Culinary Tours India
It is said you can eat more varieties of cuisine in India than the rest of the world together! The delicious Indian recipes, as rich and diverse as its civilization, have been passed on through generations by word of mouth. The range varies from region to region, from the taste, to the color, texture and aroma. Our Cuisine & Culture journeys feature celebrity chefs, regional delicacies and Asian fare that could leave you asking for more. Not only do you dine and imbibe extremely well but also learn about aspects of food creation and cooking. You undertake visits to interesting markets (spice & vegetable), private homes and the best restaurants, making the journey a gastronome’s delight!
Fusion cuisine has taken root here in the past few years and the ambassador for this movement is Suvir Saran, one of India’s most celebrated chefs. He opened Devi in New York City to rave reviews. Go fishing with a Goan fisherman in a seaside village, and then return to his home for a cooking demo and a meal with his family. Meet a tea plantation owner in famed Darjeeling, who creates a special blend of tea just for you. Or learn about coffee at Coorg in Karnataka!! Savor the regional delicacies prepared for you at a spice farm in Kerala followed by an orientation tour on Indian spices. A sumptuous experience awaits you!
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Heritage & Culture Tours
India is famous all over the world for its rich heritage, unique traditions, diverse cultures and ancient civilization. It has preserved its cultural heritage in various forms- be it magnificent forts, palaces and havelis, amazing temples, mosques and churches, spicy and delicious cuisine, and many colorful festivals. India has it all, making it one of the most favorite cultural destinations in the world. Visit some of the most famous and amazing sites known for their cultural and architectural uniqueness- including the World Wonder, Taj Mahal. India houses 24 (UNESCO) World Heritage & Cultural sites, one of the largest in a single country.
We at Pink Escapes can design a completely personalized heritage & culture tour for you, exactly as per your interests and imaginations.
The cuisine of India is famous for its use of spices, herbs and other exotic ingredients. The style of cooking and flavors differ in every part of this country. India is well known globally for its diverse cuisines and a large assortment of dishes served with unbeatable hospitality, dishing bliss-on-a-platter to the food lovers.
The Indian cuisines most popular with the travelers are Mughlai and delicacies from the North-West Frontier epitomized by the ITC Bukhara in New Delhi. Mughlai cuisine is an ancient technique of cooking developed in the India in the royal kitchens of the Mughal Emperors. It has been influenced by the cooking styles of multiple lands developing a unique and rare blend – several delicacies with spicy to mild flavors, with a lingering rich aroma of whole and ground spices & herbs, assortment of meats cooked as kebabs or relished with gravies, and an assortment of mouth-watering breads. North Western Frontier brings to us the Peshawari cuisine, a rustic and delectable style of cooking. In this cuisine, large pieces of vegetables and meats are marinated and prepared at high temperatures in the tandoor (clay-oven), to keep the food tender and moist. The spices, herbs and flavors used will suit every palate – of course with adjustment of chilies to taste.
Apart from these, there are many regional cuisines famous among the tourists like Punjabi food, Rajasthani food, Bengali dishes, Gujarati wholesome thali, Malabar cuisine, Kashmiri food, Awadhi cuisine and delicacies of Chettinard and North Eastern cuisine.
The changing times and innovation has also led to localization of many international cuisines, still the original recipes stick out for their authentic taste. India Fusion food has made rave around the world. The cuisine that stands out is the Fusion food. Its origin can be traced back to the British rule in India, where the British and Indian cuisines were fused to create new delicacies. From that time onwards, people have gone ahead and combined foods from various countries together to create a whole new selection of dishes. This cuisine can be found in metropolitan parts of the country, with different preparations to suit different regions.
India’s celebrity, New Delhi born Chef Suvir Saran opened the DeviRestaurant in New York to great reviews. And it is the first Indian restaurant in the U.S. to have earned a Michelin star. The restaurant offers a unique blend of authentic Indian home cooking brought together with traditional and regional delicacies. Chef Manish Malhotra of the Indian Accent at the Manor showcases Indian food for the 21st century with a remarkable creation of fusion specialties. Awarded the best restaurant all India by Time Out, Indian accent, offers a range of tasting menus that are a must try – for one and all!!
