Let’s Fall in Love with Bhopal – IG Street Food Photowalk
Hello my fellow Chatoras,
Hope you’ve survived this traumatic month of February if you’re single and for those who are committed, it’s okay. I have food which works better for me. 😛 This Blog post is going to be a super duper short one as I’ll try to give a quick synopsis of the Street Food Walk that I did with IG Bhopal along with two amazingly talented photographers i.e. Harshit Verma who hails from the city of Nawabs, Lucknow and came especially for this photo walk and Varun Namdev who is Bhopal based travel photographer. You can find them on Instagram too.
14th February, 2018 was planned to fall in Love with Bhopal and what better place to explore than the old city where the culture is so vibrant enough for the photographers to get good pictures and cherish the memories for long?!
We started from Taj-Ul-Masjid which is known to be as Asia’s biggest mosque (as per the facts and figures) . The weather being absolutely amazing, the pictures came out well. I am not into landscape photography but I did click some pictures and I hope you do not judge me for that.
We then stopped at the Iconic Raju Tea Stall for Chai pe Charcha and some pictures of course.
We then moved to Indian Tea House for a quick discussion and a group picture. The sky was Incredible and could make anyone fall in love with it.
We then headed to the actual hustle bustle of streets where walking and clicking pictures can be a task. First stop being the oldest and legendary place Mama Ji Jalebi wala for some lip smacking Poha and Jalebis. We got some amazing shots of Piping hot jalebis.
We then moved towards chowk bazar from lakherapura and spotted some tiny shops serving mouthwatering Chat, pani puris, pakodas, samosas and kachoris.
For it was Mahashivratri as well and few members from the group were fasting we then moved to Agra Mishtan bhandar for some falhar food. The Saboodana Tikki, Aloo Falhaar Chaat and Singara atte ka halwa are a few things you shouldn’t miss.
Moving forward in the same lane spotting some more old shops for flavoursome Immartis and Pakodas.
Walking on the old streets of Bhopal we then stopped at a some sweets shop near Shwetambar Jain Mandir which is famous for Banana Chips, Banana Samosas, Mawa Jalebi and Gajar ka Halwa. But the best thing to try at this place is the Kesariya Peda which is absolutely melt-in-the mouth.
Apologies for not having any pictures at of the place as I was shooting a live video with Varun so I never got a chance to click.
Last but not least we then stopped at our last destination Sonu Monu Ke Namkeen which is near Digambar Jain Mandir. This place is precisely the only place that serves authentic Mawa Baati. The ones served in sweets shop or even at 6 no. stop are a bit adulterated and a true food lover can understand the difference easily. But, if you’re new I doubt if you could. But honestly, the Mawa Baati at this place just melts in the mouth with perfect balance of sugar syrup making it a heart throbbing dish. What a fantastic end to this food filled street walk. 😀
Lastly, we were back to square one i.e. ITH Gouhar Mahal to discuss and share our experience.
One thing I wish to share that IG Bhopal and I had a street food photo walk once at Shahpura before but this one was just BANG ON!!
So, much to explore and click pictures which otherwise I ignore and prefer cell phone when I hog around this place.
Thank you Sachin (IG Bhopal) for having me over. Thank you Harshit and Varun for this amazing photowalk and a huge thank you going to the participants for being a part of it. Let’s do something more like this in future.
Till then, Happy Hogging!! 🙂