Street Food (Boulettes & Dholl Puri)

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Mauritius Street Food

The street food of Mauritius would put most countries to shame! The vibrant blend of ethnicities – Indian, French, Creole, African, and Chinese – lends distinctive burst of flavors that are hard to come by. In addition to this, a mélange of tropical fruits, exotic vegetables, and fresh seafood and you get a cuisine that is hard to resist.

Mind you fellow travelers! The taste you will experience at the street shacks is way better than having to eat at an expensive restaurant with the similar kind of menu. The local street food will always do justice to the Authentic flavors of this Tropical Island’s cuisine, so make sure to head to the streets first rather than the restaurants! Couple of local cuisines you can try are Dholl/Dhall Puri – derived from the Indian ethnicity, is an Individually wrapped Mauritian flatbreads filled with curried yellow split-peas. Served with achaards (pickle) and chutney. Our suggestion is that you try it with more pickle as it accentuates the tangy taste! You can never fail to notice certain shacks in Red which are prominent with names such as ‘Lakaz’ or ‘Chez sam’ the aroma around these shacks are so strong, no one can miss it! Similarly, you can also try Roti Chaud – Warm Indian flatbreads stuffed with Grois Pois (butter bean curry), fresh pickles, & Rougialle (tomato-based sauce). Roti Chaud is the perfect snack for people on the go. The best place to try is at Dewa in Rose-Hill (easily found – oncesoupe-vietnamienne-aux-boulettes-de-porc-et-crevette.640x480 you arrive in Rose-Hill, just ask anyone and they’ll know where it is).

Moving towards the Oriental side of Mauritius, Thanks to its Chinese population, Mauritius has delicious Cantonese food. We have made our own dim sum, called boulet – these are dumplings made from fish, prawns, or chou chou (a pear-shaped vegetable). Boulet are steamed and then eaten in a fish broth with lots of chilli. But keep in Mind, the Mauritian chilli is spicier than your regular dose of fire back home! Another interesting dish to try and we recommend is the Mine Bouille with Soup (Boiled Noodles). A melange of Boiled Noodles, with stir fried chicken in Soy sauce, minced egg, prawns, vegetables, and the chicken broth. Cancel your tickets to China as we are about to serve you the entire Mainland right in your bowl! We recommend you to try at Kong’s Restaurant in Curepipe. You will not be disappointed.

Want to discover the wild side? You ought to try the African Mauritian Creole cuisines! This cannot be ignored, as the best of curries are lying at your disposal! Mauritius is famous for its flavorful sea-food curries and they live up to the hype. The smooth curries bear the aroma of the sea. Perfect with a mound of long-grained rice. Rougaille is a popular Creole dish – a kind of tomato stew – made with meat or fish, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and thyme. From Beef Curry, Chicken Curry to JackFruit Curry (Cari Jaques) Rougaille Ourite (Octopus Rougaille) Deer Stew…tempted much? Some of the best places you need to explore these curries are at Escale Creole in Bois Cheri, L’hangar Grandmere in Curepipe (you need to call and verify a day before as they have a new menu everyday!), Lakaz at Cascavelle – Again, the chef here proposes new variations of curries everyday! Of course, with a cuisine so dynamic, one would not serve the same menu constantly!
And oh! Don’t forget to try our local Mauritian Beer – Phoenix Beer! an award-winning, crisp, refreshing lager that goes well with pretty much anything you’ll eat on the island, and is even better by itself, drinking at sunset on the beach. The perfect way to end your day!

 

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Visa Free Countries to Mauritius!

 

Bags Packed? Check. Passport? Double Check! Visa? Erm, how do you go about that? Travelling to any country, and Visa norms are the first thing that stress you out. Many a times this can be a hassle, but when you are planning to fly to this paradise Island, keep your worries at bay! Discover™ is here to guide you in effortlessly entering the Island. First things first, Here is what you need to do prior to boarding that flight if you are a foreign national:

  • Get a confirmation of your Stay in Mauritius. It could be a Guest House or a Hotel that you booked via the online sites which provide you with a confirmation message stating your duration of stay in that Area/Location of the Island. Keep that ready because you need to produce it at the Immigration! If you plan to visit your friend and stay over at their residence, just request your friend to produce a letter of intent stating that they are allowing you to stay at their place of residence.
  • Secondly, Your Passport. Make sure that is valid for a minimum of 6 months or more.
  • The last thing and the most important one – Your Ticket!

