Best Holiday Destinations for Vegetarians and Vegans
If you're vegetarian or vegan and booking a holiday, one thing you find yourself considering is whether you'll be adequately catered for. After all, a fortnight of eating rice or potatoes when all around you can choose from an extensive menu is not a particularly appealing prospect! This article take you through some of the best global hotspots for vegetarian and vegan food, making choosing your holiday destination a much more simple affair.
IndiaThe easiest way to increase your chances of finding a holiday destination with vegetarian or vegan cuisine is to look at countries where vegetarianism is a cultural 'norm'. Perhaps the best known country with a high population of vegetarians is India. Although Indian cuisine varies an enormous amount throughout the sub-continent, vegetarianism remains a large part of the culture.
India is home to a number of different religions, whose followers adhere to certain dietary requirements which are heavily based or influenced by their religious and cultural practices. Four large religions and ways of life in India include Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Although the largest group, Sikhs, tend not to adhere to strict diets or dietary constraints, devout Jains and Buddhists will not eat meat, embracing vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Hindus tend to refrain from eating beef, and may avoid eating any kind of meat during religious holidays.
For this reason, India is a fantastic holiday destination for vegetarians and vegans. Of course, the type of cuisine will depend on which region of India is visited. For instance, pescatarians (people who eat fish but not meat) will find a huge variety of fish-based dishes around the coastal regions of India, where access to fresh fish supplies abound. However, vegans and vegetarians will be well catered for in hotels and restaurants, particularly in the southern regions of India.