When: 11:00 a.m. on all days except Sunday Food Walk through Gariahat

What this tour is about: No visit to Calcutta is complete without an introduction to Bengali food!

Drawing inspiration from rivers and green paddy fields, a traditional Bengali meal is an elaborate affair with multiple courses. Rice is the staple dish; and it is eaten with several delicious accompaniments; the highlight of which are freshwater fish preparations, and of course, Bengal's famous milk based desserts. The use of multiple cooking techniques, with unique spice combinations, lends sophistication to traditional Bengali cuisine.

Bengal's food has also been influenced by the many communities that settled here over the ages. The refined Avadhi cuisine of the Nawab of Oudh found a permanent place in Calcutta after the arrival of Wajid Ali Shah in the mid-1800's. The Chinese community brought their own flavours, leading to a new 'Indian Chinese' cuisine which is among the most popular street food all over the country. The Portuguese, Dutch, English, Jews and Armenians introduced their own techniques and preparations.

A walk through Calcutta's food markets is a great way to discover the city's diverse food traditions.

How it works: On this tour, we will visit a local bazaar area for an introduction to the various spices and ingredients that are used in this part of the country. We see markets selling fish, meat, vegetables, groceries and spices. The Gariahat area where we walk also has very interesting street food, and a whole range of textiles on offer. After the walk, we will go to a popular restaurant that serves "thala" – a multi-course platter comprising a full Bengali traditional meal.

Start Place : Gariahat Market
End Point : Gariahat Market
Cost : Rs 1300 per person for 8 persons
Rs 1400 per person for 7 persons
Rs 1500 per person for 6 persons
Rs 1700 per person for 5 persons
Rs 1900 per person for 4 persons
Rs 2300 per person for 3 persons
Rs 3000 per person for 2 persons
Rs 4500 for a solo traveller
Includes : Personalised walk through a local market with knowledgeable food blogger, traditional Bengali lunch with explanations at a very popular local restaurant and all taxes
Excludes : Transport, Tips and travel insurance
Duration : 2.5 to 3hrs