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Perhaps the best part of a road trip is the food. Highways that crisscross this great nation of ours are dotted with dhabas that serve some spectacularly lip-smacking delicacies. Typically, dhabas are make-shift eateries frequented by truck drivers. The furniture consists of little else besides charpais or cots that double up as beds for an after-meal siesta. The food is cheap but delicious. If you are heading out on a road trip, do consider a pit stop at one of these dhabas. You won’t regret it! Also Read - Veg to Non-veg: When in Amritsar, do Not Miss Out on These 5 Dhabas
1. Puran Singh ka Mashoor Vishal Dhaba
Puran Singh ka Dhaba in Ambala became so popular that many opened up around the original eatery but the original one is still the best. Extremely reasonable and finger-licking food makes it so popular. A must-visit for chicken and mutton lovers when in Ambala. Also Read - Craving Punjabi Delicacies? Here Are 14 Dishes And Where You Can Enjoy Them
Where: Opposite Ambala Cant Railway Station NH 1, Ambala
2. Kinara Dhaba
This dhaba is on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway and serves a range of cuisines including Indian, Mughlai and even seafood and Chinese though we recommend trying Indian or Mughlai. Not just delicious food, this dhaba also has live music and drinks.
Where: Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway, Ghodbundar Junction, Vasai, Mumbai
3. Bhajan Tadka Dhaba
Your hunt for a clean and hygienic dhaba ends at Bhajan Tadka. This dhaba has a beautiful ambiance and it serves dishes made using organic vegetables from its own garden. Now isn’t that wonderful? Do try their lachha parantha.
Where: NH 24, Salarpur, Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh
4. DS Dhaba and Fuel Care
If you are a vegetarian and do not like eating at places that also serve non-veg food, try DS Dhaba. Known for its authentic Punjabi cuisine, it also serves continental food now. A popular haunt for bikers and families, this dhaba has been around since 1996.
Where: DS dhaba Adda Handowal Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh Highway, Hoshiarpur
5. Sunny Da Dhaba
A popular choice for tourists flocking to Lonavala, Sunny Da Dhaba is on NH 4 and serves some scrumptious Indian cuisine. From screening of live matches to being pet-friendly, this dhaba is a must-visit when in Lonavala.
Where: National Highway 4, Pune Road, Near Karla, Lonavala, Maharashtra
6. Old Rao Dhaba
This dhaba is popular for its quick service and finger-licking food in both veg and non-veg varieties. From paneer chana to butter chicken, theres something for all. And their rotis and naans have a fan following of their own.
Where: Delhi Jaipur Highway, NH 8, Dharuhera
7. Giani Da Dhaba
A popular pit stop for tourists visiting Shimla, Giani Da Dhaba is often packed with customers. This, however, is more of a restaurant than a dhaba yet people frequent it for its yummy food.
Where: NH 22, Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh
This is very different from your usual dhabas but gives you a peek into traditional Punjabi roots. A lavish dhaba with branches in different cities, Haveli is a must-try not just for its food but for the authentic village experience.
Where: Grand Trunk Rd, Khajurla, Jalandhar, Punjab
9. Toni Daa Dhaba
Another dhaba on the Mumbai-Pune road, this one is known for its starters especially the non-veg ones that are absolutely lip-smacking. You can choose to sit inside or enjoy their outdoor seating. The cots add a rustic feel to the place.
Where: Naigaon, Kamshet, Old Mumbai-Pune Highway, Pune
10. Mr Sanjay Dhaba
This dhaba is on the Leh-Srinagar highway and offers some yummy parathas and tea. Stop here for a filling breakfast or a chai break to refresh yourself before the journey ahead. A concrete shack, it has a unique ambiance that you’ll not find at any other dhaba.
Where: Srinagar-Leh Highway, NH 1D