Since the times of British Raj-Shimla has been one of the top-notch tourist destinations. Be it the cool weather or the simplicity of life, set in the lapse of the beautiful and mighty Himalayas it offers tranquility and peace in this fast paced life.
However, that all some other time.
The 85 km ride to Shimla is indeed bumpy and twisted but you may enjoy it especially when it comes to food! Play on Ac/Dc's 'Highway to Hell' and count what the highway offers to you isn't even mentioned in the song. Driving uphill from Kalka to Shimla is a foodies pleasure and if you've had filled your stomach, that would be surely regretted. A drive to this part of the world could be relaxing as temperatures take a plunge down and winds mess up your hair, but it also serves as an appetite booster as you are lured by the fragrance of various delicacies all through the highway.
The highway which earlier had a few options as 'desi' dhabas is now seen dotted with a number of options. NH-22 also boasts of high end options like McDonald's, Cafe Coffee Day outlets and multi cuisine restaurants. The 'desi' hangouts too have found a makeover in order to pull both the locals and tourists.
However, the one place you got to stop is at Giani da dhaba at Dharampur. One cannot have trouble finding it out for every localite knows about the hangout. From nearly three decades the dhaba is serving to appetites of various people. A large, clean and well kept room serves as the hall. They have ample confectionery items starting from chocolates to juices. Their menu has place for both vegetarian and non vegetarian food, which can actually make you lick your fingers. Tandoori chicken, Butter Chicken, Kadi-chawal and their paneer (cheese) delicacies are a must have! The food, I repeat, is amazing and would serve best to a Punjabi's taste and those who are ready to experiment with their taste buds.
So, next time you drive uphill don't forget to stop and grab a bite!
Till then splurge on!
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