Would you believe me if I told you that I started to write this article earlier but had to stop? Well, you see before I attempted this within the 4 walls of my room and something felt amiss. So, I packed up my bag with a laptop and a doodle pad to walk into Bir's very own Tibetan Colony. Now that I'm seated at a little kiosk with prayer flags fluttering above my head and an aroma of thukpa engulfing my senses, I cannot wait to share my love for the absolutely scrumptious cuisine with you.
For long Bir hadn't been the belle of the ball as Mcleodganj and Dharamshala continued to be crowned in the popularity contests for getaways in Himachal Pradesh. However, the thrill of paragliding and the undeniable beauty of this little hamlet has led it to gain a name too. And, what comes with this increased fame? Crowds, of course. But they also bring with them stacks of restaurants lined one after the other. Now I'm not one to shy away from accepting that we all love a cozy cafe with fairy lights in place, our favourite bowl of pasta and a dessert that's decadently good.
Yet isn't exploring the food of a place akin to understanding the soul of a place? The heavy presence of Buddhism makes the Tibetan influence stark in this Himachali haven. A number of the dishes even have Chinese roots. Plus these delicacies in addition to teasing your foodie frenzy are also healthier and much kinder to your pockets! So, I urge you, my fellow traveller friend, to ditch the pizzas and garlic breads at least for long enough for your taste buds to be transported to Tibet. Here's 5 dishes that you must try during your trip to Bir:
What is it? : "Swimming" momo or momos in a broth
Rough Cost: Rs.160