By Sonakshi Kundra
Manali is the most heavenly and blissful place I have ever been to. Lyrics from Kishore Kumar-Nutan starrer Dilli Ka Thug – Yeh Ratein, Yeh Mausam Nadi Ka Kinara, Ye Chanchal Hawayen best desribe the beauty of mesmerising Manali.
At a distance of 3km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, which is famous for its orchards, traditional houses and old guesthouses. The fine balance between the old world charm of the village and the cozy cafes, calm and serene surroundings coupled with the sound of Beas river makes for a peaceful experience and it has thus made old Manali one of the favorite destinations for many travelers.
If you are fed up of the crazy lifestyle of your metro, cafe-cum-lounge Lazy Dog is the place for you to relax. It is situated right along the river Beas – a perfect location for nature lovers. Lazy Dog, as the name suggests, is one of the favourite hang-out places in Manali.
The Lazy Dog has an extensive multi-cuisine menu, where you can pick from a grand variety of food like Thai, Italian and Japanese. The food is excellent and the bar indoors is well stocked with special variety of spirits and offers a plethora of cocktails and mocktails along with deliciously baked cakes, yummy tiramisu’s and pleasant-tasting coffee. They are famous for their luscious pizza and pasta preparations.
The food is nice and so is the ambiance. The restaurant has a charm of its own as it is very well designed. The interiors bear a modern yet ethnic look. The artifacts and knick knacks from all over the world add to the beauty. The inside and outside seating, the cool wooden furniture, comfortable bean bags and rocking chairs disconnect you from the outer world as you enjoy the Beas river water flowing on one side and mountain view on other.
It has free WIFI and a lot of activities and games like Chess, Ludo, cards and you can even play guitar. No wonder why it is ‘Highly Recommended’ by all major guidebooks. This memorable and unique cafe is worth experiencing once.
(The writer is presently pursuing BJMC from I.P. College, Delhi University. Views expressed are personal)