The husband and I make it a point to take one domestic & international vacation a year, minimum. So this year, we decided to go somewhere we’ve never been before. Yes, we took the Dalai Lama’s words seriously & headed to a part of the country we’ve not seen earlier – Himachal. We’d both seen & heard enough about Dharamshala to know it wouldn’t disappoint but what we were unprepared for was the charm exuded by this hilly town. The people are warm & hospitable, the weather is gorgeous & the food, of course, brilliant.

 

Being a town of settlers from all over the world, the food culture here in Dharamshala is as varied as the people who have made this place home. So you’ll find quaint Tibetian eateries serving steaming bowls of Thukpa, some charming bakeries that whip up the most delicious baked goodies, Italian places dishing out pizzas & pasta that would make any Nonna beam in pride, the list goes on…

Of course there’s the street food culture! You can’t not eat Momos when you’re here. We had it on every occasion we could & every time it was better than before. Even a simple veggie momo stuffed with mashed potato tasted so good & that spicy, finger-licking good chutney that goes with it is a bite of heaven. Here’s a virtual food tour of Dharamshala:

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This Lemon Yogurt Cake at Coffee Talk, Dharamshala, was so light & fluffy that it felt like we were biting into a cloud

 

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Cold Coffee & Banana milkshake at Coffee Talk
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This Buckwheat Pancake is the stuff dreams are made of & topped with chocolate syrup, it’s a foodgasm on a plate!

 

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Local Himachali cherries

 

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We met this sweet, old Tibetian lady who was making fresh Momos. There was a slight drizzle too, so the weather was perfect for these
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Topped with a fiery red chutney, these Momos are just brilliant!
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This place came highly recommended & totally lived up to the expectations. A quaint Italian restaurant, the menu is simple & the ambience welcoming
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Fresh lime soda

 

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This Pepperoni Pizza was just amazing

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