We reached Bodhgaya during the ending of off-season. Upon the query about less eating places options we were told during the season i.e., October till February there are many restaurants in Bodhgaya – yet to open.
As per personal experience I am sharing my favourite restaurants in Bodhgaya (Bihar).
Be Happy Cafe near Kalchakra ground was the first restaurant I visited and requested for coffee. As there were different types of coffee available, I was confused. I requested the owner of the cafe to serve coffee as per his choice.
Cafe Latte (Expresso with steamed milk) he suggested.
Ok – said I.
Within minutes it was served. Cost – Rs. 100/-.
What I found more interesting was the ambience inside the cafe. The cleanliness, the colors and a small collection of books, filter water facility for Rs. 10/- per bottle and Free Wi-Fi. A thought to visit again.
After few days I had Special Breakfast i.e., 2 Eggs Omelette, Brown Bread Toast with Butter + Jam and herbed Potatoes. It was excellently presented and was good in taste. Cost – Rs. 150/-
Another day another restaurant.
Fujiya Green Restaurant nearby Be Happy Cafe. They have two sections. Actually three sections. One is outside, another is inside without air-condition and last section with air-condition. As the weather was hot, I selected the last one. Television is also there. We visited Fujiya twice. Once we had Chicken Chowmein and Aalu Paratha. Cost – Rs. 130/-. And once we had Veg. Momo, Veg. Manchurian, Thai Fried Rice. Cost – Rs. 200/-. Service is quick. Within minutes food was served and was good. I can say it is a pure Indian restaurant serving all types of food.
The most favourite was Thai Restaurant situated opposite Thai temple. During first visit I requested them to serve what they think will be the best food for an Indian for dinner as I wasn’t having any idea about Thai food.
Papaya Salad also known as Som Tum was served. Cost – Rs. 90/-. Too much chilli I quit but was sure to visit again because of the cleanliness around and the food prepared by the owner herself.
And I visited again.
Thai Fried Rice with Chicken for Brunch (cost – Rs. 180/-) and Rice Topped with Stir-fried Chicken for Dinner (cost Rs. 160/-) I had. Yes, this time I requested the staff to convey the lady (only speak Thai) I do not like chilli.
Excellent food quality. I was told the restaurant is opened just few days ago. They have one more restaurant in Kolkata.
Gautam Lassi another favourite for drink after the meal. Thrice I had lassi. The shop is situated at Domuhan Road only half km before the Main Temple on the left-hand side. Delicious lassi it was. Cost – Rs. 20/ no matter you select Lassi with Cream or without. I prefer Lassi with the thick layer of cream.
Eating places around Bodhgaya I have to say: Green Hotel situated at Rajgir serve one of the best foods. Most of the cab drivers stop there only with the tourist. It is very famous among locals as well as tourist. During Rajgir visit we stop and had Aalu Paratha, Dahi (curd) , Aalu Dum, Egg Curry, Salad. Cost – Rs. 408/-. Aalu Dum and Egg Curry were beyond excellent – The best.
If I count all the eating places in and around Bodhgaya where I had food, Thai Restaurant and Green Hotel food was the most favourite. Restaurants in Bodhgaya are mostly nearby main temple or Kalchakra ground. Thai food was personal favorite. And not to forget Masala Lemon Tea (nimbu chai) as evening drink nearby Mahabodhi temple. Delicious it was.