McLeodganj is a very popular travel destination in Dharamshala. Being just 250 km (5 hours) journey from Chandigarh and around 475 km (9-10 hours) journey from Delhi, McLeodganj has become a hotspot for weekend trips and is frequented by travelers but usually jam-packed with tourists especially on long weekends.
McLeodganj has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers alike. Triund trek – a 9 km trek from McLeodganj main square; and it is a foodie’s haven with all kinds of foods and cuisines available in the many cafes spread all over town.
McLeodganj is best explored on foot and to enjoy the city it is recommended to park your vehicle in the parking lot near the bus stop for the duration of the stay. This does two things – Less traffic on the narrow roads and making your effort to keep the town pollution-free.
The buses from Delhi usually arrive early in the morning by 6-7 AM which is the perfect time to start a day-long food trail in the streets of McLeodganj.
Start the day with a hot cup of lemon ginger tea and some bread omelet from any of the numerous stalls spread around the city.
Follow it with a hearty breakfast of some Tibetan bread and mixed veg omelet or a big bowl of Thupka along with some delectable milkshakes or hot chocolate at The Clay Oven.
Satisfy the pre-lunch hunger by trying out some hot Momos from any street vendor. They are priced very decently starting from some Rs 40 per plate. The accompanying chutney and mayonnaise act as the perfect accompaniment and balancing the taste.
Try out some excellent pasta or some Hakka noodles/chowmein from any of the cafes like The Clay Oven, Jimmy’s Italian Café, etc. And couple that with a glass of peach beer or lemon beer.
Give your taste buds a surprise by having Pizzas from Carpediem as a late evening snack. The pizza will undoubtedly be one of the best you have had till now. Don’t forget to try the French fries before the pizza. They are crispy and will be consumed in a matter of minutes but the taste will linger for some time.
Indulge in some freshly baked pastries/cakes from the bakeries out there. The one right in front of Carpediem sells Chocolate Banana cake which is just out of the world.
If you are still hungry, do try out the soups at the Norling Café before hogging onto some freshly cooked tikkas and kababs right off the tandoor. The area in front of the Temple just steps away from the Main Square is filled with vendors selling such items when all the cafes have closed down.
PS – The cafes close down early and its highly likely that you might get a seat in any of the cafes to post 8:30 PM, so step out of your rooms early to fill up your tummies with this Mcleodganj food trail with all that you can have WRAVELER style.
Contributed By: Arnav Mathur
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Arnav, is a civil engineer by profession and a hardcore foodie and a travel aficionado at heart. Being an ARMY brat by birth, traveling, and socializing is in his DNA. His belief is: “Go to a new place every month or two to explore, relax and live life to the fullest.”
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