Sidu with Chutney and Ghee

It’s easier to find Shakshuka or Lafa on this route. So finally, when I found the Himachali speciality Sidu, did I really like it? Read on. Few months ago, I spent some really wonderful time in Himachal Pradesh. I had gone for a road trip between Dharamsala – Manali – Kasol and then back toContinue reading

Judges Court_Front

After an eventful trip to Manali, I was super excited now to celebrate my sister’s birthday. As, we wanted to do something special, we decided to celebrate it at a place called Judge’s Court. Located in a little hamlet of Himachal Pradesh called Pragpur, Judge’s Court is one of the finest Country Hotels in India.Continue reading

Landscape Kasol

After a fantastic gastronomical journey in Manali, we took an early morning cab to Kasol – the mini Israel in India. We left Old Manali with a mixed bag of emotions. I was looking forward to exploring Kasol, but was sad to leave Old Manali. And in order to feel better, I decided to stayContinue reading


“Your Manali trip is incomplete if you don’t visit Dylan’s Café” is what everyone kept telling me, all these years. So when I finally decided to visit this uber cool place for travellers, Dylan’s was definitely on top of my list. The nonchalant vibe of the place, is a direct reflection of the sort ofContinue reading

Johnson's Cafe

A much-celebrated place to have trout fish in Manali, Johnson’s was introduced to me by my sister. For several hours, she kept showing me their photos on the Internet. Tired from walking around in the lanes of Old Manali, I was too sleepy to look at anything. So, we decided to visit Johnson’s the nextContinue reading

La Plage - Manali

In the middle of apple orchards and with a beautiful 360 degree view of the Himalayas, there’s a pretty French cottage named “La Plage”. The beautiful property is aloof and located away from the mayhem of Manali. Loitering around in the lanes of Old Manali, I found out about this place. We figured from aContinue reading

Outdoor - The Lazy Dog

Unarguably, old Manali’s most scenic hangout, The Lazy Dog enjoys the luxury of the best outdoor seating, with a scenic view of Minalsu River and the beautiful green mountains. In the past few years, everyone I know who had returned from Manali, spoke highly of The Lazy Dog. And those who went in off-season, cameContinue reading

Old Manali Landscape

Last minute bookings, hasty packing and a 10-hours overnight bus journey from Dharamsala and I found myself in front of a beautiful guesthouse in Manali, with apple trees and a gorgeous view. I reached Manali early morning at 5 and found a cab. On our way, we crossed the nature park and the bridge overContinue reading

Kynsai and Chimoyi - The owners of Joyful Cafe

Away from the mayhem of Jogiwara Road, Joyful Café is located in Dharamsala, a stone’s throw away from the famous Norbulinka Institue. Started by a lovely couple – Kynsai and Chimoyi, Joyful is a pretty café, serving lovely thin crust cheese pizzas and equally delightful coffee, cakes and pies. Hugely popular for serving the bestContinue reading


In the midst of the chaotic Jogiwara road of Mcleodganj, make yourself cozy and comfortable at Coffee Meals – Shambhala Restaurant. The café has a beautiful and clean ambience, with extremely impressive all-wood interiors, unlike any other café on Jogiwara Road. Choiphel, an ardent coffee lover himself, opened this café a few months ago. He earlierContinue reading