I love everything about a little hill station but mostly the quiet and peaceful evenings. And when I picture those evenings I see myself sitting in a beautiful little café reading my favorite book with a good coffee in my hand. Bliss!
However I think it's not just hill stations, I have a thing for beautiful cafes with cozy interiors everywhere. Any day I would choose a pretty looking café with good food over a fancy fine dining restaurant. There are a number of times I like going on a date with myself and its always a quaint little café with cozy interiors and good food that I have preferred.
During my stay in Leh, I had been to almost every little café I found. I traveled around solo, explored the little streets on my own and I never felt unsafe or the need of a companion. Leaving Leh and moving to Manipur was tough and also because I was there at a time when there was hardly any tourism and the state was going through a tough phase during the economic blockade.
I was homebound for almost 5 months and the frequent IED blasts and bandhs had made it worse. But gradually things changed... I saw Manipur grow and develop into a tourist-friendly and peaceful state.
It was during my stay I saw some really good cafes come up. Though a few cafes were already there, they renovated their interiors and revamped their menus for good. I was amazed at how tourism and peace can change a place in all good ways.
Gradually I started getting out and exploring and thus began my café hunting. Hills in Manipur does not have much to offer in terms of fanciness but there was this little café just 10 minutes from my house where I would spend hours...