National Curry Week is a celebration of all things Indian cuisine, from appreciating the wide array of spices and flavours on offer, to sampling some of the best dishes around.
While there are some brilliant Indian restaurants in Britain if you’re after true, authentic gastronomy, there’s only one place to go; India itself.
The good news is you won’t need to break the bank, as Mercury Holidays offers up a host of great value tours and adventures with ample opportunity to check out local restaurants, spice markets and tea plantations.
For example, its Kerala Explorer itinerary is a cornucopia of adventures and culinary delights, filled with exciting excursions across the lush green landscapes, trips to local restaurants and markets to tuck into mouthwatering feasts, all while soaking up the culture and traditions to be found.
Highlights include a traditional lunch of Sadhya, a delicacy in Kerala served on a banana leaf, a tour of India’s spice trade hub Kochi, trips to Munnar’s tea plantations and a visit to Thekkady, a stunning area located high in the Cardamom hills containing tea gardens, rubber, coffee and pepper plantations.
Prices start from £999pp for a 12-day holiday, working out at just £83pp a day. (Not to mention this includes your return flights from the UK, handpicked 4-star accommodation, excursions, all meals daily and all internal travel).
But of course it’s not just in Kerala where you’ll find a plethora of gastronomic experiences.
Take a Grand Tour of North India and here you will find wild culinary delights to sample amidst the pretty incredible sights and excursions to be found; think everything from intriguing Hindu rituals upon the Ganges, to the Sikh’s golden symbol of brotherhood in Amritsar and the colonial inspired Christ Church which crowns Shimla’s snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Oh and, of course, the chance to discover one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal.
Prices start from £1699pp for a 17-day holiday, working out at just £99pp a day.
A bit short on annual leave? The Essence of North India itinerary boasts plenty of visits to iconic hotspots from India’s Pink City to the Taj Mahal across a ten-day voyage. Prices start from £1099pp, working out at just £109pp a day.
If it is temples, landmarks and landscapes that you’re after, the Beyond India’s Golden Triangle itinerary is filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences including trips to Mughal-era cities, the beautiful palaces of Rajasthan, the monuments of Old and New Delhi, and a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal.
Prices start from £999pp for an 11-day holiday, working out at just £90pp a day.