Ramadan, also known as Ramazan, is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. This 30-day auspicious period is marked with day-long fasts for spiritual reflection. The fast each day is broken with aromatic treats with family over dinner in a ceremony known as Iftar. As the holy month of Ramadan is upon us, we bring to you a tailor-made list of destinations to take your family on a road trip, through old and narrow lanes to taste mouth-watering Iftar spreads. So why wait, follow this list and plan a trip to your closest city to sample some unique flavours and tingle your taste buds.

Hyderabad

The city of Nawabs will greet you with an aromatic smell of Indian spices that are used to make traditional Hyderabadi dishes. Their intricate techniques, exotic spices, and artistic methods define food in the charming city of Hyderabad.

The New Ford Figo will be a perfect match to manoeuvre through blind twists and turns in the brightly lit, narrow lanes of the old city. You can put its embedded navigation to good use and easily track landmark locations, serving signature Hyderabadi dishes like the famous Biryani, Haleem and Sewiyaan.

Kolkata

A foodie’s haven, the City of Joy brims with life during the holy month of Ramadan. Start with Zakaria Street where you get the special Aminia Haleem only during Ramadan. Discover local vendors near Colootola Mosque who sell some of the best Roast Chicken, Kheeri Kababs and Shahi Tukda. On your way back, get a portion of Mutton Chaap packed from Royal India Hotel to satiate your midnight cravings!

And Ford EcoSport will be a perfect travel companion in this, offering you maximum space and comfort as you make your way into the crowded alleys of Kolkata.

Kochi

A hidden gem, Kochi is a quaint city with extravagant food culture. The rise of Malabari cuisine took over Kerala and spread its roots on the streets of Kochi. Make an unplanned escapade to the beautiful streets of Kochi in your Ford Aspire where you can explore a fusion of Malabari and Mughlai dishes that bring an explosion of flavours on your palate.

The Pathiri, a crispy thin roti made using rice flour, is an excellent accompaniment with the spicy Arikadukka, delicious stuffed mussels. As you glide through in your powerful Ford Aspire, pick up a light Ramadan favourite snack, the Kozhi Ada to munch along the way. A crispy samosa-like Iftar dish; you can find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions of it along the streets.

Chennai

If you like long road trips, then you can drive straight to Chennai from Kochi in your Ford Endeavour. India’s favourite premium SUV offers a plush, refined ride quality; unmatched cabin quietness; roomy interiors and a host of intelligent technologies like SYNC 3, cruise control makes, terrain management system among others to keep you comfortable during this 12-hour journey.

When in Chennai, begin your food hunt at George Town’s Mannady Street where you can devour Iftar special Beek Sheek and Chicken Rolls. Alongside, you can try super meaty shawarmas that are the best in the area. If you still have an appetite to squeeze in some more, try the authentic mutton biryani at Chetpet Road in Chennai. You can also indulge in the special Ramadan buffet that has a royal spread worthy of every penny you spend!

Kozhikode

A land embedded with rich traditions, Ramadan spread in Kozhikode is a lavish affair.  Grab a whiff of Iftar as you make your way across the city in the stunning Ford Freestyle. With its compact proportions and SUV-like capabilities, including high ground clearance, Freestyle will keep you engaged & entertained through your culinary adventure.

When your journey is a comfortable one, delectable Iftar treats become a bonus.  Savour royal buffets at YMCA Road that include juices, biryani, ghee rice, desserts and an endless variety of Ramadan snacks. For Iftar special dishes, head to Curry House on Vaikom Muhammed Basheer Road that offers Meen Mulakittathu, Meen Kurumalaku Curry and other mouth-watering dishes during the holy month.

During Ramadan, streets in these old Indian cities are lit with bright lights and vibrant smiles that step out to meet family and break bread together. Head out on a family trip in your Ford car, your perfect road-trip partner that ensures power, comfort, and safety no matter where you go.

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