7 Popular Indian Snacks
Samosas – fried pastries containing mixed fillings served hot with mint and tamarind chutneys (accompanying sauce). This snack has a lot of preparations and different types of fillings in different parts of the country – common ones being potatoes, peas, vegetables and chicken
Chaat – one of the most famous savory snack available at almost every street / market of the country. Its popularity has off course resulted in its numerous variants using different ingredients in different regions
Bhelpuri – is said to have came from cafes of Gujarat and local food stalls of Mumbai. It is nutritious and delicious, with its main ingredient being puffed rice mixed with tamarind chutney and chopped vegetables
Vada Pav – a famous Maharashtrian snack usually having fried patties of potato in a heated bun with different side ingredients and chutneys
Momos – are popular in the whole country but these did originate in the state of Sikkim as an appetizer. These steamed dumplings can be steamed or fried, filled with boiled and grated vegetables or any type of minced meat, often served with a soup
Paani Puri or Gol Gappa – round, thin and hollow bread, fried till crispy, which is filled with spicy mint water, diced potato and boiled chickpeas, with a hint of tamarind chutney and spices
Idli, Vada and Dosa with Sambar – are popular snacks from South India, also famous all over the country for their distinctive tastes. These are made from fermented lentils and rice batter in various proportions by steaming, deep frying and shallow frying respectively. All served with coconut chutney
7 Popular Indian Dishes
Biryani – a rice dish usually cooked using basmati (the best quality of rice), many spices, meat, eggs and vegetables. This world famous dish comes from the ancient and royal kitchens of the Mughal Emperors
Butter Chicken – the renowned chicken preparation, from the kitchens of Punjabi cuisine, which puts India on the Food Map of the world. For this dish, the chicken is marinated in yoghurt with spices and then cooked in a special sauce made with loads of butter, onion, tomato puree and a number of spices, giving it a unique flavor
Tandoori Chicken – a savory dish made with marinated chicken, cooked in a clay oven with several spices.
Kebabs – pieces of meat, vegetables or cottage cheese marinated in flavoring spices and cooked in a clay-oven before serving with a mint chutney
Palak paneer – a delicacy of Punjabi cuisine, usually served with Indian bread made from maize flour. Boiled spinach and cottage cheese are cooked with flavoring spices, onion and a vital hint of garlic
Dal makhani – a rich preparation of lentils and beans cooked with fresh cream, onions, tomato and spices, topped with butter
Naan and Parathas – popular Indian flatbreads prepared plain or with different stuffings. Naan is prepared in a clay oven and served hot, topped with butter. Parathas are usually stuffed with various fillings and cooked over a flat pan, also generously topped with butter
7 Popular Indian Desserts
Laddu – made from semolina, gram flour and other flours, mixed with oil, nuts and powdered sugar. Often prepared on festivals for offerings and on wedding occasions to distribute
Carrot halwa – a rich preparation of grated carrots, prepared in ghee (clarified butter) with khoya (thickened or reduced milk), milk and nuts. It is quite popular in North India in winters and is served hot – can leave many gasping for more
Rasgulla – a Bengali sweet made out of dough balls of cottage cheese that are steamed and then thoroughly dipped in sugar syrup
Jalebi – another famous sweet of India made with all purpose fermented flour batter, fried in circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrup. Often served with Rabri – a delicacy made from condensed milk and served cold as an accompaniment to Jalebi or savored by itself
Gulab Jamun – the staple dessert in India, prepared out of fried khoya balls stuffed with chopped pistachio and other nuts. Dipped in rose flavored sugar syrup and are best enjoyed piping hot
Srikhand – a dessert from the Western and South-Western region of India, made out of strained yogurt mixed with sugar, nuts and different spices for aroma, especially cardamom
Kheer – an Indian rice pudding, made by boiling rice with milk, sugar and an assortment of nuts. It is then served hot or chilled, sprinkled with saffron, silver leaf and raisins
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The islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep represent a mini India with a rich diversity of language, religion, culture, history, customs and society. The Andaman and Nicobar are islands in the Bay of Bengal, covered with dense forests and with an endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests, sandy beaches and meandering coastlines fringed with coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The rare underwater marine life and corals, crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks, are a gift of nature. This is a world class eco-tourism destination with immense potential for adventure and water sports like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc.
Lakshadweep is one of the most picturesque island destinations in the world today. A vast expanse of pristine beaches beautifully lined with striking palms, turquoise lagoons, dazzling coral reefs, eye catching tourist spots and salubrious climate. This is the ideal place for a break from the fast life, to refresh your spirits with long walks on the beaches, learn about the tribes living here and their traditions, even as you enjoy their cuisine. Enhance your experience with adventure and water sports.
The Indian islands are a perfect destination for nature and adventure lovers who want to experience tranquility and thrill, romantics who want to arm lock in their private space and those who are on a path of rediscovering themselves.
