India

Delhi Culinary Experience

Description

 

Indian cuisine has evolved over a period of 5000 years and has been shaped by the influences of religious beliefs, social customs and foreign infiltration's. It offers a valuable insight into the diverse cultures of this exotic subcontinent.

 

Renowned for its cuisine, India can entice visitors for its gastronomic journeys alone. Let your taste buds be tantalized with street food tours, traditional home cooking, gastronomic hot spots and regional culinary delicacies.

 

India’s cuisine is as diverse as its culture and landscape. From the smoldering tandoors and slow cooked, meaty delights of Rajasthan and the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow (rich in mutton, paneer and flavorful spices) to the snack obsessed Gujarat, with its vegetarian delights. In Ahmedabad, tour the delicious street food vendors and sample the spiced vegetarian food, carefully prepared with a strict adherence to the Jain religion. In Amritsar enter the heart of the Sikh religion, and lend a hand in the kitchen of the magnificent Golden Temple, which serves more than 100,000 meals to its fellow community every day.

 

In West Bengal enjoy the subtle Bekti fish curries and sweet plump, pastel hued mithai. In the South, Hyderabad, the most southern stronghold of the Mughal Empire, they are renowned for their fragrant biryanis, as is Goa for their spiced seafood and delicate coconut curries. Take a cooking class at the colonial Siolim House, a beautiful Portuguese manor situated in North Goa.  Both Kerala and Tamil Nadu offer distinctive cuisine, from the tantalizing vegetarian thalis to idlis, delicious dosas and pungent and peppery Chettinad masalas.

Itinerary

 

Day 1:

  • Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport (following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection) our representative will meet you at the exit of the Arrival’s Terminal Building, holding a placard with your name on it. From here you would be assisted and transferred to your hotel.

  • Upon arrival at hotel, proceed to check-in to your room.

  • Afternoon Briefing and light snack.

  • Sun-downer cocktails.

  • Dinner at a local’s only restaurant in central Delhi, with a specially curated dinner accompanied by cocktails.

  • After dinner return to hotel.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Old Delhi Street Food Tour, full day from 09:00am to 04:00pm.

  • This includes the Khari Baoli visit. As it is in Old Delhi, we will be covering this activity in one full day rather than repeating the it the next day.

  • Also visit to Gurudwara- Sikh temple with an amazing kitchen that serves food to everyone without discrimination. It is a great learning experience for a tourist.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Today we tour the Khari food market to learn about produce. This already begins in the day 2 itinerary, where guests will be advised to pick up spices at the spice market, for today’s cooking class.

  • The Indian Street food cooking class’ suggested time is at 10:00am after breakfast at the hotel. The class will start with an introduction to spices (bought from the spice market) and tasting many others in order to understand the cooking techniques.

  • Here we will learn all about street food snacks and beverages such as samosas, kachori, pakora, masala chai and lassi.

  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 4:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Tandoori tour - We start the day with a cooking class where we will acquire the cooking techniques of multiple desserts. Many desserts will be covered in Old Delhi food tour on day 2, so this is a great opportunity to gain the knowledge on how to make them.

  • In the evening, as the tandoori is mostly set up at night, we will start the tour with dinner at one of the most iconic places in Delhi. One of the oldest restaurants in Connaught place, that serves amazing tandoori snacks and tandoori breads.

  • A dinner can also be arranged at a very local place on the streets of Old Delhi, where the group can have mouth-watering food on a car bonnet.

  • Later transfer back to hotel.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5:

  • After an early breakfast at the hotel, leave for Rishikesh via Haridwar and have lunch at local restaurant.

  • Later we will start the food walking tour in Haridwar. The meeting point will be near the Grand Post Office. It starts off through Bada Bazaar and is an interacting and interesting walk. We can take a Rikshaw, E-Rikshaw or we can walk throughout the tour. 

  • We will take small breaks and share old stories about the Haridwar.

  • You will find that on both sides of the routes we take there will be plenty of places to eat and various shops selling brass goods, souvenirs, stones, wooden crafts, pickles and woolen cloths.

  • From the Bada Bazaar we will move to Moti Bazaar. It is a denser market with even more places to eat. We will take a break to have snacks and drinks. It is a very old market, with olden shops selling sweets, Lassi, Poori- Bhazi, Chaat and freshly prepared pickles. There is plenty of snacks available, like Kachodi, Aloo Puri, Chole Bhature, Laddo, jalebi, Matura’s Peda, Rasgulla, RasMalai, Fruit Chaat, stuffed parathas etc.

  • The Moti Bazaar street visit will end up at Har Ki Pauri, where you can take photos and join the magnificent age-old Ganga Aarti Ceremony.

  • After Aarti we will cross several river bridges to reach the Har Ki Pauri Parking.

  • In the evening we will have a cooking demonstration with local family. 

  • Spiritual experience at the gangs, where you will make a vegetarian dinner for the village.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Proceed to walk through the village in Rishikesh 

  • After lunch, drive to Delhi Arrive in Delhi and check-in to hotel.

  • Stop at a tea shop on the way home.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Full day at own leisure, free for independent activities (transport services is not included).

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8:

  • Morning at own leisure.

  • Biriyani tour - explore different shops with pilaf and biriyani.

  • Biriyani or pilaf cooking class - It can be arranged to either partake in a biryani tour for half a day or a cooking class to acquire the cooking techniques of pilaf and biryani.

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 9:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Morning at own leisure.

  • Late evening, we start the night market tour- A bar crawl activity can be arranged for the group where they can hop on and off from one bar to another starting at 07:00pm onwards, where they can play drinking games in each bar. One free welcome shot is included at each bar, as well as snacks and more drinks, followed by dinner at the last bar.

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • Morning at own leisure.

  • Lunch at local only restaurant.

  • Fine Dining Dinner – Suggestion is Indian Accent.

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 11:

  • Breakfast served at the hotel.

  • You will be met by our representative and transferred to the international airport to board your flight home (late check-out is subject to availability).

  • End of services.

India

From R 23 600.00 

2 pax

From R 23 005.00 

4 pax

From R 22 650.00 

6 pax

From R 22 415.00 

8 pax

11 Days / 10 Nights

Validity : Immediately to September 2020

Including

  • 10 nights accommodation on a double sharing basis at the hotels mentioned above or similar category of alternate hotels

  • Meal Plan – Daily buffet breakfast at all staying hotels, as mentioned in itinerary 

  • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival in India

  • English speaking food expert for food tours

  • All transfers, sightseeing-tours, excursions/transport services by an air-conditioned medium car as per the above itinerary (transport services are not included for days at own leisure)

  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all hotels

  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers

  • All currently applicable taxes, including service tax 

 

Excluding 

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Tips

  • Visa to India

  • Insurances

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • All not mentioned above

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Entrance fees at all monuments

 

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

1st Floor, 65 Knoppiesdoring St, Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg, 2156

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