Egypt is about to get overrun with the true tastes, sounds and scenes of India. Here's what you can't miss...
India is one of the most interesting travel destinations in the whole world with thousands of tourist visiting the subcontinent each year in search of the brightest colors, the spiciest foods and the tastiest coffees. This next month, it is easier than ever to make the Indian culture, food and entertainment the center of your Egyptian life. We have found the best ways for you to take a trip to India without having to get on a plane.
Monsoon Malabar by Nespresso
The Monsoon Malabar coffee bean is legendary in India. Being exposed to three to four weeks of monsoon rain, the coffee bean gets this amazingly smooth taste that can only be created in the rainy months characteristics the South Asian climate. Nespresso is bringing the Monsoon Malabar to Egypt, and for limited time only, this perfect roast will be pouring from your Nespresso machine, offering the best cup of coffee India has to offer.
Amitabh Bachchan in Cairo
Nobody represent India like Amitabh Bachchan does. The Indian legend isn’t just an actor, politician and singer in his home country but a living legend whose face is associated with the subcontinent more than anyone else. Next week, on March 31st, Amitabh Bachchan is gracing the Indian Culture Festival which is hosting a series of his best movies. To inaugurate these showings, Amitabh Bachchan will sit down with Sidharth Bhatia to talk about Bollywood and being a legend.
We’ve all seen them, we’ve all loved them: the fun dance moves of a Bollywood movie never fail to brighten up days around the world. On March 30th, the Cairo Opera House will be visited by dozens of Egyptians who are hoping to learn a lesson or two about the fun dance that will then brighten up Cairene lives. The free workshop takes place at 4 pm and 5.30 pm, allowing you to dance to Bollywood tnes with the Nile flowing on both sides beside you. Oh, and on the side there will also be Indian street food being sold... just saying.
There is no bigger reason than to visit India for its culinary splendor and the variety of yummy curries on every corner. To experience the fantastic blends of spices and the freshly-baked chapatis, one does not have to travel that far, though. The Ramses Hilton’s Maharaja restaurant makes the most delicious and authentic curries in all of Cairo, and has you going on a journey to Mumbai by simply tasting a curry.
To be in a Bollywood movie for once is a dream many have failed to make come true. At the Cairo Opera House that dream can come true between April 1st and 3rd (and in Alexandria at the Sayed Darwish Theatre between April 6th and 8th) when Bollywood Extravaganza – A Tale Passion, Love & Revenge will entertain the crowds. The musical is a live performance of the best Bollywood drama, dancing and singing which will be a firework of colours and good vibes. Tickets are available at the box office but if you miss it, head to Dandy Mega Mall on April 10th where they'll be performing it again for free betwee 7 - 9pm!
Tea Tasting @ Fairmont Heliopolis
The Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers is getting in the fun that the Indian Culture Festival is bringing. On April 16th and 17th, the luxurious hotel will play host to Indian tea creations that will be displayed for everyone to try. A relaxing Darjeeling, anyone? Then head out to Heliopolis to experience the variety of teas the country has to offer in the most stunning atmosphere, alongside some surprise performances, yoga, sari draping and food tasting.
Meditation and Yoga at Zen Space
When Julia Roberts arrived in India in Eat, Pray, Love, her main objective was to find herself in an Indian Ashram where people practice yoga and meditation to do so. Now we might not have an Ashram here in Egypt but Zen Space in Maadi cones dangerously close. Owner Abir Yehia used an Indian Ashram as the inspiration for the relaxing space that teaches Egypt how to approach life like an Indian; full of relaxation, faith and control. To find the Indian zen lifestyle, a trip to Maadi will suffice.
Indian Colour Festival
The Indian Colour Festival is hugely celebrated as Holi in India, a holiday in which people toss coloured corn meal sachets in the air and cover themselves in colours and spirit. Cairo will host its second edition of the Egyptian equivalent to the festival on Friday, March 27th, at the Gezira Sports Club. After last year’s huge success, tickets have been sold out for weeks, however, some lucky few might still be able to get a ticket at the door.