Road Trips are one of the best forms of travelling. You just take out your vehicle and drive, according to your convenience and stop whenever and wherever you like. This convenience also includes stopping on amazing highway dhabas that provides you with that much-required break while driving. These dhabas on your road trip are perfect to get your mind refreshed and your bellies full for the next leg of your drive. Until another highway dhaba comes by!
No matter which highway in the country you are traversing, we have got you all covered. Check out these 15 highway dhabas across the country. These places have earned the distinction of being the best on the highway-side.
15 best dhabas on your road trip across the country
1. Chilika Dhaba
Where: NH 5, Barkul, Odisha
Chilika Dhaba, located on NH 5 is the best highway dhaba when it comes to seafood. This dhaba has a well-defined and an economical menu. Apart from seafood, you can also savor many vegetarian delicacies at this place. Whenever you visit the dhaba, don’t miss out on their Giant Crabs and Chili Prawns. Chilika Dhaba takes its name from the tremendously famous Chilika Lake, which is close to the dhaba. So, after you’ve had a good meal, you can also visit the second largest coastal lagoon of the world.
2. DHABA End Dee’s SAMAROH
Where: NH 37, Tezpur, Assam
Samaroh End Dee’s Dhaba has one of the best settings among all the dhabas on your road trip. The dhaba is situated near the shores of Brahmaputra River, and comes just after Kolia Bhomora Setu, on your way to Tezpur. The menu is economical and is the best when it comes to Assamese cuisine. Pigeon curry and Aaloo Pitika are a must-try. The setting, location and the menu make it one of the best places on this list.
3. Sharma Dhaba
Where: Sikar Road Number 12, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Sharma Dhaba, situated on the Jaipur-Sikar Road has the most stunning hospitality and offers finger-licking Rajasthani and North-Indian food. People of Jaipur frequently visit this dhaba for its late-night meals because of its proximity from the city. This dhaba is also said to be the go-to place for film stars whenever they come to shoot in the city. Don’t miss out on Mawa Naan and Mawa Roti while visiting the dhaba.
4. Amrik Sukhdev
Where: Grand Trunk Road, Murthal, Haryana
Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba is one of the best dhabas on your road trip on the prominent Grand Trunk Road of North India. This place has come a long way in the last decade to become a large, well-maintained restaurant, without losing the essence of a dhaba. Apart from long-route travelers, a huge crowd comes from Delhi and nearby cities for an appetizing Paratha and a tall glass of Lassi.
5. Mr Sanjay Dhaba
Where: Srinagar-Leh Highway
While driving on remote rugged terrains, small and roughly maintained eateries feel like heaven. And this is exactly how you would describe Mr Sanjay Dhaba, which is about 50 kilometers from Leh on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Breath-taking landscapes, scrumptious food and warm hospitality more than make-up for the maintenance of this dhaba. So, whenever adventure-seekers are driving from Srinagar to Leh, don’t forget to stop by this place and savour the Aloo Paratha with black tea.
6. Bhajan Tadka Dhaba
Where: NH 24, Gajraula, Uttar Pradesh
Bhajan Tadka Dhaba on NH 24 has retained the setting and ambience of a dhaba over the years in the true sense. The setting is not only attractive but it is also equally hygienic. The menu is elaborated and economical. Kadhi Pakoda, Lachcha Paratha and Chana Masala are an absolute delight here. So, if you are taking a road trip from Delhi to Nainital, this dhaba must be on your checklist.
7. Giani Da Dhaba
Where: Kalka-Shimla Highway, Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla and Kasauli have always been among the top road trip destinations for wanderers from both Delhi and Chandigarh. A couple of hours before Shimla, on Kalka-Shimla Highway, lies this gem of a place which is a favorite for many. This place is more of a restaurant than a dhaba and it stays closed during the night. The food is delectable and Butter Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Kheer are a must-have.
8. Umiya Annapurna Kathiyawadi Restaurant
Where: NH 8, Rajodpura, Anand, Gujarat
As the name suggests, this place serves the most amazing Kathiyawadi cuisine, which is the traditional cuisine of Gujarat. For all of you wondering, Kathiyawadi cuisine is different from the regular Gujarati cuisine in its abundant use of spices. What’s even more special about this place is the use of firewood for cooking, which gives the food a distinctive flavor. While visiting the place, don’t forget to indulge in Lassan Aaloo, Besan Gatta and Rotla which is a kind of a local bread in Anand.
