I’m heading to India in just a few days and have been busily exploring options to learn about the culinary experiences that India has to offer.
Culinary travel tours are in trend right now – but just how far are you prepared to travel for a good curry? We Brits love spicy food, something with a bit of bite and when Indian cuisine got the Royal seal of approval in the nineteenth century, our love affair with Indian food began. Later, ex-foreign secretary Robin Cook described chicken tikka masala as “a true British national dish”.
Neon lit curry houses grace just about every high street in the land. Yet more and more lovers of Indian cuisine are packing their bags and heading east to sample the real thing: refine their own skills and to experience the wonders that are India first hand.
To meet the increased demand of food lovers and travellers looking for something off the usual tourist trail – Trip Feast, a London based specialist travel company run by Dave and Rahul, veteran travellers with a wealth of experience, has added two new 15 day culinary tours of North and South India for 2015.
Trip Feast Director David McGuiness said “food and drink is very much an integral part of the travel experience and many countries have a rich culinary heritage – our aim is to help people discover and learn the secrets of the world’s best cuisines.”
But the Indian experience is not solely about food. Each of the tours is a journey of discovery into the very heart of India – in the north you will explore atmospheric cities and witness stunning desert scenery, visit many of the region’s imposing forts and palaces, including the imposing Kangra Fort and Jain temples: the Golden temple – a site of pilgrimage, hosts and feeds around half a million people every day during the festival of light.
Take the Southern India tour and here too, there’s a wealth of sites to be impressed by; the old fort at Cochin is the first fort built by Europeans in India and is among the most important attractions of the region. The amazing scenery just gets better and better as we follow the old Spice road – take in a visit to the ancient spice plantations of Thekkady and later a leisurely cruise along the Kerala backwaters, just two of the many highlights of this memorable trip.
And all along the way there’s exquisite food to savour – a whole range of cuisines – from Punjabi Tandoories, Kashmiri and Rajasthan delicacies, to mouth-watering Awadhi and Bengali dishes. For those looking to improve their own culinary skills, where better than cooking with local families in their homes – everywhere you go the welcome is warm and genuine – eating in India is far more than simply refuelling the body, it’s a social, cultural activity.
As seasoned travellers, Trip Feast have put together a number of interesting culinary travel itineraries; packages that take in the interesting, historical and cultural aspects of India, but allow you to experience also the tastes of India – from the street vendors and the roadside pit stops, to Maharaja, royal palace grade fine cuisine.
Contact the team at TripFeast directly on +44 (0)207 183 5153 to book or for more information.