India’s magnificent cuisine legacy has graced virtually every palette throughout the world. The delectable combination of spices, divine textures, intoxicating odours, and vibrant colours have made the Indian foodscape one of the most globally popular. Synonymous with celebration and jovial ambience, the Indian way of eating is one which has enticed travellers to the country for decades. From the regal riches of the capital to the multicuisine wonders of Bombay, India Culinary Tours
sweeps you away on an unforgettable journey of fantastic food in Asia’s most romantic setting.
Steeped in ancient traditions pleasantly mingled with the latest trends in contemporary culture, India’s exuberant cities offer everything to the cuisine connoisseur in the way of culinary tourism. Its influences are celebrated at home and abroad, hosting world-class events such as the India International Food and Wine Show (IFOWS)
and food-themed tours taking off in the industry on a huge scale. From high mountain villages to the coastlines of the continents, food is no longer the accompaniment to a journey, but the sole inspiration. And while this is no revelation in a place where food has always been integral to the culture and economy, its growing appeal has drawn in visitors of all varieties who are eager to traverse the breathtaking landscape to enjoy an authentic meal. With distinct variation between India’s many regions, India Culinary Tours give you the opportunity to enjoy the best of North and South, revealing some of the highest-calibre restaurants in the country.
Tour Packages: India’s Finest Cities
While India’s cuisine map is impressive throughout, its magical cities are the hub of culinary innovation. Some of the finest dining is found in the city of Bombay (Mumbai), the first stop of Culinary Tour 01
. Captivating cosmopolitan menus draw on Maharashtran, Gujarati, Goan, Parsi, South Indian and Muslim influences. Dishes like butter chicken, the Bombay Sandwich (potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion rings, beetroot, and mint chutney) and Bombil – Bombay Duck – are legendary in their palette-appeasing feats. Yet there remains a vast multitude of delights to sample, from sweet to spicy to savoury or a thrilling combination of all three.
Other tastes en route include delicious sweets from the Pink City (Jaipur) and famous eats like dal batti (flatbread), bajra, and several vegetarian curries for which the region is so renowned. Destinations like Agra serve irresistible Mughlai cuisine, offering some of the best tandoori chicken, seekh and boti kebab, and tandoori fish.
Not to be outdone, Delhi’s Mughlai, Purani, and Punjabi selections have crowned the capital’s restaurants with taste splendour, with mouth-watering masterpieces such as chicken tikka rolls, biryani, aloo chat (containing boiled potatoes), chole kulche (made with chick peas), and the succulent gulab jamum, one of the city’s favourite deserts. It is the last stop of Culinary Tour 01 and the first of Culinary Tour 02
. Other cities include Ajmer and Pushkar, serving Jain and Rajasthani menus. Malpua (made from flour, milk, sugar and butter) is a sweet dish, and another popular and exquisite order is lassi (composed of sugar, salt, cumin, cardamom and saffron).
Dining in India isn’t simply about wine and food enjoyed on sunset terraces overlooking some of the world’s most ornate architecture, however. Culinary Tour 03
whisks you away to stunning vistas of mountains, fields, forests and lagoons. Here is the rare opportunity to experience the organic riches cultivated from Indian soil, like cocoa, banana, pepper, toddy, coconut, nutmeg, prawns and pearlspot from Philip Kutty’s Farm. The establishment has earned raving reviews worldwide, serving up feasts of duck curry, Appam (rice bread) Kerala fish fry, chutneys, deserts, and much more.
A fascinating insight into pre-colonial and colonial times, the tastes of tea and spice plantation visits beckon, as well as ancient markets in Kerala. Ginger, cardamom, pepper, turmeric, cloves unleash a rapturous mixture of scents and sensations. The Mattancherry Spice Market produces some of the finest spices in the region, as well as offering some eclectic variations.
The Ritualistic Nature of Food
Dining is not just about touch, taste, and texture – but about wellbeing and ritual. Food in India is not consumed, but savoured – and a collective gathering for cooking and eating is instrumental to the overall experience. Whether enjoying the fresh breeze rolling across the plantations and onto the patio, or admiring the decor and ambience of an upscale dining establishment in one of Delhi’s majestic food palaces, excellent service, beautiful music, and comfortable atmosphere are just as much a part of the journey as the wondrous food itself.