After finishing a much awaited trip to Bir, Dharamshala and Mcleod (will publish these in another post), we headed to Amritsar from Mcleod this morning (~6). After having an amazing dhaba breakfast (near Batala) we reached Amritsar by 11:30. Quickly visited Jallianwala Bagh, then started walking in those jam-packed streets around the gurudwara, searching for a good shop to get our turbans made ????
Once we’re ‘turban ready’, quickly took a couple of snaps near the gurudwara and headed towards Pakistan (to Attari Boarder ????). After watching the most epic beating retreat, reached Amritsar by evening.
Without wasting any time further, as we were starving, decided to hog on some authentic punjabi food. After doing some ask-around, entered a good street food restaurant and had “sarson ka saag with makki ki roti” (needless to say, it was just brilliant, filled both stomach and the soul). The we immediately proceeded to submit our bags & shoes at the cloakroom.
As the night was freezing, we were barefoot, walking towards the entrance, I wasn’t certain on how long will I be able to manage it inside the gurudwara. But as we entered the holy place, looking at that most elegant, peaceful and sacred temple ever, no other thing had a place in my mind. The next three hours spent inside the Golden Temple are the most peaceful hours of my life. All the hymns and chants of Waheguru ji played all around the temple complex had set both my mind and soul free of all the other things going on in my life.
By mid night, we came out of the temple complex and started our hunt for a cheap stay for the night. We were very lucky to have found a stay for just ₹300/-. Checked into the room, got freshen up, and decided to take a midnight walk around those streets. There were many street food stalls serving delicious desserts and steamy hot flavoured milk (kesar, pista milk) to help beat the cold nights. We hopped around a couple of those stalls eating/drinking some of interesting foods and reached back to our stay.
After that hectic day, cold evening and night, we just crashed on the bed and dozed off within no time ????
The next morning, woke up early to catch the first light of the last day of 2018 from inside the Golden temple complex. Experiencing the same level of peacefulness inside the temple again, we were taking snaps, listening to the prayers, walked around the complex for more than a couple of hours.
After all the walk, it’s time to eat epic langar in the gurudwara, which we had as brunch. Only after eating that food, I felt the fulfilment of the trip. As it was the 31st of December, with no further delay, we headed towards Delhi.
New Year awaits! ????