Great Breakfast on the Way to Kanha National Park
One of the little joys of traveling is discovering little joints that serve excellent food in hygienic conditions. Frequent road travelers in India will agree that it is not an easy task. You get a lot of places with food that will make your salivary glands work overtime but normally the hygiene is something you just have to ignore. Let me talk about one such little place we discovered on our trip to Kanha National park in Madhya Pradesh. This was a trip with GHAC and my friend Sunanda Mandavi was leading the group, who besides being a full time IT professional also volunteers for GHAC and other social causes.
We took an overnight Volvo to reach Nagpur by bus early morning and immediately started our journey towards Kanha, hoping to avoid the city rush and have breakfast on the way to Nagpur. Not realizing that good eating places on this route are as scarce as tigers. The route taken was as given below and we were looking for a decent place to eat. Now, this route will never be able to compete with the dhabas you find on GT road, but we were still hopeful to get some piping hot breakfast. After rejecting all the places that the driver took us on hygiene or safety grounds we were losing hope to get a good place.
Once we reached the small eatery called “The Spice-Jain vegetarian North Indian food” we were not very impressed with the board or the look of the place. As it was like any other Indian highway Dhaba. Fortunately, we decided to check it inside and were immediately impressed. The first thing we noticed was the absence of any flies, now that is a rare thing in India. The second thing we noticed was that all the staff members were well groomed, and you could make that each of them has taken a bath. We could see the kitchen in the back, and if was emitting an aroma that a hungry traveler can smell from miles. We decided to camp and ordered all kind of North and South Indian breakfasts, from Idly, Vada, paranthas, to Upma, and I must say that each and every item we ordered we relished and polished the plates. Next came the tea and coffee made the Indian style with just the perfect amount of sugar and milk our morning was made. We were very happy that the driver brought us to this place and thanked him. I chit chatted with the owner and asked him how he is able to keep the place so clean and food so yummy. He just smiled and said polite thanks. ( Bhandara, by the way, means eternal granary or store for food items of gods)
|Good Breakfast place on way to Kanha|
So my friends in case you are going via road from Nagpur to Kanha via Bhandara, do plan a stop and The spice, Jain vegetarian place, right on the main road in Bhandara town ( it is one of those towns that have only one main road). Now you may wonder how suddenly I am talking about this small eating place? Well because I recently met a fellow bird watcher Vineet ( he is an IITian with a passion for wildlife photography) on the trip to Tal Chapar and once we connected on Facebook I realized he is from Bhandara. Immediately the hot breakfast came to my mind, such is the power of a great breakfast for a hungry traveler. If you have visited this place would love to hear your views on the same.