Yes, I admit I was missing you Maggi.
I missed those wonderful memories when Mom blackmailed me to score high in school tests to get a bowl of 2 minutes delicious maggi. Those days, when college fights meant who will get the last spoon of maggi bowl or those moments when we used to take a quick break from the monotonous office work to munch on the curly delight. Those late night gossip sessions would be incomplete without Maggi. The innumerable innovative variations of Maggi available in market – pahari maggi, egg bhurji maggi, bread maggi, salsa maggi – it is as if Maggi can be adjusted to suit all age groups and taste buds. Maggi is not just an instant food, it is packed with memories.
Now when Maggi proudly comes back, it makes me think of those places where I can go to celebrate and happily say ‘welcome back maggi’. Trust me; the whole drama around Maggi was quite eventful and unbelievable. Well, if you too want to enjoy your bowls of delight but don’t know where, I have listed below some of the amazing places where you can Welcome Back Maggi in full regalia.
1. Uncle Tom’s Maggi Point, Delhi
One of the most iconic Maggi joints in Delhi, Uncle Tom’s Maggi Point is the ‘adda’ of DU students. With several varieties such as cheese masala maggi, egg masala, butter masala maggi, parantha maggi and fried maggi in the offering, this maggi point tops the list of every maggi lover.
How to reach: It is situated in Near Ramjas College, Near North Campus (Delhi University), GTB Nagar, New Delhi.
2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mountains and Maggi have a deep connection. On the Mussoorie route you have the quintessential Maggie Point. Gauge on your favorite maggi amidst floating clouds, panoramic views and the freezing weather. A piping hot bowl of Pahari maggi with the right amount of spices amidst historic mountains of Mussoorie, that’s the way to royally welcome back maggi and enjoy your first bowl of maggi post re-entry. And who knows you might catch a glimpse of Ruskin Bond taking a stroll 🙂
How to reach: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is 54 kms away and has direct flight connectivity from Delhi. You can also take bus services from Delhi as various private and government buses ply daily between Delhi and Mussoorie. There are numerous trains connecting Delhi to Dehradun from where you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Mussoorie.
3. Rohtang Pass, Manali
Hit the heights of Rohtang Pass in Manali and when yours hands are just about to get numb with cold then open your gloves and hold a bowl of steaming hot maggi. Hold it tight, feel the warmth, soak into its aroma, dig in the fork, curl up and relish the silky smooth noodle to the core. Enjoy the soul of Maggie.
How to reach: From Delhi, you can take bus to reach Manali. Rohtang Pass is well connected by government buses that start from Manali. Joginder Nagar is the railway station and is around 103 kms away from Rohtang Pass and 50 kms from Manali. The nearest airport is in Bhuntar which is 104 kms from Rohtang Pass and Manali also falls on the same road.
4. Sonu ki Tapri, Futala, Nagpur
This is a famous spot in Nagpur which has been there for 24 years! Famous for maggi and chai, youths here can be seen celebrating their success over the bowl of Maggi. Rewind back your college memories and enjoy your maggi while sitting under the shades of tree, away from the hustles of stressful life.
How to reach:The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport which is 7kms from Futala. You can reach here through train also and the nearest railway station is Nagpur train station Junction which is 4kms from Futala.
5. Garbett Point, Matheran
Well, the pack of your favorite Maggi and the beauty of Garbett Point, that’s what I would call a perfect recipe of fun. Amazing locations and incredible scenery make Garbett Point a perfect place to satiate your taste buds and create some indelible memories.
How to reach:- From Delhi, take a flight to Chatrapti Shivaji Airport. From there take a bus or car to Matheran which is 39 kms from the airport. There are regular trains from other parts of the country to Matheran. It doesn’t have a bus stand and the nearest option is Navi Mumbai.
6. Kanchenjuga Basecamp, Sikkim
Exhausted after a day trek in the Himalayan Range? Grab your Maggi bowl to add more fun and delight to your trek. Shadowed by the great Kanchenjuga, a bowl of Maggi will rejuvenate your all senses.
How to reach:– You can take a flight to Bagdogra and from there drive to Gangtok. From there you can hire a tax to drive to Yuksum which is about 7 hours from Gangtok. Once you reach there, you can start trekking.
7. Zero Point, Sikkim
Also called Yumesamdong, the frosty weather experience in this region is incomplete without a bowl of hot fuming maggi. Hey, don’t just hog the whole bowl. Do share it with your friends to make more memories.
How to reach:– From Delhi, you can take a train to Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) and once you reach there, board a taxi to reach Zero Point. There is no railway station in Zero Point.
8. Pangong Lake, Ladakh
Don’t make it your dream destination; rather make it your dream place to enjoy the 2-minutes wonder of Maggi. A beautiful lake where clouds float only a few inches away, this stunning water reservoir in Ladakh will add more magic and taste to your Maggi!
How to reach:- The road to Pangong Lake passes through Chang-La, the world’s third highest motorable road. It’s a 4 and half drives from Leh to Pangong Lake. Leh is well connected by road from Manali and Srinagar. Also daily flights operate from Delhi.
9. Kalavantin Durg, Panvel, near Mumbai
Why not celebrate your hike to the world’s one of the most dangerous forts, with a bowl of Maggi? Tell stories of your bravery and adventure over a bowl of maggi.
How to reach:– Kalavantin Durg is well connected to Mumbai through train. Panvel is the nearest railway station and from there you can board a government bus till Kalavantin Durg. You can reach the place through road also.
10. Agumbe, Bangalore Karnataka
Aka ‘Cherrapunjee of the South’, Agumba is a quaint and small village in Karantaka that will enthrall you with its beauty. When the rain and showers make it tough to step outside, enjoy or laze around with a sumptuous bowl of Maggi. Now that’s why I call—Maggi and laziness both are made for each other!
How to reach:– Bangalore is well connected to rest of India and world through air, road and water. Buses are available from Bangalore to Augmbe. If you prefer to go by train then Shimoga and Udupi are the nearest railway stations. Both are 90 kms and 55 kms respectively away from Agumbe. You can reach Agumbe by air also. Mangalore is the nearest airport and is 100 kms away from Agumbe.
11. Gondola, Gulmarg
After enjoying a breathtaking ride in the world’s second highest cable car, a relaxing break with friends and family is most needed. Glide over the amazing beauty of Gulmarg and upon its successful completion; give yourself a much needed Maggi break.
How to reach:– Take a flight or a land route from New Delhi to Srinagar. From Srinagar, you can reach Gulmarg by car or bus in around 1 hour.
12. Khardung La Pass, Leh
At a height where even river freezes, a hot piping bowl of maggi can keep the adventure going. Before embarking upon a motorcycle ride with your friends, make sure to stuff enough maggi packets in your pockets as there is hardly anything else that you would find on these high altitude roads.
How to reach:- The nearest city is leh-the capital of Ladakh. Leh is well connected by road from Manali and Srinagar. Also daily flights operate from Delhi. Once you reach Leh, you can take a daily bus service to Nubra Valley which passes over Khardung La.
13. Last but not the least, Your Office
Now that’s I would call one of the most easiest and nearest points to enjoy Maggi. Just step outside your office to relsih maggi at the stall of your chaiwala bhayia and pep it up with some masaledar office gossip.
Do tell me how you plan to celebrate the homecoming of Maggi!