Travellers criss-crossing the globe have ranked Indian food as fifth on their list of favourite cuisines, according to a survey.
The survey conducted by Hotels.com says that Italian cuisine, renowned for its pizza and pasta, ranked as the most popular fare among the survey respondents worldwide, followed by French, Thai and Chinese food.
People from different nationalities such as Australians, the British, the Dutch and New Zealanders all love Indian fare, as do our own countrymen. However, Indians enjoy Chinese food the most after their ghar-ka-khana (home-made food).
The French, though, seem to like Indian food over Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and even Greek cuisine. Their affinity to Indian food is ranked just behind their fondness for French and Italian cuisine.
The same is the case for Australian travellers, who rated Indian food among the world's tastiest cuisines.
Interestingly, Koreans and Japanese ranked Indian food as their least favourite meal while travelling.
The survey, which polled more than 4,000 travellers worldwide, noted that among the major Asian cuisines --Chinese, Thai and Indian -- Thai food find the most fans among international travelers.
When it comes to trying out the local cuisine, Indians tend to be reserved and trail behind the people from 18 nationalities polled in this survey. The Koreans, however, seem to give gastronomy the most importance when it comes to choosing the place of travel as well as trying out the local cuisine.
Apart from Koreans, Australians and Kiwis are also among the most adventurous when it comes to trying out local cuisine while on a trip.
The survey was conducted between October and November in 18 countries -- Australia, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and the UK, among others.