SPICY TO SWEET...SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Locavores will appreciate India's dedication to authentic food. Banyan can introduce you to the families, chefs and locals behind the naan, biryani, curries and chutneys. From cooking a traditional Goan Pork Vindaloo to learning more about Indian spices, food holds it's own against the backdrop of India's impressive landscape.
Cosmopolitan and diverse, the food scene in Kolkata is something else. Banyan's guides take you through the back alleys of Kolkata discovering the hole in the wall eateries that the locals love.
If you have even the slightest interest in food or cooking, you owe it to yourself to visit Nimmy Paul's amazing in-home cooking school. Nimmy gives all she has to her cooking and the end result is wondorous: a meal filled with the flavours of her home and garden and, most importantly, her soul.
It is said the cuisine of Shakti Himalaya surpasses the upmarket hotels in India. Signature to Shakti are the hot gourmet picnic lunches with not a road or house in sight.
Dera Amer is a tented safari camp with plenty of creature comforts. Sample Shikhari (hunter) cuisine in a forest-set dining pavilion lit with mashals (flaming torches); wash and paint the resident elephants before trekking with them to forests, villages and temples. Enjoy bonfires, barbecues and blissfully comfortable beds back at boutique base camp.
Illuminated by thousands of oil lamps, the 1100-year old stepwell dining experience transports guests back to 6th century Rajasthan. Ignite your taste buds with sumptuous food all within a gloriously traditional setting.
Banyan are also on hand to assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations. Have dinner at Trishna, Mumbai, an outstanding and intimate seafood restaurant. The crab with butter, black pepper and garlic or Hyderabadi fish tikka are house specialities and warrant the hype! Or sample Indian Accent in Delhi, who serve up a contemporary twist on Indian cuisine.