the walking tour you’ll need to navigate through people, tight spaces and walkways.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to India.

Delhi is an excitingly chaotic capital city – filled with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars, there’s plenty to see, do, and eat.

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm. After the welcome meeting it’s time to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful culinary adventure. Jump on the metro to the iconic Connaught Place, the hub of Delhi's financial district. Enjoy your first introduction to northern Indian cuisine with a traditional thali. After dinner, you might want to take a night stroll to take in the buzz of the city, before catching the metro back to your hotel.

Included Activities

  • Real Food Adventure Welcome Dinner

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel 

This morning venture out to Old Delhi, the historic city also known as Shahjanabad, where some of Delhi's best-known local food joints are found. Next, jump on the city's modern metro system and head to Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings.

After lunch at a local Sikh temple, tour Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Visit the spice warehouses in the back alleys of Khari Baoli, Asia's largest wholesale spice market. Next visit the Gali Paranthe Wali (lane of parathas), which has been in operation since the 1870s.

Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Delhi - Street Food Breakfast
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Lunch at a Sikh Temple
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Dinner with local family – INR 3000 Per Person

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Get your first experience of Indian rail travel to the Mughal city of Agra (approximately 3 hours).

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history, rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples. Here you’ll visit the spectacular and iconic Taj Mahal. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the 17th century white marble Taj is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture, surrounded by trimmed English gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, it lives up to all expectations.

Agra is also home to one of the finest looking forts in India. Enter the dark red sandstone stronghold of Agra Fort – part fortress, part palace and part prison – and search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques.

For dinner, jump on a chaat crawl in the city thought to serve up the country’s best. Chaat are savory snacks (like friend potatoes or samosa broken into pieces with chutney) typically served roadside from stalls or carts in India and Bangladesh – the Indian equivalent to fast food. 

Included Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Chaat Crawl

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Before leaving Agra, there’s a chance to enjoy a memorable sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Then you’ll drive to eastern Rajasthan to Karauli (approximately 5 - 5 1/2 hours), said to be founded by descendants of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna.

A small town by India's standards, Karauli is not often visited by travelers and so retains a lovely rural feel alongside its impressive palaces and heritage buildings. Take a walk around the Old Quarter, interact with the friendly locals and learn about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Along the way, be sure to taste some of the local sweets.

Tonight you'll stay in an atmospheric palace built as a royal residence for the ruler of Karauli in 1938. Enter the kitchens and learn how to prepare the famous masala chai (spiced tea) along with other local specialties, all using ingredients sourced from the farm.

Included Activities
  • Karauli - Village Walk
  • Karauli - Cooking Demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1000

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property 

Today drive to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur (approximately 5 hours). Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars, and rainbow of bright colors dancing along hectic streets.

Stop at India's most photographed building after the Taj Mahal, the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds. Visit the oldest chaiwala in the city, a favorite of the Maharaja, cool down with a delicious kulfi (ice cream dessert) and marvel at the sheer breadth of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, pickles, tea and spices on display.

In the evening, you may wish to check out the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, with all the Hollywood-style elements of action, romance, drama and music (sometimes all rolled into one), at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema. Otherwise, your leader will have plenty of dinner suggestions.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Travel out to the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort. Set in stunning surroundings on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake. For lunch try a local favorite, Kachori. Kachoris are deep fried bread stuffed with vegetables and lentils and are one of the most sought after snacks in north India. Later join your leader for fireworks shopping. During this shopping spree we will also take some detour to visit some really local sweet shops.

Dress yourself in Indian traditional attire for the special evening – Kurta for Men and Sari for ladies.

Tonight you are part of something very special and you will witness first-hand from a local’s perspective, how a Hindu family celebrates Diwali. You’re leader is there to help you through the rituals, the prayer sessions and eventually leading you to take part in something that the entire community will take part in. This starts with exchange of gifts, lighting up candles and oil lamps, eating snacks and drinking, normally on the roof top of the house.

This evening you will enjoy a home cooked meal with a local family with loads of sweets, entertainment by local musicians singing traditional songs on Diwali. After a traditional veggie dinner your leader will take you on a drive through the town where you can see decorated markets and kids still lighting Fireworks.

Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur – Diwali Shopping
  • Jaipur – Diwali Celebration with an Indian Family

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Today you’ll leave the city behind and visit a small village for a true insight into rural Rajasthani life. You’ll drive approximately 6 hours to a Heritage Stay located in the Vindhyanchal Hills, stopping en route to enjoy lunch with a local family. When you arrive in Bijaipur you will stay in the 16th-century Castle Bijaipur, now a heritage hotel with an attractive dome, arched windows and doorways, all within the original fortified walls. Enjoy the palace’s blend of colonial and Mughal architecture as you relax by the pool or in the gardens, pampered by the Mewar hospitality of the hotel’s owners. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in your magnificent surrounds. Perhaps take a dip in the pool or take a walk around the grounds.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Today you’ll jump in a jeep and explore the surrounding farming communities. This is a major agricultural area and, depending on the season, you will pass through fields growing wheat, corn, a variety of lentils, eggplant, spinach, fenugreek, okra, green chilies, tomatoes, potatoes, bottle gourd, sponge gourd, onion and garlic. Some of the spices such as turmeric, cumin are also grown here. In the late afternoon, return to your heritage stay and learn how these ingredients are used in Rajhasthani desert cooking in a cooking demonstration.

