Travel Diary : Amritsar

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It’s been quite a while we posted anything about our travels in couple of months. We took this trip to Amritsar way back in August, but somehow posting it online got delayed. There’s a funny story too with this trip. Maybe we’ll share it in our next post. This post is all about this beautiful little city in Punjab called Amritsar.

Almost everyone knows that Amritsar is famous for The Golden Temple. And it is the most beautiful Gurudawara in the whole world. For me Gurudawara’s have always been a calm and serene place of worship. You instantly feel relaxed and positive as soon as you step inside one. So we had this sudden urge to visit The Golden Temple. And making impromptu travel plans is what we do the best.

Getting to Amritsar is quite easy from Delhi. It takes about 8 hours to get there by road. And you can book a train, flight or bus very easily too. So, we started from Delhi in the morning and was there by evening. After checking into a hotel, we went to the temple. The Golden Temple at night is simply magic. We were there on weekend, so the rush to get in was too much. After taking couple of photographs we went to have dinner to this amazing local dhabba, very near to the Temple called Bharawan Da Dhabba. Food in Amritsar is awesome anywhere. Just go to any local dhabba and you will never be disappointed.

Next day was quite busy for us. Since we were there with my family, we had to head back to Chandigarh that same day. We planned our whole day according to that. Early morning we went back to the temple, the whole area outside the temple was getting renovated that time. Replicating an European market street, it was quite interesting. I wish we were there now because all the work is complete and it looks splendid. Anyway, the second trip to Golden temple was same, relaxing and serene. Very close by the temple is the famous Jalliawalan Bagh, where the infamous Jallianwala massacre happened. You can still see all the bullet marks on the walls.

As soon as we were finished from Jallianwala bagh, we headed towards Wagah Border. It takes merely 45 mins to reach there and the energy all the Indians have there is just unbeatable. People shout slogans and are ready to charge anytime. It was bit too overwhelming I felt. Indians were over enthusiastic to see the parade at the border and the other side of the gates was almost empty. I don’t know I think just the idea of seeing a Pakistani makes us loose our mind! But! Visiting Wagah Border during summer was not the best idea. You have to walk a lot from the parking and wait in lines to get through. Also there’s open seating in the parade area, you might feel dehydrated after the parade is over. So it’s best to make plans during winter.

We didn’t have enough time to watch the whole parade, we headed back to Chandigarh where my brother stays and on the way we did the stupidest thing of the entire trip. Which I will enlighten you with in my next post! Don’t forget to check out the next post! Till Then!

 

 

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