Tag Archives: food

IRCTC publishes train food rates for awareness

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

A standard vegetarian meal available on trains in India

March 21 (TravelAndy): The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. recently published a food chart with official rates to make passengers aware.

Passengers on Indian Railways often complain how unscrupulous employees charge them more than the official rate for food on trains.

The corporation published the rates on Twitter through its handle @IRCTC_Ltd, which has around 49,100 followers. Continue Reading →

Go to Malaysia for the food

Jalan Alor 2Malaysia is pretty well connected by flights from India. 

Apart from the several direct connections to Kuala Lumpur, India’s first direct flight to Penang also started recently. Despite all that, I find most travellers using Malaysia as a flight connection hub rather than a travel destination in itself. I wonder why.

If you have been thinking of reasons to visit Malaysia, think no further than the incredible food you get there.

I was talking to a friend who had been to Malaysia on her honeymoon and it appeared to me that the beautiful couple ate their way through the country! The enthusiasm my friend showed when she described me the finger-licking food they had in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Mersing and Kuching made me decide to share the details with you. Continue Reading →

Eating out at Darjeeling: Three reviews

Darjeeling breakfast RevolverThe food scene in Darjeeling is very exciting.

Before I went there, many of my friends who have visited the hill station had told me about the restaurants I should eat at. I followed their advice and checked out some of their recommendations.

Here’s is what I though of three eateries in Darjeeling, which are certainly counted as among its most popular ones. Continue Reading →

Vegetarian delicacies from around the world

This post is part of a series by Jayeeta Ghorai on vegetarian travel

logo-3.3-with-bgVegetarians are not boring eaters.

They can be adventurous about trying out unusual treats, and are just as curious as non-vegetarians. And when the world is out to offer such wonderfully different options, why should they not be?

Even the most prolific flesh-eating nations of the world have at least one specialty vegetarian dish hidden in their culinary sleeve.

“Travelling and eating abroad, many diners discover that the world is a vegetarian’s oyster,” wrote Alistair Bland in The Smithsonian Magazine. Here are some of the unique vegetarian delicacies worth travelling the world for. Continue Reading →

Let’s bust some vegetarian travel myths

This post is part of a series by Jayeeta Ghorai on vegetarian travel

logo-3.3-with-bgMany vegetarians are wary of travel.

In the comfort of their home and city, they know exactly how to go about getting their nutrition without compromising on their ethical and dietary restrictions. Getting out of the comfort zone adds this extra dimension to their unease, a moral dilemma.

They don’t want to end up starving – fasting can be wonderful for body and soul but not at the point of coercion – nor break a lifetime’s commitment by mistake.

It is time to undo the myth that strict vegetarians can’t travel worldwide. People from across the world are turning vegetarian (and vegan) for healthy, sustainable living and if you are one of them, you need not feel alienated anywhere. Continue Reading →

Seven reasons to visit Hornbill Festival

logo-3.3-with-bgI was at the Hornbill Festival for just two of its 10 days. Yet, I found enough reasons to fall in love with it and want to return. 

The northeast Indian state of Nagaland is known as the land of festivals with all its tribes enthusiastically celebrating their own festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and promote the cultural heritage of the state, the Nagaland government organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December.  Continue Reading →

Travelogue: Yoron island in Japan

Yurigahama

Yurigahama

“Why Yoron?” Chie wasn’t the first person to ask me this question.

That I was in Japan was itself pretty random! When I decided to travel in July, I had no clue where I wanted to go. So, I began thinking of countries that started with a “J” (because July starts with J!). Three countries came to my mind — Japan, Jordon and Jamaica — in that order. Japan won. Continue Reading →

How to keep your backpack light

My bags at Praggue railway station

My bags at Prague railway station

I have seen plenty of people paying tonnes of money at the airport baggage check-in counter because of overweight luggage. This has always confused me because, for some reason, my bags always weigh way below the permissible limit.

In 2012 ahead of my five-week Europe trip, when I was checking in at the airport, I actually got a little worried to see my big bag weigh less than 11kg when the airline allowed 25kg. Continue Reading →

How to have the local experience

Tourists queue up to get into the bell tower (out of frame in the left) at St Mark's Square in Venice

Tourists queue up to get into the bell tower (out of frame in the left) at St Mark’s Square in Venice

I hate to queue up to see a ‘tourist spot’ while visiting a new place. When I am travelling, I try to experience a slice of the life of the local person because, to me, that’s the best way to get a feel of a new place.

If you look at travel from a similar perspective, here are seven ways on how to have the local experience.

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How to save on food on the road

I do not like to think about my budget too much when I’m trying exotic dishes in a new country.

logo-3.3-with-bgThat was the whole point of saving, right? You saved all this time back home so that you could have an awesome experience. But if I’m staying at one place for more than a few days or I am on the go and looking just to satiate my hunger, I prefer budget options. Here’s how to save on food on the road (after you’ve done your bit of splurging, of course!).

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Eight reasons why you should travel

Don’t be a frog living in a well

-Swami Vivekananda

Udaipur beach, West Bengal, India

Here are eight reasons why you should travel.

You realise the “big, bad world” is a myth: It’s true! Total strangers will go out of their way to help you. They will expect nothing but a smile and a thank you in return. At Squamish in Canada, I was walking to the Chief, a popular hiking trail. On the way, I asked directions to an elderly woman. She decided that the road was too far for me to walk and called up her husband, who came on his car in 10 minutes, picked me up and dropped me at the Chief!

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