Northern Delights: Destination Guide
Beginning in the capital city of Delhi and ending up in Udaipur, with a stop at the Taj Mahal and a few other juicy destinations along the way, this tour is a sure-fire winner. Our team of guides and gastronomic experts will take you through markets, famous restaurants and master-classes to make sure you get the most out of your trip. Read on for some more information on the culinary traditions of the places you'll travel to.
Mughlai and Punjabi cuisine are among the most popular cuisines both in New and Old Delhi. The people in Delhi are food lovers and there are good restaurants located on almost every street. Delhi is also known as the ‘Restaurant Capital of India’. Karim's and Babu Khan are the best known restaurants for Mughlai food. For Punjabi food, Paranthewali Gali in Chandni Chowk is world famous. The Mughlai food served in places like Halim and Nalli Nahari in Old Delhi is truly authentic as most of the people who own these places are supposed to be direct descendants of royal cooks! The Tandoori chicken and butter chicken are still the most popular dishes in Delhi.
The city of the Taj Mahal is famous for its Mughlai cuisine. The renowned kebabs of Agra can be found in any hotel, from 5 star to the local ‘dhabas’ on the street. Kormas and curries are the most favoured dishes, which use curd, cream, nuts and almond sauce as the chief ingredients. Agra is famous for its salty snack known as ‘Dalmoth’ and its sweet called ‘Petha’. The Taj Ganj area has numerous good restaurants, Hotel Kamal and Shanti Lodge are two of the popular ones, from where you can enjoy a view of the Taj Mahal.
One of the best aspects of visiting Jaipur is getting to taste the authentic Rajasthani cuisine. The famous restaurants are easily accessible, most of them located in the heart of the city. Visit MI Road both for shopping and eating. Niro's is one of the oldest multi-cuisine.restaurants here, offering a large variety of tasty food. Spice Court in the posh area of Civil Lines is known for its excellent food, its ambience and entertainment. LMB and Rawat on MI Road are famous for dal-bati and traditional Rajasthani food. Among the non-vegetarian dishes, lal maans or red meat cooked in the royal Rajasthani style is the most popular. Chokhi Dhani is another open-air authentic Rajasthani restaurant where the food can be enjoyed while being entertained by folk musicians and dancers.
Jodhpur is famous for its kachoris and sweets. Kachoris are made of flour and stuffed with onions and spices. There is also a sweet variety known as mawa kachori. Enjoy a glass of refreshing buttermilk or lassi. Janta Sweet Home, Jodhpur Sweet Home and Pokar Sweets are some of the famous restaurants in Jodhpur.
Udaipur, influenced by Jainism and Vaishnavism, is famous for its vegetarian dishes. But there's no shortage of delectable non vegetarian fare either! Okra, dried mango and sangri or dried beans are the specialty here, along with the typical Rajasthani dishes like dal-bati-churma, gatte ki sabzi and kachoris. Enjoy a meal at the Lake Palace, Laxmi Vilas or at hotel Amet Haveli by the lake side.