Best Budget Dhabas on Delhi Shimla Manali Leh Highway

Every once in a while we wish to go back to the simplicity of our rural roots. Sometimes, the unnecessary frills attached and the strain of routine begins to act like clutter in our lives. We wish to break free, even if it is just for a little while and go when the mountains call us.


There is often nothing more satisfying than going on a road trip with a group of friends, family or even just a loved one. Luckily, our country is gifted with long winding roads that are just waiting to take you to some undiscovered little nook or a towering mountain with magical views. Alongside these roads there are small stalls, called Dhabas, which serve simple, filling and flavourful Punjabi food. Every dhaba in North India packs a punch in its servings due to the original and fresh ingredients they use with no complicated techniques. Not only do they satisfy your taste buds, but are also very easy on the pockets.


Holiday Travel lists down the top budget dhabas on the Delhi Shimla Manali Leh Highway to satisfy your cravings for authentic and delicious Punjabi food.


Best Budget Dhabas on the Delhi Shimla Manali Leh Highway


Giani da dhaba, Kalka Shimla highway


Very famous among those travelling from Delhi to Shimla, Giani da Dhaba is a very old establishment which was earlier a pit stop. With tasty, standard Punjabi fare and a few specialities, this Dhaba is a must visit when you are in North India.


  • Address: National Highway 22, Dharampur, Kasauli Tehsil, India
  • Serves: Indian, Asian, Vegetarian-friendly
  • Specialty: Butten Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Kadhai Paneer. Don’t miss their Thandi Kheer with coconut shavings


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Modern Dhaba, Kalka Shimla highway (NH22)


Craving some good and simple food? Modern Dhaba is the budget dhaba in North India you need. A small dhaba near the Kalka Shimla highway, it serves a limited variety of food but is rich in its servings and distinctly reminds one of home cooked food.


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  • Address: NH5, Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh 173209, India
  • Serves: Pure Vegetarian, Punjabi, Parathas
  • Specialty: Rajma Chawal and a breakfast of steaming tandoori parathas golden with melted butter and thick, homemade curd


Sharma Dhaba, Shoghi


Located on the outskirts of Shimla, Sharma Dhaba is a quaint little eatery which has served weary travellers for decades now. Open 24 hours, it serves up spicy vegetarian cuisine with earthy flavours. The delicious flavours and fresh food has made it a popular choice among travellers.


  • Address: Panog, Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh 171219
  • Serves: Vegetarian, Punjabi
  • Specialty: Rich, fulfilling Sarson da Saag with Makki ki roti


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Himkiran Pappi Da Dhaba, Shimla


Lovingly known as Pappijee’s, this dhaba opened in 1975 and is still the most famous dhaba in Shimla. The pictures of celebrities, who have enjoyed meals here, adorning the walls are a testimony to the popularity of the outlet. It has been the favourite haunt of many travellers for a large number of years.


  • Address: Sanjauli Rd, Sanjauli, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171006, India
  • Serves: North Indian Snacks, Punjabi
  • Specialty: Pillow soft and savoury Paneer ke Pakode and unique Noodle Samosas


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Chandra’s Dhaba, Batal


Known as the best Dhaba in all of Manali area, it is run by a couple fondly called Chacha and Chachi for 45 years now. It offers hot and delicious food served with love. The dhaba also makes for a perfect place to rest for travellers after a long tiring journey.


  • Address: LEO Village Road, Batal, Himachal Pradesh 175140
  • Serves: Snacks and simple fare
  • Specialty: Steaming hot tea in near-freezing temperatures


Fauji Dhaba, Manali


Located half way between Mandi and Jogindernagar, it is one of the most renowned Dhabas in Manali. Fauji Dhaba serves just about everything in the Punjabi cuisine in a simple, bountiful manner. You will surely leave this little dhaba satiated at very little cost.


  • Address: The Mall, Manali, Main Road, Manali – 175131
  • Serves: North Indian Snacks and Meals
  • Specialty: Chole Bhature and Tandoori Roti


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Mr Sanjay Dhaba, Srinagar-Leh Highway


With nothing more than a roughly maintained concrete shack, this place is still a paradise for travellers. You can rest here after a challenging drive and savour the humble food they serve with relish.


  • Address: 50 km from Leh on the Srinagar-Leh Highway
  • Serves: North Indian Snacks and Meals
  • Specialty: Aloo Paratha with Gobhi ki subzi and a steaming cup of tea


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Leh Dhaba, Jispa


A tiny place on the Leh Highway, it serves a very limited variety of food but it is very delicious in nature. Homely and well prepared, the food satisfies those taking a halt here. The staff here is very helpful and radiate positivity.


  • Address: Darcha, Jispa, India
  • Serves: Indian, Asian, Tibetan
  • Specialty: Kahwa Tea, Thupka and Noodles.


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Enjoy the diversity that Indian Food has on offer by eating at these scrumptious Dhabas and have a fun-filled journey. Not many places can get the original flavour and traditional nature like these top dhabas of North India can.


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