The growth of food tourism is fast placing India as the place to be for culinary specialist tours.
This is especially the case in Delhi, which travel magazine Lonely Planet has just named the best destination in India for food and drink.
The metropolis is a favourite haunt of holidaymakers on group tours, so people who have visited it will be well aware of the quality and diversity of grub on offer.
"The best destination for food and drink award is an extremely prestigious award for Delhi and we are very happy about it," said Manish Chatrath, chairman of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC).
But top quality food can be found across the country.
Global gastronomes are putting higher premium on the quality of food these days - and India's infinite variety of regional tastes native to its own confines puts it ahead when it comes to whetting holidaymakers' appetites.
It is even more remarkable that its dishes vary so significantly from one another - using locally sourced spices, herbs, meat, vegetables, and fruits - given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations.
Indian cooking is also strongly shaped by religious and cultural choices.
The growth of these cuisines have been influenced by Hindu and Jain beliefs, and particularly by vegetarianism, which is a growing dietary trend among Indians.
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