The Great Indian Chai Experience - The restaurant near Soojipara Waterfall ticket counter

The trek to and from the Soojipara waterfalls had taken us 2 hours. We hadn't had a proper lunch that day and the slope that we had trekked on had been quite sleep. Add to that the fact that the last 200mts to the waterfalls were rocky, misshapen steps. One good thing was that they haven't allowed any shops to be set up close to the waterfall. So the water is pretty clear and there was hardly any garbage to be seen. This is very unlike the once-legendary Kempty falls of Mussourie. Anyways, by the time we trekked back up, we were hungry as well as craving for caffeine. So we ordered chai along with one plate maggi and one plate bread omelette. And within minutes we had wiped the plates clean. Chai was different story though.

Following are our observations about the chai:

Serving: Served in a paper cup, which was Slightly smaller than a teacup.

Temperature: Just hot enough. Not too hot, so as to burn the tongue, and not too cold as well.

Appearance: dark orange

Aroma: We could smell tea leaves that have been boiled for too long. It wasn't too appealing.

Taste: Tasted of raw or overboiled tea leaves. Sugar level was ok. But the tealeaves spoilt the tea.

Value for money? Tea costed Rs. 10 per cup. We desperately needed it but otherwise it was definitely not value for money.


Indrani said…
I had been to these falls, glad to know that they have not allowed shops near the fall.
True. A good decision and the process for handling plastic by depositing money for water bottles was awesome !
Param said…
I love your descriptions of chai. Am looking for more such on your site, being a chai person myself :)

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