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Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India. From Delhi to Goa and via the ethereal beauty of Rajasthan and the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, 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 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 street 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.

Übersicht

Start
Delhi
Ende
Goa
Besuchte Länder
Indien
Style
Original
Theme
Food
Trip Code
HHZM
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
12
Physical rating

Highlights

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

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Delhi
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. Please ask reception to confirm the time and place of your meeting. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be verifying your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have these for your leader.

Celebrate the start of a memorable food adventure with a short stroll to a local restaurant. Here you’ll enjoy your first taste of North Indian flavours over a delicious (and completely vegetarian) feast. Perhaps partake in a kulfi falooda (ice cream-style dessert) after dinner from a hole-in-the-wall place, considered one of the top-spots for kulfi in Delhi.  

Day 2
Delhi
This morning venture out to Old Delhi, the historic city also known as Shahjanabad. Wander through narrow alleyways and enjoy an authentic Delhi street food-style breakfast. Keep your eye out for the local chaiwala (tea maker), well known for his delicious milky brew. 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. While Hinduism is the dominant religion in Delhi, there is also a significant Sikh population – so continue the religious theme with an insight into the food traditions of Delhi’s Sikh residents over a vegetarian lunch at a local Sikh temple. After lunch, 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. See the spice selling process from truck to table, and meet a spice seller to hear him talk about how he mixes the spices for retailing. Next visit the Gali Paranthe Wali (lane of parathas), which has been in operation since the 1870s. Parathas are one of the most popular unleavened flat breads in Punjabi North Indian cuisine. Taste a number of delicious variations stuffed with fillings including potatoes, cauliflower, radish and cottage cheese.

In the evening, you have the option to visit a local family in the suburbs for a home-cooked meal. This provides an insight into the day-to-day life of Delhites. Jot down some secret home recipes, get involved in the preparations, or simply enjoy a chat in the living room with warm and welcoming hosts.

Day 3
Agra
Get your first experience of Indian rail travel with an air-conditioned express train 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, Agra Fort. Enter the dark red sandstone stronghold – part fortress, part palace and part prison – and search through throne rooms and tiny but incredibly decorated mosques.

For lunch, join a Mughlai cooking demonstration. Mughlai cuisine refers to dishes that were developed during the opulent Mughal Empire period. Dishes tend to be rich and reflect a combination of cooking styles and recipes from Central Asia and North India. Meet a passionate cook, who’ll teach you how to prepare classics such as malai ki sabzi (vegetables cooked with cream) and onion paratha (flatbread stuffed with onions and potato). The menu will, of course, depend on the season.

After lunch and a rest, head to the Taj Mahal. Wander the grounds and marvel at one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Watching the light change over the marble structure as day turns to evening is a truly unforgettable experience.

For dinner, you have the option to jump on a chaat crawl in the city thought to serve up the country’s best. Chaat are savoury snacks (like fried potatoes or samosa broken into pieces with chutney) typically served from roadside stalls or carts in India and Bangladesh – the Indian equivalent to fast food. With its origins in the state of Uttar Pradesh, chaat have become immensely popular in the rest of India and the Indian sub-continent.

Day 4
Jaipur
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 colours dancing along hectic streets. Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, although you’ll concentrate on the old. The streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts, monkeys climb overhead, and you’ll pass traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches. Stop at India’s most photographed building after the Taj Mahal, the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’. Here royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway. Along the way, visit the oldest chaiwala in the city, a favourite 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 at the markets. In the evening, you may wish to check out a 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. Your leader will also have plenty of dinner suggestions.

Day 5
Jaipur
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, the opulent palace is the legacy of a fallen empire and a superb example of Rajput architecture, packed with elaborate rooms of lavish murals, frescoed arches and delicate jali work. One of its most spectacular buildings is the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors). With its walls completely covered with tiny mirrors, the hall becomes a dazzling fantasy with the light of a single match. For lunch try a local favourite, Kachori. Kachoris are deep fried bread stuffed with vegetables and lentils and are one of the most sought after snacks in north India. If sweets are your thing, try the Mawa Kachori, a dried fruit and mawa (milk solids) stuffed kachori, deep-fried and coated in sugar syrup.

