Traditional Home Cooking

10 Days / 9 Nights

Amritsar - Jaipur - Agra - Cochin

Overview

Indian food has been widely appreciated around the world for its fabulous use of herbs and spices, and unique preparation which appeals to almost every palette. India offers a large variety of cuisines from its various regions, each one markedly different from the other. 

Explore markets and major monuments, and learn from locals how they cook their authentic dishes at home. Our Traditional Home Cooking Tour will give you a chance to taste the rich and flavourful culinary delights from many different regions while you also visit the most famous places.

Highlights of this tour

* Cook and dine with local families

* Learn how to cook delicious and flavourful Indian dishes of the following cuisines:

Punjabi

Rajasthani

Mughlai

Kerala

* Visit major tourist attractions

* Enjoy a relaxing houseboat day-cruise on Kerala backwaters

Itinerary

Punjabi cuisine, one of the most distinct and popular Indian cuisines and comes from the region of Punjab situated partially in India and Pakistan. It offers a vast variety of delectable and exotic vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are prepared with varied traditional culinary styles, particularly the tandoori style. These mouth-watering dishes have rich, spicy and buttery flavour savoured with Punjabi Basmati rice of varied forms and special Punjabi breads like Tandoori Roti and Naan. Beverages form an important part of Punjabi cuisine, one of the most famous is Lassi, which can be sour, sweet, or mango flavored.

 

Day 1 - Arrival to Amritsar.
Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Amritsar and transfers you to your hotel. The day is free for your leisure and activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Amritsar.


Day 2 - Golden Temple and bazaar walk, Cooking session
After a leisurely breakfast, your tour guide will take you for Amritsar sightseeing. Stroll at Bazaars, where you can purchase handwoven phulkari cloth, salwar-kameez, dupattas, and chunnis. The Raunak Store at Pink Plaza is a world-famous shoe store known to manufacture and sell traditional leather footwear known as jutti. Take "Heritage walk", starts from Town Hall and covers 9 historical points. Then visit Jalliamwala Bagh and Sri Harmandir Sahib, known as the “Golden Temple”. Cook and dine with a local family, enjoy a delicious 4-course Punjabi meal, learn about authentic Punjabi dishes and beverages, like Lassi.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Amritsar.


Rajasthani cuisine - The state of Rajasthan is famed for its rich regal culture and heritage. The arid nature of the region, the extreme climatic conditions, scarcity of water and vegetation has witnessed evolvement of unique cooking styles and food habits of the natives that is noticeably different from other Indian cuisines. One can find wide variety of delectable and exquisite Rajasthani dishes starting from main courses to snacks to sweet dishes. Some items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia have garnered both national and international popularity. 


Day 3 - Travel to Jaipur 

Travel by flight to Jaipur. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Jaipur and transfers you to your hotel. Freshen up in your hotel room, then visit a Haveli (traditional mansion) and enjoy a cooking session and the dinner with a local family. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur. 


Day 4 - Jaipur sightseeing

After breakfast set out with your private guide on a city tour of Jaipur, beginning at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. Proceed to Amber and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Amber Fort, built from red sandstone and marble. Visit a colorful local market with your guide, then visit Chikhi Dhani, an artificial village, where you can get a glimpse of Rajasthani life, and taste different Rajasthani specialties from thalis to sweets.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur. 


Mughlai cuisine - Discover the Mughlai dishes in Delhi and Agra. Mughlai cuisine evolved in Medieval India during the Mughal Empire. It is highly influenced by the cuisines of Central Asia, quite spicy, rich and marked with a very unique aroma. One of the most popular and favourite cuisines among foodies across India. Some of its signature dishes include Biriyani, Murg Musallam, Kebabs and Malai Kofta.

Day 5 - Travel to Agra
After breakfast travel by road to Agra. Freshen up in your hotel room and participate in a cooking class at a local family's home. Learn to cook a multi-course meal comprising of various Indian food dishes in the most authentic way.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.


Day 6 - Agra sightseeing and Authentic homemade meal

Learn about the different local vegetables and participate in a cooking demo in a 100-year-old ancestral home. After lunch visit Taj Mahal.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.


Kerala cuisine is varied, but best categorised according to the different local communities. The more famous ones are the Malabari Muslim dishes and the Syrian Christian dishes. Availability of coconut has made it a fundamental component of Kerala cooking whether used as an ingredient or in oil form extracted from the nut. Availability of seafood in the coastal belt of the state makes it almost a daily consume. There is a wide variety of non-vegetarian dishes with some of the popular ones being Malabari Fish Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Malabar Biriyani, Meen Thoran – a fish preparation with coconut. The various snacks items are banana fry, cutlets, cakes, halwas and payasam among others. 


Day 7 - Travel to Cochin

Morning travel to Delhi airport and fly to Cochin. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Cochin and transfers you to your hotel in Fort Kochi. The rest of the day is free for your leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Fort Kochi.


Day 8 - Cookery class

Indulge yourself in a hands-on cooking lesson in the ‘land of spices’ and learn how to cook classic Keralan cuisine with a local cook. Once we have prepared your feast together, sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labors and have a chat about the region’s food culture and local life in Kochi.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Fort Kochi.


Day 9 - Houseboat cruise

After a leisurly breakfast explore the markets, enjoy the aroma of fresh spices and learn about the local vegetables, fruits, and fishes. Evening watch the sunset during your houseboat cruise and have authentic Keralan dishes on board.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Fort Kochi.


Day 10 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to Cochin Airport 


Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $4,370

Deluxe: From $3,180

Economy: From $2,420


Note: Above prices are subject to change accordingly to the hotels' different season rates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 9 nights
  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking chauffeur driven Air Conditioned private vehicle
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English speaking private local guides
  • Other activities as per itinerary (Rickshaw ride, Houseboat cruise, Cooking class, Yoga, Cultural programs, etc.)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Bottles of mineral water during journeys
  • All government taxes, service charges, parking and toll fees
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Pre- or post-night accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, etc.
  • Camera Fee at Monuments
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

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