7 Road Trips for the Food Lover

There are days when we wake up craving those huge, greasy paranthas served with dollops of white butter; the kind you get at the dhabas lining the highway outside the city. We’re listing our fave meal destinations for you, for days you feel like cruisin’ and wolfing down plates and plates of deliciousness.

Balle Balle Dhaba


En route Wagah Border, this is slightly further away and can’t quite be done in one day, but if you’re planning a trip to Amritsar anyway, we suggest you make a stop here. With ‘India’s Last Dhaba,’ marking the board in a large red font, this one’s high on Punjabi dishes like sarson ka saag, makki ki roti and a mean Amritsari Chicken. Like with any typical Punjabi meal, you have to order a large glass of cold buttermilk to do it justice.

Where: Near Toll Plaza, Atari Border Road, Chiddan, Amritsar, NH 1

Driving time: 8 hours {approx.}

Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba

One of the most popular spots, Sukhdev attracts customers from the city on an almost daily basis. The 54 year old dhaba serves a range of Indian, Chinese, Continental and South Indian fare. Their specialty?Paranthas. Available with fillings like gobhi, pyaaz and of course the much-loved aloo, these make for the perfect breakfast on a weekend morning. Their Amritsari Kulcha is worth a taste. Wash it down with their rich but refreshing badam milk.

Where: G.T. Road, Murthal, NH1

Driving Time: 1.5 hours {approx.}

Karnal Haveli


If you’ve ever driven down to Chandigarh, you know what we’re talking about. Karnal Haveli is a proper restaurant, but the food is typically that of a dhaba’s. From paranthas and dal makhani, to kadhi and chhole, you can’t go wrong with your order here. They also have a large dedicated area for kids, in case you want to make a road trip with the entire jing bang.

Where: GT Road Karnal, NH1

Driving Time: 1.5 hours

Sharma Dhaba

This is the place to head to, to try the famous Rajasthani Mava Naan. They have two seating arrangements – one just off the road and one behind, which is known as The Garden. A vegetarian only place, the paneer butter masala is easily the star dish here. Pair it with missi roti for the perfect meal.

Where: Jaipur-Sikar Road

Driving Time: 1.5 hours {approx.}

Cheetal Grand


Cheetal is great for filling snacks rather than full meals. Their mixed vegetarian pakora platter is one of their best sellers {the paneer is especially yummy}. The chicken cutlet is another fave amongst regulars. If you’re feeling thirsty, go for their strawberry shake.

Where: Delhi-Dehradun Highway {after Meerut}

Driving Time: 2-3 hours {approx.}

Puran Singh Da Dhaba

This one’s a paradise for meat lovers – from chicken curry, mutton curry, and keema kaleji, to an array of kebabs paired with their fresh rotis and paranthas. The kadhi chawal is a hit amongst the vegetarians.

Where: NH1, Near Ambala City

Driving Time: 3-4 hours

Choki Dhani


A typical Rajasthani restaurant in Sonipat, drive here for the excellent daal baati churma, moong dal halwa, Rajasthani Kadhi and Besan Gatta. They also offer a bunch of recreational activities such as skill games, tonga rides and henna application.

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