In Praise of Kahwa!

by Mridula on March 11, 2013

in Canon D550,Food,India,Jammu and Kashmir,Photography

Before arriving at Gulmarg I had vaguely heard of Kahwa. By the end of the trip I became a die hard fan of the drink. Every time I had tea at The Khyber at Gulmarg it was Kahwa. They have a dedicated tea lounge called Chaikash. It was a much frequented place by all of us. And every time I was asked what I would like to have I would reply ‘kahwa.’ I did not drink any other tea for the whole duration and that says a lot. Otherwise I am much more of a masala/adrak chai kind of a person.


Kahwa at Chaikash, The Khyber, Gulmarg

It is a tea that has almond flakes, cinnamon and cloves, green tea, and sometimes I could taste adrak (ginger) too. It has no milk. It has a pleasing aroma and it tastes perfect in the cold weather! I am told that one can buy tea bags of Kahwa and use it. I am now on a lookout for it.

High Tea

Now that is What I Call High Tea!

This is another cup of Kahwa which I was sipping in the balcony of Nouf. And if I would have clicked every cup I drank there would have been at least 3o pictures! Tea tastes really magical high up in the mountains and Kahwa specially so. Chaikash was our waiting area and as soon as I would sit a member of staff would come and ask if I would like to have tea or coffee? And my nephew says that in Dwivedi Khandan chai ko koe mana nahin karta hai! (In Dwivedi family no one says no to tea). So I would always ask for a cup of Kahwa and enjoy waiting for others. If you have not triedKahwa till now go ahead give it a try!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

manuprakashtyagi March 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

i taste it. salty


Arnab Maity March 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

Kahwa! Never heard of it before, thank you Mridula for enriching my travel vocab once again. Have a lovely trip, waiting to see more from you from your Gulmarg trip


Anu March 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

That’s interesting combination of ingredients! The thought of having cinnamon just brings that aroma to my nostrils…Should’ve been a yummy one! And as you said..a best beverage in high mountains…


R.Ramakrishnan March 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Kahwa sounds fun. When I was in the middle east ( many years ago) I was a fan of the Arabian Kahwa – but that was more of a coffee base.


Debopam Banerjee March 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

Both of them are wonderfully composed…… I liked the second one more though…..


Meena Menon March 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

Woow these pics ad so much magic to it!


ladyfi March 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

What an amazing view!


Vishal Rathod March 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Lovely Drink. Will definitely try when I go there. Thanks for sharing.
The picture of Balcony is awesome.

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Niranjan March 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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