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India must be one of the best places in the world to shop - but be warned; it's not for the faint-hearted. The Golden Triangle tour passes through the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, each of which offers amazing goods to purchase. Delhi is the home of large scale shops and government emporiums, and you are spoilt for choice - everything from Darjeeling tea to pashminas to carpets, often at a fraction of the UK price. Jaipur is well known for its hectic bazaars, selling items from around Rajasthan - fabric, carpets, camel leather goods, and jewelry and gems. Agra is inundated with touts and street vendors selling replicas of the Taj Mahal made from the local marble, as well as carpets, sandalwood, handicrafts and hand-made leather.
Indian cuisine is incredibly diverse, with each region having different types of dishes with different staple ingredients. The country as a whole has been greatly affected by centuries of travel and immigration, and this is reflected in its cooking. The main staples are rice and pulses, oil for frying, and spices - the most common being chilli, cumin, tumeric, ginger, and garlic, as well as other mixes such as garam masala. Religion has also greatly influenced the Indian diet, and almost a third of the country is vegetarian. Dishes from the north are characterised by the use of dairy products - milk, clarified butter and yoghurt, and include well-known dishes such as tandoori - which is cooked in a tandoor - a large coal-fired oven, and flat breads like roti, as well as naan bread. Goat and lamb is commonly used, and it is in the north that the samosa was first made as a snack. The east is famous for its desserts, which are now served throughout the whole country. Cuisine from this region is not as spicy as others, and uses poppy seeds and mustard oil, and meals consist of many vegetable dishes eaten with rice. Fish is also common. Southern Indian cuisine makes a high use of rice as well as coconut and pickles. Popular dishes include the sambar - a flavoursome mix of lentils and vegetables, and biryani. Western cuisine has many influences, such as that of the Portuguese in Goa, introducing pork as a main ingredient - in the form of vindaloo, which was originally only cooked using pork, but can now contain any meat. Fish and prawns are also a common inclusion. The cuisine known as Indian throughout the world has often been substantially altered to suit Western tastes, and many popular dishes, such as chicken tikka marsala, and butter chicken, were in fact not created in India at all.
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