“Ghum festival 2021 food fest was all about promoting cultural tourism. Food is an important part of a heritage that offers tourists a sense of authenticity. Tourists have always been motivated to travel due to their cravings for local cuisines. In multiple ways, it brings them closer to the culture of the place. The culinary heritage of a location provides a good indication of society and thus becomes important in establishing a distinct destination identity. Ghum festival food fest displayed Darjeeling’s traditions and cultural diversity. Read the blog below to find out more interesting details.”
You are strolling through a hilly track charmed by the scenic beauty. The cold mist is getting better and signaling - WINTER IS HERE. Rubbing your palms you wish for a plate of hot momos and lo behold! You spot a local stall serving what you were looking for. That's Darjeeling for you! A beautiful hill town in West Bengal, perched on the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, Darjeeling is home to several Tibetan refugees who have found a tranquil home here. The town's proximity to Nepal has infused the air with many cultures. Buildings with colonial architecture and authentic Nepali and Tibetan cuisines are famous here. Ghum festival food fest was all about uniting everyone with the diverse culture of Darjeeling through the medium of delectable local cuisines.
Food is inextricably linked to culture! And, if you enjoy having a closer look at the cultural aspects of the places you visit, understanding and experiencing the local cuisine can undoubtedly help you.Ghum festival food fest offered a gastronomic experience alongside reflecting the region's culture and tradition. The local cuisines provided an authentic cultural experience and inadvertently displayed the intangible history of the region.
Let’s have a look at some of the best dishes served at Ghum festival food fest that made hearts swoon and stomachs crave for more.


Food and tourism have been increasingly intertwined in recent years. The new trend of trying local cuisine has added value to tourists' experiences and has become one of their favourite things to do when travelling. Here are some of the most popular Darjeeling dishes served at Ghum festival food fest:


The signature dish of hills, momoneeds no introduction. No trip to the hills is ever complete without a plate of lip-smacking momos. This well-known Chinese-Tibetan cuisine dish is made with minced meat or veggies in flour dough. It is often served with chutney and soup and is considered one of the most traditional cuisines in North-east India.


Thukpa is a well-known cuisine of the hills and a traditional Tibetan dish. With the influx of Tibetan refugees into Darjeeling, the dish became an inseparable component of the local cuisine. Thukpa is a type of noodle that is served in a soup infused with fresh spring onions and chopped coriander, as well as stewed meat and vegetables. Ghum festival food fest sold a special thukpa named Amdo Thukpa which is a popular variation that comes in a variety of shapes.


Another delectable Tibetan delicacy, Shyafaley is cooked with flatbread packed with seasoned meat. This dish is then deep-fried and served hot and sizzling with a spicy chutney and broth in a circular or semi-circular form.


Noodles are a great way to satisfy your hunger and keep your stomach full for a long period. Ghum festival food fest had people flocking to the stalls to taste this popular cuisine. Wheat is the main component. It is usually tossed with veggies, meat, or eggs, and spices. Chowmein is an ideal partner in cold and gloomy mountain weather.


Another highlight of Ghum festival food fest was Sel Roti, a pleasantly sweet ring-shaped bread. It has a doughnut-like texture. This traditional dish, which has its origins in the Indian subcontinent, is mostly cooked during the Hindu festivals of Dashain and Tihar.


In Darjeeling, aaloo achar is a must-have among the thali's meals and Ghum festival food fest ensured to include this scrumptious cuisine. This dish is produced using boiling potatoes that have been carefully cut into bits to absorb the flavours of the spices that have been added to them. The flavours in the backdrop are supported by onions, radishes, and cucumbers. The centre stage is occupied by a fine mixture of local chilies, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Tourists flocking to the food fest were found gobbling this mouth-watering preparation.
Is your mouth already watering? Ghum festival 2022 is going to be an even grander occasion. So, plan a trip to the food fest and enjoy the hot, spicy, and flavorful Darjeeling cuisine. You'll want to return to the fest again and again because of the amazing flavours and aromas of the food served here. See you soon!