Many people travel for many reasons. While some travel for business, some travel for pleasure. On the other hand, there are people that travel for photography, exploring new places, adventure and food. Chefs, food bloggers and vloggers usually travel for finding new food cuisines and local delicacies. However, there are many people that love food and want to try it out when they travel to India. So, are you among those who love to try local cuisines when travelling?India’s diversity plays an important role in influencing the food across the country. Different states have different cuisines and these cuisines further sub-divide into regional delicacies. This adds to the overall food scene in India and hence you will find plenty of options across India.
Recently, I was reading through some content when I touched upon this survey by Airbnb. As per APAC Travel survey, 71% Indians are keen to try local cuisines while travelling. The survey indicates that food is such an influence on destination decision-making for Asians. It is also a great way to know about the local culture and to immerse yourself into a local community.
Even if you’re not a foodie like Sarah and me discovering new cuisines has its own adventure. When you explore various corners of India, you usually find food that might be similar, yet different. Probably, because the curry or the way it is cooked is different. The experience of eating the same dish in a different style can be amazing.
Over the years, the concept of local food has grown in India. As per the survey, 7 out of 10 Indian travellers would love to try local cuisines. This is mainly due to India’s cultural diversity that also influences the food in different states.
When you are travelling to a particular state it is likely that you would like to try local cuisines. A country like India offers you so much that it will be hard for you to decide what to leave aside. Every state has a blend of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies that can leave you asking for more. The good thing about trying local food is that you get to taste same vegetables in a completely unique way. This provides a unique food experience that is hard to get in your home state.
To make it even better, India has great street food variety that is hard to resist. No matter where you go, you will find shacks and snack stalls that offer you something unique. These tiny food stalls are easy on pocket and high on taste quotient. Of course, not all people would prefer to eat at these roadside stalls because of health and hygiene issues. However, you can still search for some great food stalls in India.
Local food is a part of the culture. Hence, when you travel to many corners of India you get to know diverse cultures and traditions. Certain cuisines and delicacies have traditional and religious value and connectivity. This allows you to know more about roots of those cuisines and foods.
So, how important is food to you when you travel to a new state or a country?