Discover Delhi's cuisine and culture from street food to tandoori

Sweet chai, crispy aloo tikkis, fluffy naan – it is little wonder why Delhi is the gastronomic capital of India. Get behind the scenes of northern India’s food scene with the help of a local guide. From the fragrant marketplaces of the Old Town to the kitchen of a Delhite, learn traditional family recipes, prepare an authentic Indian dinner, experience local hospitality, sample tasty morsels from a street vendor and explore ancient historic sights on this Bite-size Break of Delhi.

New Delhi, India
New Delhi, India
Comfort, Original
Food, Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Get right to the heart of authentic Indian food, with the inside scoop on local life – from family to wedding traditions – and tips for whipping up a three-course Indian feast in under 30 minutes from a charming family living in the Delhi suburbs

  • Eat your way to a hidden part of Delhi that you’d never find on your own, swapping the clichéd curry for pav baji, schwarmas, momos and kulfi on a food crawl through the filling backstreets

Is this trip right for you?

  • With a duration of 2-3 days, Bite-size Breaks are the ideal add-on to a longer holiday – or a mini adventure of their own. Departures are frequent and usually guaranteed.

  • Bite-size Breaks are slightly different to our group tours, with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence in your free time. You’ll have a leader for included activities only, but there is always support if you need it – simply call the number in your arrival pack.

  • Activities and tours are on a join-in basis, which means other travellers may join you at these times. You may also have different guides throughout the tour, in order to give you the best experience of each activity.

  • There are no multi-share accommodation nights on this trip.

  • 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!


This itinerary is valid for departures from 31 December 2015 to 30 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Namaste! Welcome to India. With the gleam of the modern and the beating heart of the ancient, Delhi is a city with a wealth of cultural, spiritual, artistic and culinary delights. This Bite-size Break kicks off at 3.30pm, when your guide meets you in the foyer of your hotel. Hop in a private car and head straight to the source of authentic Indian cooking secrets – the home of a local Delhi family in the Rohini area (approximately 1 hour). The perfect introduction to Indian lifestyle and food, be ready for incredible hospitality and plenty of delicious dishes as you embark on a home cooked Delhi experience. Join your hosts in the kitchen, lend a hand with dinner preparations, jot down some secret home recipes and join in conversation around the table about day-to-day life in Delhi. In keeping with local tradition, dishes will be vegetarian and eaten with your hands. At the end of the meal, there'll also be an opportunity to enjoy same masala chai. Please note, alcohol is not a traditional part of the Indian meal and won’t be served. Leave your hosts with a truly authentic insight into family life in Delhi, a full stomach, and some new friends. After saying your goodbyes, you'll be dropped back to your hotel by private car.

Notes: If you have any issues with the pick-up today, please call the Intrepid office on +91 1145 006 400 during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9999 916 229.
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Maybe start the day with a piping hot chai before diving into the sights, sounds and smells of Old Delhi on a cultural adventure. Meet your guide at the hotel at 9am and head to a nearby Sikh temple to check out their impressive kitchens. Here you’ll enjoy a taste of the lunch that’s prepared for the many devotees who attend the temple every day. Then discover the sensory delights of the Old Town’s marketplace – the wonderful and fragrant Chandi Chowk. Meet a local spice trader to learn more about Indian food’s fundamental flavours. Spend more market time sampling food, bargaining with locals and winding through narrow alleyways, or get some history at India Gate and President House. Then maybe return to the hotel and rest up before the afternoon's activity. From the hotel at 4pm, kick off an evening Delhi Food Walk with a bit of local culture – pass through the city’s picturesque colleges and universities, and stop at an ancient Hanuman temple. The first food stop sees fresh local shawarma (kebab) being made, then it's on to an iconic neighbourhood eatery that’s popular with everyone, especially local students. Sample local favourites – momos (dumplings) and banta, a delicious lemon-based drink that’s ideal for hot Delhi weather. Continue through Kamla Market, emerge into a narrow alley full of delectable street-food stalls, and taste local specialties like paneer tikka, golgappas, bhelpuri, paav bhaji, and chuski. Yum! Wind through markets to finish off with some Indian dessert. Savour Delhi's best homemade ice cream – kulfi-falooda – then enter a sweet shop for fresh samosa, rabdi, gulab jamun, and sweet flavoured milk. Return to your hotel stuffed and sated!

Notes: Tastings may change subject to availability and season.
Included Activities
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After this thorough introduction to Indian food, finish this Bite-size Break as an aficionado of Delhi’s best local delicacies. You’ll be craving them long after you leave this enigmatic city! Perhaps head to your new favourite chai tea or samosa vendor for a final morning pick me up, before exploring the rest of the city (or country) at your own pace.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


1 dinner


Private vehicle


Hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour

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