Dham across Himachal Pradesh & Where to Eat It?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find local food anywhere and everywhere. Food is getting generalised as dall, aloo sabzi, roti and chawal across North India; and idli, dosa, uthappa, sambhar in South India. Over the course of my travels, I have often made sure of speaking to locals and tasting the traditional food of…

Food Heaven : Cafés & Restaurants in Auroville

After wandering the streets of Pondicherry for a day or two, I wondered if I should go to Auroville on a day trip or stay for a week. The recommended cafés and eateries in the White Town Area of Pondicherry had turned out to be duds and I was happier to go to small restaurants…

Wisdom of Tradition : Food in Indian Baltistan

As a region, Baltistan refers to the area after the end of Nubra Valley in Ladakh. Before the partition of undivided India in 1947, Baltistan was a part of Ladakh. Presently, most of the region comprising Baltistan comes under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and only a small part of Baltistan lies in India. Baltistan was once…

Street Food in Varanasi

It was the middle of October and we were well and truly in the midst of an old fashioned October heatwave. I was here on an official invite from the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Board and had decided to stay back and wander around Varanasi in my own inimitable style to really explore it. While I…

McLeodganj – Best Cafés and Restaurants in the Himalayas?

McLeodganj as a getaway has everything going for it in the past decade or so. New age spiritual seekers have long been attracted to the zen-like calmness of the Buddhist monks. Dharamsala is the home of Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. McLeodganj is 12 kilometres away from Dharamsala (Pronounced Dharamshala). As a tourist…

My Favourite Eateries & Cafés in Goa

Goa came into being for me when I was in college; I was in Pune back in those days and Goa was hardly 10 hours away. Some of us friends made a pact to go to Goa as often as we could, and it is no surprise that I have had more than 10 trips…

An insider’s guide to Cafés & Shopping in Shimla

Some of my favourite places to explore food while on holiday in Shimla  Also read : An expert guide to Shimla Cafe Sol at Hotel Combermere – Located at the end of the Mall Road is Shimla’s finest place for Italian food and continental dishes. The aroma of the fresh bakes wafting around is refreshing. Also, Cafe…

Top Cafés and Restaurants in Leh

After the rigours of high altitude and utter disbelief at the sight of the lakes and valleys, it is time to take it easy and relish these delights. After all, for most people – A trip to Ladakh is a once in a lifetime trip. La Piazzetta  This lovely garden place with candles and lanterns…

Ten foodie delights of Manali

Since most of my Himalayan journeys to Lahaul, Ladakh or Spiti begin or end in Manali; it is one place that I’ve slow travelled for years together. Read : Finding the offbeat in Manali Johnson’s & Chopsticks are my long term favourites among the well known restaurants, here is a collection of ten hand-picked places to eat in Manali. Yun…

5 must eat places in Jaipur

Jaipur has been a temporary base for me for the past two years, while I have traipsed around the Himalayas for extended periods of time. I used to be pretty exhausted after my journeys and preferred the comforts of home rather than exploring the cafés and eateries. The Jaipur Literature Fest this year was reason for me to…