Home Away From Home
The Indian traveller has many facets to him. He wants to travel the world, he wants to see new things and exciting places, he wants to try new adventures and is willing to spend to get what he wants. Apart from all these things, the Indian traveller always wants to carry or experience home, away from home. No matter how long a duration the vacation is for, at some point, the average Indian traveller will get homesick and, if nothing else, yearn for some good old-fashioned ghar ka khaana or masala-walla khaana.
With a population of over a billion, Indians are all across the globe. Here are a few places that will make you feel a little less homesick and help you enjoy your holiday better :
Little India, Singapore
Singapore is a great holiday destination with its proximity to India. With many tourist attractions, shopping malls and swanky hotels, it makes for a great holiday spot. It’s also a great city to feel homesick in because you just need to find yourself in an area called Little India to feel as if you never left home. From the stalls and restaurants to the shops filled with knick-knacks, there is enough to entertain you.
One of the last places you would expect to see a number of Indian restaurants or Indian goods and markets is Majorca in Spain. Though Spain, in general, has a well-sized Indian population, cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and many more have gurudwaras and temples. Majorca, in particular, is home to many delicious Indian-cuisine restaurants and is known for some lovely shopping spots as well . So why not enjoy the sunny beaches and the crystal blue waters of this Spanish town and even discover their Indian community which will give you a glimpse of home?!
Little India, New York
New York is a bustling city with bright lights and throngs of people. People from all over the world and various countries tend to amalgamate and either live in or visit NYC. If you feel like you're getting lost in the crowd, and the falafel carts or the Korean restaurants are not your cup of tea, find your way to Little India and you'll be right at home. An area dedicated to all things Indian - from Sari shops, grocery stores selling pickles and spices, restaurants dishing out all types of Indian food and lots of local shopping - once you set foot in here, there is no way you will ever miss home.
This may come as an absolute shock but even in countries decently far away from home, like Peru in South America, you will find a small but rather prominent Indian community. Expats and small businessmen of Indian origin have settled over the years, especially in the capital city of Lima. So, while on holiday as you're discovering the Mayan culture and civilization, while enjoying the fruit of the Amazon, don't be startled when you come across restaurants like Mantra, Guru Kebab Curry, or ISKCON - a pure vegetarian restaurant in the land of carnivores.
Article written by Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint-sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog - www.thetinytaster.com. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate a a time!
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