August 29 is the La Tomatina Festival at Bufol in Spain and this year one can be part of about 40,000 tomato enthusiasts who turn up for the festival. For Indians, `La Tomatina' the festival became popular thanks to the film `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' that hit about 1800 screens and was a critical and commercial success. The enduring image that `ZNMD' has left behind was the La Tomatia Festival that the three bachelor boys attend in Bufol upon a request from Laila (Katrina). Such was the fascination that event organizer in India tried to emulate this. A festival that happens in the last week of August provides the opportunity for Indian tourists to travel and experience the festival directly.
Tour operators offering special packages for the La Tomatina and www.mydreamholiday.in, a holiday aggregation site as the one providing the best value offer with Rs.54,000 for four nights. Mr. Eashwar Iyer, Co founder My Dream Holiday , feels that the movie has brought about an increased awareness in nightlife and partying beyond Bull fight, and ancient architecture."We have got a lot of enquiries for our Tomatina package, many from India are surely looking forward for going to La Tomatina",
At La Tomatina, one has to climb to the top of a greased pole and drop the ham and the Tomato fight can begin. A dip in the pool of "los peñones" is a nice way to wash off the tomato paste. Tomatoes are sourced from `Extremadura' in western Spain as they are less expensive and inferior taste. 400,000 kgs of tomatoes are used in La Tomatina - In India calculate it at Rs.20/- a Kg as of today makes it Rs.80 lakhs, 10% of Spain's total tomato production India is the fourth largest producer of tomatoes with 10,303,000. tonnes while Spain is the eight largest producer of tomatoes with 3,922,500.
Amongst the interesting packages offered include: A glimpse of the city of Spain, sipping a hot cup-o-coffee on a small blue tram - the 'Tramvia Blau', up to the mountain of Tibidabo. You can also move to the amusement park where the giant wheel beckons the kids, and also visit a beautiful church at the very summit of the mountain. Ibiza - a hedonistic paradise by night, an activity filled playground by day! Ibiza offers an abundance of activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking and horse riding for both the adults and the children. Granada - personifies romance and mystery of Spain. Witness one of the worlds's finest Moorish architectures at Alhambra Palace, and also discover the grand authentic flamenco.
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