12 Days, 11 Nights
Duration

The Royal Cuisine Food Tour is designed for foodies with a love for travel. We’ll take you to five major Indian cities while exploring Mughlai and Rajasthani cuisine. Along the way, we’ll try recipes, visit major historical and cultural sights, and learn about the diverse variations of food in a country where seasonal vegetables remain the base for food culture.

Our tour will focus on two primary cuisines, Mughlai and Rajasthani. Mughlai food is a fusion of central Asian cuisines that came to be during the reign of Mughal Empire. It represents the dominate food culture of North India, especially Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Rajasthani cuisine is influenced by the aridness of this desert region. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables is visible in the dairy and spice rich Rajasthani cuisine.

 

TOUR COST A$2500
DURATION 12 days, 11 nights
Map Royal Cuisine Rajasthan

Additional information

DestinationIndia
Day 1

Welcome to India!

On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2

Delhi

We’ll spend the day sightseeing around Delhi. We’ll visit the wonders of New Delhi – India Gate, Rajpath and Secretariat Buildings, and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. We’ll take a late afternoon trip to Delhi’s famous Spice Market in the iconic old city. In the evening we’ll head to dinner for a traditional North Indian meal.

Day 3

Agra

After breakfast, we take off on our drive to Agra. Post checking into our hotel and taking time to freshen up we head out to begin our tour of this former capital city. We’ll visit the Agra Fort in the afternoon, in the evening we’ll attend a cooking class to learn more about Mughlai cuisine and try our hand preparing various Kebabs, Kofta (meatballs), Nihari (slow cooked beef or pork), Pulao (a.k.a. Pilaf in Central Asia), Biryani, and the many uses of Paneer (cottage cheese). After, we’ll feast on our home cooked food.    Overnight Agra
Day 4

Agra

We’ll rise early to watch the sunrise of the magnificent Taj Mahal. After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll leave for our drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, the evening is free to spend at your leisure. Overnight Jaipur

Day 5

Jaipur

After breakfast we visit the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory, and the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. Late afternoon attend a cooking and tasting demonstration of traditional Rajasthani cuisine. In the evening, we’ll head to the old city to explore Johari Bazaar and the jewellery market. Or, sit back and enjoy a Bollywood Film at the historic Raj Mandir Cinema. Overnight Jaipur
Day 6

Jaipur

We leave early for a morning visit to the Amber fort. You can walk or ride an elephant to the main entrance. The Amber Fort is majestic, dating back to the 16th century with sandstone walls stretching as far as the eye can see. After our time at the Amber Fort is over, we delve into a hearty breakfast of kachori, deep-fried bread stuffed with vegetables and lentils. In the afternoon, we’ll try our hand making Rajasthani regional dishes in a cooking class. Overnight Jaipur
Day 7

Jodhpur

After breakfast we drive to Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second largest city, and one of the friendliest. Jodhpur is famous for its rich lassis (yoghurt drinks), and omelettes. After checking into our hotel and freshening up, we head to a local family’s house to learn how to make traditional vegetarian thali. 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. Discover the art of eating the family way in Jodphur. Overnight Jodhpur
Day 8

Jodhpur

After breakfast we visit the majestic Meherangarh Fort for a self-guided walk through this amazing structure. Later afternoon we take a jeep safari to visit the Bishnoi and Meghwal villages in the countryside around Jodhpur. The Bishnoi Villagers are the protectors of trees and animals and the Meghwal people are the weavers and potters. We’ll spend time with both communities learning about their traditions. Overnight Jodphur
Day 9

Udaipur

We’ll check out from our hotel after breakfast and travel by private car, stopping en-route to visit Kumbalagarh Fort and the Ranakpur Jain temples. Upon arriving in Udaipur, the afternoon is yours to enjoy the beauty of Udaipur, including its intricate system of lakes.
Udaipur is a predominately vegetarian cuisine. With numerous rooftop restaurants to relax and watch the sun set while dining on local delicacies, it’s an ideal stop for food lovers.
Overnight Udaipur
Day 10

Udaipur

A fun day of exploring twisting alleys filled with silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and miniature paintings. When you are finished with your shopping, head to the Saheliyon Ki Bari, a Royal Garden, followed by the Folk Museum, a miniature painting workshop and the massive City Palace. In the afternoon we take a vegetarian cooking class at a local hotel. Dinner tonight is at the enchanting Baghore Ki Haveli, which overlooks the stunning Lake Pichola. There is no better way to spend a final evening in Udaipur. Overnight Udaipur
Day 11

Delhi

We checkout of our hotel for a transfer to the Udaipur airport. On arrival in Delhi, transfer from the airport to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to use as desired, whether a sightseeing tour of Delhi, or some last minute shopping. At night, it’s time for our farewell dinner, a delicious culmination of our Royal Culinary tour. Overnight Delhi
Day 12

Departure

Today we bid goodbye as we transfer from our hotel to the Delhi airport in time for your return flight home. We look forward to seeing you on a future Ekno experience, soon.

INCLUDES

Pickup and drop off from Delhi Airport
 13 nights’ accommodation
13 breakfasts
Local car and driver for days 2-13
Flight from Udaipur to Delhi

EXCLUDES

  Airfares to and from Delhi
  Lunches and evening meals
  Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
   Tipping expenses
   Compulsory insurance of any kind
   Entry charges and Camera/entry charges at local sights

Royal Cuisine: An Exploration of Mughlai and Rajasthani Food