A land of fierce warriors, the Rajputs and the oldest civilisation in the world. Rajasthan is the India of  postcards and holiday brochures.


Welcome to Rajasthan – a dazzling land of deserts, lakes, palaces, colour, textiles and buffalo butter. It is famed for its luxurious upperclass cookery – an exotic mix of dry, spicy desert food and gloriously rich, creamy Muslim indulgence. Rajasthan is wildly inspiring in terms of design, cuisine, music, old crafts like weaving, painting, tie-dying and really traditional culture.

It is the only state which had relatively little British intrusion during the Raj (British control), retaining autonomy and semi-feudal princely rule right up to 1971 when Indira Gandhi abolished the maharajas. It is the most conservative and culturally rich state in India.

We meet up and begin our ten day tour with a Thali welcome dinner in the state capital of Jaipur. The next day we drive to Bundi to spend two days immersing ourselves in palaces and gold thread weaving. Next we travel on to Udaipur, for two nights of art, painting and culture right at the edge of the famous Pichola lake. Next stop is Narlai in the Thar desert for two days of cooking classes, temples, a jeep safari adventure and a sunset horse-ride. Our final 3 nights are spent in the blue city of Jodhpur at the very chic Raas Hotel, where a fabulous final night party concludes our tour. 

Along the way we learn how to tie-dye, paint temple art, cook in the desert, find out how to weave with gold thread, float on lakes, eat with our fingers in faded glory palaces and do a bit of yoga when it all gets too fabulous and we need a lie down.

IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved and the temperatures are hot.

Peta mathias talks to locals on her sulinary tour in south india/tamil nadu

Tour details

2018 Rajasthan TOUR – FULL

Bundi, Udaipur, Narli & Jodhpur

8 – 18 November

2019 Rajasthan TOUR

Bundi, Udaipur, Narli & Jodhpur

31 October – 10 November



 NZD 8,750 per person
(based on twin share) 

This includes 10 nights accommodation, internal transport, cooking classes, cultural visits, guest chefs, restaurants, all meals & wine with meals. ($950 single supplement subject to availability).

Maximum of 14 guests.


In Jaipur we stay at
Hotel Diggi Palace

In Bundi we stay at
 Ishwari Niwas

In Udaipur we stay at
 Jagat Niwas Palace

In Narlai we stay at
 Rawla Narlai

In Jodhpur we stay at
 Raas Jodhpur

About our tours

Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences, far from the well-trodden tourist circuits and into the homes, restaurants and kitchens of people with real food soul.

We sample everything, from the chic to the humble because... variety is the spice of life!  As usual the most difficult task has been to choose between all those delicious recipes... those tempting wines... those magical interiors... those overflowing markets... Someone's got to do it - why not you?  I hope you can join us.


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