"You need to eat to shred"
are all too aware that food is fuel. You burn calories just living up at 2650m
in the cold snowy mountains. You absolutely annihilate them when you spend a
day shredding. Taking back on those calories must be done to allow you a full
season of happy shred time! There are two places you’ll want to locate; the
bakery and the fruit market. These allow you to essentially pack a lunch for
the day, which is top money saver! Another tip: eat a big breakfast, which is
even better if it’s free after your stellar negotiations. If you slack on
brekkie and are struggling to get up in time for the bakery, you can eat up at
the mid-station. Here’s another useful ditty: find an alternative to the
restaurant under the gondola. While it’s brilliant for a quick cup of chai, why
don’t you make the trek over to the dhabas? More intelligently ride down to them.
They offer similar fair and they’ll be a bit cheaper than Kongdori. If you want
to try them all go for it. However if you are there for a while I’d say pick one and
get to know the staff, loyalty goes along way with the Kashmiri people.
|Tangmarg Market is another good place to stock up on goods.|
you’re done with an awesome day’s shred you’ll want to eat again. Once back to
the Market side of town you’ll notice an abundance of small restaurants dotted
about. These places are the heart and soul of the town. They offer simple
Kashmiri fair at exceptionally good rates. My favourite is the Pandith
Brothers. These guys, in my humble opinion, do the best Malai Kofta in town.
Their thali is basic but so cheap and they’ll fill it up for you. Once again,
like the mid-station show a bit of loyalty and these guys will look after you.
Who doesn’t love sitting outside, enjoying a bit of food, watching the sun dip behind
the best snow playground I’ve found so far!
comes to the last refuel before bed eating as a big group is way better, more
sociable and, the key ingredient, cheaper! There are loads of hotels with
restaurants attached, offering all sorts of traditional feeds. I’m not going to
give away any more of my favourites, as I do need to keep some of these for
myself! My last tip for this blog is take a trip to Srinagar every once in a
while. Find the place called "Pick and Choose" and stock up on honey, jam, peanut
butter, nutella just basically loads of stuff you’ll not get up in Gulmarg that
can make life cheaper for you. I’ve got loads more tips for this but I’m not
sharing them. Some things you’ll just have to figure out for yourself. Well
here’s one more: talk to the other travellers. Share your experience and tips,
who knows what you might learn!
|Eat in little places like this one and you will|
experience the real taste of Kashmir
have noticed that I haven’t mentioned apres with the food. Well, guess what
we’ll cover next time! However, to get all the know-how and insider goods book
a trip with us instead. We’ll keep you fed and in the loop; www.di5adventures.net