Rishikesh is a yoga capital and so is relished by the spiritual travellers that often come with a purpose to seek solace. In the past years, so many cafes and restaurants have turned up serving Italian food to attract the foreigners and the teenagers who are more into cheese and mayo.
We started by 5 in the morning and was there by 9 and the first thing we had was roadside Kulcha. We were damn hungry and grabbed Chole kulcha and tea. We tried Tea of many places and roadside dhaba and stalls but they all were not good. We especially stopped at Haridwar just to have a cup of tea. There is a very big difference in the milk quality of both the places.
Then had lunch in the resort. The location was beautiful but the entrance was inconvenient. The best part is the river flowing in the back. Then geared up ourselves and drove to Neelkanth. After the darshan which hardly took 15 minutes as there was no rush, we were craving so have something. As we left spotted a place “Omkara Restaurant” serving food and the smell of Desi ghee attracted me to that place. We ordered one tikka Price 50rs. Tikki was big and filled with channa and potato. Average in taste though, on the other hand, my friend dying to have some good tea ordered one tea on the recommendation of the owner but it failed. To read about Neelkanth Journey you can refer to this link: https://alwaysbhukaa.com/2018/10/09/weekend-getaway-rishikesh/
Being an old school I wanted to have Desi food and the one name which comes into my mind is Chotiwala. The famous and one of the Oldest Shop specializes in North Indian food mainly. I was here in 2011 and now again visiting the same place. Just for the record, I am not good at remembering anything, but when it comes to food I can remember the Dal’s which I had 10 years back ( in case of it is special). I wanted to try the maximum dishes but keeping the wastage of food minimal so ordered One Deluxe thali – Dal Makhani, Shahi Paneer, Mix Veg, Kadhi, Salad, pickle, rice, Raita and Gulab Jamun. They serve pure vegetarian food which we use to have 10 years back when Shahi Paneer was not supposed to be sweet. Price – 231rs tax included.
The big question was where to find the beer. Google is not helpful at all, we took the help of locals and drove 8 km up to Shivpuri to get some liquor as that was the only shop. Trust only locals, not the google.
The place has now developed itself as a Café hub looking to the needs of foreigners and the crowd I guess. We didn’t try anything except the desi stuff. A good cup of tea near the sides of Ganga and I am set. There is not much option to explore unless you are planning for café hogging. We relayed on our hotel for the food as it was reasonable and good in taste too, moreover, it was freshly prepared.