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10 Destinations in India for the Gourmet Traveller

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One of the favourite pass-times for travellers is gorging on the sheer variety of street food and fast-foods that are available in India. The best way to define the place where you are travelling is by the food it serves. India boasts of a drool-worthy destinations for foodies from across the world. Many varieties of dishes and snacks are availabe all throughout these cities, making them a must-visit for the all the gourmet travellers. Here is a guide to the 10 destinations you should head to for satisfying the foodie in you.

Kochi

Kochi

Kochi, primarily a fishing village in pre- colonial Kerala, is now a throbbing tourist hub. With the Portuguese, Dutch, English and Arabs coming ashore for trade purposes, the city offers a mixed culture and heritage. Almost every nook and corner holds something interesting for the travellers. Tourists can slouch lazily on the beach or travel inside to look at the must-see architecture scattered across the town. It is sure to take you down the memory lane to the colonial times. The wide variety of cultures have left their mark on the cuisine of the region, with strong influences of the Dutch and Portuguese. Head to the Malabar House to try the traditional thali served on a banana leaf or Tissa's Inn for various mouthwatering snacks such as puttu, idiyappam and stew, beef fry and 'porota'. These dishes will certainly make you want to prolong you stay.

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad in Gujarat is a city of paradox. On one side you find the Gujaratis who are popular throughout India as the master businessmen and on the other, you have the ashrams of Gandhiji with his ideals of Satyagraha and Non-violence. A place full of modern attractions and historical monuments like Hutheesing Jain Temple, Sidi Sayeed Masjid,Swaminarayan Temple, Jami Masjid and Mahudi Jain Temple to name a few. If you want to savour the taste of Gujarat then head to the authentic restaurant here called Rajwadu that is famous for serving the best Gujarati thalis. You can also head to the nearest sweet and namkeen shop to savour the various snack items like samosa, khandvi, uundhyu, dhokla, bardoli ki khichdi, thepla and handvo. A promise made by the shopkeepers here is that these snacks are surely going to melt in your mouth and make you ask for more.

Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur in Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City' and is a beautiful old city of India. This picturesque city that is situated in a semi desert territory was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and is the first city of India to be planned according to the ‘Vaastu Shastra'. The Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol and Jal Mahal are some of the popular tourist attractions of Jaipur. Travellers coming here should try the local cuisine of this place that is absolutely lip-smacking. Enjoy the hot aloo parathas that have come straight out of the tandoor with a large dollop of ghee or go for the traditional dal bhati churma served by local restaurants. Jaipur's most famous street offering is the hot and spicy pyaaz ki kachori, that is available at most sweet shops. For the best meal in town head to Niros, known to serve the best of these mouthwatering dishes.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad

The picturesque city of Hyderabad stands on the banks of River Musi and emotes till date the grandeur of the Nizams' who once ruled over this region. It was previously known as Bhaganagar but later on got the name Hyderabad. The city has to its credit many monuments and structures of the bygone era that still stand here and provides grandeur to the place. Thus, it came to be known as the 'City Of Pearls'. Head to the Sahib Sindh Sultan to relish the aromatic Hyderabadi Biryani that is sure to give you a royal feel and also while here savour the spicy haleem and chaakna.

Amritsar

Amritsar

One of the largest cities in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh community. It is home to several historical Gurdwaras, the most prominent one being the Harmandir Sahib, commonly referred to as the Golden Temple. Of immense religious significance, this holy abode of Sikhs attracts over 100,000 visitors every day from different parts of the world. It is also a paradise for a gourmet traveller who can gorge on the spicy Punjabi fare that includes a variety of parathas and kulchas. Also, do try out the lassi served in the dhabas here in a long steel glass. The best place to savour these lip-smacking dishes are at Kesar Da Dhabha and Bharawan Da Dhabha that are known to serve them in traditional style. Yor are sure to be blown away by the food and a single visit here certainly does not do justice.

Lucknow

Lucknow

Popularly known as ‘The City of Nawabs', Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh and is situated on the banks of the river Gomti. The city's history dates back to the time of the Suryavanshi dynasty. It is the period of the Nawabs that gave the city its courteous culture not to forget its sumptuous cuisine that is as famous today as it was during that era. The must try dishes in Lucknow includes tunde ke kabab and the famous Lucknowi biryani and the best place to dig into the heavenly treat is at the Sakhawat restaurant that has a traditional décor. Also, try out the Kashmiri chai that is specially made available during the winter season.

Mumbai

Mumbai

A city wherein every corner holds something of prominence, from the railway station to the local street food seller, everyone in Mumbai makes the city the way it is. Vada pav, the spicy bread and potato fritter combination is the city's staple snack-on-the-go and is a must try for all visiting here. Another dish to try here is the pav bhaji with a generous dollop of butter on it. There are various chaats like pani puri and bhel puri that are also worth sampling. Finally enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset while relishing the cool ice golas served on the beaches here.

Goa

Goa

Goa and its beaches need no introduction. The state is well-known for its spectacular beaches that is a major reason behind its successful tourism. Replete with swaying palms, food shacks, flea markets, water sports and night life the beaches of Goa make for a perfect holiday. Travelling to Goa is incomplete without savouring the mouthwatering Goan food! Some of popular dishes here includes pork vindaloo, sorpotel, prawn balchao, prawn pie, fejoada, chicken xacuti, galmbo balchao and bebinca that is served here in many of the shacks namely The Fisherman's Wharf and La Calypso. Also, don't forget to try feni, a locally produced fermented drink made from cashew fruit.

Delhi

Delhi

Delhi or 'Dilli' as the locals call it is the capital of India and happens to be one of India's largest cities. It is a perfect combination of antiquity and modernity and is renowned for being home to many architectural masterpieces such as the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort, India Gate, the Akshardham shrine and many more. For the foodie in you a visit to the the famous Chandni Chowk is a must, as this street is the ultimate eatery here. You are sure to fall in love with the place as you relish the parathas served. Also, try out the dahi bhalla and various chaats that are served along the streets of Delhi.

Kolkata

Kolkata

Kolkata is home to many religions and races. There are museums, planetariums, libraries, cricket grounds, football stadiums and many places of religious interest. It has been regarded as the cultural capital of India and still boasts of theatres where regular dramas are enacted on weekends in the Northern part of the city - Shyam Bazar and surrounding areas. But the main attraction in Kolkata is gorging on the many street foods that are available here. These foods are available all throughout the city and the Kolkatans make sure that they have a bite of at least one of these lip smacking snacks every day. Kolkata's streets don't disappoint, try the spicy jhaal muri or head to puchka stand to gorge on the puchkas, then head to one of the sweet shops to cool your fiery tongue with rosgullas and sandesh. Other must-try items are the river fish Hilsa and bhetki that is cooked in mustard. Head to Kewpies for an authentic Bengali cuisine or to Nizam's for a complete Mughlai fare.

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