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When clients dream about the flavors of India, they might picture soft and chewy flatbreads drizzled with yogurt sauce, or rice and chicken dishes complemented by fresh vegetables and spices. But the mouthwatering possibilities are truly endless — and there’s no better place to experience them than in the country of India itself.
Suggest clients choose from the following India culinary tours, where they can sample authentic cuisine in bazaars and restaurants as well as make use of the cooking lessons once they return home.
Enjoy Luxe Lessons and Meals During Artisans of Leisure’s private 13-day Culinary Tour of India, clients will explore distinct culinary regions of India. In the north — which is known for naan bread and tandoori chicken — travelers will have a cooking lesson, browse marketplaces and take a cruise on Lake Pichola in Delhi. Clients will also see fishermen and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mumbai, which is recognized for its seafood and sweet milk dishes. Finally, the journey will end in Chennai, where travelers will learn about dosas (pancakes), chutneys, spices and stews.
Discover Deep-Rooted Traditions Travel Impressions’ Silk and Spices tour will treat travelers to the “sights, sounds and aromas of India.” Clients will gain a deeper understanding of India’s countryside and rituals as they eat their way through 11 cities in just 12 days. In addition to visiting local markets and waterways, travelers will participate in food-related excursions such as a lesson about Chinese fishing nets and a subsequent fishing expedition. Throughout the journey, guides will deliver information about India’s endemic species and plants as well as mythology and spiritual traditions, making this an ideal vacation for curious and like-minded travelers seeking cultural immersion.
Taste and Traverse the Country Easy Tours is offering 10-, 13-, 16- and 19-day private culinary tours in India. During its immersive 19 Day Culinary Tour, travelers can explore the country’s biggest cities and vibrant culinary hubs. The trip departs from the northern tip of India in Delhi and stops in nine additional cities. Throughout the journey, clients can sample traditional naan bread and curry in addition to regional dishes such as vegetarian gatte ka saag (flour dumplings drenched in spicy onion, cumin and ginger gravy) and safed maas (chunks of yogurt-soaked lamb with almond-coconut paste). Travelers will also delight in Easy Tour exclusives, including a dinner and cultural show in Jaipur as well as a private cooking lesson and dinner in Cochin.
Tour Street Markets and Bazaars Clients can sample Indian cuisine a number of ways with Intrepid Travel. Culinary tours range from three-day Bite-size Break excursions in single cities to a two-week India Real Food Adventure across seven cities. During the India Real Food Adventure, visitors will have the opportunity to take several cooking classes, explore local bazaars and visit spice farms. Trip highlights include a vegetarian welcome feast with Indian-style ice cream for dessert and chaat (a savory snack) and street food crawls in Agra and Mumbai.