one-night-trip to Gujranwala

Dark night, heavy rain, annoying horns, traffic jam – what a combination ! I was stuck on Multan Road when I called up a few friends, we had a short conference call and we were ready with yet another hangout plan. It was a weekend and I was returning back home from work, looking forward to such a plan like every other day. This one was real quick -  we just decided in in a couple of minutes and I was now to pick them up rather than going back home.


In half an hour we were on our way to Gujrawala ! Yes, overwhelmed with the exciting dine-out in the red-light area of Lahore but the adventurism inside me still burning , I was tempted to a bigger trip. Gujrawala seemed to be the best option for a one-night-trip. We had passed the tool plaza and were on the motorway,  after passing through the heavily crowded Multan road and the Bund road. It was at this time that I realized the car was almost out of fuel 😀 I lowered my speed and parked it on the service lane. For a few minutes, I just could not hear any thing other than the loud bashing I was receiving from the friends for doing this :p I was informed that the next fuel station is like 25-30 KM away while we had left many just a few KMs on the Bund road. The only working choice was to go back :s Oh, in case you haven’t got it yet, we were on motorway, there was no U-turn, thus the only way to go back was to break the one-way rule and go in the opposite direction of the traffic 😀 and we did it 😉 This was indeed one of the weirdest things I have ever did.


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Bar-be-cue mix platter at Shahbaz Tikka shop
Bar-be-cue mix platter at Shahbaz Tikka shop

The journey passed in some hot debates over religion, politics and activism and finally we reached the outskirts of Gujranwala and stopped at Shahbaz Tikka Shop – our landing place in the city. I had heard so much about this place and now I was expecting something really good. We ordered some mix platters with lassi and waited anxiously for the odder to be served. The food was simply great, I have never had such bar-b-cue in my life. So was the lassi !

Placing the order, I asked the waiter if the order would be sufficient for the four of us? He in reply asked me a question “kahan se aaye hain aap?“. When he was told that we are from Lahore, he replied in affirmative. Being curious to know the logic behind his question, I asked him the reason and he said, “Lahore aur Gujrawala kay loog khaanay peenay me miltay jultay hain … bas aik farak hay… Lahore kay log tab tak khatay hain jab tak kay unka pait na bhar jayee… par yahan k loog tab tak khaatay hain jab tak kay unka dil aur niyyat na bhar jaaye” 😀

Shahbaz Tikka Shop - Main Hall
Shahbaz Tikka Shop – Main Hall
Shahbaz Tikka Shop - open air bar-be-cue Kitchen
Shahbaz Tikka Shop – open air bar-be-cue Kitchen
Chicken Handi with delicious Lassi
Chicken Handi with delicious Lassi

Later, I was told the success story of a ‘Kulfi wala‘ in the old-city who sales ‘kulfi‘ on his ‘rehri‘ and drives a brand-new Honda Civic :) Unfortunately, we were too late to try the famous kufli and ended up having meetha paan instead. A friend of mine told about Baba Sweets which exports its Pateesa to the middle east ! To butter those at home for staying out all night, I thought it won’t be a bad idea to take some good thing home 😉

Baba Sweets in Gujrawala
Baba Sweets in Gujrawala

Take a closer look at the beautifully packed Pateesa, below.

Pateesa at Baba sweets Gujrawala
Pateesa at Baba sweets Gujrawala

It was a nice experience – Great food and a good drive ! Do give it a try some night. [ALBUM]

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