Punjab,the land of lions where its easier to find a sharab da theka than a chaistall!
Everything is so king-size here. You’ll actually feel Punjabiness in the air. Live life King size!
Amritsar, where thousands of pilgrims flock every single day is an one of the oldest city of India dating back to 1577 AD. Founded by Guru Ram Das, Amritsar is undoubtedly Sikhism’sholiest place. The Golden Temple. No description required. The name is enough. This gold plated shrine has a special place in everyone’s heart. Amritsar is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of India. It is an important seat of Sikh history and culture.
The Golden temple is considered holy by Sikhs because the 11th Guru of Sikhism, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, is always present inside in it and it’s construction was mainly intended on to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religion.
The water pool that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple is popularly known as ‘Amrit Sarovar. Pilgrims take a holy dip here. Colourful fishes can be noticed clearly. The main temple which houses the granthis called ‘Harmandir Sahib’.
Complete peace of mind guaranteed. I’ve been to many religious places, and trust me many means MANY!! But never in my life I got this divine feeling. So unadulterated, so flabbergasting the Golden temple is the ultimate pilgrim’s destination. And yes, don’t miss the ‘langar’. You’ll love the food and its really hard to miss the devotion of the sevaks. There are no workers in the langar. Just some common men doing uncommon work in this selfish world.
The Jallianwala Bagh (at walking distance from the Golden Temple) flashes before you one of the most heart-rending events in the history of India. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre by General Dyer. My school level history book pages came out of my memory and how!! Goosebumps all over. Bullet marks on walls and the well into which some people jumped to escape the onslaught can still be seen. 20,000 people were caught beneath the hail of bullets.
Wagah Border, located at about 30km from Amritsar, was indeed the highlight of my trip. Patriotism all over rushing through my veins. There is a customary flag lowering parade ceremony every evening. Unfortunately, we were a bit late. A unique experience, expanded chests, loud banters, and high boot marches.
The drill, the moods are so aggressive and charged. It’s nothing less than a Indo-Pak cricket match. To be able to see Pakistan right behind the gate is unbelievable. Flags of India and Pakistan all flying high and fearless, giving you a sense of true patriotism. This is once in a life-time experience. Where-ever you are, go and watch it. You’ll never regret it. Period.
Last but not the least, Punjabi cuisine. One simply can’t miss that,we all know that. Dishes like parathas and tandoori cooked meats are the specialties here. And don”t forget to try the lassi, or buttermilk. From fast food stalls selling ice creams and pizzas to great Punjabi fare in dhabas and restaurants – you get them all here. Amritsaris only love to eat, drink and sleep. Dont miss ‘Brothes Da Dhaba’ near Golden Temple. Worth your money and Taste buds. Mouthwatering indeed.