Travelling well is an art and as great travellers know, eating well on the road is an integral part of travelling well. Most people tend to ignore meal times and eat unhealthy food while travelling. This can have a significant negative impact on your health, mood and travel objectives. To travel well and accomplish more, it is essential to eat good and hygienic food at the right time and keep yourself hydrated.
The most common mistake that rookie travellers make is to ignore meal times. Caught up in the excitement of new destinations and pressed for time, it is easy to forget all about breakfast or skip lunch but this can be very dangerous for your health and your travel plans. Travelling expends a lot of energy and depletes nutrients at an accelerated rate. Without good food, you may become irritable or worse, you may fall sick.
On the other hand, eating sub-standard food that is prepared in an unsanitary way just to fill your tummy may also lead to health problems. Although it may be challenging, it is always a good idea to plan your meals in advance. In this blog, we will explore the different options available to travellers when it comes to food and then identify one suitable place to stop on the Chandigarh-Shimla Highway.
Where to Eat when on the road
Whenever you are on the road, there are several options available to you depending on where you are. In most urban areas, there are many places where you can stop for a meal but in some rural areas, you may have a hard time finding something to your liking, especially if you are a healthy eater. In some towns, restaurants follow strict timings for lunch and dinner and it can be hard to find food in between.
Here are the some of the options available:
Roadside Dhabbas: This is the most common and convenient place for travelers to avail. Most highways in India have their own version of local roadside eateries that dot the highway and provide a full Indian meal at a very reasonable price. The dhabbas of India are famous for their food and hospitality and some even have places where travelers can nap. However, one has to be very careful when selecting dhabbas because some them can be unsanitary.
The best way to select a dhabba on the highway is by personal experience or by recommendation. If you don’t know any good ones in the area, the best way to decide where to stop is by noticing how may cars or trucks are parked next to the dhabba. As a general rule, the more customers that are there, the better and more sanitary the place will be. You can also inspect the kitchen to see how they prepare the food but whatever you do, stopping at a dhabba is gamble.
Fast Food Places: Nowadays, there are many name brand international chain restaurants along highways that can be very convenient. While not the healthiest of options, this is a fast, easy and cheap way to save time and money. While fast food is usually high on sodium and preservatives and low on nutrition, at least you are assured of hygienic and clean food that will fill you up and quench your thirst.
Local restaurants: Depending on where you find yourself, there are usually local restaurants that cater to the local residents in the area. Even small towns and villages have a few good places where the locals congregate and entertain guests. Although the food may be simplistic and tinged with local flavors and idiosyncrasies, they can be a godsend if you can find them.
Hotels and Resorts: If you have the time and budget, the best place on the road for a wholesome and healthy meal are at the many hotels and resorts that tend to pop up near good travel destinations. Some of the better resorts may be tucked into the interiors and may require a small detour but the experience and quality of food is definitely worth the sacrifice.
Landmark Restaurants: Experienced travellers adept at the art of travelling are good at identifying and finding the best restaurants and rest stops in any region. Usually there are renowned and recognized restaurants that are tourist attractions and institutions in their own right. A good traveller will unearth these gems and ensure that his or her patch crosses them at just the right time for a delightful and superior dining experience.
Where to Dine
One of the best restaurant at Chandigarh-Shimla Highway is the Timber Trail Heights & Terraces in Parwanoo, Solan. This resort is well known as one of the best luxury resorts in the area but unbeknownst to many, the resort also has an amazing restaurant that is open to the public. All you have to do is call ahead to book a table to feast on a spectacular meal that will be as memorable as the destinations you travel to.
It has several in-house restaurants and cafes including the Mezza 9 and the Terrace Bar. You can enjoy multi-cuisine specialties at Mezza 9 with a great ambience, stunning views and impeccable service. The food is fresh, expertly prepared and well presented. For any wary traveler, this stop will be an energizing and refreshing blessing that is both hygienic and nutritious.