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01/05/2015 12:05 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

7 Eateries You Cannot Miss In Mcleod Ganj

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A Buddhist monk spins a traditional Buddhist prayer wheel at Tsuglakhang temple in Mcleod Ganj, 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Dharamsala, India, Tuesday, March 4, 2003. The three-day celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year began Monday at Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama lives. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The satisfaction derived from tucking into a steaming plate of pliable momos is nothing short of paradisal when achieved at a particularly high elevated point, say about 2,004 m or to be more precise, at a sleepy restaurant in Mcleod Ganj. Ensconced within Dharmsala, this sleepy village is a melting pot of Tibetans, monks, locals and foreigners, and offers three things in ample variety: peace, panoramic views, and palatable delights.

With interesting crowd, comes interesting fare. Mcleod is stuffed to the gills with little restaurants that jostle for space on its narrow streets, each with a view that kills any love for polluted metro cities. Like any other Himalayan tourist destination, these restaurants offer cuisine that is a far cry from fancy. (In fact they might render an average spice-loving Indian homesick). And most of them are vegetarian or vegan.

That said, the variety of food available here is mind-boggling, hot and delicious in its simplicity, enhanced by mountain-air inspired appetites: imagine sipping a hot mug of apple cider at KhanaNirvana on a crispy, cold evening atop a wee balcony or licking off the last sticky crumbs of Woeser Bakery's carrot cake while surrounded by friendly chatter.

Here are seven restaurants that one must absolutely visit to get a hit of Mcleod's heady flavour.

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