aTis the holiday season! Holidays mean taking off for a vacation, lapping up new places, taking in the sights and sounds, and gorging on new delicacies. If youare a keen explorer of gastronomical delights, and are thirsty for an adventure that involves loads of food, give our curated list of food destinations and places in India a look. Weare sure youall end up putting each on your bucket list.

Kolkata

Thereas something about Kolkata that speaks old world charm. It could be the architectural grandeur of the city, or the trams. We like to think it is the food. Kolkataas famed street fare a puchkas and spicy jhal muri, followed by sweet and delectable sondesh and rasgullas are a must try! Also don't miss river fish (hilsa and betki) in mustard as well as sweets made from Nolen Gur.

Jaipur

The Pink City with its charming lanes and havelis make for a picturesque vacation spot. Sample authentic Rajasthani fare like Pyaaz Kachori or the famous rich lassi.

Hyderabad

We bet aBiryania is the first thing that popped up in your mind when you read aHyderabada! Make a visit to this city for its epicurean delights like the Haleem, seekh kebabs and chaakna (spicy stew).

Lucknow

Everyone knows about Lucknowas famed Awadhi fare and the awesome street food. Think Tundey ke Kebab (soft, melt-in-your-mouth kebabs made with lamb mince), or authentic Awadhi biryani. Also try the rabdi, lassi and kulfi.

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Delhi

Delhi takes the number one spot on the food places in India list. From the street food like papdi-chaat, dahi bhalle, gol gappe, Chandni Chowkas jalebis to the wide array of different cuisines available here for epicurean exploration, Delhi has something for everyone.

Goa

Known more popularly as the party capital of India, Goa has an interesting variety of food to offer. Try the authentic Goan fish curry, Goan sausage and pao, Vindaloo and Sorpotel. You could hit a shack for these, or try a local restaurant. Thereas many options to choose from.

Shillong

Thinking of exploring the North-East? Donat miss the traditional north-eastern delicacies at Shillong like steaming hot and wholesome Thukpa, or the pork momos at Broadway Hotel. Baked savouries, chowmein and other khasi delights are also not to be missed.

Mumbai

Amchi Mumbai is also one of the top food destinations of India. From the ubiquitous Vada Pav near CST, to buttery Pav Bhaji at Chowpatti a there is SO much to sample. Mumbai also has a lot of different cuisines and a broad spectrum of establishments to explore.

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