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Top 5 Street Food to Try in India

India’s streets are lined with delicious delights which are impossible to miss. It is nation well known for its rich and spicy food. The mouth-watering aromas will surely make your tummy rumble.

So why miss such opportunity? If you are visiting India, then you should try some of the best street food of this vibrant country.

Street Food in India

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PUCHKA

It’s the Bengali version of gol gappe or pani Puri. Puchkalooks like a small bowl filled with stuffing. It is a spherical crunchy snack. The filling consists of boiled potatoes mashed with spices and “chana”. Then it is dipped in tangy tamarind and mint flavored water. It will burst in your mouth. If there would be a street food restaurant then gol gappe would be a perfect starter.

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VADA PAV

Are you visiting the Bollywood city and missing on vada pav?Go, fix your mistake soon. It is Mumbai’s burger. A steamy vada with a touch of ghee. And in between those layer of vada, you will find a yummy potato chop. Taste it with fried chilies and your mouth will be on fire wit a tsunami of spices. It’s a snack for each and every class of people in Mumbai. There are a number of stalls which serve this lip-smacking vada.

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CHOLLE BHATURE

This is a typical Punjabi cuisine. Bhature is flat bread fried in a pan of butter. Cholle is a hot and spicy curry of cooked green peas. Cholle bhature is an answer to every Punjabi’s breakfast. Now, this dish is widespread throughout India. You can taste it in any street corner. But the king of it all will be a plate of cholle bhature with a touch of Punjabi tadka from Amritsar. Start your day with this hearty meal.

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IDLI & SAMBHAR

It’s a famous South Indian cuisine. The dough of idli is kept overnight and then steamed. Sambhar is more like a curry based dish which is flavored with tamarind. A coconut chutney accompanies the Sambhar. This healthy yet overpowering cuisine is sure to make your day in Chennai worth it. Idli Sambhar is also served with hot and crispy vada to enhance the texture of this already amazing dish. We hope you like the tang of Sambhar on your tongue.

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CHAAT

India’s most popular street food is chaat. You can see stalls filled with smoky pans surrounded with fried potatoes,papdi, spices and colorful garnish. It can be an aloo chaat with potato and masala chaat with fried peas cooked in gravy. Both of them can look luscious and taste even better when you put them in your mouth. Yogurt, coriander leaves and a pinch of chaat masala are sprinkled above Chaat. Indian street food is scrumptious, bombastic and exotic. Above all it’s cheap. You can pick any delectable cuisine and not regret it hurting your pocket.

 

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Visiting Lumbini: the Birth Place of Buddha in Nepal

Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. It is a popular pilgrimage site for all Buddhists.

Lord Buddha was a prince named Siddhartha Gautam before he achieved enlightenment and it was Lumbini where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to him.

Lumbini: the Birth Place of Buddha

The holy site has a very pure spiritual vibe and holds temples, historic monuments, monasteries, and museum.

The main temple called the Mayadevi temple has foot imprints of Lord Buddha with the stone carving of the birth of Buddha.

Another important historic landmark is the Holy Pond where according to ancient scriptures rituals were performed during Buddha’s birth and he had his first bath in the same pond.

Lumbini also holds centuries-old remains. There is a pillar erected by Indian Emperor Ashoka during his visit marking the site as the birthplace of Buddha.

 

Lumbini has various temples and monasteries established by different countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and countries following Buddhism.

The entire architecture of Monasteries is unique and interesting. At the site, there is holy flame symbolizing eternal peace. It burns 24 hours throughout the year in the temple area.

Peace, compassion, love, truth, purpose of life, morals are some of the key phrases is Buddhism. People come to Lumbini to experience and feel the path of enlightenment Gautam Buddha has set.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. “Happiness never decreases by being shared”, said Buddha.

Getting Around Lumbini

Vehicles are not allowed inside the temple gate. The sites are spaced out and by foot, it takes about 2-3 hours to see most of the places.

The summer months can be very hot in Lumbini as it is in the southern belt of Nepal. If you are not interested in walking in the hot sun, there are rickshaws inside and around the temple available to see all the temples and Monasteries.

How To Get Here

Lumbini is 281 km from Kathmandu. Roughly it is a 7 hours drive from Katmandu to Lumbini. There are also domestic flights operated from Kathmandu, which is only 35 minutes of total flight time.

Many tourists and locals visit both Chitwan National Park and Lumbini together as Lumbini can be covered easily on a day trip.

Chitwan National Park is home to different species of wildlife, flora, and fauna. The distance between Chitwan and Lumbini is 153 km.

Check out our Nepal Travel Guide and Kathmandu Travel Guide for a detailed list of things to do in Nepal.

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8 Tips on How to Travel As a Couple on a Low Budget

For some couples, a travel budget (or a lack of it!) is the primary reason they don’t travel to new places. For others, it’s more of an excuse.

But if you have been thinking about taking your girlfriend or partner away for a surprise weekend, don’t worry too much, because, with these simple budget hacks, you can have a great and fun time traveling together.

Read Next: 50 Wanderlust Inspiring Couple Travel Quotes 

PLANNING

If you are traveling to some faraway place and don’t have an abundance of resources to spend, planning well is a good first step. Calculate the money you have saved up to the point, and research the place you are planning to visit.

Learn about the lodging, places to eat, places to see, etc. so you can go through with the ones that fit your budget. A place to stay can cost between very little to more than what you earn per month. So planning is incredibly important to saving money.

SAVE MONEY

If there is some time remaining till you plan to take the trip, begin saving now. You can cook food at home instead of eating out, with no extra useless expenses like buying a cool title or some fancy shoes you don’t really need, the furniture you don’t really care about and the like.

You should save as much as you can, as the time you travel will be memorable for both of you, and each little penny might help.

EXTRA ENTERTAINMENT

You need to realize that the trip you are making is about the two of you spending quality time together.

Because it’s about you guys, you don’t need to waste money on shows, parks, events and anything that you already attend where you reside. Traveling is for trying out new things. Be wise with how you spend the time away with her.

TIME IS MONEY

Like we mentioned already, time is something you would need to manage well. This is because all extra time would mean extra expenses on lodging and food.

Therefore, make sure to allocate the necessary time to each activity before you start the trip. There might be some things more alluring than the others, so manage them well with the time you have.

LODGING

Your lodging will be the main part of your travel expense. People tend to opt for the famous chain hotels thinking they’re classier or provide more comfort. Do not adopt that thinking. Go for a smaller hotel.

You don’t need to shell out loads of bucks just for the brand value. Remember, it is about you and her. So it is okay to go small on the hotel budget. However, keep the safety factor in view too, and get lodgings in a safe place.

A LITTLE COMPROMISE

You don’t need to deny yourself the ideal vacation you have been wanting with your significant other. However, it is okay to do a bit of compromise so that the vacation is possible without putting a huge load of stress on your expenses.

If a particular destination is very costly due to its tourist popularity, you can travel to nearby places. They would offer the same environment, without overcharging you. Going in an off-season would further save you some money.

COMBINED PACKAGES

In some cases, taking combined packages can help save money when you know nothing about the place.

The total cost of food, lodging, and transportation are combined with a discount, and that can save you some money as compared to going clueless to a location and then spending on things that are available as you have no other option.

SOUVENIRS

If the trip is really about you and your partner for a romantic time away, you don’t need to worry about bringing a costly souvenir for other people. Yes, this is what it is.

When you are on a tight budget, this shouldn’t be a concern of yours. If you want to bring back something for you two as a memory of your time together, get something cheap and simple.

Shells collected from the beach or a wooden bracelet are good souvenirs. A huge plasma TV isn’t.

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