The Great Indian Food Trip - RoadMap

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Hey Guys..as some of you know, I am working on a roadtrip across India to explore its food and cuisines. For those of you who are not aware, more details can be found here : https://www.facebook.com/events/349484308466654/

It started off with an idea of 30-90 days on the road, however now keeping lot of things in mind, I feel that 30 days or thereabouts would be a good choice. we can extend it if necessary.

At the center of it is food, and hence all the destinations we would cover would be keeping that in mind. It does not essentially have to be a round trip, we can always send the bikes back and take train/flight back to Delhi.

I am thinking of avoiding Himalayas and Rajasthan this time round, and venture into some parts of UP, MP, Maharasthra, Gujarat, Bengal, Orissa and all other Southern States. I guess we can easily target 10-12 destinations in that time.

Help with route, suggestions, inputs etc are sought, as I am quite clueless about the mapping part.. :P

For a start here is where I have reached :

1. Mathura-Vrindavan - Day 1
2. Gwalior - Reaching Day 2 (trying to find out how long we need to spend there).
3. Gwalior - Bhopal
4. Bhopal - Indore
5. Indore - Indore
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Now still wondering how food dense are these three cities from Madhya Pradesh and how much time does each warrant.
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Do the anchor cities first. Delhi -Lucknow-Kolkatta-Vizag-Hyderabad-Chettinad/Chennai-Madurai-TRV-Cochin-Mysore/Bangahore Konkan-Coastal-Panaji-Kholapur-Mumbai-Baroda-Rajkot.

This should make it about 30 days

For MP - You should do a mini-trip include Delhi-Border-UP/Nepal-MP-Rajasthan-Punjab.
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3. Gwalior - Bhopal
4. Bhopal - Indore
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Originally Posted by shashank.aggarwal View Post Now still wondering how food dense are these three cities from Madhya Pradesh and how much time does each warrant.
You didn't mention whether you are vegetarian or non-~

But, any way, Bhopal would take at least three to four days, if you really wish to enjoy the cuisines there.

And, even a week could be lesser for Indore.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Do the anchor cities first. Delhi -Lucknow-Kolkatta-Vizag-Hyderabad-Chettinad/Chennai-Madurai-TRV-Cochin-Mysore/Bangahore Konkan-Coastal-Panaji-Kholapur-Mumbai-Baroda-Rajkot.

This should make it about 30 days

For MP - You should do a mini-trip include Delhi-Border-UP/Nepal-MP-Rajasthan-Punjab.
Thanks Anil Sir. The main cities have been done to a plenty. Kucch B and C cities ko explore karne ka mood hai.. But lets us see...a All India Trip is always a complicated affaire.. :P
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Still wondering if we should sped first week in MP itself. And what would be a good next destination after that ??
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I can at least suggest you Maharashtra and Konkan part. For enjoying the cuisine you can follow this route (or vice a versa). Goa- Sawantwadi (Good fish, Malvani style cuisine)- Ratnagiri (Good prawns, crabs, fish, do try some typical Konkan Brahmin style food)- Kolhapur (Misal, Mutton)- Pune (Maharashtrian style thali meals). Also do cover Nagpur in some way, for fiery Saoji cuisine.
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Shashank,

What happened to the posts on the other website. I had responded there but cant seem to find the thread any more. Deleted??
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What happened to the posts on the other website. I had responded there but cant seem to find the thread any more. Deleted??
They have decided to remove it for reasons beyond my comprehension.. :|
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Hearing so much about MP, have decided to keep the first week for the state. Now wondering which state to explore next and for how any days?
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You may consider either Uttar Pradesh or Andhra Pradesh as second destination. I have found both the places rich in cuisine.
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If you plan to visit Orissa, I could be your host and take you around. Plan for a a week here, before you depart north into West Bengal or south to Andhra Pradesh. See the sights and enjoy the food.

Bhubaneswar:
To get a comprehensive sampling of typical Oriya cuisine you can try out an Oriya vegetarian or non-vegetarian thali at Dalma along with their daily special. The place has become so popular that there are more than four spoofs with the same name.See http://www.odiakitchen.com/ for what you may expect in the meal. Off course, street food and specialty restaurants are in abundance.

Do try the mutton curry and rice at one roadside dhaba between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack on NH5. A kilometer ahead is Pahal - the whole village dedicated to the making of super soft hot rasagollas and Chenna Poda [fresh cottage cheese cake that is baked on embers for six hours]

Cuttack:
Street food - a chat made of Dahi Wada and Alu Dum with an assortment of ingredients thrown in.
Dum Biriyani [mutton or chicken] is probably better than than the ones you get in Hyderabad.
This place is a sweet's paradise, made from fresh cottage cheese and milk - different varieties and taste.
The Meetha Dahi [sweet curd] is something to die for - available all over, but one particular establishment [the best] prepares it on order - and the lot is sold out by 8am.

Puri:
Midway to Puri from Bhubaneswar, you should try out the Malpua [fried pancakes made with bananna batter] and Dalma, a fragrant lintel dal with vegetables.
Puri is a sea food paradise - the best available at the Pink House[listed in the LP]. Grilled kingfish, steamed groupers, mackrel masala, fried calamari and of course dishes made from crabs, prawns and fried fresh water carp, and ofcourse rock lobster on special order. We had two last month and they tipped the scale at over 1500 grams each.
The Maha Prasad of the Jagannath Temple has over 20 varieties of vegetable dishes, lentils and rice, that is cooked in large earthen pots stacked 10-15 feet high - the fire below ensures the steam rises up to to pot at the top through a small hole at the bottom of each pot. Once the ingredients and vegetables are mixed, they are not stirred till after they are ready. Since the meal is to be eaten squatting on the floor, it is best that you bring the lunch/dinner to your room and enjoy.
Outside the temple complex there are two sweet stalls making the finest Rabri and a Rabri mixed with fresh cottage cheese.

Chilika:
Enroute, going south on NH5 a dhaba serves very good Crab Masala, large mud crabs, and excellent large tiger prawns that can be cooked to your order. The crabs are huge, some over a kilo and the king prawns at over 150g each.

Cheers!
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So this is how I am assuming trip would proceed :

1. Delhi - Start
2. UP
3. Madhya Pradesh
4. Chhatisgarh
5. West Bengal
6. Orissa
7. Andhra Pradesh
8. Tamil Nadu - Pondicherry
9. Kerela
10. Karnataka
11. Goa
12. Maharasthra
13. Gujarat
14. Rajasthan
15. Haryana
16. Himachal Pradesh
17. J & K
18. Punjab
19. Delhi - End

Now I would take it up state wise, starting from drawing a plan for UP ..
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In south I recommend Mopla cuisine which can be had in & around Pallakad, this is not available any where else and it is great.
In Pondicherry I love the fusion cusine, French+Tamil.
In TN explore the real Chettinad cuisine.
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That's great, Shashank!

Do post the dates when you have finalized the plans.

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