Visit India and take a food tour from Delhi to Goa via Rajasthan and Mumbai and from Chennai to Kochi
Spend over three weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India. From Delhi to Kochi 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 colours of India’s markets and bazaars and how to cook up delicious regional Indian dishes in a number of inspiring cooking classes. Relax on Goa’s beaches, 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. Visit French Puducherry, wander around a tea farm in Periyar, take to the water on a houseboat in the Kerala backwaters and enjoy cooking demonstrations in Madurai and Kochi. You will relish every bit of this sensory trip through the heart of southern India. This unforgettable journey into the cultural and gastronomic heart of North & South India will satisfy every appetite.
Get a real taste of some of India's most famous culinary traditions – Mughal, Rajasthani, and the Portuguese-tinged flavours of Goa – 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 a Bollywood movie theatre, or the incredible architecture of the Taj Mahal and beyond
Explore rolling plantations of tea and of spices from cardamom to cloves, savour coconuts and tropical fruits, wake up to South India breakfasts from idli to dosa, and end the day with traditional meals of sambar, thoran or curry
Get a truly local insight into Madurai’s street food scene guided by a passionate foodie
Learn about the premier regional cuisine of India – Chettinad cuisine – in an impressive nineteenth century mansion
Taste the mix of French and India influcences in the food of Pondicherry, from the croissants of the coffee houses to the iconic poricha meen
Cook up a Keralan storm with an ex-rickshaw driver turned food guru
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!
There are some long travel days on local transport on this trip, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience.
This trip travels by overnight train from Udaipur to Mumbai. This is a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Entertaining chaiwalas, food vendors and conversations with locals make this a rewarding journey.
This trip stays in a mix of accommodation to experience a variety of Indian life. Standards can vary though – there can 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.
You will visit some temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
Accommodation in the backwaters of Kerala is a multi-share homestay, so be prepared to share space (along with stories and a delicious home-cooked meal).
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.
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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 travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section 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.
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.
Our Real Food Adventure - North & South India trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Just go, it will be sun, safe, and nothing you ever knew before. Fellow travellers are as much of an adventure, and I was happy to learn a little about each person, regardless of my initial meeting! I enjoyed all that I did, was not overwhelmed ever, or bored!!
Review submitted 22 Mar 2017
A wonderful tour and a hassle free way to see lots of India. The places, food and the people all amazing. If you are thinking of doing this trip you must remember to be patient not everything runs to time. This is India.
Review submitted 06 Jan 2017