Amristar derives it's name from "Amrit Sarovar", the holy tank in the middle of which the famous Golden Temple stands tall.
Born in Patiala but quickly migrating to other parts of India due to father's defense posting, I spent my childhood in different parts of India but majorly in Delhi. I'd never really visited any town of Punjab properly even though of it's proximity to Delhi.
But all that is now behind me as I visited Amritsar & got a taste of the city's flavors.
I caught "Swarna Shatabdi" from NDLS at 7:20 AM & reached Amritsar 5-10 minute late from it's expected arrival time of 1:45 PM. The train arrives at Platform #16 (Paharganj Side). But if you're arriving via Delhi Metro, you'll have to get down at New Delhi (metro station) and exit via gate #2 (Ajmeri Gate). This exit would be closer to NDLS and you'll have to walk towards the entrance. You'll realize this entry is actually closer to Platform #1 but you don't have any alternative. You'll have to walk all the way to the other side.
So I reached around 1:50 PM & booked an Uber to GoStops. It's located inside Sultwanwind Gate.
I paid Rs 99/- for the night (including breakfast). Don't drool yet at as this throwaway price was till the 30th Sep only. It was their inaugural offer only as they were still finishing up a few of their dorms. I got to know from their insta feed that they were launching in Amritsar also. They are already present in Delhi, Bir, Dalhousie, Agra, Varanasi and Udaipur.
It's not only to save costs one should come here. It's the diversity. People from all over the world were checking in. I met a few people who were from Nederlands. The conversation gets pretty interesting at such cool hotspots.
Since I hadn't slept properly in the train, I took a nap immediately. In the evening, as per the recommendations I had received, I had to treat my tastebuds at the famous Kesar Da Dhaba followed by visiting GobindGarh fort.