India small group holiday, a food adventure

“Our only India holiday focusing on food in several states. Itís not about silver service and high end eateries. It's real food for real people which makes it gold service in our books.”

Highlights

Delhi | Agra | Taj Mahal | Karauli | Udaipur | Jaipur | Mumbai | Goa

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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Our top tip:
It might be hot and spicy trip, but it can also get cold and shivery depending on when you travel. So read your trip notes, and pack layers if necessary.
Trip type:
Small group, max.12 people.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
12 nights in 2*-3* hotels, one heritage property and one night on sleeper train.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, tour leader and listed activities.
Meals:
12 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 5 dinners. Not ideal for gluten free diets.
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Food Adventures

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what makes a Food Adventure different?
Our focus on these trips is exploring our destination through regional specialities, eating where the locals eat, learning to cook traditional dishes and refreshing your palate with the local tipple! Our usual grass roots style of travel is still very much in evidence and you'll still get to explore a region's highlights as well as more out of the way places under the guidance of your group leader, but there will be a lot of focus on the unique flavours of the region you are visiting.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.
“People travel here for stories. If they want luxury, they can go to Bahamas. If you come to India, youíll get stories.”

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India small group holiday, a food adventure

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

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 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.

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.

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.

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Reviewed on 27 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the Taj Mahal

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you experience motion sickness and/or claustrofobia do not get on the overnight train to Mumbai, instead choose to fly, probably you have to pay extra, but 16 hours in the overnight train was for most of our group members a horrible experience. You should also know that the train is very dirty, cockroaches are walking everywhere, toilets are dirty, and there are no waste bins so how lower in the train, the more waste gets on the floor of the train (food waste, disposables, diapers etc).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Part of the tour is lots of shopping in stores where the guide takes you. So these salesman make benefits. Further more we did nothing to save conservation,
the only thing is that we got a bag in the beginning of the holiday in order to reduce our plastic waste.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


For vegan travelers India is very difficult and the food trip is not suitable for vegans. I would advise vegans to look for a vegan food tour.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Jantien,

We write with reference to your recent correspondence to us regarding your travels on our India Food Adventure.

This is simply a quick note to let you know that we have received your important contact. Your comments are incredibly valuable to us and we will be taking some time in order to look into the matters raised as we also appreciate that it is important to you that we understand your experience.

Your correspondence has been passed onto our Customer Relations team who will liaise with all appropriate personnel in Australia and overseas. Please allow us
up to 28 business days to reply however we do endeavour to respond to you sooner.

In the meantime, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly. If you prefer to discuss your comments and concerns over the phone, please provide us with your best contact number so we can arrange a call during business hours.

Kind Regards

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


My 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. We had the lunch there and learnt a lot of the Sikh religious beliefs. It was very positive visit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The trip notes are very good indeed,so read them carefully . The traveling though is quite easy, and certainly much better than let's say a decade ago

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, think that way. We interacted and communicated with locals more or less all the time, buying also directly. These encounters are a key part of the overall experiences. People are friendly with nice sense of humor

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well planned program, more than expected. Our tour guide Jadduu was very organized and so knowledgeable social and positive. All arrangements worked well

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Taj Mahal, learning to cook amazing interesting Indian food and amazing meals out with India with a lovely group of people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book an extra day beforehand to see Delhi. One day is not long enough.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Used local guides and restaurants and hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Pancham our guide was great too.

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Very god food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel as lightly as possible.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the best

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second - although i'm not sure the whole group would agree!!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of clothes for colder weather (i didn't do my homework properly and it was far colder than I expected). Also, to consider carefully how busy it was: I enjoyed this but my travelling companion got a lot more tired than she expected.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I would like to think the holiday benefited local people, it certainly did in as much as using local transport / local drivers and eating in local establishments or when sampling street food. I'm not sure it's credentials in terms of reducing environmental impact were that high, nor in terms of supporting conservation. Despite our tour leader appearing unaware of it's existence, we did independently organise a slum tour which contributed significantly to the above as profits go directly to the related NGO.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a challenging, enjoyable and interesting experience. There were some disappointments as several activities in the itinerary didn't materialise, but overall these did not detract from the holiday experience.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with the flow! In India, you have to be flexible, changes to itineraries are unavoidable, just see it as an opportunity to see something spontaneous.
Pack a small torch, few streetlights and uneven pavements make returning to hotel after dark an adventure!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the recommended outlets seemed to be directly benefiting local crafts people. It felt good to support them when not in a pressured environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat. The group was friendly and all stuck together.

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