History Of Culinary Tourism In India

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Culinary tourism or food tourism is the exploration of food as the purpose of tourism. It is now considered a vital component of the tourism experience .Dining out is common among tourists. Food is believed to rank alongside climate, accommodation, and scenery & quot; in importance to tourists. Culinary tourism was still a concept unknown to the Indian subcontinent. Known for its unique flavors and spices, Indian cuisine is extremely popular globally. With the evolution of the tourism sector in India, culinary tourism is one of the niches which are on the verge of becoming an entrée. Speaking about the growth of culinary tourism in India, Megha Singh, Director, Agra Walks said, “Indians and Indian food restaurants are a frequent sight in many foreign cultures now. At many of the world’s best restaurants Indian food is become hugely popular among foodies all over the world. Our masalas, naan bread and sweets are fast becoming familiar with the international travelers and now they look forward to trying them out on their journey to India. Food is an integral part of the Indian culture and increasingly tourists want to do the complete Indian experience with a cocktail of history, culture and cuisine. Food tours are becoming increasingly popular with international tourists who are now become more and more open to spicy food and also trying their hand at street food.
Recent research has shown that tourists spend almost 40% of their budget on food when travelling .The 2004

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