India is a land of spectacular contrast, from the snow-clad mountains of the north to the steaming jungles and palm-fringed beaches of the tropical south, such as Goa, the most famous tourist place on the West Coast. Through the India’s subcontinent it is possible to meet the impressive archeological patrimony inherited by ancient civilizations that share testimonials of their art, costumes and development. It is true that the world India immediately brings to mind images such as the Taj Mahal, the Palace of the Four Winds at Jaipur, old Delhi, Budha and Ganesh artifacts, elephants, women in beautiful saris, spicy food sold in the street. Or nowadays, Darjeeling in northeastern India where the best tea in the world comes from, Bangalore - India’s silicon valley and Mumbai, lately called Bollywood because of movie industry - glamorous, glitzy, incredibly rich and hideously poor, a merchant city, where you can buy the best quality silk, cashmere, gold, diamond bangles and emeralds.
Given the cultural diversity in India, Indian cuisine reflects a mix of Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle Eastern and Persian and varies from region to region. Culinary tourism to India is growing rapidly as the country’s culinary traditions continue to attract international attention.
There are many choices starting with the street-food tasting (pani puri, papri chat) visits to organic vegetable farms, visiting the iconic sites like Taj Mahal or testing food in the best local restaurants.
India is the second largest producer of food in the world and Indian food is known globally for its unique taste. Given the cultural diversity in India, Indian cuisine reflects a mix of Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle Eastern and Persian and varies from region to region. Culinary tourism to India is growing rapidly as the country’s culinary traditions continue to attract international attention. Indian food brands are now being shelved in prime space in retail chains across the United States and Europe and there is tremendous excitement about authentic Indian food. Demand for authentic Indian food prepared with organic ingredients is on the rise. There is also a growing trend in families taking up organic farming. Rising health consciousness and higher disposable income are the main drivers behind the purchase of organic foods in India. Even though organic foods are more expensive than traditional foods, parents are becoming more concerned about their children’s health and diet.