Eating out in Assam: Highway Dhabas!
Like most parts in India, 'dhabas' (restaurants along highways) are an integral stopovers while travelling in Assam. Whether its private cars or bus loads of people,all stop at the numerous dhabas that dot the highways to fill their stomachs. Popular towns or villages for such stops are Sonapur, Raha, Jakhalabandha, Bokakhat, Numaligarh, Dergaon along NH-37 or Orang, Mangaldoi along NH-52. These 2 are the main highways in Assam, 37 connecting Goalpara to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh covering 750 kms while no. 52 starts at north of Guwahati to Itanagar covering 850 kms. (Source:Wikipedia!).
Some of these places are famous for certain stuff like the pedhas and Pur-sabzi in Bokakhat or Rasgullas of Orang both of which I find to be over hyped! Personally,I prefer the thalis (a meal consisting of several vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes accompanied by rice, breads etc.) along with some meat dishes ordered separately. Dhabas are a great place to eat and relax and most are located at scenic spots while at some stretches like Sonapur near Guwahati there seems to be an explosion of dhabas. Anyways,for us hungry travellers, the more options the better!