Best Ramzan food in India! (A Foodie’s analysis)

Numerous posts are available online that talk about Ramzan in India, and food that is on offer in various cities across India during Ramzan. As a foodie, I have always wondered which is the best city to be in for a Iftar food walk, and I intend to settle this debate for once and for all – by comparing 4 cities in India that have the best Ramzan food on offer. Are you ready for a comparative analysis of the best of the best? Here goes:

 

1. Delhi:

The first and arguably the strongest contender on the list is the capital city of Delhi. In the capital, we talk about only the area surrounding the largest mosque outside of Israel in Asia, our very own Jama Masjid. During Ramzan, the food on offer around Jama Masjid (read Matia Mahal) is to die for. The area is lit on usual days, come the festivities, there is nothing as colorful and full of natural aromas as Old Delhi.

The colors and lights of Matia Mahal
The colors and lights of Matia Mahal

The nature of Ramzan Food: Matia Mahal has various street restaurants where you get special Iftaar food to break your fast. Ranging from dates imported from the middle east, to Mohabbat ka Sharbat (milk watermelon Rooh afza), Anjeer Shake, Paneer Jalebi, Keema and Khoya Samosa to the usual spread of Kebabs, tikkas, nihari, shirmal and biryani – the options will make your mouth salivate.

Ramzan special Chicken
Butter Cream Chicken Tikka is a delight never to be missed!(Source)

Value for Money: When it comes to Value for money, Old Delhi is the best of the lot. The Ramzan food available in the area will set you back by only INR 300-400 per person for moderate level foodies with non vegetarian food. For extreme foodies, this amount could go upto INR 600-700 per person, but not more.

Crowd and Feel: The crowd around Jama Masjid makes the atmosphere even better. From families that have come out to break their roza during Ramzan, to group of friends, you will find all sorts of people eating Matia Mahal in and out.

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: Anjeer Shake at Cool Point is one of the most underrated yet unmissable delicacies.

 

2. Mumbai

The place to be in Mumbai during Ramzan is Mohammed Ali Road near Minara Masjid, and Bohari Mohalla. Both of these areas primarily serve street food, and these are probably the only areas where you will find quality Ramzan food, as well North Indian delicacies throughout the year. The area around Minara Masjid at Mohd. Ali Road is the best place to start with.

The nature of Ramzan Food: Special Ramzan Food in the area has some Parsi influence, as well as some unique dishes that you might not find throughout the city. From quirky dishes like a tongue soup or bhejha fry to sweet idli-like Sandan, egg malpua, kebabs, tandoori quail, aflatoon, phirni, masala milk, mawa jalebi and hand churned ice-cream, the spread here is vast and in a way even better than Delhi. The food taste however varies and some might prefer Ramzan food in Delhi due to its more authentic nature.

Ramzan street food in Mumbai
Egg Malpuas being fried at Mohd Ali Road

Value for Money: Compared to Delhi, the food is a tad bit costlier. To enjoy the full spread in Ramzan, one must be ready to shell out about INR 600-700 per person, and for extreme foodies, the amount may go upto INR 1000 per person.

Crowd and Feel: The crowd around the area gathers right after sunset and Iftar. Although Minara Masjid is also an important place, the shear numbers at Jama Masjid outweigh it by a mile (a blessing in disguise?). Like the food and the city, the crowd is also cosmopolitan and there’s variety in terms of the people as well.

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: One might consider Mohd. Ali Road to be the end of the tunnel. However, take out some time and move onto Bohari Mohalla, to find Bara Handi – Meat cooked in 12 different pots burried underground, with different styles of gravies and cuts such as nihari, paya, sookha, nalli and pichota combined to give a gravy based dish that makes you want to bite your fingers.

Bara Handi at Bohri Mohalla
Bara Handi at Surti Bara Handi is Bohri Mohalla’s best kept secret for over 80 years

3. Hyderabad

Hyderabad is arguably the home of Biryani. Many historians have claimed Hyderabad to be the city that gave birth to Biryani when the Nizam ordered his chefs to make it for the common people. Hence, Biryani has been a crowd favorite since ages, and you can expect some of the best biryanis in India to be available in the streets of Hyderabad. Since the area around Charminar is the centre of all street food in the city, Ramzan specific food is also available in the area, with some varieties of Ramzan food that are unique to only Hyderabad.

The nature of Ramzan Food: The food that is available during Ramzan in Hyderbad is plentiful. To start off, many prefer to take a sip of the Irani chai with some Osmania biscuits, or Kahwa(a more traditional drink). For starters and main course, you can get kebabs, tikkas, haleem, paya, nihari, bheja fry, keema samosa, biryani and quirky food like zaban, bheja, gurda, kaleji based gravies. For dessert, you can either try hand churned ice-cream with only natural flavors, or traditional desserts like Qubani ka meetha(a version of apricot pudding), Double ka meetha (fried bread soaked in milk and rabri ),  sevaiyon ka meetha (vermicelli dessert), kheer and Gil-e-firdaus(rice and milk based dish infused with Lauki) apart from the usual shakes to wash down the spicy biryani and kebabs!

Ramzan food walk in Hyderbad kebabs
Moist Kebabs resting after being perfectly grilled!

Value for Money: The food options in Hyderabad vary in terms of price point. For a normal foodie, INR 500-600 per person would suffice. For a hardcore ‘I-want-to-taste-everything’ kind of a person, the amount could go upto INR 800-1000.

