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A Ladakhi Feast

In the harsh landscape of a rocky terrain, there lies Ladakh, quaint and quiet, calling India’s highest plateau its home, as it calls itself the “land of high passes”.  Lying between the Himalayas and the Karakorum mountain ranges in Jammu and Kashmir, it seems isolated, consisting of empty plains, a cold desert and steep passes.

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
Discovering Local Love ‘Round the Corner

There is a saying that “you can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.” And when you stop to reconsider it, it’ll probably turn out to be quite true.

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7:00 PM at Gurgaon
Many hands are a blessing

India is no stranger to the many communities and customs it is home to, and while Ayurveda and regional cuisines take centre stage, we’re discovering smaller communities that seemed hidden away. A sect that originated in Yemen, and established its roots in India and Pakistan, Bohri Muslims form an integral part of the Mumbai cityscape, and tales of their delectable cuisine has spread across the globe, from the Middle East to Africa, and even the western world.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
Taare mohne saakar*

A close-knit community, the Parsis migrated from Persia to India, when Akbar was the emperor of India. Settling in Gujarat and Maharashtra, the followers of the prophet Zarathushtra conformed to a fixed set of traditions and rituals, respecting nature and its four fundamental elements- Fire, Water, Earth and Air.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
The Tiranga of India

As an Indian, there is an innate sense of pride when you see the tricolour hoisted. A symbol of national pride, each aspect of the flag has its own significance. Saffron on the top band indicates the strength and courage of the country, the white band in the middle indicates peace and truth, while the green band at the bottom is a reflection of the land’s fertility, growth and auspiciousness.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
An oasis of delightful indulgences

There is a saying in Rajasthan, that you don’t relish your food until you perspire whilst eating it.

Rarely has the world seen so rich a cuisine, created from so little that was available from the land that is the desert of Rajasthan. Yet, its people have lived and eaten over generations, creating an exotic cuisine from a soil that brought forth pulses, millets and trees with beans that were dried and stored for use in the summers, when nothing would grow.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
Hyderabad on my mind

Hyderabad is a confluence of several cultures; but in the erstwhile royal state, food was important and its flag was uniquely inspired by the shape of the “kulcha”, a leavened bread. Gastronomy is a continued passion, and it is said that the Hyderabadi eats to savour good food and exult in its taste,

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
Telengana Food Festival

The 29th state in the Republic of India came into being three years ago. It is said that Telangana leaders in 1955, accused the people of Andhra of "colonising the region" and then merged with the state of Andhra in 1956 to create Andhra Pradesh, a united state for the Telugu-speaking populace.

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3:10 PM at Gurgaon
An invitation to a Royal Feast

The city of Rampur, home to Mirza Ghalib, was a free kingdom tucked behind the lush boundaries of Lucknow. Legend has it that after losing Bareilly, Nawab Faizullah Khan established Rampur (erstwhile Mustafabad) in 1774 under the British protection as a Rohilla kingdom. Rampur became a safe haven for artists and patrons, and after 1858, the city saw many khansamas from the Mughal and other royal courts migrate to the city.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
The South Indian way

If you’re intending to visit South India, and you decide to survey the area on a map, it may not seem all that huge, especially when you compare it to the expansive North India region. However, once you get there, and gastronomic indulgences are what’s leading the way, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of customs and traditions and influences each region brings to the table!

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7:18 PM at Gurgaon
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