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TIPS FOR ENJOYING STREET FOOD IN INDIA

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The street food , although not everything “diet” or “healthy” that could be desired (only God knows how many times this oil is reused), has a price that makes it accessible to most of the population. For very little money, you take away hunger: a plate of noodles , a masala dosaï , fried rice with vegetables. Any of these dishes, in one of the countless stalls in the street, will never exceed 15 or 20 rupees. And if you still want to spend less, or you only want a snack, for five or, at most, ten rupees you can be equally satiated.

Here we discuss the street foods in India are:

Samosas

The street food par excellence. Something like an empanadilla , chubby and triangular, made from a dough of flour, and stuffed with vegetables, potatoes or even meat, less often. Watch out! They also carry chili and many spices , so it is better to have a bottle of water nearby. Once you get used they are very good, and for five rupees you buy a piece (the Indians usually eat them two by two) that fills you for a good time.

Pakoras

Fried vegetables, like a donut, in chickpea flour . The most popular are spinach, onion, eggplant, cauliflower, although it is also possible to find meat (chicken). They are taken a lot as a snack , or as an entree at meals. A good newspaper cone full of them costs five rupees on the street.

Kachori

Flour dough rounded and crushed, stuffed with moong dal (green soybeans), lentils, chickpeas … All very spicy and fried later. Like samosas , they are usually served two by two, on a leaf as a bowl, bathed in different sauces. There is also its sweet version, filled with ingredients such as coconut and sugar.

Aloo Tikki

Potato cooked and then fried that can be eaten alone, crumbled and dipped in different sauces  (some spicy, and other sweets, to soften its flavor ), served on a banana leaf. It is also not uncommon to find them in their original form (that is, without shredding) in hamburgers, as a meat substitute. It is very popular, and it is seen everywhere. Do you remember that I commented that it was Pushkar’s star dish ? Even Mexican sandwiches and “tacos” do with it …

Fritangas in general

There are so many that it would be impossible for me to name them all. For example, in the third photograph of this post (that of the pakoras) , you can observe in the foreground some triangular things. What are they? Well, neither more nor less than it seems: bread. Bread fried in the same flour as pakoras , with oil burlads, and sometimes stuffed with lenjeta or other vegetables. Regarding tastes.

In addition to the fritangas, the amount of carts with nuts, homemade cookies, fruit is unbeatable. Another of the star appetizers, of which you don’t remember the name, is a kind of “salad” made from everything that man has been able to load in his car, but especially chickpeas, parsley, tomato, pepper, onion, peanuts, all very chopped and seasoned with chili, pepper and a splash of lemon. Despite its light appearance, it fills a lot.

Sweets (Mithai)

Indians love sweets. To verify it, you just have to go for a walk on any street, and in less than five minutes you stumble upon two or three patisseries full of these small delicacies wrapped in aluminum foil (which, although your first instinct is to remove it, you should know that it is eatable).

Indian sweets are sooo sweet. Tremendously cloying, or delicious, as seen. The basis of all of them is sugar, flour and milk, to which is added coconut, honey, dulce de leche, pistachio, almond depending on what you touch. The variety is so much that you simply going to leave you with the photo, and everyone who imagines what they want.

They look good, right? Its flavor lives up to its appearance. As a curiosity, the only one that you do not like at all, is also one of the most popular: Jalebi, a dipped syrup dough that is thrown in a boiler full of oil where it is frying forming the most capricious forms

Paan

To finish the meal, nothing better than a good paan (or so say the Indians): nut betel, lime pulp, spices and many condiments , all wrapped in a sheet, also edible betel. There are two varieties: sweet and savory, which also carries tobacco.

Drinks: the chai

The chai is the national drink: milk tea, very sweet and almost always, with many spices ( masala chai ), which give a very intense flavor.

Chai sellers are countless, and it is not uncommon to meet five in the same corner (the Indians have no sense of competition), around which mountains of caps accumulate from the small clay vessels used as a glass that, go You know why, they are of a single use.

Drinks: Lassi

The lassi we’ve talked many times based drink yogurt smoothie, only ( plain lassi) , sugar (sweet lassi) or salt (salt lassi) . Within the sweet variety, in any restaurant we can find banana lassi, orange lassi, mango lassi and even chocolate lassi, the options are endless in India.

Drinks: fruit juices

And finally, the juices: orange, pineapple, mango, sugarcane. Made with fresh fruit, refreshing and delicious .

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Top 10 Countries Which Allow Free Visa for Indians 2021

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Do you love travelling or already have travelled to many foreign countries for any other reason or want to travel to different countries around the world? If yes, you know how troublesome the process of getting a visa for a foreign country is. Besides the long process, some county’s visas are pretty expensive. That’s why people often try to find countries which allow free visa and the procedure is also easier.

Well, if you are also wondering which countries allow free visa, you are in the right place. In this article, I will be discussing the top 10 countries that allow free Visa for Indians. If you are from any other countries, don’t worry, there will be a separate article about that.

