Do remember, that after crossing Ambala the NH 1 is divided in to 2 parts. NH1 goes to Rajpura-Ludhiana and other parts, NH 22 goes to Chandigarh and Shimla.
The Grand Trunk Road, or Sher Shah Suri Marg and the now re-named National Highway No 1 is one scenic highway thatâ€™s lined with the delicious Dhabas and popular eat-outs like Nirulas, CafÃ© Coffee Day, Sagar Ratna, Subway and other fancier restaurants. The entire route is a true foodiesâ€™ delight.
Assuming you start your drive at a decent 6 or 7 a.m., you could make Murthal your breakfast halt. There is a line of Vaishnav dhabas to choose from â€“ stop at any one for some fresh from the tandoor, stuffed aloo or paneer paranthas with white butter melting on top. Wash it down with sweet adrak chai or freshly churned lassi.
Assuming you are in no hurry to reach your destination your next halt could be at Haveli, Savoy Greens or Karna Lake in Karnal. For an off the beaten track experience, drive ahead to Ambala and look for “PURAN SINGH DA ASLI DHABHA”. The place is famous for its melt in the mouth mutton curry. The story goes that Puran Singh has never opened his Dhaba for Dinner to give other Dhaba owners a chance to earn a living. Make sure you arrive early, before the place shuts down for the day.
Once on the Chandigarh Shimla stretch, keep an eye out for Dhali which is famous for its Chicken Pickle and Gyaniâ€™s at Dharampur. Modern Dhaba is another popular choice of the frequent travellers. Itâ€™s just a little way up ahead of Gyaniâ€™s. Both places serve up some exciting dishes though Rajma Chawal is definitely the most popular choice in both places.
Thereâ€™s never a boring moment on this highway with eating joints lined up on both sides of the road. Stopover at whichever place you fancy. Piping hot snacks and the cool breeze from the hills make for a heady combination.