Crowd and Feel: The people around the area are very friendly, and Hyderabad is home to a fairly cosmopolitan population as well. People who run restaurants around the area are nice to travelers, and so are the people who have come out to eat. Whilst a lot of people come in order to visit the Charminar or Chowmahalla Palace, many come just to eat their hard out, or shop in the Laad Bazaar, which stays open till midnight!

Food walk participants in Ramzan Food walk
The ever so excited foodies of Hyderabad!(source)

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: Apart from authentic Haleem which is only available in Hyderabad, Pathar-ka-ghosht is something that is a novelty in Hyderabad. Rather than cooking the kebabs on a skewer over a flame and tandoor, these kebabs are cooked on a large rock/pathar, and acquire a unique aroma and taste. You can get this at a lot of restaurants, but some of the best tasted kebabs are available at Shadab Restaurant and Bade Miyaan Kebabs.

4. Lucknow

Lucknow, or the city of Nawabs has always been a famous centre point when it comes to food in India. Much like Delhi, you will find an old world charm in the Chowk area in Lucknow, along with traces of Mughal architecture around the city. In retrospect, Awadh has been a stronghold known for various food items, and another contender for the city where biryani originated from. Come Ramzan, Lucknow is lit up, and has amazing street food on offer.

The nature of Ramzan Food: During Ramzan and throughout the year, some of the favorites that are unmissable are the Kebabs at Tunday Kebabi(a food joint famous throughout India among foodies, also has a cult following as people swear that it has the best Galouti kebabs in India), Awadhi Biryani, kebabs, Qorma and Zafrani Pulav. Apart from this, you can get Khajur Ghosht, Rogan josh,  Shammi, Boti, Kakori and Fish kebabs. For dessert, you can always fall back on matka kulfi served from earthern pots topped with vermicelli, phirni, jalebis or Ramzan food like shaak or bouchnika.

Ramzan Food walk in Chowk area Lucknow
Tunday Kebabi in Chowk area serving kebabs!(source)

Value for Money: Like other places mentioned above, Lucknow is also not that hefty on the pocket. A normal foodie can expect the food to cost around INR 400-500 per person, and hardcore foodies can enjoy the dishes by shelling out around INR 700-800 per person.

Crowd and Feel: The tehzeeb people have in Lucknow means you can count on everyone being friendly! The area is frequented by group of friends, families and people from all around the city – because of the famous food in the area. During Ramzan, the food here is unmissable, and hence you can expect some crowd in the area!

SeekSherpa Hidden Haunt: The Makhan Malai at Akbar gate is the truest version of icing on the cake. Similar to Daulat ki chaat in Delhi, Makhan Malai is something every Lucknow resident will swear by. Some may even claim it to beat the flavor of Daulat ki Chaat, since Makhan Malai has a more intense flavor.

Makhan Malai during Ramzan Food Walk in Lucknow
Makhan Malai available in Lucknow!(source)

 

Verdict: While one may argue that the city they live in has the best food on offer, two cities clearly stand out of the 4 above in terms of culture, heritage, secret recipes, the quality of food available and the variety. Whilst Hyderabad inches close to top in terms of taste, variety and cultural heritage, Delhi is no less in those fields. While Mumbai and Lucknow serve some of the most delectable cuisine around their states, they fall a little short in front of Delhi and Hyderabad. What would you prefer, the Irani chai of Hyderbad or the Butter Tea of Chawri Bazaar? The North Indian Biryani or Hyderabadi Biryani? You decide.

Surprise Hidden Haunt: If whatever you have read salivates you, we are providing a passage to enjoying everything on the menu! SeekSherpa is conducting food walks in Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Scroll below to find the links and book your tickets now for a Ramzan Food walk, specially during this month:

1. Delhi Ramzan Food Walk

2. Mumbai Ramzan Food Walk

3. Hyderabad Ramzan Food Walk

Doesn’t this list make you salivate? Head out for a Ramzan Food Walk TODAY!

Let SeekSherpa be the parent this summer – Kids activities in Delhi!

Kids activities in Delhi beyond the laptop, mobile phone, and neighbourhood Karate class 

Hello summer holidays, hello dreading feeling of engaging children!

For every parent out there, one of the toughest tasks in summers is to balance their work life with spending enough time with their kids, making sure that they learn new things, develop new hobbies and find their passion.

While the holidays last, change the game.

Rather than doing the same activities over and over, #BreakTheRoutine.

SeekSherpa presents 5 fun and engaging kids activities this summer that will help them #BreakTheRoutine and learn new things.

Kids Activity #1 – Rather than watching movies on the laptop, go for a photography tour!

Photography
Kids glued to the screen playing counter strike or candy crush or maybe even Instagram?

Don’t let your kid stay cooped up at home with the screen as their only friend this summer.

Send them on a Photography tour that teaches them how to capture various subjects, in the backdrop of Lodhi Gardens or capture Wildlife in action at the Delhi Zoological Park!

Book now

 

Kids Activity #2 – Rather than having Ice Cream at India Gate, visit the Mother Dairy Factory to see how Ice cream is made:

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Move over getting just ice-cream at India Gate. Get on an AC Bus to visit Mother Dairy Factory!

Why not learn every behind-the-scenes detail about how milk is delivered to our homes and how ice creams are made!

Book now

Kids Activity #3 Rather than having them watch TV the whole day, send them for a hands on cooking experience:

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Easy to cook items and fun hands-on learning for kids! Who would not choose that over sitting idle watching TV all day?

Book now

 

 

 

Kids Activity #4 Rather than taking them to the mall, take them a AC bus trip through monuments in South Delhi:

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Going to malls and watching movies just does not cut it anymore.

Let kids become historians in these Summer vacations by visiting two important monuments in South Delhi – Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple!

Lunch is on us, too.

Book Now

 

Kids activity #5 – Rather than having them mug up history, make them visit a Museum and relive the history:

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Take a trip to one of the best museums in the whole of Asia, to understand the mythology and the history of art through the ages.

Conducted by a ancient history fanatic, you will be taken back to the ages.

Book Now

UberTOURISTER – A unique way of touring Aamchi Mumbai!

At SeekSherpa, we have always been a fan of understanding the hidden heritage, culture and art of your city uniquely, by being tourists in your city. The idea of venturing out to the nooks and crannies, exploring the unexplored places and treading on the off beaten paths is something that has always been our mission.

We have something very interesting brewing with American Tourister, and Uber Mumbai where you will be rediscovering the lesser known spots in your city – Mumbai, this weekend. It is not the run-of-the-mill variety action, you will be discovering the spots around your home or workplace, in a completely different light, seeking new experiences and hearing unheard stories. With Uber Tourister, a very special Uber ride will enable you to #touristeryoureveryday. After all, why must interesting things be saved only for vacations?

Whether you have been living your whole life in Mumbai, or just visiting for some days, don’t miss the action! Unlock the hidden Uber Tourister view by:

  • Opening your Uber app between 2 & 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016
  • Entering the code UBERTOURISTER in the promotions tab to unlock the hidden view!
  • Selecting thee UBERTOURISTER view and hit request
  • If connected, you and two friends can choose any 1 of 5 tours listed below
  • All tours are 1.5 hours long, on foot, conducted by experts and free of cost 
  • Demand will be high, you may need to request more than once
  • Tours have limited capacity & will be available on a 1st come 1st serve basis!

THE TOURS

1. Picturesque Bandra:

PT_Bandraphoto by Satish Krishnamurthy

Explore the multicultural history and heritage of the Queen of Mumbai’s Suburbs: Bandra. Take in the street art & graffiti of Ranwar village, visit the quintessential Bandra Fort and trace Colonial & Portuguese history through Bandra’s bylanes & magnificent churches. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

2. The Fortress that Bombay Once Was:

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Relive Mumbai’s history with a walk through the old British Buildings in South Mumbai. This tour focuses on the art & architecture of the area, visiting places like the Town Hall, Horniman Circle, Flora Fountain, David Sassoon Library, Churchgate, CST & the Blue Synagogue, with stops at SoBo’s most famous art galleries. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 100 people.

 

3. Parsi Potpourri at Dadar:

Parsi_Dadar

Soak in the heritage of one of the most eclectic communities in Maximum City: the Parsis. Visit Rustom Faramna Agiary Parsi, followed by the largest Parsi colony in India, where legends like Freddie Mercury once lived. Experience the Parsi lifestyle and most importantly, Parsi Food, as we move on to a nearby Irani cafe for a chat. Tour starts on foot at 4pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

4. Yum Matunga: A Southie Food Trail in Matunga

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photo courtesy wikimedia commons

Ever wondered where to eat the best Dosas in the city? Quell your curiosity with delicious south Indian food in Matunga, where we explore its hidden nooks crammed with cafes and restaurants. Sink your teeth into piping hot Idlis, Vadas & Dosas! Tour starts on foot at 4.30pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

 

5. The Trail by the Lake in Thane

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Visit the unexplored sister city of Mumbai known for its lakes, a temple and church that have survived centuries. The trail winds through the most popular of the 10 lakes of Thane: Masunda Lake, with all its calm and serenity. Make a pit stop for one of the best Misal pavs in Maharashtra, stopping for conversations about anything and everything. Tour starts on foot at 5.00pm. Maximum tour size: 20 people.

American Tourister wants you to liven up your everyday. A very special Uber ride which enables you to #TouristerYourEveryday! See you there!

 

 

 

4 Awesome Heritage and Food Walks in Agra

Food and Heritage walks in Agra apart from the Taj Mahal!

– Bookable Through SeekSherpa – Yahoo!

If you’re looking to explore Agra uniquely, then you’ve come to the right place.

We have some awesome Food and heritage walks in Agra that you would love. And the best part, they are all bookable through SeekSherpa.

1) Food Trail in Agra

Looking for food related things to do in Agra? Take a gastronomical and cultural walk to experience the local food of Agra. Our Sherpa will take you through all the famous eateries of Agra. During this trail, you will not only taste the food but also understand when and why is a particular dish prepared. You will also be told little stories about the history of the eateries. Wow! Isn’t that a great thing to do in Agra?

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Food Walk
Things to do in Agra – Food Walk

2) Colonial Walk in Agra

That’s right, Agra isn’t only famous for The Taj Mahal, Mughal Monuments and the Panchi Petha! Agra houses a number of colonial structures from the days of the British Rule. This walk will cover bungalows, Cemeteries, Churches, Cathedrals and a number of other buildings and places that have there ever since the British Rule. Take this tour if you know want to more about Agra and if you like exploring beyond the obvious. One of the most unique things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Colonial Walk
Things to do in Agra – Colonial Walk

3) Cultural Walk of Agra

Who said Agra is only about the Taj Mahal? Take this walk to explore the hidden lanes, the bustling spice market, mosques and temples of Agra. Not only this, understand the Taj Mahal and Red Fort from a different perspective. View the Taj Mahal from a secret spot. Visit the local shops to taste traditional sweets of Agra and enjoy a ride on the Rickshaw. Take this walk and be a local of Agra as you explore new and niche things to do in Agra!

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Cultural Walk
Things to do in Agra – Cultural Walk

4) Discover the Oriental Side of Agra

Running out of things to do in Agra? Take this walk to discover and explore the oriental side of Agra. You will be visiting Dara Shikohs library, Mirza Ghalibs birthplace, and the Akbar church. You will also get an opportunity to see the grand old havelis and the oriental markets of Kinari Bazaar. On the way, you will see the early morning bustle at the shoe mandi in Johri Bazar, the only street of Ayurvedic doctors, the paan and the petha mandi and the food street of Seth Gali.

For details and booking: click here!

Things to do in Agra - Oriental Agra
Things to do in Agra – Oriental Agra

If you want these amazing things to do in Agra, simply reach out to us at makemesherpa@seeksherpa.com or call us at +91-96439-82934 and we’ll get them arranged. Our prices are very nominal and start at INR 700 to 900 per person. You can also check out more things to do on SeekSherpa.com. See you!

10+ Ways To Know Your City Better This Independence Day!

India’s Independence Day – how well do you know India?

Be it the 69th or the 68th or the 70th or whichever year, you’re going to enjoy your Indian independence day when you know more about your country.

India’s a country rich with eons worth of history. There are stories about every nook and cranny in your city and that’s why we’ve got some of the best Sherpas telling you about your city this Indian Independence Day. If you’re looking for things to do this independence day then you’ve come to the right place we’ve got a number of events and activities this independence day mentioned below!

Try any of the tours below to get your fill of history, heritage, and culture this Indian Independence Day!

Delhi Tours For Indian Independence Day

(Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, & Hyderabad Below)

1. Old Delhi Heritage and Cultural walk  

Experience Highlights –

– Visit the temples, bazaars, and monuments of Old Delhi.
– Visit the Paranthe Wale gali, the Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Ghalib ki Haveli and many more!
– Conducted by history buffs

16 Aug @ 10 AM – INR 700 per person – Book now!

2. Rendezvous with the Past @ The National Museum

Experience Highlights –

– Visit 8 galleries that describe the various facets of Indian History
– Artefacts will come to life through the Sherpa’s narratives
– Conducted by a history student

14 Aug @ 11:30 AM – INR 500 per person – Book now!

3. Dilli Haat through a Cultural Lens

Experience Highlights –

– A 360 degree tour of the wares and cultures of India’s 29 states in under 3 hours.
– Shop and eat from each state’s own special section.
– Conducted by an avid foodie, traveller and pro bargainer!

14 Aug & 16 Aug @  5 PM – INR 800 per person – Book now!

4. Act Naturally – An Acting Workshop Focussed On Expression & Emotion

Experience Highlights –

– Learn how to combine emotion and expression with your speech delivery
– New techniques on sound and body, how do the 2 work together?
– Conducted by a Grade 7 Speech And Drama Trinity Student & Pro Actor

15 & 16 Aug @ 3:30 PM – INR 500 per person – Book now!

5. Photography Lessons – Through The Unexplored Corner Of Lodhi Garden

Experience Highlights –

– Learn the basics of photography with the Lodhi Tombs and gardens as your backdrop.
– Lighting, composition, & metering will be a few of the techniques taught.
– Conducted by an avid photographer!

15 & 16 Aug @ 06 AM – INR 700 per person – Book now!

Mumbai Tours For Independence Day

6. A Brush with the Art Galleries of South Mumbai

Experience Highlights -

Visit 3 iconic Art Galleries of South Mumbai among other architectural gems
Learn to perceive and appreciate art and its various forms
Conducted by an art and history aficionado

On 14, 15, & 16 Aug @ 04 PM – INR 800 per person – Book now!

7. The Fortress that Bombay Once Was

Experience Highlights –

– Draw a colourful contrast between Fortified Bombay and Aamchi Mumbai
– Walk through Town Hall, Flora Fountain, Kala Ghoda,
– Conducted by history buffs!

15 & 16 Aug @ 07 AM – INR 1000 per person – Book now!

Hyderabad Tours For Indian Independence Day

8.Galliyon Kay Raja – A Photo Walk in Old Hyderabad

Experience Highlights –

Become a street photography expert after this ‘learn on the go’ session
The flea market, the colourful lanes and the Charminar make for the perfect subjects
Curated by an experienced photographer

16 Aug @ 07 AM – INR 600 per person – Book now!

Kolkata Tours For Indian Independence Day

9. Hopping with Heritage in Dalhousie Square! 

The guided tour I host via SeekSherpa starts from Chowringhee (in front of KC Das). We will walk past the Rajbhawan Great Eastern Hotel and roam around Dalhousie Square, as we explore the great European structures of the British era.

Sat 15 Aug @ 07:30 PM – Book now!

10. Exploring Kolkata Through The Lens – A Photography Lesson

On this photography tour I host via SeekSherpa, we will start our journey from Prinsep Ghat in Strand Road. I’m a filmmaker and photographer and through our journey I will educate you on the following aspects of photography –

A. Exposure
– ISO
– Shutter Speed
– Aperture
B. Composition/Frame Construction
C. Camera controls
D. Lens basics
E. Focusing modes

Sun 16 Aug, 02:00 PM – Book now!

Bengaluru Tours For Indian Independence Day

11. Bangalore Desserts Safari

The Dessert Food Tour I host via SeekSherpa takes you through the choicest desserts in Koramangala handpicked by connoisseurs themselves. We’ll be indulging in the best desserts on the menu, the names of which I cannot divulge, but I can promise a medley of desserts harmoniously weaving their way through your taste buds.

14 & 15 Aug, 05:00 PM – Book now!

5 Things You Learn On A Whisky Tasting Session

Whisky is a deadly affair, a marriage between wants and what nots, a relationship for the fool and the die hardy and like all powers the power of whisky too comes with a great deal of responsibility. A responsibility to understand what Whisky is all about. That’s why we’ve setup a ‘101 With Whisky – Expert Led Tasting Session‘ powered by a Whisky Master working with a world renown Whisky company.

Here are 5 things you need to know if you love your whisky!

1. Whisky or Whiskey?

Short and sweet – Whisky refers to Scottish blends and Whiskey refers to Irish or American blends. Think we’re making this up? Have a look at the comprehensive blow by blow account the guys at Whisky For Everyone pulled up.

Whisky or Whiskey?
Whisky or Whiskey?

2. Highlands vs. Lowlands?

Highlands and lowlands are parts of the country where whisky is made in Scotland. The weather and landscape make an impact on the grain which in turn decides the smoothness, sweetness, color, taste, etc. of the amber liquid. The highlands you are likely to find Aberfeldy, Dalmore and Glenmorangie with their distilleries and the malts would range from dry to sweet. The lowlands play host to Auchentoshan, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie and the whiskies are soft and light in flavor with grassy notes to follow up a sip. Read more from the masters at Food Republic.

Scottish Highlands and Lowlands
Scottish Highlands (Grey) and Lowlands (Jade)
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3. Scottish vs. Bourbon vs. Irish 

Sourced from - Real Men Drink Whisky

Scotch – To qualify as a scotch the spirit must be made from malted Barley, with many scotches using nothing more than barley, water and yeast. You are allowed to include whole grains of other cereals as well as caramel colouring. The spirit must also be aged in oak casks for no less than three years, and must have an ABV at less than 94.8%. Finally, you cannot call your drink Scotch unless it was made 100% in Scotland, from Scotland.

Irish Vs. Scottish Vs. Bourbon
Irish Vs. Scottish Vs. Bourbon
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Bourbon – Bourbon whiskey must be made from a grain mixture which is at least 51% corn. The fermentation process for this mixture is often started by mixing in some mash from an older already fermenting batch, a process known as sour mash and it must be made in the United States!

Irish – Irish whiskey is pretty much any whiskey aged in the Republic of Ireland or in Northern Ireland. It must be made from yeast-fermented grain mash in such a way that the distillate has an aroma and flavor derived from the materials used. You are free to use any cereal grains, but if you mix two or more distillates it must be labelled as blended.

4. Single or Blended

When you use more than one strain of grain to make your whisky it’s a blended whisky and when you use a single one it’s a single malt. Single malts carry a more distinct flavour and are comparable across the different distilleries and hence aficionados enjoy a healthy (sometimes heated) debate on the tastes of the different producers. A blended whisky of which the Jhonnie Walker Black Label is one of the most famous in the world, carries more than one grain in the making. It may take a distillery many years to perfect a blend.

Single or Blended Whisky?
Single or Blended Whisky?
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5. Ice, Straight, Water, Soda?

The age old question that keeps us on our toes everytime you go out with your boss or someone you’d like to impress. How does one drink Whisky? On the rocks? Straight with no additives? With water? Or with soda? The truth is, or what this blog writer would like to believe, you decide how you like it. Whisky without an additive is pure and not easy to drink, it catches the throat and pierces the inner cheek muscle. When you add water or ice you tend to oxygenate your whisky giving it a little breathing room and dulling the bitterness in your mouth. Adding soda or coke destroys the original flavour of your whisky and rather tends to flavour the soda or coke instead of flavoring the whisky. If you really want to taste your whisky add a cube of ice and a gentle splash of water, almost as much as the whisky you put in. You’ll find it easy and aromatic to go through your drink that way!

Whiskey On The Rocks?
Whiskey On The Rocks?
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Get a chance to learn all this on ‘101 With Whisky – Expert Led Tasting Session‘ Tour happening in Gurgaon. Book your spot now!

Things to do in Kolkata this weekend!

#QuirkyKolkata – Things to do this weekend!

Kolkata, known for its colonial style architecture and unique cultural festivals which bring life to the mundane and otherwise ordinary weekends the residents of the city might have is all set for the SeekSherpa series of city tours titled – #QuirkyKolkata – to keep your things to do up and running!

What are the things to do this weekend? See our BookMyShow series here.

1. Cemeteries of Kolkata – Unearthed With An Anthropologist! 

June 06 & June 13 2015 @ 8 Am @ INR 500 pp – In this guided tour I host via SeekSherpa we will explore two colonial cemeteries of Kolkata. In the interest of curiosity I will not disclose the names of these cemeteries! What better things to do on the weekend than a spooky walk in Kolkata!

SeekSherpa Haunted Tour of Kolkata Cemeteries
SeekSherpa Haunted Tour of Kolkata

Book your haunted tour of Kolkata now!

2. Hopping with Heritage in Dalhousie Square!

June 06 @ 730AM @ INR 500 pp – The guided tour I host via SeekSherpa starts from Chowringhee (in front of KC Das). We will walk past the Rajbhawan Great Eastern Hotel and roam around Dalhousie Square, as we explore the great European structures of the British era. I’ll be sure to give you all the lesser known facts about these places and structures, which are not available by simple ‘Googling’!

Heritage Walk Kolkata SeekSherpa
Heritage Walk Kolkata SeekSherpa

 Book your heritage walk of Kolkata now!

So if you’re looking to indulge in some awesome things to do on the weekend in Kolkata, book now!

5 coolest things to do with your family in Bangalore this summer!

#StopMissingOut Bengaluru!

How does the typical weekend morning in your house look like? Your mother is busy thinking about what to cook for breakfast, your father is nose deep into the morning newspaper, and you are probably not even awake yet to see all of this. Enough of those summer weekends, we say!

This vacation do something your parents would be proud of you for - take the family for an outing to discover the hidden sights and sounds of Bangalore with our handpicked list of 5 coolest things to do with family this summer!

1. Take the Desserts Safari with Sherpa Saurav

Has the busy week drained the energy out of you and your family? Do these summer vacation seem bland and tasteless because of the heat? Don’t worry you. Sherpa Saurav is here with his amazing “Dessert Safari tour” in Bangalore to refresh your taste buds with the delightful desserts from all over Koromangla. With a mission to discover all the culinary delights in the world, Sherpa Saurav has been to more than 54 countries! Who better than this dessert connoisseur to help you de-stress with your family over the weekend?

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Travellers Enjoying The Bengaluru Desserts Safari SeekSherpa Tour By Sherpa Saurav!

 

Book the Desserts Safari tour this summer vacation because stressed spelt backwards is desserts!

2. Travel back in time to the Old Bangalore this weekend with Sherpa Adarsh

 

Once upon a time, Bangalore was a tiny city spread over a meagre 2.24 kms and confined to a tiny mud fort. This fort was the heart of the city, the home of kings and a battle ground where kingdoms were won and lost. Catch hold of every member in your family this weekend and take them to a journey to the heart of Bangalore with Sherpa Adarsh.  Learn about the real story behind Tipu Sultan’s Summer palace, get to know the lesser known Bangalore fort and the Victoria hospital, grab some lip-smacking food on the way while learning some tips and tricks of photography!

Travellers Enjoying The Journey To The Heart Of Tour By Sherpa Adarsh At Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
Travellers Enjoying The Journey To The Heart Of Tour By Sherpa Adarsh!

 

Give your family the outing in the city they never had, explore Bangalore with a new twist with our “Journey to the heart of Bengaluru” tour!

3. Discover the Roots of Bangalore!

 

Summer vacations are meant for doing all those things you wouldn’t otherwise. Venture into the new territory and take your family along to the exhilarating experiences the city of Bangalore has to offer with our Roots of Bangalore tour!

Travellers Enjoying The Roots of Bengaluru Tour at Churches of Bengaluru
Travellers Enjoying The Roots of Bengaluru Tour!

 

Start the morning with the Bugle Rock, travel back to the times of Kempe Gowda, grab a quick bite of the delicious food on the way while our Sherpa will walk you through the religious and spiritual significance of the Nandi temple. she will tell you the story of how Kempe Gowda came up with the idea of building a city. You will get a chance to walk around Lalbagh and Bonsai garden and hear the little told story of how it was made. This tour is full of facts and stories about the historical significance of rich heritage that Bangalore holds.

Explore the Roots of Bangalore!

4. Take the Ultimate food tour in Bangalore with Sherpa Karthik

If your family shares your love for everything food, make this weekend a gastronomic delight with the “Namma Bangalore” tour.

Did you know which food item was discovered during the World War II? Do you want to try the massive spread of over 15 starters and 20 main course dishes?

Sherpa Karthik will take you for such a gastronomic adventure on his tour- but remember it is only for those with a serious appetite. Forget your favourite family restaurant this time around and take them for an outing in the city that will not only surprise your taste buds but also help you all bond over amazing food. Maybe you can have that eating competition with your brother you always wanted to have, after all!

Book an experience of a lifetime for your family here.

5. Enjoy the authentic vegetarian cuisine of Bangalore

 

Lunch in the authentic Arya-Viashya style with our Sherpa Meghana, while she takes you and your family for a delightful tour revealing Bangalore’s old school charm. The tour covers the myriad flavours of Bangalore’s oldest and the largest trading communities. On this 3hour food walk with Sherpa Meghana your family will get an opportunity to try some delectable filter coffee, some incredible idlis and dosas, walk through the beautifully chaotic flower markets of Gandhi Bazaar and wind up with a beautiful view of the city from the top of the Ram Ajaneya temple!

