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  • Shannon Wolf | August 6, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    A Vegetarian Bounty: Rishikesh Top Eats

    A Vegetarian Bounty: Rishikesh Top Eats

    PHOTO: This sugar cane juice stand may not look like much but it’s one of Rishikesh’s hidden gems! (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    As a vegetarian, I can’t help but feel like I’ve won the jackpot after traveling through India, where nearly everything is vegetarian or vegan. From mouthwatering samosas, chana masala, Thali’s and a never-ending list of others, you’ll be in heaven no matter what meal you choose.

    But there are a few caveats: A lot of meals in India are heavy on the grease and carbs, plus anything not peeled or uncooked may leave you with heavy amounts of Delhi Belly which — trust me — you wouldn’t want to wish upon anybody.

    Nevertheless, the wonderful aspect of staying in Rishikesh is the fact that if you're a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-intolerant, you'll have no troubles finding a delicious and healthy meal. Ninety-percent of restaurants have a no-meat policy and wash all produce in mineral water, leaving you free to indulge in those fruits and veggies we know you miss so much.

    READ MORE: Yoga, Iced Coffee and Veggies: An Idyll in Rishikesh, India

    Note: Prices for food are high in Rishikesh and it’s easy to blow your budget, but the portion sizes are massive and you can easily share between two people, which helps in cutting the cost.

    PHOTO: At the Hungry Yogi, you can eat an ongoing supply of delicious salads!

    Top 3 Clean-Eating Cafes

    Pumpernickel German Bakery (Laxman Jhula Side)

    I will openly admit that I ate here nearly every day. The dishes and desserts are presented as beautifully as they taste and whether you want to branch out and try different restaurants, I can guarantee that you’ll keep coming back here, despite the cost.

    Try any of the mouthwatering meals such as the "Big Bowl," Vegan Greek Salad, Fried Eggplant Tofu Scramble. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to try the vegan chocolate brownie and ice coffee shake.

    (Meals range from 140-200 rupees)

    Namaste Cafe

    Out of all the restaurants and cafes, the staff at Namaste are the friendliest, making you feel instantly at home and able to kick back and relax as long as you’d like sipping on a freshly made fruit lassi or ginger, lemon, honey tea.

    Here, treat yourself to the Paneer Butter Masala and fruit shakes. They also have the best working Wi-Fi in town.

    (Meals range from 120-200 rupees)

    READ MORE: Confessions of a Freegan

    The Hungry Yogi

    Reminiscent of Pumpernickel but friendlier, The Hungry Yogi pumps out plenty of mouthwatering and healthy dishes and the best green juice I’ve had in ages!

    PHOTO: At Namaste, this is where I spend my mornings drinking my mango, pineapple lassie while watching the rafters pass by on the Ganga.

    Top 3 Street Stalls

    Shiva Momo Centre

    This tiny green stand makes the best Momos and veggie burgers for only 50 rupees! The owner is a gem and the food matches.

    Sugar Cane Juice Stand: If you are walking along the Ganga to Ramjhula bridge, the first sugar cane juice stand is the best I've ever had. All done by their nifty machine which crushes the sugar cane as well as mint, lemon and sometimes even ginger if you’re lucky! (Make sure it's the lady who's making them.)

    (Best) Masala Chai Stand: My friend Trent and I are obsessed with finding the best chai in India and this one is added to the list. The chai stand is conveniently the first one after the sugar cane stand.

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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