The Irish playwright and political activist George Bernard Shaw once famously said, "There is no sincerer love than the love for food". That is exactly what I quoted to every single person who gave me reactions of shock. One fine day, an unusual idea had crept in—to experience the varied flavours of North India while crossing four states and driving for about 1,100 km, for nothing else but food.
Being stationed in Amritsar, a city that in itself attracts thousands of food lovers from around the world, sure did come with its set of benefits. However, I was adamant on stepping out from the land of kulchas and lassi to savour the other treasures of North India.
In spite of facing backlash from my gym trainer and several others who just didn't understand my frame of mind, I managed to convince two others to accompany me on this crazy adventure! Here's what goes down when you drive over a thousand kilometres with nothing else but food on your mind.
The trip commences from Punjab’s biggest food destination, Amritsar. A rather short drive on the first day will get you to yet another destination in Punjab known for its great food, Ludhiana. The next day, drive down to the capital city of India, New Delhi. After exploring Delhi’s exciting palate, head down to the popular tourist destination of Agra. From Agra, continue driving into Uttar Pradesh and halt at Kanpur. For the last leg of the road trip, drive down to the city of nawabs, Lucknow for the ultimate foodgasmic experience.
Here is a suggested route you can take to indulge in North India’s best flavours:
Amritsar - Ludhiana - Delhi - Agra - Kanpur - Lucknow
The itinerary for the road trip is spread across 5 days