NEW DELHI, India — India overwhelms the senses in every way it can: from its street noises to its music, from the competing aromas of the market to the undeniable smell of incense. Most of all the tastes – trying to understand their blend is as interesting as learning how they were conceived. Ibex Expeditions will lead guests on a culinary tour through Rajasthan, an area known for its exceptional cuisine.
Most travelers to India’s northern state of Rajasthan know the region for its architecture, boasting palaces and forts that were once home to maharajas. Some of these architectural gems have now been restored as heritage hotels, and Ibex’s guests will get to enjoy several overnights in these exquisite venues as well as a deluxe, tented camp. Throughout the tour, guests will enjoy walking about the villages, visiting local families and learning about food as they go.
India’s cuisines vary greatly by region and are some of the most delicious and popular in the world. Explore the tastes of India’s warrior desert state, where cooking was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region. Participants will also experience Mughlai and Tandoori North India cuisine, two of the most popular in the world! The climate of Rajasthan greatly influences its regional fare, yet most cuisine includes staple ingredients such as millet, barley, spices and yoghurt. Wood fires and terracotta pots are typically utilized in this style of cooking.
Guests will visit local kitchens to learn the traditions and techniques of northern Indian cooking – be it in the small boutique hotels where they stay or family homes they visit – and come away with sensational recipes to prepare for loved ones at home. This tour is designed to immerse participants in the local culture and landscape to reveal the true spirit of the region – this travel experience is inspiring, unique and deeply rewarding.
This 10-day itinerary includes visits to working farms and local homes as well as cooking classes, a village safari, bird watching and tempting meals that illustrate the diversity and uniqueness of the culinary history and culture of Rajasthan. Guests will visit Jaipur, made famous by the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” movie; Jodhpur to experience the Mehrangarh Fort, home to maharajas; and stay at Chattra Sagar Tented Camp, with arrival and departure through Delhi. Please contact Ibex Expeditions for specific tour information or visit the Culture and Special Interest Tours page for more information about the company’s culinary tours.
Ibex Expeditions, the premier tour operator in India arranges intimate, culturally immersive journeys, be it camping in the Himalayas or fine dining at a maharaja’s palace. All trips benefit communities and protect the environment. Please see additional information at www.ibexexpeditions.com.
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