An overnight journey from ISBT Delhi and I reached Shimla in the morning. From Shimla, I took another bus to Narkanda and from Narkanda, I rented a cab and reached Kotgarh in half an hour or so. I had checked in the hotel (13 Forest B&B) by 11 AM if I am not wrong. After taking some rest, I had the first meal of the day. Being a small village, I wasn’t aware of options for food in Kotgarh, thus at first, I only thought to eat at the hotel.
Traveling is challenging often and food turns out to be a big challenge for me. I am a vegetarian and a teetotaler. I don’t even drink tea. So, I get to face challenges. I remember once I went to the Nizamuddin area with a friend of mine who was a non-veg eater and I had a great time there. When I was in Sainj when I did a trip to Shangarh, I was looking for a good veg eatery and all I could see was chicken and rice. I was already done eating Maggi again and again; no offense Maggi is a savior. But after walking long, I feel like taking a proper diet to recover the energy consumed in walking so long.
I pretty much enjoyed the food in Rajasthan on my week-long trip. We roamed from village to village and tasted the local food there. On the other side, when I come to places like this, especially the area where veg food isn’t available that easily or costly or any other reason, there is a problem. People who practice both i.e. veg and non-veg are better in situations like this; flexible to eat anything whatever that is available.
How was the food in Kotgarh? At the hotel and the restaurant
I had lunch, dinner of the day one, and breakfast of day two at the hotel itself. The food at the hotel was amazing, it was lip-smacking and I pretty much enjoyed it. The guy whoever had cooked that food, really deserves appreciation which I did when I told another hotel guy while we were sitting at the bonfire at the hotel. As it was a weekend trip to Kotgarh and I came here without any planning, so I had very less options of where to eat in Kotgarh or you can say no option at all. I just thought to go with the flow and check whatever comes along the way.
After lunch on the first day, I did trekking to Thanadhar from Kotgarh. It took me around 3 hours to reach Thanadhar from Kotgarh with lots of stops on the way. The village had a small market like area and I spotted a small café where I ordered a plate of noodles. Well, noodles, Maggi, etc. are the easiest available dishes you can get, especially in Himalayan areas. I remember my one day Dehradun trip where I badly needed to eat and all I could get was Maggi. Well, I returned to the hotel at the night and had a nice dinner there at the hotel.
The next day or on the last day of Kotgarh trip, I had breakfast at the hotel. It was a plate of cookies, some veg sandwiches, coffee, etc. It was nice but not enough for the motor to keep running all day. So, after roaming in Kotgarh till noon, I found a small restaurant in the market. I took a breath of relief and thought I would get something nice to eat here. However, I won’t say it was nice. But it was okay. It made the engine run for the day. Nice enough! The village had a decent market, though I didn’t get to explore more options for food in Kotgarh. Some of the advantages of traveling unplaned.
After lunch or whatever it was (it wasn’t lunchtime certainly), I moved to the bus stop. I had to wait long for the bus and then it started raining. That was the last bus which could make me reach Shimla on time so that I could reach Delhi on time. After waiting for long, the bus came and I got in. But the way to Narkanda got blocked due to snow and it didn’t go Narkanda.