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

Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavors of India. From Delhi to Goa 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. 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. This unforgettable journey into the cultural and gastronomic heart of India will satisfy every appetite.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Goa, India
Countries
India
Themes
Food
Code
HHZM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 666kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Try a delicious puri bhaji from a busy Delhi eatery
  • Zoom along Delhi’s ‘lane of parathas’ in a cycle rickshaw
  • Watch the beauty of the Taj Mahal shimmering in the sunlight
  • Be mesmerised by Jaipur’s pink-hued Palace of the Winds
  • Learn the tricks to making traditional Rajasthani cuisine in a cooking class
  • Spend the night in a 17th-century fortress
  • Perhaps watch the sun set from a lakeside rooftop restaurant in Udaipur
  • Munch on vada pav – Mumbai’s answer to hot chips
  • Watch the sun set on Chowpatty Beach
  • Enjoy the Portuguese-tinged flavors of Goa

Itinerary

Celebrate the beginning of a wonderful culinary adventure with a traditional dinner at a restaurant whose owners can trace their lineage back to Mughal kings. Weave through Old Delhi’s morning streets, stopping at a chaiwala for a theatrical morning brew, then grab a street food snack for breakfast. Visit the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before eating a delightful vegetarian feast at a local Sikh temple. This evening, perhaps head out on your own food adventure or choose to visit a traditional Indian family home for a hands-on cooking experience.
Wake early to catch the train to mesmerising Agra. Little can prepare you for the beauty of the Taj Mahal with its shimmering walls and intricate carvings. Explore this incredible site before visiting the equally impressive Agra Fort. In the evening head out on a chaat crawl. These savoury snacks are immensely popular across India and the Indian sub-continent and Agra in Uttar Pradesh serves up some of the country's best. .
Before leaving Agra, there’s a chance to see the Taj Mahal shine at sunrise. The beautiful Rajasthani town of Karauli is home to many beautiful shrines and temples, and it’s the perfect backdrop for experiencing local life. Stay at a heritage farm property that grows all its own produce, and enjoy a relaxed pace of life. Learn how to brew the perfect cup of chai with a local aficionado.
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is magnificent in its whirl of colour and timeworn buildings. Wander through the astounding Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and don’t miss the chance to see a Bollywood film at the Raj Mandir Cinema. The next day, visit the stunning Amber Fort and lunch on kachori, deep-fried bread stuffed with veggies and lentils. In the afternoon, be introduced to Rajasthan’s regional dishes in a cooking class with a celebrated chef.
Leave the city behind and visit a small rural village for a true insight into Rajasthani life. Stay in a 17th-century fortress and dine on traditional dishes of the desert like ker sangri (spicy bean and berries) and lal maas (spicy meat).
Make tracks to Udaipur. Take an orientation walk around this ‘City of Lakes’, discovering its winding streets and shops full of traditional Rajasthani wares. Udaipur has numerous rooftop restaurants so perhaps climb some stairs, settle in and watch the sun set over shimmering water while dining on scrumptious local cuisine. The next day, explore the market for ingredients for today’s cooking class, where we learn to make traditional thali.
Travel to Mumbai and take a stroll along Chowpatty Beach at sunset. Snack on famous bhel puri, a delightfully crunchy mix of puffed rice, noodles, potato, onion and tamarind chutney. Stop by the Dhobi Ghat the next morning for the amazing sight of this 140-year-old open-air laundry in action. Wander through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus then stop for lunch at a restaurant dedicated to the Parsi cuisine. Take high tea at the Taj and explore stalls piled high with rice at the mouth-watering Crawford Market.
Arrive in Goa, India’s Portuguese-influenced city by the sea. Check out the local fish and vegetable market before seeing all this delectable produce whipped up into lunch. The next day spend a heady morning at a spice plantation and then choose to relax on Goa’s lovely beaches or trawl the shops for presents. Savour a final group meal of local seafood and spicy curry before toasting the end of this adventure with a fresh fruit lassi… or a nip of feni, a bracing local liquor.
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Inclusions

Meals
13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Car, Metro, Plane, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (1 night), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Chaat Crawl
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Castle Bijaipur - Rajasthani Desert Cuisine Cooking Demonstration
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Lunch at a Sikh Temple
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Goa - Spice Farm visit and lunch
  • Heritage Stay - Village Jeep Safari
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Cooking Demonstration & Dinner
  • Karauli - Cooking Demonstration
  • Mumbai - Heritage Quarter and Chowpatty Beach Walking Tour
  • Mumbai - High Tea at The Taj Mahal Palace
  • Rural Heritage Stay - Village Walk
  • Udaipur - City Palace guided tour
  • Udaipur - Thali Cooking Class

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