Amritsar - Punjab

Greenery on the way



Amritsar is one of the unobtrusive cities which are quiet yet tastefully significant with immense strategic importance as it borders Pakistan with the Wagah border. Quiet city would be paradoxical to the popularly known loud Punjabi culture – loud hearty laugh and loud talk or Not mentioning all the Punjabi songs which have a steady rhythmic beat dichuk dichuk consistency that makes one guess – could this be a happy song or a sad song! However I found all of those loud things overshadowed by the loudness of honks of vehicles on the street. Quiet and cool was something one found before 6.00 am or after midnight. Adventure walks on the streets should be taken with care as footpaths are rare.

 

How to get there -

Do whatever... BUT Dont take the Shaan-e-Punjab train from Delhi! Its a dirty old train even after taking the AC chair car it sucks big time. I would request Indian railways to name the train Shaan-THA-Punjab! It was good when the coach was new.Alas. BTW this in Jan 2012.

Start from New Delhi would be the best option as Amritsar is well connected and is just 500km away. Road,or better train or flights also available.

 
What to see
* The Golden Temple
* Aggressive Retreat ceremony at Wagah border (lowering of flags at Indo-Pak border often called
“Berlin wall of Asia”)
* Jallianwala Bagh

Deals!!!! - Shopping bargains on garments as it is a wholesale hub (Woollen and Summer clothes)




The Golden temple

 


The Golden Temple after Sunset

The (Golden temple) Harmandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The most holy text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside the temple. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. The present day Golden Temple was rebuilt in 1764 by Maharaja Jassa Singh Ahluwalia . Between 1802–1830 Ranjit Singh did the sewa of adding gold plating and marble to the temple, while the interior was decorated with fresco work and gemstones. More on wikipedia - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmandir_Sahib )

 


Fish in water surrounding Golden Temple
 
At entrance to Jallianwala Bagh Memorial

 

 

Martyrs well and Bullet marks on wall

Jallianwala bagh is a public garden in Amritsar in the Punjab province of India, and houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 to commemorate the murder of hundreds of peaceful celebrators on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_Massacre )

 


Sugarcane juice - fresh and sweet

 

 
T-shirts in the market place


Royal Enfield with the workx

 

FOOD - What 2 eat ? Lonely Planet recommends these and they r really good! Any autorickshaw guy will take you to these places. However confirm distance/fares from others so that you dont get taken for a ride!
This one is old and has authentic Punjabi food.
 
Amritsari fish fry- This is not spicy. Rs 250 Rs for 250 gm slice
 
Bheera has famous "Roast chicken" It has a unique taste and must be tried.
 
Best for sweets in desi ghee ... Kanha
Sweet tooth !


WAGAH Border
The Wagah border, often called the "Berlin wall of Asia",is a border crossing on the India–Pakistan Border where each evening there is a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags',which has been held since 1959. At that time there is an energetic parade by the Border Security Force (B.S.F) of India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to foreigners but in fact the paraders are imitating the pride and anger.
 
Ready !

 



Border gates



 

Aggression

 

Arms shops..Notice the guns !
 

 

Well... where Ms.Meenu ?
 
 
 

 

 
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