Let’s not over indulge in the delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel. We need our appetite for what’s to follow at lunch today. Rather than get a celebrity chef and hire a flash kitchen for a master class, we thought of learning how to cook authentic, home-made Indian food. So after breakfast, we head to our friend Jyoti Agarwal’s house. She runs a successful venture called ‘Gourmet Desire’ which is very popular among tourists who want to learn Indian cooking. We will enjoy the delicious food that we will cook for lunch. And by the end of the day we will address the general misconception that Indian cuisine is oily, spicy and difficult to make. You can learn more about Gourmet Desire and what visitors think of Jyoti here.
After a hearty lunch, we will visit Annamrita our chosen charity that does an amazing job feeding over a million kids in India their meals in school. The idea behind this is parents from impoverished backgrounds send their kids to school for the meals and kids study well because they get nutritious food. This not-for-profit organisation feeds 1 million kids in India their meals at school daily.
We contribute towards this cause and behind every person who comes on the Good Food Journey, we donate money that will feed 5 kids their meals for an entire year. Learn more about the noble cause here.
Later in the evening we will proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The tour also includes a drive past the imposing India Gate, the Parliament building and the Rastrapathi Bhawan. You will visit the Lotus Temple which has won numerous architectural awards. It is open to all regardless of religion and welcomes approximately 4 million visitors every year from around the world. The tour to Imperial Delhi will include a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. Then you will visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, a precursor of the Taj Mahal.
The division in the walled city of Old Delhi and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. Old Delhi which we saw yesterday is all traditional where you can have a glimpse of the old era, while New Delhi in contrast is a city that lives up to the 21st century standards.
Culinary experience for the day – Home cooking at Gourmet Desire.
Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch