Years ago, I went to Leh via Manali. Both are beautiful towns amidst the Himalayas. Both have their own, unique charm — Manali a valley with enthusiasm, Leh a valley with intense resilience.
The drive between the two places is something out of this world. The terrain changes every 50 km, from Martian to Himalayan to more heavenly-an. Trite jokes apart, it is a trip worth taking.
Not the least for the mint tea at the roadside stalls.
Now that winter is come, I got reminded once again of this divine drink. But try as I may, I cannot make it like they did there. Bright green in colour, sweetened just right to enhance the lemon and tingly mint. Juliennes of ginger. Simply mmm. How does one get that colour without any additive? How does one steep mint without making it bitter? Do you know? Will you tell me?
And while you’re thinking, look at some of these gorgeous pictures from the region I picked up from the huge internet. Someday, when I can, I’ll post mine.