Taking a road trip is perhaps one of the best activities to indulge in after a whole week of work. Considering this time of the year, Amritsar is among the most sought after weekend destinations for Delhites. The USP of a road trip from Delhi to Amritsar on NH1 is the huge line-up of some of the best dhabas you’ll come across in northern India. The route begins from Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Kurukshetra – Ambala – Ludhiana – Phagwara – Jalandhar and finally Amritsar. Let’s take a look at the dhabas you shouldn’t be missing out on the food highway – NH1.
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1. Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, Murthal
One of the most popular destinations for all foodies, Sukhdev Dhaba gets takers in all. The inflow here witnesses no decrement at any time of the day. Its popularity is proven from the fact that people land up here whether or not they are on a trip. People from Delhi NCR often drive down about 60 km for a dine-out here.
- Specialty: Amritsari kulcha and aloo parantha
2. Haveli, Karnal
With an out and out ambience of a Punjabi village, Haveli is one place you should not be missing out. While there are a lot of Havelis that you’d find on your way at NH1, this is one that garners maximum crowd. If you’re worried about the kids’ grogginess then an amusement park located here will be your saviour.
- Speciality: Its interiors and Amritsari Chole
3. Puran Singh Ka Mashoor Vishal Dhaba, Ambala
The thing behind the big name is the various dhabas in the whole city claiming it to be the original Puran Singh dhaba. Reach Ambala Cantt and you’ll have observe a Puran Singh ka Dhaba everywhere but the Vishal Dhaba happens to be the original one. Even after so many years, it has never compromised on its quality even after being taken over by someone else.
- Speciality: Mutton Curry, Keema Kaleji, Chicken Curry
4. Zamindara Dhaba, Ludhiana
Located near Ludhiana Airport, Zamindara Dhaba is one of the rare places where waits still speak out the menu to the guests instead of handing over the printed one. The food served here has an authentic Punjabi flavour and a complimentary jug of butter milk is like an icing on the cake for the foodie in you.
- Speciality: Kadhi Chawal and Sandhu Daal.
5. Lucky Dhaba, Jalandhar
If you’ve driven all night then this is the place to stopover for a sumptuous breakfast. An all-vegetarian meal accompanied by a cup of steaming tea is all you need to rejuvenate yourself. While most of the dhabas on this way serve loads of non veg, this is one place that can give you the perfect vegetarian meal.
- Speciality: Mix veg and their variety of breads – Missi Roti, Tandoori Roti, Laccha Parantha
6. Kesar da Dhaba, Amritsar
Your trip is incomplete if you do not eat at Kesar da Dhaba. Situated in Amritsar Cantt, this place has been serving vegetarian Punjabi food since 1947. Its owner ran this restaurant in Lahore, Pakistan since 1916 and moved to Amritsar after partition in 1947. The place has been visited by politicians and celebrities and has been covered by almost every media channel.
- Speciality: Amritsari Kulcha