The weekend is here and you want a weekend getaway but also want to stay at home and relax on Sunday! Sound’s weirdly crazy right? But for people in Delhi, there’s a heavenly place just to fulfill this exact need for you, Murthal! Murthal is a small village in Sonipat, Haryana which is located just 45kilometres away from Delhi. The place was named “Murthal” after the speculations of Muni’s (Saint’s) coming here for their meditation. It is said the Muni- “Kali Baba” gathered the Dhaba owners over the area in around 1980s and gave a prophecy of the bright futures of their businesses but there was one condition to it- no one should sell any non-vegetarian product. Since then, non-vegetarian food has never been sold in any of the Murthal Dhabas.
Dhabas of Murthal
With the times changing the old Dhaba, culture has been modernized as per today’s digital generation’s needs. Murthal Dhabas though sound like a normal Desi Dhaba comes with a catch of new and luxurious restaurants, drive-in facilities, and everything you can ask for. The Dhabas here are no less than modern dining restaurants but with a touch and tadka of “Desi-ness” into it. There are tons of amazing Dhabas serving delicious food across the area! Some of the most famous one’s are:
Founded in 1956 by Sardar Prakash Singh it is the hotspot for teenage and new generation’s Snapchat and Instagram stories whenever they have a visit here! Serving a variety of cuisines from North Indian to Chinese all able to light up your taste buds but still, it’s most ordered and in-demand dish is their tandoori parantha with homemade white butter and pickles! Adding their awesome cardamom-ginger tea with the parantha feels like home!
If you’re seeking for royal and magnificent experience without having to leave for Rajasthan then Haveli, Murthal is a must check out for you! With mouthwatering varieties of paranthas, butter, and curd, as well as a majestic ambiance you’re sure to love this place.
The place is inspired by classic and all-time favorite Dharmendra. Garam Dharam’s ambiance will remind you of classic Bollywood scenes with very pleasantly vibrant colors and set-up like Dummy Trucks, cars, and autorickshaws where you can sit and eat as well! They serve delicious food and just like a Murthal Dhaba its specialty is its Parantha, Butter, and chai! They even have a facility of camel ride around their parking area for adding up to your fun!
Being set up in the 1950s and one of the oldest Dhabas around Murthal, Gulshan Dhaba also provides outdoor seating for fresh air loving customers. With the taste of their food, it’s no surprise that they have gained trust among the customers and have been able to satisfy them for so many years.
As its name suggests, their desire is to provide the best in their way of serving the customers. They have a variety of dishes and cuisines to serve which so mouthwatering they can melt you to the core.
These are just a few that we were able to mention here. There are tons of other gem Dhabas and for a foodie, it’s like heaven on earth itself. All these Dhabas are nearby to each, near NH1 highway, and can be easily spotted without getting lost on your way.
How to reach Murthal?
The best way to go to Murthal is to gather your family and friends, get inside your car or their car and go for a road trip. It’s quite feasible to go through your vehicle as it adds up to your fun and relaxing. With NH1 being highly prone to traffic jams, the best time to go is at night. Murthal is open 24*7 so you don’t have to worry for shutters down. Another option is to take a taxi or book a cab from a service provider like Ola or Uber and hit the road. Since traveling at midnight can be dangerous, it is requested to be always alert and drive under the speed limits. There are speed cameras in the road to keep a check on the speed and you can find police barricades and vans often for safety purposes.
From Delhi to Murthal it’s a drive of approximately 50km and takes about 50 minutes to reach with medium to no traffic. You can prepare your Bollywood playlist or whichever songs do you like and jam on it while on the road. Murthal is a very relaxing weekend getaway where you can spend good quality time with your loved ones without the exhaustion of long-distance travel and be free from your stressful city life. Good food and good mood is the perfect definition of this place.
Some More Interesting Facts about Murthal
Murthal is sometimes called the “Parantha Capital” of India due to the immense popularity of its Paranthas. This place never runs out of people be it morning or evening or even middle of the night and almost everyone is there for one thing- the Paranthas. Murthal is a main stop for people having their journeys set towards North India as it is connected to NH1 Highway. It also has its prestigious public University- Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science And Technology also called DCRUST offering various courses in different fields. IITM Group of Institutions is in Murthal as well.
Apart from its dhabas, Murthal also has other wonders to look upon. Its Shivalay Mandir is quite a popular tourist attraction. Dehvatali Lake and Dabur Lake are quite prominent as well. If you’re a fan of adventure sports then Murthal has got you covered with amusement parks like Jurassic Park and Mojoland with a variety of water sports and adventure sports for keeping your adrenaline rush high!