When summer kills, head to the hills

India } Uttarakhand } Ganges River } Apr 2010


} Uttarakhand } Ganges River } Apr 2010 (Photo credit:


Summer is here, and sadly so is the heat. This is that time of the year that I really despise; the scorching sun, heat and the dust just adds to the summer woes.  So what is the best way to beat the heat you ask?  Well like other people you too could sit pretty in the confines of your air conditioned home or if you are like me you could head to the hills. There is no better way to cool off, get away from the crowds (I have my secret locations) and rejuvenate. Ever since I can remember I have always loved being in the hills, maybe it’s because of the fact that I was born in the beautiful town of Mussoorrie in Uttarakhand, a state in Northern India, nestled in the Himalayas. Other reason why I absolutely love being in the hills is because there is so much good food all around that your stomach will ask you to stop but the heart will say eat on!

Panoramic view of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

Panoramic view of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is this particular thing about hill towns in India; all of them have superb bakeries. Maybe a legacy left behind by the British, but whom am i to complain :).  Most of these bakeries are almost as old as the towns or cities they are in, like The Casa Mia in Mussoorie, where you can find some nice croissants, different kinds of breads and their famous muffins. In Nainital, another town in Uttarakhand there is Sakley’s, their tarts and coffee are to die for. If you find yourself in Darjeeling, a visit to Glenary’s is a must, try their cookies, rum cake and chocolates, and when in Shillong you cannot miss going to Ee Cee’s for their yummy pastries and rum balls.

Nainital lake in Kumaon Himalayas, (Uttarakhand)

Nainital lake in Kumaon Himalayas, (Uttarakhand) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glenary's (for fans of Kiran Desai)

Glenary’s (for fans of Kiran Desai) (Photo credit: Paul Carvill)

For me traveling is not just about going from point A to B it is more about stopping on the way and gorging on some delicious bites or discovering a place which the guide books have not found yet. That’s how i think everybody should travel, don’t plan too much just let the hills show you the way !

This entry was posted by Quick Asian Recipes - Ashish Negi.

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