Indian road trips are all about eating at dhabas at different locations; few have become a landmark while few are must to visit. Here are few dhabas near Delhi where every North Indian must check-in:
1. Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, Murthal
Distance from Delhi: 62 km approx.
Highway Location: Ambala-Delhi GT Road near Sonipat
The most popular eating joint among Delhiites, Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba is located in Murthal, Haryana. The place is simply magnetic; even if it is unheard you will find hundreds of cars parked in its vicinity and you will stop by most likely. The Dhaba is as big as a food court where you get every kind of Indian cuisine. But Amrik Sukhdev is most popular for its scrumptious Parathas served with a scoop of homemade butter. A cup of tea will set you well for the weekend. Its finger licking good!
Planning a trip to Haridwar, Mussoorie, Lansdowne, Rishikesh or Dehradun in Uttarakhand? Do stop at Cheetal Grand in the outskirts of Muzaffarnagar. This well-maintained highway joint is cam into limelight when people started visiting here to try out its evening snacks and tea. Splendid food, professional service and an amazing ambience makes this place a must visit on NH-58. The restaurant gets closed by 9pm every day, so make sure you are reaching there on time.
Soon after crossing Solan on your way to Shimla, you will reach Kandaghat where a cluster of Dhabas is located. The place is known as Aabshar and you can stop here for some fresh homemade kind of food. The service is superfast and the food is delicious, especially if you are trying Pakoras and Tea. Those who prefer not to step out of the car can avail the yummy food there itself at your comfort zone.
4. Giani Da Dhaba, Kalka-Shimla Road, NH 22
Distance from Delhi: 275 km approx.
Highway Location: NH-22-Dharampur, Kasauli
Giani Da Dhaba at Dharampur is perhaps the most popular Dhaba at Kalka-Shimla Highway. Everything about the place is outstanding, the pocket-friendly food, the crowd and the service. You can check out its brilliance just by a Google search. So, when on this route just park your car and grab a plate of Butter Chicken to tempt your taste buds.
Another famous place in Murthal is the Haveli which is more like a royal palace where they serve authentic Punjabi food with all the Royal Punjabi traditions intact. The place gives a wonderful insight into the village life of Punjab. As you enter the Haveli, the camel ride and on-going folk dance will take your excitement to another level. In other words you can call the Karnal Haveli as a 5star Dhaba where you must take a halt and experience the best highway services.
6. Bhajan Tadka Dhaba, Gajraula
Distance from Delhi: 120 km approx.
Highway Location: NH24, Gajraula, UP
One of the most picturesque dhaba caught the attention of tourists with its finger licking food and youthful ambience, it soon became famous. Bhajan tadka is well known for its yummy Kadhai Paneer Masala and Kadhi Pakoda making it an ideal place to spend your lunch time if you are somewhere near Gajraula.Best when you are going on holiday for corbett, Nainital or Kumaon Hills.
7. Pal Dhaba, Chandigarh (NH1)
Distance from Delhi: 257 km approx.
Highway Location: Sector 28D, Chandigarh
One just can’t afford to miss the Butter Chicken Masala at Pal Dhaba in Chandigarh; people claim it to be the best in the world. This place is so famous that film and TV actors keep visiting this place to try out different delicacies. Pal Dhaba is also known for serving delicious Mutton based food which is served with mind-blowing gravy. Pal Dhaba is a sure shot place for foodies.
8. Jain Shikanji , Modinagar
Distance from Delhi: 52 km approx.
Highway Location: NH58, Modinagar
On your way to Meerut or Uttarakhand, you will find this extremely happening place in Modinagar. The Jain Shikanji is basically a lime based refreshing drink which you kick in some much needed excitement on your road trip. The Jain Shikanji is so popular in this part of the country that you can even buy some Jain Shikanji Masala and take it home for others too. Apart from this, you can also enjoy the usual evening snacks here which are equally good.
9. Puran Singh Ka Mashoor Vishal Dhaba, Ambala
Distance from Delhi: 211 km approx.
Highway Location: Opposite Ambala Cant Railway Station, NH1
Well, to reach here is a little tricky; so many Dhabas with similar name might just confuse you. Make sure you are at the right place, by checking out Sanjeev Kapoor’s and Vinod Dua’s photo at the main entrance. The Lachcha Paratha here at Puran Singh Dhaba is simply the best, it’s perfectly layered and the butter put a life into it. Mutter Paneer or Mutton Masala would be a perfect combo to go out with these yummy Parathas. Punjabi food at its best!
10. Old Rao’s Dhaba near Bhiwadi (on NH-8 – Delhi-Jaipur highway)
Distance from Delhi: 70 km approx.
Highway Location: NH8, Kapdiwas, Haryana
The most famous Dhaba on Dharuhera—Jaipur Delhi highway, Old Rao Dhaba will take you to a world of flavours you’ve never tasted. The rich North Indian food prepared in Ghee, with as many calories as you can imagine. With decent rates and a busy locality, the Old Rao Dhaba will give you a typical desi Dhaba feel with more than 200 people eating in the premises. A must stop-by if you are heading towards Jaipur!