9. Azad Hind Dhaba
Where: Salt Lake Bypass, Nayapatti, Kolkata, West Bengal.
If you are in Kolkata and want some authentic Punjabi food, then Azad Hind Dhaba is the ultimate place for you. This dhaba was opened to immortalize the sacrifice of freedom fighters and it has been the favorite of many since then. Apart from highway travelers, this dhaba is frequented by the locals in Kolkata because of its proximity from the city; and because of the flavorsome Chicken Tikka Masala and Dal Makhani that is served here.
10. Cheetal Grand
Where: NH 58, Khatauli, Uttar Pradesh
Cheetal Grand is a must-stop place for numerous travelers traveling to Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh from Delhi. This place is more of a restaurant but the food preparation is completely like that of a dhaba. The menu is elaborated and you can savor cuisines like North Indian, South Indian and Chinese, including a delicious American breakfast. The popular location, the finger-licking good food and the neat atmosphere makes this place an ideal one.
11. Sunny Da Dhaba
Where: NH 4, Lonavla, Maharashtra
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Sunny Da Dhaba, situated on the Mumbai-Pune Highway is a favorite among the commuters of the two cities. This dhaba has many things that would make it irresistible for road-trippers. A scenic location, large tin roofs, beautiful setting and eccentric food preparation; it all adds up to the charm of this place. So, while traversing the stunning highway, don’t forget to stop by this place and try their Rajoli Kabab, Tandoori Pomfret and Jalebi.
12. Pahalwan Dhaba
Where: Grand Trunk Road, Murthal, Haryana
On your way to Murthal, the Pahalwan Dhaba has become a popular stopover for anyone looking to savor the authentic Punjabi food. The dhaba is famous for its super economical yet rich taste of parathas. #TummyTripping #MahindraTruckAndBus pic.twitter.com/038vONJU4C
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Murthal has been the hub of highway dhabas on the significant NH 1 or Grand Trunk Road for many years. Pahalwan Dhaba is another place from Murthal that stands out from other places. The best from the menu is its North Indian cuisine and all the different kinds of Parathas that go perfect with a hot cup of Chai. What’s more? The mound of fresh pure white butter in a bowl that accompanies the Parathas is a speciality from North India.
13. Lucky Vaishno Dhaba
Where: Grand Trunk Road, Jalandhar, Punjab
Lucky Vaishno Dhaba is serving the travelers of Grand Trunk Road for many decades. It was only frequented by truck drivers before the turn of the century, but the dhaba has come a long way since then. It has also included air-conditioned seating apart from outdoor seating of a dhaba. This place is completely vegetarian and specializes in all kinds of Indian flatbread, including Missi Roti, Lachcha Paratha and Tandoori Roti. All of these Parathas and Rotis come with a mound of delicious white butter.
14. Karnal Haveli
Where: Grand Trunk Road, Karnal, Haryana
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Designed like a traditional haveli, both from the inside and the outside, Karnal Haveli is attracting travelers and inclining them to park their vehicles outside the place since its inception. It is not really a dhaba but it is a sure hit among the highway eateries of the country. Though, there are many such havelis on the Grand Trunk Road, Karnal Haveli stands out for being one of the oldest and the finest.
15. Satara Highway Dhaba
Where: NH 4, Satara, Maharashtra
Satara Highway Dhaba on Pune-Bangalore Highway is something that you have never before heard of. The dhaba is owned and run by a transgender and the team of cooks and waiters also include many transgenders. Excellent hospitality, flavorsome food, economical menu and prominent location makes this dhaba one of the best in the country. While visiting this place, Capsicum Masala is a must-try.
India is a land with an unmatched diversity, in terms of people, culture, languages, cuisine and what not. These 15 highway dhabas perfectly sum up the diversity in Indian cuisine and Indian terrain and bring to you all the highway platters that must be there on your checklist. If you think we haven’t included a place that deserves to be on this list, do let us know. We love to hear your suggestions and anything else that you have to say. So, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.