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The Yummy, the Yummier and the Yummiest – On the Delhi Food Trail

Delhi, a melting pot of diverse colourful ethnicities and cultures, has inherited a rich heritage. The city’s culinary greatness forms a rich chunk of this heritage and be it gourmet meals at top end restaurants or tantalising flavours of scrumptious street food, Delhi effortlessly endears itself to most foodies. Here, we bring you a small but beautiful collection of some of the best places to indulge your taste buds.

The Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton

 

 

The Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton

Food is a work of art here

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Capitalism or Communism, the flavours of Bukhara tame them all. Ok, without speaking in riddles we simply want to tell you that both Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin became avid fans of the place after eating here. In fact, the list of celebrities who fell in love with the place is endless. Anyway, enough about celebrities. The fact is Bukhara has earned countless happy patrons in its over two decades of existence. While the dal remains their specialty, everything else on the menu is unforgettable too. Don’t miss their tandoori delicacies.

Karim’s, Jama Masjid

 

Karim’s, Jama Masjid

Non Vegetarian’s fantasy come to life

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Manna from heaven! This is just one of the thoughts that cross your mind when you tuck into the delightful preparations dished out a Karim’s. While their Mutton and Chicken Barras have acquired a legendary reputation, no less satiating is the endless galore of other mouth watering dishes such as Chicken Nihari, Makhani Murgh, Lamb Leg and Chicken Mughlai. After all, many of the recipes here are closely guarded secrets and have been passed down from generation to generation.

Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway

 

 

Chor Bizarre, Hotel Broadway

Spectacular Ambiance and food

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Be it the ambiance or the food, Chor Bizarre knocks one out on all counts. While the careful selection of furnishings makes for a terrific old world charm, the items on the menu make your mouth water. Definitely one of the best places in Delhi for sampling delectable cuisines from the Northern Kashmir region. Their ‘Wazwan’ ceremonial feast with more than 36 courses is especially recommended. They also offer guide walking tours of Delhi.

Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk

 

 

Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk

Lassi in traditional kulhars

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Call it Gali Paranthe Wali or Paranthe Wali Gali, the humble eateries in this cramped and crowded street churn out some of the best paranthas in the world. Almost no vegetable has been spared for use in the parantha stuffings. Paranthe Wali Gali is especially a hit with die hard vegetarians. While visiting, make sure that you wash down those greasy paranthas with sweet lassi served in traditional kulhars.

Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel, Nikko

 

Sakura, The Metropolitan Hotel, Nikko

Impressive, eh?

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If Japanese cuisine is your weakness, look no further than Sakura. Although, it’s a cliche, but the only phrase that describes Sakura is ‘the more that’s said the less’. The chefs hail from Japan and most of the fish is also imported from Japan. The place features in the list of one of the Top 5 Best Japanese Restaurants of the world outside Japan. It has also won the award of ‘Best Japanese Restaurant of Delhi.’ Be it their sashimi, sushi, eel, or vegetable tempura, everything on the menu is just orgasmically delightful.

About the Author:

Pinak Shome is a member of the enthusiastic iXiGO fraternity and an avid traveller.

India – A Land of Religious Fables

Richly steeped in mythology and flavoured by centuries of religious fervour, India is full of countless revered holy spots. There is something about the country, which often prompts restless souls from faraway shores to surrender themselves to India’s religious beliefs and traditions. Be it, the frenzy of the Kumbh mela, or the serenity of ashrams and temples, India’s religious sites have something for everyone. No wonder, countless travellers from all walks of life and all parts of the globe flock to the country to satiate their spiritual quest. In fact, it is not only about pious leanings. Many of the temples and other holy places boast stupendous feats of architecture and prove to be a photographer’s delight. Come, let’s take a quick religious sightseeing tour of the country.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

Sprawling across an area of about 156 acres, it is India’s largest temple and amongst the world’s largest religious complexes. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu’s reclining form) and is believed to be first of the 108 Divya Desams or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The temple is especially celebrated for its Gopurams and a look at the picture will tell you why.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli

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Shiva Statue, Har ki Pauri, Haridwar

Lord Shiva stands tall and mighty on the banks of the Ganges at Har ki Pauri. This astounding view is just one of the rewards of visiting Haridwar. The entire place teems with ashrams, temples, and other majestic statues. The surreal glow in the background is the brilliance of the rising sun.

Shiva Statue, Har ki Pauri, Haridwar

Shiva Statue, Har ki Pauri, Haridwar

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 Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

A shining example of the country’s secular character. Thousands of devotees, irrespective of their faith, seek blessings at the dargah. The Haji Ali Dargah has the tomb of the merchant turned holy man, Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Dargah Sharif stands on a small islet reached by way of a causeway. One can visit only during low tides as the causeway gets flooded at high tide.

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

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Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

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Pushkar, Rajasthan

Home to one of the handful of Brahma temples in the world as well as a famous holy lake and dozens of other well known temples, Pushkar is another must visit spot on the pilgrim trail. Legend goes that the lake here was formed by the tears Lord Shiva shed after his wife Sati’s demise. The camel fair held during November is another major attraction from Pushkar.

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar, Rajasthan

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 Yaganti, Andhra Pradesh

Built by King Harihara Bukka of the Sangama Dynasty in the 15th century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This highly revered place draws hordes of devotees, especially on Maha Shivaratri. Some interesting trivia here. It has been scientifically verified that the idol of Nandi, the bull is growing here.

Yaganti, Andhra Pradesh

Yaganti, Andhra Pradesh

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Akshardham Temple, Delhi

The ‘Titanic’ complex of Akshardham Temple stands on the banks of the River Yamuna. The main monument here is located in the heart of the complex and soars to a height of about 43 metres. It is completely covered with intricate patterns of deities, musicians, dancers, and flora & fauna. According to statistics, nearly 70% of the Delhi tourists visit the temple and it also holds the Guinness World Record for being the ‘world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple’.

Akshardham Temple, Delhi

Akshardham Temple, Delhi

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Narasimhaswamy Konda, Visakhapatnam

This enchanting hill is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Devotees flock in overwhelming numbers to the ancient temple dedicated to God Narasimha (Lord Vishnu’s fourth incarnation) here.

Narasimhaswamy Konda, Visakhapatnam

Narasimhaswamy Konda, Visakhapatnam

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About the Author:

Pinak Shome is a member of the enthusiastic iXiGO fraternity and an avid traveller.