Included Activities
  • Heritage Stay - Village Jeep Safari
  • Castle Bijaipur - Rajasthani Desert Cuisine Cooking Demonstration

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Travel to the ‘City of Lakes’ Udaipur (approximately 4 hours drive) today, the beautiful city built around the shores of Lake Pichola and full of fascinating temples, ornate palaces and impressive 'havelis' (merchant homes). On arrival, take a walk around town to help get your bearings. Explore Udaipur's twisting alleys filled with traditional Rajasthani wares – silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and miniature paintings.

Visit the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India, and check out the unbelievable treasures within, from vivid murals to antiques and royal utensils.

Tonight you have a free evening for dinner. With a strong influence of Jainism and Vaishnaism, the preferred food in Udaipur is vegetarian. Udaipur has numerous rooftop restaurants so climb some stairs, settle in and watch the sun set over a shimmering lake while dining on scrumptious local cuisine.

Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City Palace

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
Accommodation
  • Hotel

Begin today at the local market to collect ingredients for a cooking class, where you will learn how to prepare a traditional north Indian thali meal. A thali comprises of numerous dishes, which vary depending on which region the thali is prepared in. As you’re in Udaipur, you will make a vegetarian thali. Typical dishes include rice, dahl, vegetables, roti, papad (deep-fried flat bread), curd (yogurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it off. After all that cooking, enjoy your handmade thali for lunch. Tonight you’ll board an overnight train, bound for India's capital – captivating Mumbai (approximately 16 hours). The train will depart late evening and arrive after midday the following day.

Included Activities
  • Udaipur - Thali Cooking Class

Meals Included

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train 

Arrive in Mumbai after your overnight train, reaching your hotel by mid afternoon. Known as Bombay until its recent name change, Mumbai is India's commercial capital. Some would say that Mumbai is also the food capital of India. This is the heart of Marathi cuisine, however you will also find huge culinary diversity that celebrates regional cuisines from across the country.

After check-in, treat yourself with a throwback to India's colonial past – traditional high tea at the Taj Mahal Palace, arguably the city's most iconic hotel. With the music of a pianist in the background, sit down to your elegant table setting and enjoy the sandwiches, pastries, scones, and versions of Indian street food.

Afterwards, for anyone who still has room, be sure to stop past the bustling kebab and roll stand located behind the Taj, serving roomali rotis. This place is a favorite among locals and is often crowded until the wee hours of the morning.

Included Activities
  • Mumbai - High Tea at The Taj Mahal Palace

Meals Included

  • Meals not included on this day 
Accommodation
  • Hotel 

Time for sightseeing and soaking up the atmosphere of this incredible metropolis. This city of contrasts can be hard to get your head around – poverty standing side-by-side with prolific consumerism; a city of slums that’s also the financial capital of the sub-continent and has the shopping centers, bars and restaurants to match. Marvel at the remarkable Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. At 140 years old it's Mumbai's oldest laundry and, with over a 1,000 troughs, it is also the world’s largest open air, human-powered one. Next, take in some of the key landmarks including the impressive World Heritage Site and historic railway station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – a striking combination of gothic and traditional Mughal architecture.

For lunch, seek out a restaurant known for serving Parsi cuisine, whose community is largely concentrated in Mumbai. Drop past Mumbai’s bustling Crawford Markets for an insight into local commerce. In the late afternoon, wander down Marine Drive to Chowpatty Beach.

Enjoy the sunset and snack on bhel puri and pav bhaji and other iconic Mumbai street foods.

Included Activities

  • Mumbai - Chowpatti Beach Street Food Crawl
  • Mumbai - Heritage Quarter Walking Tour

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Your Real Food Adventure India comes to an end today feel free to depart at anytime. 

Included Activities

  • Airport transfer

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Inclusions

  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour, Street Food Breakfast, Jama Masjid, Lunch at a Sikh Temple
  • Agra - Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Chaat Crawl
  • Karauli - Village Walk, Cooking Demonstration
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort, Diwali Shopping, Diwali Celebration with an Indian Family
  • Bijaipur - Heritage Stay Village Jeep Safari, Rajasthani Desert Cuisine Cooking Demonstration
  • Udaipur - City Palace, Thali Cooking Class
  • Mumbai - High Tea at The Taj Mahal Palace
  • Airport transfers

Important notes

LUGGAGE LIMITS
Please note, there is a strict luggage limit of 15kgs checked in plus 7kgs carry on for the flights on this trip. No exceptions can be made.

FESTIVALS IN INDIA:
Please note traveling during major festivals such as Diwali, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section in the 'View all essential trip information' section below for more details.

TAJ MAHAL DOME RESTORATIONS
The main dome on the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy due to begin in April 2017. It is likely the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding. Portions of the white marble façade will be covered in mud and plastic sheets during the cleaning process. The restorations will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last one year.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. ATMs will not operate on 9-10 November 2016.
Until new notes are issued, you should not accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees (around AUD 2)
Please ensure you receive change from any purchases in 100 rupee notes or smaller.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A single supplement to have your own room is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available:
Day 10: Overnight train - Udaipur to Mumbai

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