Candle-light, flowers, chocolate and whispered sweet-nothings, Valentine’s Day is all about romance and spreading the love. And sure, dinner plans are a no-brainer on this particular day. But if you want to ditch the cliche celebration (without giving up your love for food) try something more fun and exciting. Take a drive to these cities for a taste of different cultures. You won’t only be sharing your love, but your love for food as well. So, get planning!
One of the oldest cities in the country, the capital has an epic food scene, and you can be sure to get your money’s worth here. While it offers you everything from North-Indian to Pan-Asian cuisines, if you really want to experience the authentic food culture here, take a street food tour to sample a variety of chaats and momos in areas such as Paharganj and Chandni Chowk.
Must-visit: Head to Old Delhi for a glimpse of a different side of this metropolitan city.
Historically rich and visually gorgeous, the city of Jaipur is home to some of the best Rajasthani cuisine available. It’s also the perfect place for both – celebrating your love for your better half and your love for food. With new internet cars such as the MG Hector, you can set the mood with some lovey-dovey music, while you gorge on dal-baati-churma and explore the city on your own terms. Make sure to head to Chokhi Dhani for complete cultural immersion and a delicious thali made from local produce.
Must-visit: Drive to Amer Fort, which is about 11 kilometres from the capital city and admire one of the most palatial structures the country has to offer.
Along with being the ultimate party destination, Goa is popular for its fresh, scrumptious seafood. You can find a delightful blend of Konkani and Portuguese cuisine here in the form of dishes such as Fish Rechado, Prawn Balchao and Shark Ambot Tik. But if you’re more of a meat lover, don’t miss the Chicken Xacuti and Pork Vindaloo. They’ll have you coming back to Goa for more.
Must-visit: Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dono Paula are must-see places. Or try water sports for something more adventurous.
If you are a foodie, Kolkata has probably already made your travel list. The city is known for the best of Bengali cuisine, both sweets and savoury food. From Puchkas to delicious rolls, you can find something for everyone here. Craving something different? Get your fill of delicious Chinese at the Chinatown. Finally, don’t forget to finish off your perfect meal with the city’s famous sweets such as Roshogoll, Shondesh and Kheer Kodom.
Must-visit: Check out Victoria Memorial to understand the city’s heritage and spend the evening at the Howrah Bridge for a beautiful view.
The North-East state of Sikkim is fascinating to all those who love rolling hills and lush greenery. It not only satiates your wanderlust appetite but the real one too. And the capital city of Gangtok offers some of the most delicious food you can find, from classic Momos to heartwarming Thukpa. Here you can sample a blend of Nepalese and Tibetan dishes that will leave foodies spoilt for choice. A must-try for any meat-eater is Phagshapa, which is available in most local eateries.
Must-visit: Make a trip to Tsangmo Lake for some quality time with your significant other. It’s both, peaceful and romantic. The MG Hector can make this drive easy for you and your loved ones with features such as Traction Control to ensure safety no matter where you go.
It’s a given that travel is perfect for strengthening relationships, and there is no better day than Valentine’s Day to cement a happier bond. And don’t worry if you aren’t in a relationship; the best thing about the love for food is that it is universal. So, share the experience with anyone you love – your best friend, a parent or even your pet.