In the late afternoon you will learn the secrets of Rajasthani cuisine in a hands-on cooking class. Sit down to a sumptuous dinner of all you have prepared.

Day 6
Bijaipur
Today you’ll leave the city behind and drive approximately 6 hours to a Heritage Stay located in the Vindhyanchal Hills in the Mewar region of south-central Rajhasthan. This is an opportunity to learn about rural life and culinary customs. Stop en route to enjoy lunch with a local family. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at 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.

Day 7
Bijaipur
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, maize, a variety of lentils, aubergine, 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 joing the estate’s chef to discover how these ingredients are used in Rajhasthani desert cooking. Savour the results over a delicious dinner in the palace grounds.

Day 8
Udaipur
Travel to Udaipur (approximately 4 hours drive). Udaipur is known for its Hindu temples and Palaces but there are also some small yet renowned Jain temples in the city. Jainism is a minority religion in India and is considered among the most rigorous spiritually-motivated diets on the Indian subcontinent.

Upon arrival enjoy a street food snack tasting and lunch in the Old City.

Tonight you have a free evening for dinner. Udaipur has numerous rooftop restaurants so climb some stairs, choose a restaurant and settle in to watch the sun set over a shimmering lake.

Day 9
Udaipur
Udaipur, also known as the ‘City of Lakes’, is built around the shores of Lake Pichola and full of fascinating temples, ornate palaces and impressive ‘havelis’ (merchant homes). Take some time to discover its winding streets and shops full of traditional Rajasthani wares. 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.The rest of the day is free for your own exploration.

Day 10
Overnight Train
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 (yoghurt), 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.

Day 11
Mumbai
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. 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.

Day 12
Mumbai
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 centres, 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 worlds 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. The Parsis are descendants of Zoroastrians who are believed to have immigrated to India from Persia in the 10th century. Drop past Mumbai’s bustling Crawford Markets for an insight into local commerce. The rest of the afternoon and the evening are free for your own food adventures. Perhaps take high tea at the iconic Taj Hotel. There are also some fabulous restaurants in this city for all budgets and your leader will have plenty of suggestions.

Day 13
Goa
Take a flight from Mumbai to Goa (approximately 1 hour), arriving in the early afternoon. The locals say that time moves more slowly in Goa, so this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a bit of tranquility in an often frenetic country. Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, World Heritage buildings and mouth-watering food. Goa’s dense forested areas and favourable climatic conditions also make it a perfect location to grow the spices liberally used in its cuisine. The most important of Goan spices, the chilli, was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese. In the late afternoon, visit a local spice farm that uses organic methods of cultivation. For the daring, try a taste of feni, a spirit made from either coconut or the juice of the cashew apple, much-loved in this region. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a meal at one of the shacks that line the beach. Goa is renowned for its seafood, and variations of the fish curry, laced with coconut and served with rice, has become a regional classic. This is the perfect place to give it a try.

Day 14
Goa
In the morning, join a passionate cook who has lived in Goa all her life. Take a guided tour through the markets and get to know the building blocks of Portuguese-tinged Goan cuisine, followed by a final hands-on cooking class. Learn to prepare meals such as hot pork vindaloo or chicken xacuti and enjoy a laid-back Goan lunch.

The afternoon is free for shopping, a sight-seeing turn around Panjim, or simply relaxing on the beach. Tonight, savour a final group meal of seafood and spicy curry and farewell this epic Real Food Adventure.

Day 15
Goa
Your Real Food Adventure India comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

If you wish to continue your food adventure through India, check out South India Real Food Adventure (HHZI) and ask your booking agent about booking a connecting flight.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

