Sunday, February 25, 2018

Drinking Bhang Lassi in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

 Drinking Bhang Lassi in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Lassi is a very popular drink from the Indian subcontinent, made with yoghurt and water.Although the traditional lassi is salty, nowadays it is more common to find it sweet and mixed with fruits, honey, sugar or even spices.

The sweet lassi with fruits is particularly common in touristic places, and according to our experience, the mango lassi is the best seller.

Now, of all the flavors of lassi, the most sought after by tourists is undoubtedly the bhang lassi.

Bhang is made with cannabis flowers and leaves ground up into a paste. This paste is then mixed with yogurt, water and fruits to produce the famous drink.

Bhang lassi is very popular in the north of India and its consumption is common in many religious celebrations like Holi, for spiritual reasons. The Hindus drink it to get closer to God, to meditate better and to wash their sins away.

Anyone could think that the commercialization and consumption of bhang lassi is punished by the authorities, but that is not the case at all. There are several stalls authorized by the government to sell it and where it is safe to consume the drink.

During our stay in the beautiful fortified city of Jaisalmer we came across “Doctor Bhang” an authorized bhang shop, and the curiosity was to great to ignore.

Check our experience with Bhang Lassi out in the next video:

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