People, food and culture
It is of no surprise that India makes up for one of the most diverse and multiethnic countries in the world where the cultures, customs, festivals and languages greatly differ by state, region and religion.
Religion plays a very important role in people’s everyday lives with over a hundred revered Gods and Goddesses in beautiful places of worship. Religious festivals are intertwined into the daily significance of its people - from the more popular festivals such as Diwali and Eid to the more regional festivities such as Onam, Baisakhi and Hornbill, there is always something unique going on.
The mantra of living to eat is followed keenly by all Indians alike - the wide variety of local delicacies, sweets and savories are a source of comfort and a lifestyle, whether it is at local roadside joints, quaint cafes, or luxury hotels. Biryani is a simple yet popular dish consisting of long-grained rice flavored with exotic Indian spices and mixed in with vegetables or meat. Another simple yet delicious food item is Uttapam, a thick pancake made from rice flour and topped with vegetables, originating from the South. As for dessert, there are a wealth of mouthwatering options in every region of the country ranging from Jalebis, Rasgullas, Kheer, and Malaiyo.