Chris and Carolyn Caldicott probably know as much about Indian food as anyone; the former owners of London’s World Food Café and authors of multiple regional cookbooks have between them visited, and cooked in, the subcontinent some hundred times. Next October, they will accompany an exclusive group on a 10-day tour of the agrarian hinterlands of western Rajasthan, with Carolyn leading incursions into local market terrain and overseeing cookery classes, while Chris – a photographer-in-residence emeritus at the Royal Geographical Society who has shot for Vanity Fair and Condé Nast Traveller – will help aspiring stylist snappers refine their food and landscape documenting skills.
Guests will dine with nationally renowned chefs and slumber in some of the state’s finest small hotels, including the peerless Raas (www.raasjodhpur.com; from £193; pictured) in Jodhpur, and Ranvas (www.jodhanaheritage.com; from £175), located within the beautiful Nagaur Fort. Spaces are limited; top fixer Cazenove + Loyd (www.cazloyd.com; £5,500 per person, excluding flights) is taking bookings. Should a Rajasthan visit be more imminent, it’s worth heading a few miles outside Udaipur to Bujera Fort; the bungalow, set in its own private garden, has four Lutyens-inspired bedrooms, and is perfect for families. Book through MAhout (www.mahoutuk.com; from £950).