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Old 26th June 2007, 12:16   #31
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Barandari has become victim of greed. It was the garden of 12 doors, but now there are residential colonies inside the park.
As for places to eat en route, my favorite is not the crowd favorite Haveli, but instead the Countless Dhabas (like Zilmil) which come just before the Karnal Toll gates.
All Taxi operators know about Zilmil.
Once you cross Karnal city and go around 5kms you will see this Dhaba complex. Near this you have Savoy which has Mcdonald's too.
If you want to go to cafe coffee day, just go 2 kms after the Punjab toll gates(Shambhu border).
After crossing into punjab you will see a BP Pure for sure pump. Ignore this pump. After a km or so there is a hige BP Pure for sure pump which will have lots of trucks parked. This pump is a favorite because diesel is cheapest in Punjab(Compared to Delhi and Haryana). Here you will see Cafe coffee day.
As for us, we stop at a dhaba next to a petrol pump around 1km before Zilmil.
After karnal city its the first dhaba on left side which has a petrol pump adjoining it, so can't miss it.
Its pretty big too.
Sometimes we stop at Zilmil. We eat non veg only, so have no idea about veg fare
The entire route is arrow straight smooth road and after Panipat there is no traffic problem too. With comfortable driving you should make it to patiala in about 6 hours from the Airport(With stoppages etc.,)
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As for us, we stop at a dhaba next to a petrol pump around 1km before Zilmil.
After karnal city its the first dhaba on left side which has a petrol pump adjoining it, so can't miss it.
Its pretty big too.
Hey we used to stop there as well... i once ate 5 aloo parathas there and even the waiter was amazed!
There is a Haryana Tourism restaurant also near Karnal... at least it has clean toilets... or used to have. Dont know now.

The worst thing to happen in patiala is building a rail overbridge at 22 Number phatak. That used to be our hangout and now its ruined!!
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Tsk, you are a savior.

I used to love my walks in Barandari and also walking down from Phawara Chawnk to 22 No. Phatak (near where my in-laws live) via the Leela Bhawan route. There was a nice bookshop just before 22 No. Phatak which was my favorite haunt. And next to it this small place where I used to devour Chola-Bhaturas for breakfast now and then. I think there is a huge flyover there now. I wonder what happened to those shops.

Zilmil, Cafe Coffee Day, and McDonald's all sound good to me. I think we might stop at McDonald's just because we get to eat a Mac maybe once a year! LOL!

And I, like a good old Bengali-South Indian hybrid, love everything that crawls or moves - as long as it is well cooked.

Shocking to hear about the housing colonies inside Barandari. It is really sad.

Though a short stay, I will probably visit nearby places like Chandigarh, Tohana, and Sangrur.

Cheers and thanks!
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The worst thing to happen in patiala is building a rail overbridge at 22 Number phatak. That used to be our hangout and now its ruined!!

@Amitoj I just echoed your voice...it is nightmare ... :-(
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You mean the Milk food ice cream parlor at Sector 22 phatak crossing is no more...! That was the best ice cream parlor I have ever been to :(
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You mean the Milk food ice cream parlor at Sector 22 phatak crossing is no more...! That was the best ice cream parlor I have ever been to :(
i think the icecream parlor is still there... so is Kohli Sweets, Verma Bakery and the bookshop Johy mentioned. That bookshop guy started off as a roadside footpath bookseller, can you believe it?
But the flyover has somehow spoilt the charm of that place. Wasnt so badly needed either... i guess Captain sa'ab jus wanted to give something back to his town.
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Old 4th July 2007, 18:46   #37
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hey guys
im studying in patiala(thapar college) for the last two years and havnt been to any of the places you mentioned but would like to go there pls tell me the places to visit and other things about whts different then then and the now patiala.
the 22 no pathak bridge is neatly built and shops are still there and its a decent market just bought a book from the bookstore today.
and the best way to reach patiala is by volvo which starts from delhi at 5:30 pm.
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It's just fantastic how you can find all routes on team brp.

I am looking to drive from Patiala to Delhi on Saturday night. Wondering if it's a safe route. Planing to start at 11pm after attending a friends marriage. Anybody who's done the trip recently ?
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It's just fantastic how you can find all routes on team brp.

I am looking to drive from Patiala to Delhi on Saturday night. Wondering if it's a safe route. Planing to start at 11pm after attending a friends marriage. Anybody who's done the trip recently ?
I did this trip not more than a month back. The route is pretty simple.
From Patiala, head towards Punjabi University, straight to Rajpura. From Rajpura, you get on to the GT Road that will take you to Delhi.

I heard there is a Rajpura bypass but it is best to avoid it at night as it goes through villages. Apart from that, it is quite safe.
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I did this trip not more than a month back. The route is pretty simple.
From Patiala, head towards Punjabi University, straight to Rajpura. From Rajpura, you get on to the GT Road that will take you to Delhi.

I heard there is a Rajpura bypass but it is best to avoid it at night as it goes through villages. Apart from that, it is quite safe.
Thanks a lot Amit !

I'm thinking it's best to start early morning then.
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I'm thinking it's best to start early morning then.
You can start at whatever time you want, I regularly travel on these highways in Night. Just that if something goes wrong with your vehicle, it can be an issue. Another option will be to start early around 4 ,plan to reach Delhi before 8 so that you can avoid the morning rush. In case you need to break for food/snacks, try NeelKanth just after Karnal.

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I'm thinking it's best to start early morning then.
I do Delhi - Patiala - Delhi almost every other month, and i have started at almost all weird sort of hours to avoid the rush hours in Delhi.
The route is rather safe(ish) to drive at odd hours, however, it is best that you start early morning from Patiala at around 4.

My preferred time is to start around 4 so that you touch down on the Delhi outer ring road by 7-7:30ish from where on you can expect some traffic.

Depending upon where you need to reach in Delhi it can take you, anywhere between 30 mins to 60 minutes at the time i mentioned above.

I stay close to Noida and hence have to travel the entire outer ring road, and reach Noida border. It takes around 35-45 minutes if i manage to enter Delhi by 7:30.

This final stretch can get tiring if you've had an early start to the day and hence it is best to avoid rush hour on this stretch.
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Thanks for the recommendation everybody ! Started at around Midnight and reached Noida by 5. It being Saturday night there was good traffic on the road and we were never driving alone. Although the route from patiala till Rajpura would look a little unsafe if you are the only one on the road. I'm thinking that would hardly happen.
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Hello All! Need advice regarding travel to Patiala. Visiting a friend there and I am flying from down south.

I plan on flying to Chandigarh and hiring a Zoomcar as I will be staying in Patiala overnight. Is this a good idea or should I hire a local cab? I will be having a friend with me, but I am the only one who can speak broken Hindi!

Also how is the Eqbal Inn for overnight stay? I'll be having the Zoomcar for roughly 24 hours and it costs 2200 for the Honda City and 5200 for the Mercedes GLA, as reference to costs. Will a Taxi be cheaper?
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I plan on flying to Chandigarh and hiring a Zoomcar as I will be staying in Patiala overnight. Is this a good idea or should I hire a local cab?
I will suggest you opt for Local Taxi instead. If I am not mistaken you can hire OLA Cabs for Outstation duty as well. I am suggesting this because the present road from Chandigarh - Patiala is a mess as its being 4 laned and there will be always the rush irrespective of time of travel. Within Patiala, you might even have difficulty in finding your address as well.

Check this place in case budget is not a concern

http://the-baradari-palace.neemranahotels.com
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