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Saturday, July 9, 2011

‘Green Hotel’, McLeod Ganj

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In the last post of our McLeod Ganj trilogy, we will write about Green Hotel. Green Hotel has been highly recommended by the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide as a place to stay and eat at McLeod Ganj. According to the backpacker community, vegetarian Green Hotel serves the best breakfast in town. We definitely wanted to stay at this place and verify this information.

Green Hotel as a place to eat

According to the Green Hotel website, it is a family-run business operating since 1978. Strategically located, Green Hotel is not smack in the middle of the McLeod Ganj township, neither too far from it – it is a 10-minute jaunt from the city center. Whether you want to go uphill to trek or visit the Bhagsunath temple, this is where your ascent begins and there is nothing better than beginning your ascent with the delicious breakfast on offer in the warmly decorated hotel restaurant. Often tourists make a beeline in the morning for a hearty breakfast before they get on with their day.

Green Hotel restaurant

Tofu-cheese Momo
Green Hotel restaurant serves great Tibetan breakfasts as well as green teas, tofu chips, cereals, pancakes, tofu-cheese momos, soups, salads, and fresh fruit juice to name a few. Although we spotted some lacto-ovo dishes, it is very easy to avoid them. We found that tofu has been used in many of the preparations and the Tibetan dishes especially, were largely vegan.

Like most eateries in McLeod Ganj, the Green Hotel restaurant at the basement has a well-stocked multilingual library.

Green Hotel as a place to stay

We were told that Green Hotel has a diverse selection of rooms catering to all types of travelers. Rooms have their own private shower with hot water available 24/7. The rates are highly flexible but we found they would generally vary between Rs.300/- to Rs.800/- depending on the seasons or whether weekday/weekend. It is better to book in advance during festival times to avoid the last minute rush and eventual disappointment. The rooms at the top floors are easily the best and present a magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks.

Green Hotel and Restaurant contact and food order details

Website for more information and hotel booking:
Telephone: 01892-221200/221479
Address: Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj
Timings: 7am to 10pm, every day of the week
Cost factor: A hearty meal for two costs around Rs.250/-.
Caution: This is a lacto-ovo vegetarian place; at the time of placing the order, please put in a word to ensure that your preparation is dairy- and egg free.

“If one is trying to practice meditation and is still eating meat, he would be like a man closing his ears and shouting loudly, and then asserting that he heard nothing.” ~Ancient Buddhist Text by Surangama Sutra~

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