My Amritsar Diaries
The mundane life in a city with a routine has never been my cup of tea. I always look forward to satiating my wanderlust and just plan to travel to a new place and this time the stop was Amritsar.
Let us now explore some facts on Amritsar. It is a major commercial and cultural centre, synonymous with the golden temple, making it the holiest city for the Sikhs. It derives its name from “Amrit Sarovar”, a pool of nectar. It is famous all over the world and is known as Harmandir sahib gurudwara.
I was also keen on visiting historical places of interest like Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah border, Gobindgarh fort, Durgiana mandir, and various markets. It is famous for culinary delights like Amritsari kulcha, lassi and its rich dal Makhani. Amritsar is connected by air, rail and road.
Since I stay in Delhi, I chose to travel by IntrCity bus which took approximately 11 hours by road. Normally I tend to do a lot of research before I visit a new city. Since I was travelling with my son, I felt that sightseeing by a tourist bus would be more interesting as we would cover the tourist attractions in a hassle-free way. Hop on hop off bus came to our rescue. We pre-booked the tickets prior to our journey. We set a course on the weekend. It was incessantly raining in Delhi and I was wondering whether we’d reach the bus stop. It was a miracle that we made it there. Ultimately, I had a sigh of relief when we boarded our bus.
The next day we were perplexed when our bus was delayed almost by 3 hours and in fact could not make it to the tourist bus. Still, when I called the concerned person, they were very understanding and I can never forget their hospitality.
We managed to reach our hotel. By 1:00 pm. It was drizzling, still, we were very excited to visit the golden temple and set course after freshening up, we ended up having lunch in Neelam’s restaurant. In fact, it was a delightful experience. We got to taste the quintessential Amritsari kulcha stuffed with delectable vegetable filling and dripping with butter. We also tasted Gobi paratha and paneer paratha. We were famished as this was the first meal in 16 hours. So, we polished food with rich lassi dolloped with Malai on the top. We satisfied our palate and left for the golden temple.