Of Potlucks and Partition

Welcome to the Delhi tour that chronicles the history of Delhi as you sample the iconic delicacies that defined each era. We’ll take you on a culinary sojourn where you’ll learn how food cultures in Delhi changed as the city underwent many identities.

The offbeat tour of Delhi takes you on Delhi’s culinary history so you must bring an appetite. As we try the most iconic food delights of Delhi, marvel at the change in landscape as you pass by India Gate of New Delhi to Jama Masjid of Old Delhi.

Laden with history and stories and so much taste – this is a food tour you won’t want to miss!

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Tour Details

Butter Chicken! Chole Bhature! Chaat! They are what one would think as quick examples to describe the food of Delhi. Interestingly, the quintessential food of Delhi was alien to the city before the partition of the country that divided India and Pakistan in 1947, 72 years ago.

We start our tour with Old Delhi, and learn how the British rule and years of partition altered the capital’s culture fabric and food significantly. We travel back in time to the 17th century when the city was called Shahjahanabad. Exquisite architecture and extravagance defined Delhi then and that also reflected in the cuisine that was elaborate and artful and represented the close living of many communities such as the Mughals, Kayashths, Baniyas etc. We nibble on delectable kebabs, learn about the influence of the Mughal leadership on the food of a Hindu community or the fascinating story of chaat that is seeped in the legend that it was developed as a result of a medical prescription given to then emperor Shah Jahan.

We move toward New Delhi, and take a tea break aptly at a restaurant, established in the 1940s, that still serves food from the British Raj. Chai or milk tea that today is most definitely India’s most beloved beverage was popularised by the British. We learn about the influences on food during the British rule, the birth of a new cuisine of Anglo Indian food.

Our food walk then continues with the stories of partition in Butter Chicken, Dal, Naan and Chole Bhature that have today become iconic transcontinental dishes. Delhi saw an overnight transformation with the partition with Muslims fleeing the city for Pakistan and arrival of Hindu refugees. After partition, Punjabi refugees along with their tandoor (ovens) carried their grit, enterprise and hardines to Delhi. Small eateries established by them started the Indian restaurant food, established the culture of eating out in India and Delhi’s food predominantly became ‘tandoori.’

The tour takes you on Delhi’s culinary history so you must bring an appetite. As we try the most iconic food delights of Delhi, marvel at the change in landscape as you pass by India Gate of New Delhi to Jama Masjid of Old Delhi, Laden with history and stories and so much taste – this is a food tour you won’t want to miss!

  • Private Innova Car
  • Private Explorer
  • Interactions
  • Dinner
  • Timings: 1730 hrs – 2130 hrs
  • Tour Days – All days of the week
  • Best time to visit: All through the year
  • Physical Activity: Moderate
  • Wear comfortable shoes for the tour
  • GST at 5% will be additionally levied on the costs. 
  • The taxes might be subject to change 
  • We work on 100% advance payment 
  • All the places we go to are safe to eat are tried and tested for their safety standard, however No Footprints is not responsible for any food related health issues on or after the tour 
  • Please give us an update for any allergies in advance, if at all
  • The cost doesn’t include transport. If you want us to arrange for transport – please call us for costs
  • This tour is subject to 100% cancellation fee if cancelled within 24 hours or less before the tour schedule 
  • This tour is subjected to a 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 72 hours – 25 hours before the tour scheduled 
  • Rescheduling a tour 24 hours or less before a tour will be subjected to a 50% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints 
  • Rescheduling a tour between 72 hours – 25 hours will be subject to a 25% service charge. The tour rescheduling is at the discretion of No Footprints 
  • The sequence of the tour is at the discretion of No Footprints and the guide on-ground
  • The Start and End timing can be changed basis traffic situation at the discretion of No Footprints. The guests and clients will be notified in advance
  • The tour can be cancelled based on the discretion of No Footprints. The partners will be informed in advance of the same

Participate in a fun Indian Vedic Astrology reading at an additional cost of INR 750 per person (Based on Availability)