where to eat in mcleodganj

There used to be a Friend’s Corner
that served awesome momos
last time I was in Mcleodganj.

They were political with their
cups and plates and crossed out
“made in china” with bold red marks.

I thought it was revolutionary
and went looking for that corner
but that restaurant had closed down.

But mcleodganj would never run short of
a nice place to eat good Tibetan food.

For breakfast, we went to Cafe Tibet Cafe.
Their chicken thentuk was amazing and
I got to eat momos after a long
while so it was a win-win.

 

If you have walked to Bhagsu waterfall
and need a break, you can stop by Open heart cafe
for some fresh mango juice and a nice view of Mcleodganj.

 

Hills Book Cafe is a nice stop on the way back
(you need to eat some books too)
local-family run bookshop
so go support 🙂

 

Seven Hills of Do-Kkae-Bi is a nice cozy Korean restaurant.
Their portions are huge so don’t order too much
even if you are really hungry
coz I did that and eneded
wasting food.

 

 

 

Himachal State Museum -Simla

statemuseum3State museum’s in India are pretty standard
and this was no different .
There is the pre-history gallery
and the anthropology gallery
followed by mannequins
in traditional attires.

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The exhibit does not do justice to the
rich culture and history of these places.

Often times, the information is also not updated
For instance the architectural and sculptural map of India
does not include any of the monuments from the Northeastern states.

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It feels careless
museum after museum
we never update ourselves and
it spoils the museum-going experience…

 

shimla snapshots

It’s been two months since I moved to Shimla
and this place is teeming with colonial leftovers.
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this post is an ode to some landmarks in Mall Road area…

Christ Church 1857

Old Railway Board Building 1896

Post Office 1910

Central Telegraph Office 1922

Indian CoffeeHouse 1957

But these are beautiful reminders
and Shimla has done well in preserving
and promoting these heritage buildings.

12-hrs in Pattaya

We took a morning bus from Bangkok to Pattaya
and the first stop was for food -padthai and iced coffee

pattaya2pattaya1It was good to be back
amidst sunny palm trees teal beaches
Pattaya is still very touristy but it has that vibe
which will make you want to keep returning to it.pattaya7pattaya8pattaya5This time, I got to go to Pattaya view point
from where we could see the Pattaya cityscape.
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pattaya10Later in the day,
we took tuktuk to Jomtien beach
It is the less touristy -local hangout
and the beaches are not as picturesque
but I like it here better than Pattaya beach.

We even managed to go to a flea market
drink coconut water eat the freshly baked donut.

The best part was the sunset
before catching our ride back to Bangkok.
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Wat Pho

Wat Pho was just a boat ride from Wat Arun
It was bigger, more beautiful and very grand.
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Followed a monk as we entered…watpho1watpho2watpho5Glad he didn’t notice or ignored the shadow
because some tourists asked an elderly monk
to take a picture with him and the monk refused.

watphoWat Pho also houses a giant statute of the reclining Buddha
and devotees assemble from far and near to catch a glimpse of this statue.

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While these temples and temple complexes are beautiful
I was a little perplexed to see massage parlours in these areas
wondering if it it is part of the spiritual experience these temples offer.
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Visiting temples in Bangkok: Wat Arun

We got on the Hop on Hop off boat tours
that would give us a ride to various tourist spots
but we decided to go the temples this time.

Our first stop was Wat Arun
and you really need to dress appropriately
else they will give you sarongs to cover yourself 🙂watarun0

War Arun is also known as the Temple of Dawn
We were lucky to have blue skies and clear weather
to appreciate the intricate art and astonishing architecture.

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