In Praise of Kahwa!

By Mridula Dwivedi March 11, 2013 9 Comments , , , ,

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 thoughts on “In Praise of Kahwa!”

  1. 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…

  2. 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

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I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

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