One hour away from the major town of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh is Rewalsar. It’s a town filled with monasteries, temples, Gurdwara. The places resonate with Buddhist vibes. The place is known for its Spirituality.
There are a few food joints in Rewalsar that cater to Tibetian, North Indian food. While in Rewalsar, try the local north Indian food like parathas, rajma chawal and thali. As soon as one reaches Rewalsar, there is an entry gate that gives a view of the lake. Before the gate, there’s a place on the left-hand side called as Sharma Bhojnalaya. This owner is the cook and greets you with warmth.
The food here is homely. They have a different type of parathas, veg and non-veg thali. The parathas are wholesome and loaded with a generous cube of butter. The parathas are served with the vegetables or lentil curry of the day. The egg paratha is nice and heavy. Order just 1 paratha unless you have a really big appetite or just plain hungry. The thali comes with unlimited serving of aromatic basmati rice, 2 types of Dal, 2 types of vegetables and chapati. The non-veg Thali consists of the basmati rice and chicken or Mutton curry. Being a vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed eating the vegetarian thali which was priced at Rs.60/- and non-veg Thali at Rs.80/-.
The thali left me feeling full for a very long time. There were plenty of eateries trying to sell Momos. It was around 5 p.m and I headed to a place that served Momos, only to be disappointed. The Veg Momo consisted of a thick flour layer and the filling had shredded cabbage with barely enough seasoning. It was really bad, that I could not finish even 6 of them.
Moving on to another place, I dared to try vegetarian Momo again. And this time, opted for cheese and paneer Momo instead of the regular Momo. The Momo looked good, but the filling again had shredded cabbage. The cheese and the paneer were missing and finding them felt like a momo treasure hunt.
Upset with Momo, I headed to have some chai. There a chai tapri and I saw a lot of locals chatting and sipping chai. The chai was priced at Rs.10/- per cup and the hot chai was just perfect. Usually, the tea I have had in most parts of Himachal Pradesh is been on the sweeter side. Sometimes so sweet, you get a sugar rush. The tea fellow is sweet and makes chai only on orders. He keeps biscuits, cream roll and puff (khari).
For dinner, thought of heading to Cafe Emaho which was near the prayer wheel. However it was already shut by 8 p.m. Right next to the chai fellow, there was a Pani Puri vendor, and the food looked hygienic and tasty. Since I wanted a wholesome meal, I couldn’t help, but head to the same Bhojnalaya and ate a hearty meal. So when in Rewalsar, stick to the local Thali food and tapri chai.
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