Last week we featured 10 Foods to Try While Traveling in North India. Part II now has us heading south to the land of biryani, dosa, and Chettinad everything! Here are 10 of our favorite foods that every traveler must try in South India.
For many travelers, food does more than fill the belly. It is also a connection to the culture and people, a way to immerse through sweets and spices. India is just one destination where the food feeds the body and soul. Here are five of Sodha Travel's favorite food experiences in India:
Namaste, travelers! I am currently on a 5-week adventure across India. One of my first stops was Amritsar, a city founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das. Many know Amritsar as the site of the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism.
Sodha Travel is excited to offer a new culinary adventure in Phuket, Thailand! On this 3 day/2 night program, explore the local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations, and dine at renowned eateries. Phuket is an amazing melting pot of cultures and cuisine, immediately evident as you walk around the Old Sino-Portuguese town.
A few months ago, I wrote about the Best of Hyderabad in conjunction with a project for AFAR. With a colorful history spanning over 400 years, Hyderabad showcases the best of North and South India. And now, National Geographic Traveler has also listed the "City of Pearls" as a Best Trip 2015! (Not surprisingly, India also made AFAR's list of Where to Go in 2015.)
Hello, travelers! Namaste from Nepal. We have been having an epic experience the past few days in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal never ceases to amaze me - the warmth of the people are just a small part of what makes this Himalayan country so inviting. Kathmandu is a short flight from Delhi or Varanasi, making it an ideal excursion from India. (It is also easily accessible from Paro, Bhutan.) Here are a few highlights from the journey that I highly recommend to all of our Sodha Travelers:
Located only 20 miles outside of Delhi, Gurgaon is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It currently has the third highest per capita income in the country. Gurgaon's landscape is scattered with large malls, modern business complexes, and high-rise apartment buildings. Although the city caters to business professionals - 250 of the Fortune 500 companies have a base in Gurgaon - there are also acclaimed restaurants, hotels, and sites to explore. Here are a few of my favorite experiences in and around Gurgaon:
Our Vineyards of India tour is now live! Enjoy a custom and private tour of India's premiere wineries in the region of Maharashtra.
Indian-spiced popcorn? Yes, please! At the Portland Indian Bridal Showcase, I had the opportunity to meet Neha Patel, the owner of Masala Pop. Neha grew up eating her mom’s savory blend of popcorn, spiced in the tradition found in her native India. She started experimenting with her own blend of spices and flavors to create a one-of-a-kind snack with a spicy kick. After 15 years as a sustainability professional, Neha decided to pursue her dream of starting a specialty food business. She quickly turned her “hobby” into a retail shop and manufacturing space for Masala Pop to supply farmers market, co-ops, movie theaters, specialty grocery and more. The enthusiasm from customers inspires her to continue to create new and exciting flavors and products.
The methodology of Indian cooking has influenced the cuisine of many cultures worldwide. Experiencing the local and regional spices is often a request from our clients when traveling to India, and what makes our Taste of India package so popular. The following guest post is written by Chandrika Nimmagadda, a Sodha Traveler who owned Curry Leaf restaurant in Portland, Oregon for eight years.
Continuing with our monthly theme of culinary delights, here is a recipe from a dear friend of Sodha Travel, Chandrika Nimmagadda. Chandrika was the owner of the original Curry Leaf in Portland, Oregon and is known throughout the community as a maestro of Indian cuisine. She generously offered to share this recipe for Mango Bread Pudding. (On a personal note, it is one of my favorites.) Enjoy!
Back in 2009, Arjun Shaktawat had a vision. After studying at the prestigious Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and working with Aspen Meadows Resort in Colorado, he returned to Udaipur and took on a 100-year old dilapidated haveli on lease from the Maharana of Udaipur. After a meticulous restoration, it became one of the city's most complimented restaurant - bistro-lounge: 1559 AD. The name was easy for Arjun, as 1559 was the historical year that Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh.