Best Food in Pathankot

Pathankot is an ancient and historic city of Punjab, India. Pathankot located in the foothills of Kangra has gained popularity in the past few years for its serenity, greenery, and a rich historical past. It is the meeting point of three northern states of India (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and J&K), and being is very close to the border of Pakistan, it also serves as one of the military bases in India. Apart from functioning as a travel hub for three states, Pathankot is also popular for its food.

Here is the detailed information of famous food items and Cuisine of Pathankot:

North Indian food items, especially Punjabi food, are most desired and preferred by visitors in Pathankot and are very easily available as compared to other categories like Thai, Chinese, and Continental food. Pathankot outshines all other Indian cities is delivering a rich and spicy non-vegetarian delicacy to the tourists.
Delicious dishes that are Pathankot’s specialty include ChholeBature, Dal Makhani, Kadai Paneer, Tawa Paneer, Saahi Paneer, Rajma (Red Kidney Beans), Lassi, Sarson Da Sag with Makai Di Roti, Dal Tadka, Muttar Paneer, Mutton Tikka, Mutton Curry and many other aesthetic dishes.
Apart from the above authentic main course dishes, you may stop to grab a bite of Pathankot’s very own special Samosas, Pakoras and a variety of sweet dishes such as Jalebi, Barfi, Kheer, Gulab Jamun and Palang-Tod (sort of milk-cake made with pure cream) which can be served as snacks and are easily available in the roadside shops and line hotels.
If you are going to hills and Punjab, Pathankot is a major station that connects a lot of places. Explore food in train with KhanaGadi at Pathankot. Food delivery in train at Pathankot can bring you breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks of your choice.
Pathankot is also renowned for its profuse production and export of Litchis. Many tourists and locals enjoy either raw or replenishing Litchi Juice every season.
October to April is the best time to enjoy a trip to Pathankot. You may also visit Pathankot in the summers, as the weather is never too hot here.

5 Reasons why every iPhone should have KhanaGaDi App

India is one of the most ancient and oldest countries of the world. Traveling throughout India to places of firm reputation be it of historical or religious importance, the Indian Railways is the best choice for travelers to see and understand the natural beauty and diversity of India.

 If you want to explore throughout the Indian subcontinent, one of the vital means of transport is trains. So, it has been made further easier for you, by introducing the KhanaGadi App. The KhanaGadi App will make your journey much comfortable, enjoyable and you will definitely have a delicious travelogue.

Here are 5 reasons why every iPhone user should have KhanaGadi App:

1.  Only iPhone App to order food in train

KhanaGadi App is an online food delivery service that delivers food right at your seats. You can order food anytime be it your breakfast or midnight craving, your meal will reach you on time as KhanaGadi delivers food to all major railway stations in India.

2. Predict your PNR Status:

KhanaGadi App enables the iPhone users to predict their PNR status confirmation through Confirmtkt.com. This is possible as the system uses some intelligent algorithms on the basis of previous records and trends, and informs about your PNR confirmation chances.

3. Prepare in advance with KhanaGadi:

KhanaGadi empowers the iPhone users to prepare in advance for going out on trips. In India, trains are the cheapest and most comfortable means of transport. Almost 90% of Indians prefer trains than taking roads because often it results in a journey longer as compared to trains.

4. Check PNR status anytime:

The KhanaGadi App offers several comprehensive services apart from serving your favorite food right on your train seats. It also includes a fast, convenient and comparatively seamless interface for checking the PNR status.

5. Variety of food and easy payment

The KhanaGadi App on iPhone provides a collection of 25000+ food items at 150 major railway junctions in India across 10000+ trains with convenient packing and delivery. Payment is quite easy as you can give it through Debit, Credit or Cash on Delivery.

 

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5 Ways To Practice Responsible Tourism

Nowadays, Tourism is one of the fastest growing and in-demand industries, which has helped to boost the economic status of many countries across the world. However, the rise of tourism industries has led to many challenges such as economic dependence, destruction and degradation of the environment, exploitation of the cultural heritage, human rights abuse and much more.

Here are 5 things we need to keep in mind as a responsible tourist on our upcoming trips:

Always think about animal welfare

People often forget animals are living beings, and harm them for the sake of little enjoyment. We should never participate in activities that inflict injury or cruelty to animals, particularly in activities such as hunting, sitting for pictures with animal cubs, attending circuses and bullfights, and ill-treatment towards animals like donkeys, horses, camels etc.

Leave no trace

From the perspective of a responsible tourist, one must always remember that he or she should enjoy without disturbing or causing any damage to the surrounding. Tourist should follow the simple principles such as centralizing garbage, minimal-impact camping, and most importantly, using alternative sources of energy whenever and wherever possible.

A Proper plan for meals

Sometimes, in the zeal to taste something new, people order stuff like whale meat, turtle eggs, bush meat, shark fins, reptiles and other exotic animals (in some cases species that are close to extinction).

Choose and promote ecotourism

Ecotourism involves visiting fragile, pristine, and other undisturbed natural areas, which intend to cause low-impact on land and nature, in other words, a small scale alternative to standard mass tourism.

Say No to IVORY

We all know that the African elephants are on the verge of extinction because they are being killed to fulfil the demand of ivory which is used in making bracelets and other trinkets. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, agreement among governments has made buying and selling of ivory illegal and highly restricted in more than 175 countries.

Hope, you’ll be a responsible and sensible tourist and follow the 5 practices mentioned above. Let us know about your views, in the comment section below.

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6 Places to Visit in Itarsi

Itarsi derives its unique name from “Intt” (brick) and “Rassi” (rope) which was once traded around the town.It is today known for being a popular commercial hub of agricultural goods. Industries of the like of soya mills and ordnance factory make it an important destination for trade. Located in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh, Itarsi is one of the central most cities of India. As a weekend outing spot, Itarsi offers many sightseeing options:

  1. Hoshangabad – From a distance of around 20kms from Itarsi, we enter Hoshangabad. Named after Malwa ruler Hoshang Shah, the major attractions of this city consists of Sethani ghat situated in the southern banks of river Narmada; Ancient petroglyphs (rock paintings) on Adamgarh Hills; Bandrabhan (meeting point of River Narmada and Tawa); Hoshang Shah Fort and the Durga Goddess Temple in Salkanpur.

 

  1. Panchmarhi and Satpura Tiger Reserve –Panchmarhi is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh. It offers both spiritual and natural scenic beauty to its visitors. Spiritual- being the pilgrimage site for Shiv Bhakts and natural because of the presence of breath taking sceneries from Satpura National Park. Satpura Tiger Reserve encompasses the oldest forest reserve of the country, the Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, in its boundaries. Bori Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a perfect combination of Flora and Fauna.
  1. Tawa Reservoir – Tawa reservoir is situated on TAWA river. It took 20 years to construct the Tawa Dam on which the reservoir is formed. The Tawa Dam is a major source of irrigation for many hectares of agricultural land in Hoshangabad and Harda Districts. A Cruise Boat service has been launched by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department for a trip to the dam and reservoir. Monsoon months witness the most number of footfalls.
  1. Boodhi Mata Mandir – This is considered to be one of the important most pilgrimage sites of Itarsi. People travel from afar to visit this temple that is beautifully carved of white marble. Few other renowned temples of this region are Khedapati Mata Mandir, Hanuman dhaam, Ancient Shani Mandir and Gayatri Mandir.
  1. Friends Church – Quakerism came to Mid- India during the mid-1880 and formed a ‘Religious Society of Friends’ during then. Thus their church is known with the same name. Pentacostal Church, Marthoma Church and E.C.L are few other churches that one can visit in Itarsi.
  1. Railway Junction – Itarsi junction is one of the most important crossings of both East-West and North- South routes. Connected via broad gauge lines to Bhopal and Delhi to the North, Bhusawal and Mumbai to the West, rail junctions Nagpur to the South and Jabalpur to the East, Itarsi act as passing junction to trains from all the four metropolitan cities of the country.

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A Culinary Treat to Vizag

Vizag, short for ‘Vishakhapatnam’ is important for more reasons than one. It is the largest city of Andhra Pradesh. The city offers great tourist attractions like RK Beach, Rushikonda, Araku Valley (hill station), Kailashgiri etc. Both its sea port and railway junction is a major trade and communication centre. Post the Andhra-Telangana separation, Vizag has definitely gained an economic edge. But, people visit this city also for its yummy food and exquisite eateries.

If you are a foodie and love to explore different kinds of food, these below dishes should surely be on your wish list for the next visit to Vizag:

Heavenly Sea Food Delicacies

Sea Inn (popularly known as “Raju Gari Dhaba” after the owner Mr.K.V.Raju) serves amazing sea food delicacies. Made with traditional Andhra spices, each dish will leave you craving for more. It has different delicacies each of prawns, crab, fish apart from other non-vegetarian curries and fries. This dhaba is located near Rushikonda beach.

Vegetarian Thali

Whether or not you are a vegetarian, you will definitely love Hotel Daspalla’s Pure Vegetarian Thali. It is almost a symbolic location of the city. The huge spread, taste, ambience and service will win you over.

Snacks and Chaat Items

Vizag has innumerable options for snack lovers. Few to name are Gitam’s Down Maggi that serves amazing Egg Maggi and Yummy Omelette, MVP Colony’s Panipuri and Fried Chat  along with other chaat and snack varieties and Lip Smacking Punukulu served with special chutney and KaramPodi (Processed Red Chilli Powder) at MVP Circle. Bake My Wish has some exotic grub options like Frankie Dosa and Variety of flavoured Pastries.

South Indian Tiffins

Every single roadside tiffin stall in Vizag offer amazing South Indian breakfast. So all you have to do is to walk by, assess the rush near each stall and eat from the one which has the most number of customers. To taste special Sponge Dosa and Ghee KaramDosa you can walk into Vemkatadri Vantillu  at Peda Waltair Road.

Meals

Don’t forget to visit Sai Ram Parlour at Diamond Park to experience delicious South Indian Thali or Meals. A great North Indian food corner that specializes in Tandoori items and Butter Chicken for Punjabi Food Lovers is Deepak Punjabi Dhaba at Asilmetta.

Sweet Tooth

To satisfy your dessert desires, you can taste crispy yummy jalebi from Laddu Gopal. Baker’s Castle and PCC are few places that serve delicious pastries.

 

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Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Visakhapatnam

Places to visit in Visakhapatnam:

Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, both in terms of area and population. It also has the oldest shipyard in India and it houses natural harbor, which is one of its kind on the Indian east coast. So guys, if you are looking for a destination that would keep your spirits high with its natural beauty and man-made wonders Vizag is the right place.

Here are a few places you must visit when you are in Visakhapatnam:

1. RK Beach

RK beach

The Rama Krishna Mission Beach is one of the most famous beach parks in Andhra Pradesh, India. It gets its name from the Rama Krishna Mission Ashrama across the beach road from the park. The beach becomes more popular for its, INS Kursura Submarine Museum (preserving the Kalvari Class Submarine).

2. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park:

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The Zoological Park is named after former PM of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, and it was declared open on 19th May 1977. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, covering an area of 625 acres of land is located amidst Kambalakonda Reserve Forest in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India. This zoo is the home of many extinct species of animals, reptiles, and birds such as sloth bear, giraffe, the royal Bengal tiger etc.

3. The Kailashgiri Hill Park

Kailashgiri Hill Park

The Kailashgiri Hill Park is located on the hilltops in the city of Visakhapatnam. The park is maintained by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) comprising 380 acres of land, all covered with flora and other tropical trees. The hill, 110 m height, also overlooks beaches, forests, harbor and the city of Visakhapatnam. Recently, VUDA has declared the Kailashgiri Hill as a plastic-free zone.

4. Rushikonda Beach

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Rushikonda is one of the best beaches in Andhra Pradesh, which is a frequently visited tourist spot. The beach is located 8 km away from Vizag and it is probably the best place for you if you love water sports such as swimming, windsurfing, and skiing (some of the sports available here).

5. Katiki Waterfalls

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Katiki Falls is named after Katiki, the place where it is located, 4 km away from Bora Caves. The Waterfall is about 50 feet high and originates from the Gosthani River. It is popular for its greenery and clear water in its vicinity.

There are many more tourist spots in Vizag, but the above are the best ones. Please, let us know about your views in the comment section below.

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Places to visit in Agra

Whenever someone ever makes a tour, be it a tour for entertainment or pilgrimage, there is a hidden element of education in it. People learn a lot while they are traveling and it is travel, which is one of the major reasons of our development. Agra in Uttar Pradesh is the most popular destination for vacations. When you visit Agra with your family and friends, you are not supposed to miss these places mentioned below.

1. The Taj Mahal

taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble monument situated on the south bank of the Yamuna River, Agra, India. It was built in the memory of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Mainly to house her tomb in 1632-43, as Shah Jahan loved her deeply and she was known to be extremely beautiful. It is believed that the workers and architects who were involved in building it, got their hands chopped by Emperor Shah Jahan. This was to ensure the fact that no other monument like Taj Mahal was built ever again.

2. Agra Fort

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Agra Fort was the main seat of stay for the Mughal Dynasty situated in Agra, India. It is affiliated with UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is also known as the twin sister of Taj Mahal (located 2.5km northwest from Agra Fort). You would love the architecture and work of Mughal artists.

3. Tomb of Akbar the Great

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It is situated at Sikandra, in the outskirts of Agra city, on the Mathura Highway (NH2), 8km away from the city center. About 1km away from Akbar’s Tomb, lies Mariam’s Tomb (Mariam-uz-Zamani), the wife of Akbar and other of Jahangir.

4. Jama Mosque

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Jama Mosque also known as Jama Masjid was built in the 17th century and is a World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri in Agra district, India. Emperor Shah Jahan built this mosque in 1648 and dedicated this to her loving daughter, Jahanara Begum.

5. Ram Bagh:

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The Aram Bagh (also Ram Bagh) also known as the ‘Garden of Rest’, is the oldest Mughal Garden that can be found in India. It was built by the Emperor Babur in the 16thcentury and located 5km northeast to the Taj Mahal in Agra. Before being interred in Kabul, Babur was temporarily buried in the Aram Bagh. The garden has numerous water cascades and fountains. Ram Bagh demonstrates the profuse skill and talent of Nur Jahan (Jahangir’s wife) as a garden designer.

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5 Foods to try when visiting Surat

Surat and Gujarati food at a glance

The city of Surat has been applauded for its cleanliness and its special range of food delicacies. The standard of living in this city is above average and people love to work, eat and enjoy a balanced life. Be it Dumas Beach or the junction area – Surat is both a fast yet laid back place. It depends on your pace and how you want to be in Surat. It has all the options you need.

Want to try Gujarati and other Surati delicacies; here is our attempt to hack Surat on a platter for you.

Five Foods to try when visiting Surat

From lip-smacking Thalis to a world class continental experience you will find it all. The street food deserves a special mention so beware of the gastronomic blues!

We know that taste is an extremely subjective opinion but we have listed 5 foods that we think will have your eyes rolling and mouth-watering. Here it goes:

  • Matla Undhiyu:

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This one is for the health conscious folks. Otherwise known as Gujarati barbeque, it is a member of the Undhiyu family that involves roasted ground nuts, ginger-garlic paste and spices cooked in an inverted hot pot. This one is optional, but the addition of coriander leaves often leaves a lasting sensation one to remember.

  • Locho:

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Have you ever asked any locals about what makes them proud to be from Surat? Well, we are sure from the long list Locho will definitely be a top contender. It is a famous street food steam boiled- ready to go with green chutney and Sev. Have one with a hot beverage while exploring the streets of Surat and we guarantee you an evening you will never forget.

  • Dabeli:

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Mumbai looks out here I come! Yes, you Mumbai if you think that your Vada pav is unbeatable then we have got the challenge for you. Originally from the Kutch region of Gujarat Dabeli is a special Vada-pav served with methi chutney that will make even the most die-hard fans sway in this one’s favor.

  • Chopsuey:

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Wait since when is that a local dish? Well, this is the odd one out but Golden Dragon’s American Chopsuey served with various Chinese delicacies is a must mention for those who get a kick out of the exotic.

  • Batar’s Ice dish:

The peak Summer of India really takes its toll on people. What better than a very desi version of Ice-cream served with strawberries fruits, nuts below which lay the Cream on top of a unique serving of Ghee, sugar and sweet bread.