Here is what the travellers had to say about the tour!

Ready to explore the hidden delights in your own city? Book the Authentic Bengaluru for the Vegetarian soul tour!

Make this summer vacation about creating new memories around your own city, cherish these times that you spend with your parents and siblings, give them the weekend outing that they will remember forever. Have a look at our lineup of tours.

Wondering what to do with your family this weekend in Mumbai? Have a look at the 5 tours in Mumbai you must take with your family this summer! Wondering what to do with your family this weekend in Delhi? Have a look at the 5 tours in Delhi you must take with your family!

 

5 tours in Delhi you should take with your family this summer!

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Hello lovely Dilliwalas! The heat wave has taken over the city, making it nearly impossible to think straight. The only thing that can bring solace is a glass of ice cold juice or a chilled martini and the A/C.

Does that mean this summer vacation will be boring and stay at home? Absolutely NOT. We have curated a list of the coolest tours that you can take in Delhi with your family this summer. Forget the hassle of planning a long vacation and go be a traveller in your own city instead with our lineup of local tours this summer.

1. Discover the delicious Delhi 6!

Forget the fancy insides of your favourite family restaurant and get out on the street this time to explore the lip-smacking flavours your delicious Delhi 6 has to offer. Make this summer vacation about the streets of Delhi, explore the Chawri Bazaar – the biggest wholesale market of the country, the Jama Masjid and learn about the Mughal architecture, visit the Ghalib’s Haveli and get to know more about the most famous Persian poet.

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22 Travellers Enjoy Sherpa Rohan’s Old Delhi Food Walk

 

Our Sherpas will also take you to the top of a minaret to get the most splendid 360 degree view of the city. Try some mouthwatering Mughlai delicacies from the best places around Jama Masjid like kebabs, Qorma, Stew, Biryani and top it off with some Shahi tukda, moong daal ka halwa, phirni, gulba jamun, gond ka halwa…you get the drift. This tour is a mouthful!

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Old Delhi Food Tour With Sherpa Rohan

 

Do you need more reasons to take this tour?

The Delhi 6 tour with Sherpa Rohan is the thing to do this summer with your family. Book the tour here!

 

2. Click away at the Lodhi Garden with Shepra Shagun

Always looked at amazingly clicked pictures and wondered how to take them? Is there a camera at home that you wished you used more often? You might have visited Lodhi garden before but, this time take your family to discover this destination through a photographer’s lens! Walk with Sherpa Shagun on her “Photography lessons- through the unexplored corners of Lodhi Garden” tour and learn the intricacies of photography with your family. A picture is worth a thousand words. Go home and make a montage out of all the pictures that you click, so that someday when stumble upon it your entire family can think back upon the summer weekend they had and the how close it bought all of you.

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Travellers at the Lodhi Garden Photo Walk With Sherpa Shagun (BL)

 

Click professional looking family photos, fuel your sibling’s newfound fascination with photography and give your parents a wholesome family trip over the weekend that you can cherish forever with the Photography lessons- through the unexplored corners of Lodhi garden tour!

3. Where art thou? Modern Art Tour With Sherpa Mitalee!

Whether your family is a lover of all things art or one that thinks modern art is alien and intricate, the “Where art thou?” tour with Sherpa Mitalee is perfect for you and your family. She talks about the various artists, their muses, their artistic eccentricities, stories and the inspirations behind their pieces. Step into the gallery with your family while our Sherpa decodes the while our beloved Shepra- with her amazing (dry) sense of humor churns up an experience around the four floored national gallery of modern art. If your parents believe that modern art lacks substance, this is the perfect way to change their minds! Watch this video if you don’t believe us!

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Travellers Enjoying Sherpa Mitalee’s Modern Art Walk In Delhi

 

Trust us, you all will go back with a refreshed perspective of the world after this tour! Book the “Where art thou?” tour here!

4. Enjoy the Tibetan culture and food with Sherpa Fatima

A family that dines together stays together!  Yes, we ardently believe that there is nothing that stirs up conversations as well as food does. Will you miss a chance to explore some new delicious Tibetan Cuisine with your family? We wouldn’t.

Join Sherpa Fatima through the lanes of the Tibetian refugee colony in Majnu ka tila and learn about the Tibetian culture, their way of life and the most unconventional food. Eat the best Thupka, Cheley, Shabta, Shabalay, Kothey, Tingmo, and many other such delicacies. Give your family a dining experience that goes beyond your usual outings.

Tibetan Delhi Food Tour, Majnu Ka Tila

End the tour with a cup of amazing coffee and conversation.

We’re certain you would have created some amazing memories with your family by the end of this supercool tour.  Take the tour and explore the Tibetan Food and Culture.

5. Explore the street art of Shahpur Jat with Sherpa Pankaj

Take your family out to witness the art that has take over Shahpur Jat’s streets. Sherps Pankaj takes you through the nooks and crannies of this urban village filled with eccentric art ranging from tiny stencils to 20 feet tall towering masterpieces. Amidst the fashion boutiques and various shopping destinations we’re sure you have frequented often lies the uncanniest of art!

Hear what the travellers have to say about this tour!

Take your family for an outing this summer with the “Better than Grey- The street art of Shahpur Jat” tour!