Is that all you need? You might be wondering! Unleash the free spirit in you and board that flight because if you happen to be from the listed countries below, you do not require a visa for a certain period or you have a Visa on Arrival provided upon landing at the Mauritius Airport! Quiet Exciting isn’t it? Now sit back, relax and let the traveler in you take off!

Here are a list of Countries that DO NOT require visa to travel to Mauritius and a few who receive it upon their arrival:

• Albania (On arrival for 2 weeks)

• Antigua & Barbuda

• Argentina (On arrival for 3 months)

• Armenia (On arrival for 60days)

• Australia

• Austria

• Bahamas

• Bahrain

• Barbados

• Belgium

• Belize

• Botswana

• Brazil (On arrival for 3 months)

• Brunei Darussalam

• Bulgaria

• Canada

• Chile (On arrival for 3 months)

• China (On arrival for 60days)

• Comoros (On arrival for 2weeks)

• Cyprus

• Czech Republic

• Denmark

• Dominica

• Estonia Republic

• Fiji (On arrival for 60days)

• Finland

• France

• Gambia

• Georgia (On arrival for 60days)

• Germany

• Ghana

• Greece

• Grenada

• Guyana

• Hong Kong (On arrival for 90days)

• Hungary

• Iceland (On arrival for 60days)

• India (On arrival for 60days)

• Ireland

• Israel

• Italy

• Jamaica

• Japan

• Jordan (On arrival for 60days)

• Kazakhstan (On arrival for 60days)

• Kenya

• Kiribati

• Korea (South Republic) (On arrival for 16days)

• Kuwait

• Kyrgyzstan Rep (On arrival for 60days)

• Latvia

• Lesotho

• Lebanon (On arrival for 60days)

• Liechtenstein

• Lithuania

• Luxemburg

• Madagascar (On arrival for 2 weeks)

• Malawi

• Malaysia

• Maldives

• Malta

• Moldova (On arrival for 60days)

• Monaco

• Mozambique (On arrival for 30days)

• Namibia (On arrival for 60days)

• Nauru

• Netherlands

• New Zealand

• Norway

• Oman

• Papua New Guinea

• Paraguay (On arrival for 3months)

• Poland

• Portugal

• Qatar

• Reunion Island

• Romania

• Russia (On arrival for 60days)

• Samoa (Western)

• San Marino

• Saudi Arabia

• Seychelles

• Sierra Leone

• Singapore

• Slovenia

• Slovakia

• Solomon Islands

• South Africa

• Spain

• St Kitts  and Nevis

• St Lucia

• St Vincent & Grenadines

• Swaziland (On arrival for 30days)

• Sweden

• Switzerland

• Tajikistan (On arrival for 60days)

• Tanzania

• Tonga

• Trinidad & Tobago

• Tunisia

• Turkey

• Turkmenistan (On arrival for 60days)

• Tuvalu

• Uganda

• Ukraine (On arrival for 60days)

• United Arab Emirates

• United Kingdom

• United States of America

• Uzbekistan (On arrival for 60days)

• Vanuatu

• Vatican

• Zambia

• Zimbabwe

Mauritian Culture

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Beneath the natural beauties of Mauritius’s landscape, lies another, but sometimes forgotten gem: the Mauritian Culture, better yet, cultures! Discovering this aspect can be a journey into some of the most captivating and polished thousands of year old ancestral traditions. Classifying Mauritius as having one culture would not be apt as so many unique and distinctive parts forms this whole. It is made up of the different customs and traditions of those who, during the last 400 years, have settled on these shores. Here, Europe meets India, China, Africa and so on. Who would imagine that such unique and diversified customs thrives on such a small place?

You cannot miss out on the harmony this cultural hub has in its daily life. Churches can be found next to a mosque, Indian temples next to Chinese pagodas. Beliefs from every niche of the globe be it Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim festivals, all are fêted with much enthusiasm and devotion all year round. Some of these celebrations can be quite stunning to watch like the fire-walking ceremony that is performed on the Cavadee day.