Let us know how we can make your experience better and life-changing in the hub of tourism known as Surat, with its breath-taking architecture, sight-seeing opportunities and of course tempting and sometimes burn a hole in your pocket but worth it food.

Happy Hogging!

Tourism Ministry Launches Toll-Free Number For Weather Forecast

Before we leave for a trip or an excursion, there are a few questions that starts hitting our brains. Some of them being – “what if there’s a scorching heat out there?”, “Is it safe to sail the waters in some Island or beaches?”, “Is it possible to get stuck due to heavy snowfall in some hill-station located in high altitudes above sea level?”

Recently, Dr. Mahesh Sharma tweeted

This new initiative was put forward by the Ministry of Tourism all you need to do is make a free phone call on the above-mentionedtoll-free number. There will be an automatic interactive voice response which will deliver you the weather forecasts of that day.

Meanwhile, the tourism department has yet again taken another initiative to extend e-Visa facility to people of different countries. According to the latest survey done by government, the number of tourists who availed e-Visa has leaped 3.5 folds up as compared to last year (till August). Typically, the period between January to August every year attracts an average of 1,69,976 tourists through e-Visa facilities, but this year the number of tourists visiting with e-Visa have profusely increased to 6,06,793. Currently, the government has made the facility of e-Visa available for 150 countries, at 16 airports across India.

However, there had been rumours that the helpline will be available 24×7 and it will be addressed in 12 different international languages, but there has been no such justification given by the Travel and Tourism Ministry on these points.

Another issue which makes sense is that our smartphones also give us weather forecast news 24×7, so why will someone rely on such toll-free numbers?

Even if you are in perfect weather, our stomachs are still hungry. Relish amazing food in train with rail catering service at KhanaGadi. You can order for food delivery in train at all railway junctions and we will come with hot food right on time, every time.

Stay updated for more information from the Travel and Tourism Ministry of India. And, please let us know about your views in the comment section below.

A Guide for Foodies going to Agra

Agra, the city situated on the banks of river Yamuna in northern Uttar Pradesh, India. Apart from the splendid beauty of Mughal-era buildings such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is also popular for its food items.

Here are some delicious and irresistible food items that one must have when visiting Agra:

PETHA (famous point- Baluganj area):

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Petha is a century old sweet dish made from an ash gourd (white pumpkin) which is cooked in sugar syrup, and it is also available in various flavors: plain (white), saffron with nuts, as well as in colorful shades of pineapple, mango, and coconut. Its texture is soft, chewy, sweet, and a bit syrupy from inside and is typically small and rectangular in shape.

DALMOTH (famous point- Panchhi Petha):

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Dalmoth is among the tradition spicy snacks in Agra. It is prepared with fried lentils, nuts, spices, and oils. It has a crispy and little greasy texture and it is a kind of snack one would prefer with a cold hoppy beer- if you were not in India.

CHAAT (famous point- Sadar Bazar):

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Akin to Dehli, chaats are very popular and always in demand in Agra – there are many varieties of chaats, namely papdi, samosa, allotikki and kachori chaats.Chaats are the street food which gives ultimate pleasure to your taste buds and stomach.

MUGHLAI FOOD (famous point- Pinch of Spice):

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Mughlai food is the dishes which were adopted from the Mughals (Turks and Persians) during the 16th century. Mughlai dishes available in Agra include Kachori Qeema, Mughlai Chicken, Qeema Matar, Meat Durbari, Mughlai Chicken Pulao, Murg Noorjahani, Murg Tandoor, Shahjehani Murg Masala and many other mouth-watering dishes. Mughlai dishes also include paneer items for vegetarian dietary requirements.

For everyone travelling to Agra by train, there is a great option to get food delivery at Agra railway station. Just use KhanaGadi android app and you will be able to order anything from Agra’s specialities and a lot more things from their menu.

There are several other dishes like spicy Berahi, sweet Jalebis, Bedhai and Kachoris which will be a treat to your tummy like never before. The above-mentioned food items are easily available in the majority of local shops and restaurants or you can just order them at the hotel which you are staying in. So foodies, no second thoughts while having food in Agra, it’s a pleasure of the lifetime.