This summer #DoDelhiDifferently, take your family for the weekend outing that they have never had before, explore together, eat together, learn and discover the things about your city that you never would have known otherwise! Book a tour with us here!

Confused about what to do in Mumbai with you family this summer? Have a look at the 5 tours in Mumbai you should take with your family this summer! Stay tuned for we have more awesomeness coming your way this summer vacation!

5 tours in Mumbai you should take with your family this summer!

The summer vacation is here! Yes, it is that time of the year where you can put on your sunglasses and relax, take up a new hobby and spend some more time with your family. Trust us, This summer vacation is going to be very different for you and your family. This time around. Give your traditional family outings in the city an interesting twist.

If you are sitting at home complaining about the heat, please stop right now; for we have put together a list of the coolest tours you can take with your family in Mumbai!

1. Explore the hidden Jewish heritage with Sherpa Stacy!

Have you ever wondered about all those places that you passed by but never really saw? Can you confidently say that you have been around and seen everything that Mumbai has to offer?  This weekend, take your family for the Shalom Mumbai tour with Sherpa Stacy and explore one such part of the city.

Nestled in the heart of Colaba is the rich Jewish heritage that stays hidden beyond myriad colours and smells of the Colaba culture. Go beyond your usual weekend family outing and learn about one of the first foreign religions that came to the country. Shepra Stacy has a storehouse of tales to tell you about this dwindling minority, their architecture and their culture that are sure to leave you awestruck!

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Happy Travellers On Stacy’s Shalom Mumbai Tour

 

Take your family for the Shalom Mumbai tour this weekend and give your summers the much needed refreshing twist!

2.Dangerous Dining in Dongri With Sherpa Atash!

 

Have you ever sat down at the Leopold Cafe and wondered about how many of those people around you secretly belong to the underworld? Does walking along the lanes of Dongri leaves you thinking about the mysteries of the mafia? Have you ever wondered about how the chor bazaar really operates or what lies within those lanes infamous as the crime district? If you have then the dangerous dining at Dongri and Bohari mohalla is the perfect tour for you. Get your family together for a weekend outing and join Sherpa Atash for a gastronomic trail across these very neighbourhoods. Shepra Atash takes you through the colourfully chaotic streets of Dongri and the BohariMohalla and into the uncanniest of food joints with the most epic food that you wouldn’t have ever thought of finding yourself. Take your family for this adventurous tour that brings together the tales of the underworld and those of culinary delight. Watch these wizard-like chefs whip us the most exotic meals like the “Bara handi”, Eat at the favourite eating destination of a certain famous filmstar languishing in jail and end it with the best hand-churned ice-cream you can find in Mumbai.

Watch how this family takes the Dangerously Dining oath before they start!

Think we are making tall claims? Go see for yourself with the “Dangerous dining at Dongri and Boharimohalla tour”!

3. Discover the history of Bandra with Sherpa Sachin

Bandra is such a blend of quaint crumbling villages with lofty seaside promenades. The Queen of Suburbs will never fail to surprise you. Take your family for a summer outing this weekend with the Picturesque Bandra  tour.  Sherpa Sachin takes you by the hand and straight into the impressive history that Bandra has to offer. From the spectacular views of the sealink from the Portuguese fort to the Buckingham palace like parsi sanatorium, this tour covers the true stories of Bandra in a 120 minute walk. Connect with your family over your mutual love for exploring new places in the city.

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Try amazing food at the wholesome bakeries that bandra has to offer and hear tales that you have never heard before with the Picturesque Bandra tour!

4. Art lovers in the house? Explore the art with Sherpa Reeti

 

For all those art lovers in the house, we have the perfect family outing in the city with the Brush with the art galleries of South Mumbai tour! Join Sherpa Reeti for the most artistic weekend outing with family this summer vacation. She takes you from the Jehangir art gallery at Kala Ghoda to the bluest-blue synagogue in the city. Meet the quirky street artist with their refreshing art on display and find out what really goes in to create unique artwork. Take a walk with her through the various art galleries, while she marks the contrast between various forms of art and how each piece is beautiful in its own unique way. Explore the hidden art at the Jehangir Art gallery!

Travellers Enjoying the Mumbai Art Gallery tour with Sherpa Reeti
Travellers Enjoying the Mumbai Art Gallery tour with Sherpa Reeti

 At the end of this tour, we are sure your family will go back with a renewed enthusiasm towards art! Book the tour here!

5. The perfect tour for the colonial foodies

Do your parents tell you tales of how Mumbai was once a Bombay? Of how this beautiful city full colourful chaos really came about? Do they also share your love for food? Well, you don’t need more than that as reason to take them for this amazing food walk through the colonial past of Mumbai with Sherpa Runal on his heritage and foodie walk through colonial Bombay  Tour. He takes you back into the time of old Bombay on a trail that follows through Flora Fountain, Prince Wales museum, hidden Irani cafes and the Ballard estate. Maybe after this tour you will truly understand what your parents mean when they talk about the Mumbai in their time! Watch how Sherpa Runal gets his travellers going!

Go back in time to colonial bombay!

Bring your family together for a weekend outing in the city, learn about places that you would never have known of, give them an experience that they can cherish for a lifetime and look at your own beloved city in a new light this summer vacation. The most beautiful bonds are created only when the family travels together, so why wait?

Book the perfect weekend family outing here!