Experience Authentic Rajasthan and its Cuisine and Culture

14 days from £3450 per person

India is renowned throughout the world for its food and this itinerary examines the diverse culinary traditions of Rajasthan and northern India. The journey begins with an exploration of Delhi including a food walk through the lanes of the old city. Travel to Agra to see the key Mughal sights and sample the best of the city’s street-food then continue to Jaipur for a memorable cookery lesson at your hotel. From Jaipur, enter rural Rajasthan. Stay in charming Rohet and visit a dairy market in nearby Jodhpur, learn about camel milk in Ranakpur’s LPPS Camel Conservation Centre and relax in the beautiful city of Udaipur. End your trip in dynamic Mumbai which is famous throughout India for the range and variation of its food.

Journey Highlights

Delhi is a food-lover’s paradise. Nowhere is it better to experience the local cuisine than in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi where a special food walk introduces the best of the capital’s street-food.

The LPPS Camel Conservation Centre is a social enterprise that supports Rajasthani camel herders. Learn about camel milk, visit the dairy and enjoy a special camel herder’s lunch.

During your stay in Jaipur, the Rajasthani capital, you will visit a local food and spice market. After purchasing ingredients, return to your hotel for a memorable cooking lesson.

Day 1 Depart the UK

Today depart the UK on the Jet Airways flight to Delhi. (N)

Day 2 Arrive Delhi

Arrive into Delhi where you will be met and transferred to Dharampura Haveli for a two night stay. Delhi is India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi – the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries – is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast, New Delhi, with its large government buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and pretty white-washed bungalows, was purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. (B)

Day 3 Delhi

After breakfast commence a morning tour of Old Delhi with your guide to explore the area's dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques, visiting famous Chandni Chowk market, the beautiful Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat. In the afternoon continue to New Delhi which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. This evening enjoy a three hour food walk through the heart of historic Shahjahanabad to sample authentic Old Delhi street-food. (B)

Day 4 Delhi to Agra – by train

This morning travel by train from Delhi to Agra where you will stay overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel. Agra was once one of the world's majestic cities and later today visit the imposing Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. Agra has a distinct food culture and, in the evening, head to Kinari Bazaar, MG Road, Sadar Bazaar to try the best of the city’s street-food. (B)

Day 5 Agra to Jaipur – 230kms
via Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri

Leaving Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and constructed of beautiful red sandstone. Afterwards visit Abhaneri which is famed for its 8th century Chand Baori – the deepest step-well in the world – then continue to Jaipur where you will stay for two nights at Dera Mandawa. Planned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is a vibrant city of bazaars, palaces, fine havelis and spectacular forts. Accompanied by one of the Dera Mandawa staff, this afternoon head to the local market to buy vegetables and spices. Return to the hotel for a cooking demonstration and lesson then eat the dishes you have prepared later for dinner. (B/D)

Day 6 Jaipur

This morning drive outside of Jaipur to the dramatically located Amber Fort set on a ridge above the rugged sounding hills. A Rajput capital for over 700 years, there is plenty to explore here from courtyard gardens and small temples to the private chambers of the Maharaja. In the afternoon return to Jaipur to visit the superb City Palace complex which is home to the beautiful Peacock Gate and famous Hawa Mahal. The Hawa Mahal will be the starting point of your two hour food walk through the lanes of the old city where you will have the opportunity to try a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. (B)

Day 7 Jaipur to Rohet – 340kms

Today drive to Rohet Garh a 16th century fortified home situated on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, just 40kms south of Jodhpur, this lovely, family run fort is very much a family concern and is a place of great charm and character, steeped in family history. In the afternoon enjoy a village jeep safari visiting the local Bishnoi tribal villages and farming communities then return to hotel for a cookery lesson with the chef. (B/D)

Day 8 Rohet – visit Jodhpur

After breakfast leave Rohet and spend the day in the charming ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur. Start your day at the Meherangarh Fort then head to the old city where you will have an opportunity to visit the local dairy market. Known as ‘chavate’, this is the best place to find milk, cheese, mawa and other dairy products. Meet local shopkeepers and sample some of the popular sweets of Jodhpur including gulab jamun and mave ki kachori. Also visit the vibrant bazaar including the Grain Market and the fresh vegetable market. Return to Rohet in the afternoon. (B)

Day 9 Rohet to Ranakpur – 140kms

Today leave Rohet and drive to Ranakpur where you will stay overnight at the Ranakpur Camel Lodge which is located at the LPPS Camel Conservation Centre. This afternoon visit the famous Jain temples which are beautifully preserved and are renowned for their intricate carvings and architecture. The most prominent temple, built in 1439, is the Adinatha which is symmetrically planned around the central shrine and has numerous spires, gateways and porches. Dedicated to the first Tirthankar, the sanctuary includes 1,144 engraved pillars, each one unique, intricately carved ceilings and arches as well as images of Jain saints and their lives, which is a sight to behold. (B/L/D)

Day 10 Ranakpur to Udaipur – 100kms

Early this morning visit the LPPS Camel Conservation Centre. See the camels being milked, the milk being delivered to the dairy and learn how it is processed. The camels are not kept on the farm as they are nomadic, but a visit will be arranged for you to see them which will include a drink of camel milk or camel milk tea. After a ‘camel herder's lunch’ drive to Udaipur where you will stay for two nights at the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. With its white marble palaces, languid deep blue lakes, well-tended gardens and a back-drop of endless green hills, Udaipur is one of Rajasthan's most attractive cities. (B)

Day 11 Udaipur

After breakfast visit the City Palace, an impressive complex of several palaces which overlook Lake Pichola and are still owned by the Maharaja of Udaipur. Places of interest here include the Mor Chowk court, Manak Mahal, Chini ki Chitra Mahal and the Queen's Palace. Also visit the Fateh Prakash Palace and its unique Crystal Gallery and grand Durbar Hall. From the City Palace, return on foot to the old town and the intricately carved Jagdish Mandir temple, ending the day with a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. (B)

Day 12 Udaipur to Mumbai – by air

This morning transfer to Udaipur Airport in good time to catch the flight to Mumbai where you will stay for two nights at the Abode Hotel. One of the world’s great cities, Mumbai has grown from a small group of islands to India’s economic powerhouse and gateway to the world. The remainder of the day will be at leisure to explore the city under your own arrangements. (B)

Day 13 Mumbai

Today explore the city with your guide. Close by is the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 and the excellent Prince of Wales Museum. From here stroll through the historic Colaba district to admire the impressive Gothic Victorian architecture then head to Church Gate Railway Station where, on a weekday, 5,000 dabbawalas deliver a staggering 175,000 - 200,000 tiffin lunches to Mumbai's office workers. In the afternoon continue to Malabar Hill for far-reaching views over the city then end the day at the colourful Dhobi ghats where traditional laundryman collect, wash and return the city's linen. (B)

Day 14 Mumbai to the UK

Today transfer back to Mumbai Airport to catch the Jet Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)

KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Jaipur

Dera Mandawa is a charming boutique hotel, ideally situated just outside the city walls of Jaipur. Many of the city’s attractions can be found with...

Agra

The ITC Mughal Hotel is a comfortable, modern hotel in the historic city of Agra. There are 35 acres of lush landscaped gardens and the hotel is i...

Udaipur

The Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel has a wonderful location right the heart of Udaipur's old city. A charming 17th century haveli, Jagat Niwas also has a...

Rohet

Rohet Garh enjoys a rural countryside location, approximately 45 minutes south of Jodhpur. This delightful heritage hotel has 34 guest rooms and sui...

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Train travel as specified
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Any International flights
  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request

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