Top 10 Countries Which Allow Free Visa for Indians

Singapore

Singapore, the quintessential cosmopolitan, is a southeast1 Asian island country and very famous for its tourism industry. Singapore is also one of the richest and developed nations. It is famous for its rich culture, diversity, tall skyscrapers, delicious food, tourist and adventuring spots etc.

Gardens by the Bay is a nature park in Singapore

Singapore allows before arrival E-Visa for Indian citizens considering your passport has at least 6 months validation. The validity of the VISA will be of 30 days. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Duly filled visa application and form
  •       Confirmed return tickets
  •       Two copies of recent passport size photographs
  •       Covering letter (containing the details of the traveller).
  •       Original Bank statements.

Thailand

Thailand, the gateway to South Asia, is one of the most beautiful countries in South Asia. It is especially famous for its beautiful beaches, cultural integrity, dense forest, floating markets, coral reefs and other tourist spots.

Thailand has a rich food culture, so if you are an Indian, you will probably like it. Also, you can see the vast cultivation of Buddhism along with a major gathering of Buddhist monks.

Coming on the Visa part, Thailand allows free E-VISA on arrival considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       A digital photo of you (taken not more than 3 months ago).
  •       Your travel dates.
  •       Airline Confirmation.
  •       Accommodation Details.
  •       Credit/debit card or any other payment options.

Maldives

The Maldives is a tropical island nation, consists of 1192 coral islands grouped into natural atolls. It is famous for its fabulous white sand beaches, diverse marine life, beautiful scenarios and other tourist spots. It is also a famous adventure spot as well as a popular honeymoon spot.

The Maldives allows free Visa on arrival and the validation of the Visa will be of 30 days. If you want, you extent the validation period up-to 90 days.

Malaysia

Malaysia is a southeast Asian country near Thailand. It is one of those countries which actually gives the true essence of Asia. With its cultural diversity, beautiful beaches and natural scenarios, food, exquisite tourist sites, etc, it is one of the most popular tourist spots.

Malaysia allows eNTRI Visa which is free for a span of 15 days considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation. The validity of the VISA will be of 30 days. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Travel Documents
  •       Travel itinerary
  •       E-Ticket number of return flight ticket
  •       Hotel reservation or invitation letter from your host
  •       Work or Residence Permit if living abroad

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an ancient Asian island nation situated near the bottom of southern India. It is a land of ancient ruins, amazing beaches, colourful reef and many more. It has eight heritage sites so, you will find a lot of bio-diversity. With the rich culture and exquisite food, you won’t regret going to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka allows E-visa considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Airside transit and exit from Sri Lanka.
  •       Travel Documents.
  •       Proof of sufficient funds for stay.
  •       Booking details of the stay

Turkey

Turkey is a fascinating Islamic country situated between Asia and Europe border. It contains both civilized and highly developed cities along with raw natural beauty, mountains, oceans, river and more. Its tourism industry is also booming.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JULY 15: A man waves Turkey’s national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia Mosque on the fourth anniversary of the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt on July 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. On the night of July 15, 2016, 249 people died when military personnel attempted to overthrow the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Turkey allows free E-VISA for Indians considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Return ticket
  •       Booking details of the stay
  •       Sufficient funds (minimum of USD 50 per day).

Indonesia

Indonesia is the World’s largest archipelago made of 17000 islands. Here you can connect with nature on a fundamental level. The seashores, smouldering volcanoes, tidy rivers, fascinating forests and the whole culture will give you a peaceful experience.

Indonesia allows free Visa considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation along with the date of your arrival and Return Tickets.

Bhutan

Bhutan, often regarded as the happiest country in Asia, is a neighbour country of India. It is a beautiful country with fascinating natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Bhutan is really popular among tourists.

There is no Visa required to enter Bhutan for Indians if you have 7 days entry-cum-stay permit from the border offices. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Indian Passport (at least 6-month validity)
  •       Two passport-sized photographs.
  •       Voter ID
  •       Booking Details of your stay
  •       Marriage certificate copy for couples

Nepal

Nepal is another neighbour country of India mostly known for its high mountains (Mt.everest), diverse nature and rich culture. Tourism is also flourishing in Nepal as it has many beautiful monuments, temples, historical places etc.

There is no Visa required to enter Nepal for Indians. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Passport
  •       Voter ID
  •       Driving License
  •       Ration Card
  •       An ID issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

Cambodia

Cambodia is a nation with high historical value and rich culture with fabulous natural beauty. The tourism business here is pretty vast as it has lots of historical establishments like Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and other famous temples etc. Also, natural beauty and friendly culture will give you peace.

Cambodia allows E-Visa for Indian citizens considering your passport has at least 6 months of validation. The validity of the VISA will be of 30 days. Also, you will need the followings –

  •       Applicant Photo
  •       Passport Personal Details Scan.
  •       Last Page of Passport

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