When I came back to Zostel, Shashi (manager) told me to check out freedom ghat. Since I had nothing to do that evening I decided to check that place out. Oh boy! I was surprised to see the vibes over there and initially regretted for being so late to this place. Freedom ghat is just near to freedom cafe from where you can get the best view of Sunset. Music, people smoking, dancing to dhol and what not. I found it to be the most lively and true hippie place in Rishikesh.
Even during the off season, people line up on the Laxman Jhulla for a chance at digging their fork into the fluffy heart of Freedom Cafe's famous pancakes. That's not it! With great food, also comes an undisturbed view of river Ganga and soul-stirring music!Try: Banana Nutella pancake and ShakshukaWhere: Behind Dr. Kothari Clinic, Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh
For dinner, we were looking for a quirky place where we usually would not have dined, if we were in Mumbai. Somebody suggested “Freedom Café”. So we started searching for this place. It was around 10.30 pm, the walk to the cafe through Laxman Jhoola was a bit of a scary experience. The lane towards the restaurant was very narrow and seemed creepy, but the recommendations given by others gave us some courage. The restaurant had an Indian style sitting, on the banks of the river. The view of the river from the restaurant was very pleasant. The place was conquered by hippies who were engrossed in playing and singing Bollywood Retros on the Guitar. It was an amusing experience to enjoy the music on the banks of the river. The crowd joined in for the music too, well, who would miss on Sayonee and Maaeri.