13 Frühstück, 9 Mittagessen, 4 Abendessen

Transport

Plane , private vehicle , taxi , train , overnight train

Unterkunft

Hotel (11 nights), Heritage property (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Real Food Adventure Welcome Dinner
Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
Delhi - Street Food Breakfast
Delhi - Jama Masjid
Delhi - Lunch at a Sikh Temple
Agra - Taj Mahal
Agra - Mughlai Cooking Demonstration
Jaipur - Amber Fort
Jaipur - traditional Kachori lunch
Jaipur - Rajasthani Cooking Class and Dinner
Bijaipur- Village tour
Castle Bijaipur - Rajasthani Desert Cooking Demonstration and Dinner
Udaipur - City Palace
Udaipur - Thali Cooking Class
Mumbai - Heritage Quarter walk
Mumbai - Chowpatti Beach Street Food Crawl
Goa - Spice farm tour including lunch
Goa - Goan Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Pamela Hopcroft
You won’t be disappointed you chose Intrepid. Local knowledge, real up and personal experiences and the best guides you could encounter.
June Hercules
Such a disparate group of people, yet we had so much fun, laughed,danced and ate together! A terrific guide and wonderful companions what's not to like?
Karen Pyle
Food adventure India exceeded my expectations, great mix of major sites like Taj Mahal & with the food theme throughout the trip & eating in places with the locals in little laneways, Sikh temple, market shopping & good mix of cooking experiences I really enjoyed the whole 15days.
Laura Rugg
A fantastic adventure full of local experiences with none of the stress
Alexander Sadowski
A fantastic way to see and experience India through food. We went to places and tasted dishes you can't find without the help of a local leader. Ideal for vegetarians!
Sandra Gould
Taste of India gives you a very good insight into the country and its people. Aside from the food, the varied places we visited was really interesting. Our guide was caring, and informative. He answered all our many varied questions.
Pamela Hopcroft
If you want a grassroots experience go with Intrepid. You meet the locals on public transport and tours. If you want to be treated as an individual, go with Intrepid. You are listened to and respected. If you want to NOT be with a large number of tourists, go with Intrepid. If you want to stay in unique accommodation, go with Intrepid. If you want a local guide, go with Intrepid. If you want to get close and personal with the locals , go with Intrepid. If you want an authentic experience, go with Intrepid.
Hilary Bryant
If travelling to a country that is a little bit out of your comfort zone then Intrepid are a great company to tour with! The groups are small, there is loads of free time, well organised itineraries, and lots of great experiences to be had! Loved my trip with them!
Mary Dorling
Use the information provided on the website as a guide upon which to build your own research. This way, the very wide focus provided by Intrepid, cam be narrowed to crystalise your own requirements and once embarked on your trip Intrepid is flexible enough to accommodate them or to accommodate them as near as possible to suit your requirements. Travel us not a passive activity but to be truly satisfying must fulfil your needs as much as possible bintrepud, i believe, us as helpful as possible in reaching this goal.
An Vleugels
My mum and I had such an amazing experience on this trip. Our first time in India, we fell in love with the culture and its food. We learned to cook the most amazing recipes from very knowledgeable and friendly local cooks. Our trip leader Pradeep with his enthusiasm created the best and most memorable atmosphere in our group, Thoroughly recommended.
Stephen Hape
Great trip and lovely food!
Jane Aspeling
The India Real Food Adventure is an excellent introduction to India. It manages to include headline must-see experiences like the Taj Mahal along with a window into ordinary life like shopping for vegetables in a market before heading to an Indian home to cook your supper and share it with the family. This trip is well planned, balancing a long day of travelling with a decent stay in an area and contrasting the hustle and bustle of busy cities with the peace of the countryside, where watching rural life is a little like going back in time. Travelling with a guide gives you a deeper understanding of India as they not only lead you to places you would not find on your own and explain what you are seeing around you but they share their own life experience of growing up and living in India today. A guide also takes all the stress out of travelling as they organise and negotiate all the 'nuts and bolts' of the trip leaving you free to absorb all the fascinating history and rich culture of this amazing country.
Sharon Bloxwich
Excellent trip and insight into the many different foods of India.
Brent Heitbaum
In one word Amazing! Just remember, you don't visit India, you experience India.
Kayleigh Pritchard
I would recommend just doing the golden triangle and missing out on Mumbai and Goa (that's my personally opinion) food is delicious!
Jasmine Thompson
Intrepid provides a cultural experience which at all times is responsible and respectful to the country you are visiting. The guides are local, friendly and enthusiastic about what they do. I respect the way intrepid create an experience which is beneficial to the community not detrimental.
Gail Mitchell
My first intrepid trip and my first to india, I recommend it to anyone who is interested in india and its culture