By SUSAN GARDNER, Associated PressBENGALURU: While Indian food is often celebrated for its taste, its accessibility is also a major drawcard for travelers.
It’s not surprising that many travel to India for a better quality of life, says Nirmala Srivastava, director of the Indian Center for Travel and Tourism, which is a nonprofit that promotes international travel to the country.
“I can see that there is a large appetite for quality food, even though India is a relatively small country,” she said.
The country boasts one of the best per capita food intake rates in the world, according to a report by the World Health Organization.
The median income in India, a wealthy country with a population of 2.5 billion, is roughly $1,600 per capita, according the World Bank.
It also ranks highly in nutrition, education and health, according a 2015 report by World Health.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization also rates India as the world’s No. 3 food producer.
Srivastavava said a trip to India offers a chance to taste a whole host of dishes, from traditional Indian food to new and exotic foods, including some that are not traditionally available in the U.S. and Europe.
She said India also offers a range of entertainment options.
Travelers who live in India should try out some of the country’s popular restaurants.
They can order a meal at a traditional restaurant and take a look around the room to see what they’re missing, she said, adding that the atmosphere is often relaxed.
“Indian food is really good.
It is more like Indian cuisine than the Western cuisine,” she says.
“There are more choices in India.”
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