This cultural soup is also prevalent in the Mauritian Cuisine! There are traditional western dishes originating from the colonial past of the island. Alongside, you can discover delicate new taste and aromas of the most exotic, oriental dishes served by the Indian and Chinese migrants. Some are unique to Mauritius, as various delicacies have also been adapted to suit the Mauritian taste, which combines the tropical flavors of the East and premium ingredients of the West.

What is a culture without a tribute to the indigenous folklore? The beautiful sophisticated Indian dances, the Chinese spectacular lion and dragon dance, or the cheerful and optimistic rhythm of the Sega, the most typical folkloric dance of Mauritius, is bound to keep you in an enchanted form all throughout your stay on this tropical paradise!

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Location & Geography

Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It is around 890 KMs away from the east coast of Madagascar. Formed approximately ten million years ago by a volcanic eruption under the sea, Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion are island that have been formed by the eruption and collectively form the group of Mascarene Islands. This collective title is derived from the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas, who first visited them in the early sixteenth century. The islands share a common geologic origin in the volcanism of the Réunion hotspot beneath the Mascarene Plateau and form a distinct eco region with a unique flora and fauna.

Mauritius is quite a mountainous island but not with exceptionally high mountains. The highest peak is at the southwest of the Island, the mountain of Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 meters (2,717 ft), second is the Pieter Both at 823 meters and Le Pouce is the third highest mountain on the island at 812 meters.

Mauritius has several rivers and streams, many of them are formed in the crevices between land created by new and old lava flows. The island has two natural lakes both are crater lakes and one man-made reservoir. Mauritius’ capital and largest city is Port Louis which is situated at the northwest. Other important towns are Rose-Hill and Beau-Bassin, Curepipe, Vacoas, Phoenix, Quatre Bornes. The two biggest harbors are Port Louis and Mahebourg.

The Mobile App you Need in Mauritius!

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Discover(Mauritius)™ Application aims at helping tourists to explore the unconventional or the unseen beauty of Mauritius. There is no questioning the beauty of Mauritius’ beaches, and the famous powder white sands, which slope gently into sapphire blue waters, have long lured visitors to the island. Yet beyond their achingly picturesque aesthetics lies an island waiting to be discovered: markets hum, gardens bloom, swathes of feather-tipped sugarcane ripple across undulating fields and moss green mountains frame a verdant, compact landscape that spills into the Indian ocean – it is truly a tropical island paradise.

 

Why Mobile Application?

In today’s technologically influenced world, one would never travel without their Mobile Phones at handy. With the new age Internet Generation, it is possible to gain access to almost any kind of information that a user seeks instantly at the touch of their fingertips . Thus, with these factors, Discover App has made a revolutionary move for Tourism sector in Mauritius to access the best of places that most of them miss out on while travelling. This becomes a user friendly approach and saves the hassle of being alienated in a new place or carrying too many handouts which leads to confusion, miscommunication and lack of proper execution of a trip.

Street Food – Miam!

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No travel is ever complete without tantalizing your taste buds! Make no mistake:  the Island’s beaches, immaculate brochure perfect resorts are not the only reason you will travel to Mauritius, but the countless street food shacks are sure to make you go gaga! Craving for Indian Food? Check. Want to taste the perfect Italian cuisine? certo! Or you wish to experience an oriental fantasy? Yes, we got that too! You don’t need to travel the world, rather, walk down the Mauritian streets and you have already explored the globe’s gastronomy!

Here you will find a selection of some of the country’s most popular snacks- Dholl Puri, fried snacks such as Gateaux Piment (split pea fritters with chilli), Farata (roti), Boulettes (Chinese steamed dumplings) and sweet Alouda, a rose flavored milky drink similar to Falooda. You can experience the domination and influence of almost all the cultures of the world in your Plate!

Of course, if you are in your craziest frame of mind, let the tropical local flavors of Coconut and Pineapple drinks descend upon you and provide the zest that you have been missing out on! So go ahead and hire a bike, and wind through these islander roads, you are bound to discover some of the best eats of your life!