A leading television chef says India has all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday recipe.
Fish specialist Rick Stein runs six restaurants and lives in Padstow, Cornwall, where he has a cottage.
But Stein told the Express newspaper that India is a perfect holiday destination for those seeking adventure.
The TV chef, who fronts Rick Stein's India on BBC2 in which he goes in search of the perfect curry, called India "an assault on the senses".
He said: "I've been quite a few times in the last 30 years but mainly for family holidays and mostly to Goa and Rajasthan."
Stein said he loves the pace of life and the liveliness of the country, which tempts millions of holidaymakers on group tours every year.
The celebrity chef told the Express: "If you want an adventure, there's nowhere better. It's a fantastic place."
He said Indian food lovers need to go to India to appreciate it at its best and get away from tikka masalas.
Stein, 66, added: "Authentic Indian curries have layers of spices and aren't blindingly hot. Indians think that's ridiculous."
Rick Stein's India is on Mondays at 9pm on BBC2 and the accompanying book is published by Ebury.
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