India small group holiday, a food adventure
Description of India small group holiday, a food adventure
If youíve always wanted to embark on India group tours like the Marigold Hotel on tour then this two week food adventure holiday is most definitely for you.
Taking in the tastes and smells of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur starts this India group tour as it means to go on with further travel by train from Udaipur to Mumbai and then by plane to the beaches of Goa, enabling foodies to make the most of their time in the most efficient way possible.
This is your chance to experience the spirituality and heritage of Rajasthan through traditional methods of cooking, with street food, homemade dishes and fresh fish suppers colliding into one gorgeously gastronomic fortnight on an India group tour.
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7 Reviews of India small group holiday, a food adventure
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019 by Dorothy LeeA wonderful informative trip filled with lots of temples; forts; palaces; food. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2019 by Jantien van der MeerVisiting the Taj Mahal was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by Jarmo KaariainenMy trip was full of exciting and memorable moments every day! To choose one, we visited the Old Delhi the first day, had the breakfast in the narrow lines and then visited the Sikh Temple and were introduced how the local volunteers prepare free meals to be shared to anybody. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Dec 2016 by Alison PickExcellent. Pancham our guide was great too. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by Mick SandersHow would you rate your holiday overall? One of the best Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by Sarah MemeryMost memorable was undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2013 by mary sousterExcellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat...Tasting street food of India, feeling reassured that our leader had assessed the risks of hygiene at that particular outlet. The food was always delicious and unforgettable Read full review
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We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes two nights stay in heritage properties. You will get to experience the former grandeur of these places where dinner will be served in the dining halls of former Royal families. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. . We encourage our travellers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.
PeopleWe believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.
As company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
Projects supported in India are the Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) project which provides services to disabled children and adults. They run three special schools, currently assisting around 160 children, and an old-age home for the short-stay of elderly people. AJK also provides vocational training, participates in diagnostic camps and distributes aids and appliances to physically disabled persons. Secondly the Deepalaya project is focused on building a better future for India's street children. They have assisted more than 44,000 underprivileged children through the provision of food and board, health care, meaningful education and vocational training, counselling and career guidance, understanding, friendship, and warmth and solace. Finally the GOONJ project channels vital resources to rural India through the distribution of used items such as clothes and household goods. Their school-to-school program of channelling resources like uniforms, shoes, stationery, lunch boxes etc from urban schools to rural schools will benefit more than 35,000 children in its first phase.