Peggy Markel has traveled the globe for more than 20 years, becoming an expert in creating group journeys to the world’s most opulent destinations. Guests will experience the perfect balance of leisure, luxury and adventure on Tasting Royal Rajasthan (February 3–15, 2013), an exotic foray into India’s rich culinary heritage.
Beginning in Delhi, the trip boasts a stop at the world-famous Spice Route, where Markel introduces diners to wines produced in India (such as Sula Vineyards’s Dindori Reserve Shiraz). Other savory stops include farm visits, cooking seminars and stays in resorts like the marble-rich Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. From the Himalayan peaks to the topaz-colored sea of Goa, guests take in exotic vistas while indulging in India’s culinary delights. On one jaunt, a local food expert guides visitors through the Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. On another, diners enjoy a traditional Rajasthani meal cooked with farm-fresh vegetables. Double room: $10,250 per person.