3 rides from Ludhiana: A multifaceted Punjab experience
Ludhiana's unique location offers unlimited options for exciting rides. It's replete with choices - riding to a splendid highway restaurant, to an authentic Punjabi homestay resort, to a hill station or even to a holy city.
Haveli – Ride to an authentic Punjabi dhaba
If you want to combine a good long ride with a tasty meal, then get onto your bike and head towards Jalandhar. The road is nice, smooth and wide with minimal traffic. It doesn't go through many towns or villages so it is a nice and relaxing ride ideal for de-stressing after a hard week at work.
Haveli is a 60km ride away and is a themed restaurant. The courtyard outside the main dining hall gives you a peek into rural Punjab as scenes from villages have been recreated by the help of life size statues. Inside there is an entire truck parked right next to the dining area to help along the dhaba experience. It has a fixed daily vegetarian menu where you sit down and are served by traditionally dressed Sardarjis.
Dalhousie – A ride into the lap of the Dauladhar Himalaya
Dalhousie was a favoured hill station by those who lived in Lahore before the Partition. Since Lahore was placed behind an international border Dalhousie has been spared the overcrowding of Shimla. Today, you should ride there for fabulous views; scenic rides from Dalhousie to Khajjiar and for some romantic walks.
The 172km ride from Ludhiana to Pathankot is pretty straightforward and heads north on NH1. It is after Pathankot that it gets very interesting with hilly roads, spectacular views and smooth tarmac.
The road to Dalhousie was designed for handcarts to go up so it's not too steep and has perfect corners that are a delight on a motorcycle.
Amritsar – Holy city and tasty food
Situated in the centre of the Sikh world in the old part of Amritsar, the Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform, surrounded by a pool of water called the Amrit Sarovar after which the City is named. The pool was constructed by Guru Ramdas, the fourth Sikh Guru on land gifted to him by the Mughal king Akbar.
Besides the Golden Temple, Amritsar is also known for its dhabas and its food, especially street food. The lassi at Gian di Hati near regency talkies, the parathas at Bhairon da Dhaba along with dal makni and kadai paneer. At Chawlas on Lawrence Road, try the malai chicken and chicken paratha.
The ride to Amritsar is interesting if you take SH 20 rather than NH1. SH20 goes to Kot Ise Khan from where you should turn right onto SH19 and ride past the Harike Bird Sanctuary and Taran Tarn which is the site of one of the major tank battle during the 1965 Indo-Pak war, and from here, onwards to Amritsar. This route is 18km longer than the other and has narrower roads but is a much more interesting ride on the bike.