Your local guide will meet you at your Varanasi hotel and whisk you off to our first stop, the local vegetable market.
We’ll hop from stall to stall and enthusiastically barter (as the locals do) with the vendors for our ingredients. Once we have collected everything we need and explored the market, we’ll make our way to the home of a local Indian family.
You will be warmly welcomed by your hosts and encouraged to draw on their years’ worth of knowledge about traditional Indian cooking methods and the art of blending exotic spices and herbs to produce succulent, delicious curries.
We will begin by preparing a masala chai, a sweet, spicy milk tea blended with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices such as cardamom, fennel, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Then we’ll have a go at making some pakodas, a treat that locals usually enjoy with tea.
While you tuck into your tea and pakodas, your chef will talk about Indian cuisine and what to expect during the cooking class. Then it’s time to adorn our aprons and put our culinary skills to test!
During your hands-on lesson, you will learn how to prepare many delicious things, including pilau rice, dhal, eggplant, raita and chapattis (Indian flatbreads).
No meal is complete without a dessert, so your food odyssey ends on a sweet note with a halwa-making session. Halwa is an aromatic sweet treat made from sooji (similar to semolina) and sugar, then garnished with dried fruits and nuts.
It’s now time to put your aprons aside and sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labours with your hosts. Find out what it’s like to live in this ancient and holy city and compare it with tales of your own hometown.
After lunch, your guide will escort you back to your hotel in Varanasi. Don’t forget to ask about what else there is to see, do and eat during your stay in this magical city.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotels within Varanasi city), cooking class and lunch with local family, mineral water.
Exclusions: Tips/gratuities for your local guide.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.