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Madhya Pradesh, with its capital in Bhopal, is seen as the heart of India. The river Narmada, flanked by the Vindhya and Satpura ranges, runs through it. All three of its major cities—Bhopal, Indore, the largest city and Gwalior, the tourist capital—are associated with royalty—the Begums of Bhopal, the Holkars of Indore and the Scindias of Gwalior. At one time the largest Indian state, before the creation of Chattisgarh, this region is associated with several strong female rulers—Rani Durgavati, Ahalyabai Holkar and the Rani of Jhansi, to name a few. Your visit to Madhya Pradesh could include the tranquil beauty of Pachmarhi; the glittering splendor of Marble Rocks; the roar of the Dhuandhar Falls at Bedaghat; Kanha National Park with its unique Barasingha; Bandhavgarh National Park and a visit to prehistoric caves. Visit Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Chitrakoot and Amarkantak for your spiritual well-being and the temples of Khajuraho to marvel at the skill of the medieval Indian sculptor.
Many cities in Madhya Pradesh—Ujjain, Sanchi, and Vidisha, to name a few—were well-known in the ancient world, a fact to which the archaeological treasures in the museums of the state provide mute testimony. Lovers of Indian classical music will want to visit Gwalior, the home of an important Gharana of North Indian music and the site of the Tansen Music Festival, to celebrate the life of Akbar’s much-loved court musician, who is buried here.
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The west of India includes a marvelous expanse spreading over Gujarat and Maharashtra, the two Indian states that are centers of business and the textile hub of India. Gujarat offers breathtaking locations and a scenic landscape, considered a melting pot of several civilizations resulting in a vibrant culture and a rich heritage. Azure seas meet sparkling sands, and the jungles are verdant, lush and green, where lion prowl and flamingos preen. Marble temples, white and pure, reflect the glory of the days of yore.
Mumbai – ‘Commercial Capital of India’, ‘City that never sleeps’, ‘City of Dreams’ – is the capital of Maharashtra. The city is forever alive, pulsating, vivacious and always on the move. Maharashtra also offers a gateway to the age-old palaces of the Maratha kings, carvings at Ajanta and the Ellora Caves and a spiritual experience at the Osho’s ashram in Pune. To top it all Goa, “The land of Sun, Sand and Sea”, is blessed with splendid scenic beauty, golden beaches, beautiful rivers, natural lakes and an architectural splendor – undoubtedly a “Paradise”. Once a Portuguese territory it portrays multitude of exquisite architecture and is also known for its magical night life – abundant bars and restaurants can leave night birds and gastronomes in a state of bliss.
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North-Eastern India encompasses Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, which are called the seven sisters. These states exemplify the joys of the simple life and the beauties of nature. Visit the tea estates in Assam, as well as the Kaziranga and Manas National Parks, where the Asian elephant lives in the wild. Learn about the work done in Assam to conserve the one-horned rhinoceros. Take a canoe down the rivers of Arunachal, which change their course and their moods in a moment. In Nagaland, visit the fourteen Naga tribes that coexist in harmony, some of whom have their own language. Meghalaya, literally means ‘The Abode of Clouds’ and is considered the ‘Scotland of the East’ because of its picturesque mountains and mesmerizing landscape.
The North East has its own unique culture, as seen in the folk dances of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal, as well as the classical dance of Manipur, based on lord Krishna’s worship. There are many unusual and delectable cuisines to try, several tribes to acquaint with and plenty of unspoiled scenery to explore. You could get intoxicated here on fresh air alone.
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East India is associated with the rise of Buddhism and Jainism, and the foundation of India’s first empire, that of the Mauryas, as well as its last, that of the British. Begin with Kolkata, which was the capital of British India till 1911 and is today a city of glaring contrasts—known as the birthplace of the Bengal Renaissance, Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray, it also has a vast population that lives in slums, despite being one of three states in India where the Communist Party formed a democratically elected government that ruled for over thirty years.
Kolkata is also known for the Durga Puja, celebrated joyously in September-October each year, as the Goddess comes on her annual visit to her parents’ home, accompanied by her children. The puja is a community affair—pandals are lavishly decorated, and music & dance surrounds the air. Follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, on visits to Bodhgaya, Gaya, Rajgir and Vaishali in Bihar; enjoy the beauties of Orissa’s unspoilt beaches; delight in the Konark Sun Temple, which is designed in the shape of a chariot and participate in the Jaganath Rath Yatra in Puri, and marvel at the arts and crafts associated with this region. In Sikkim, trek through the Kanchenjunga and visit monasteries, as you gasp at the wonderful landscape and the biodiversity.
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