The Indian National capital of New Delhi has been named as the best destination for food and drinks in the country.
The nomination has been made by the Lonely Planet magazine, one of the most popular and widely quoted sources for travel and tourism information around the world. Lonely Planet is the global leader in guidebooks and its Thorn Tree online community has a membership of over 600,000 travelers around the world.
New Delhi – Setting the stage for a dynamic culinary landscape
The nomination by Lonely Planet for New Delhi as the Indian Food and Drink capital for 2013 is expected to give a sizeable boost to tourism in the city. The nomination is said to be an appreciation of the eclectic cuisine of New Delhi which brings in the best of all North Indian culinary traditions ranging from Punjabi, Mughlai, Marathi and Bihari amongst others. Furthermore, as one of the fastest growing cities in India and an important business center, New Delhi has a growing list of dining options with culinary influences and fusion offerings from around the world.
Commenting on the news, Manish Chatrath, Chairman of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) which is a Delhi government entity stated, "The best destination for food and drink award is an extremely prestigious award for Delhi and we are very happy about it”.
The state government in Delhi has reportedly instructed the Department of Tourism to assertively plan events and promotions capitalizing on the city’s new-found status as the nation’s culinary capital and build greater tourist traffic throughout the year.