We reached Punjab around noon. As we have already booked a hotel for staying, we checked in there. We refreshed and had a little sleep. By evening 5 pm, we went to jallianwala bagh memorial. As it was closed, we went to Golden temple nearby that memorial.
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Also known as Gurmukhi, this is a village and also the border where India and Pakistan was once divided to become two different countries. On this side of the border, the region is more popularly known as Attari and falls in Amritsar. On the other side, it falls in the Lahore city of Punjab of Pakistan and is known as Wahgah. On both sides the flags of the respective countries are raised up everyday and again lowered 2 hours before sunset. There is also the famous Wagah Rail line over here which forms a part of the Grand Trunk Road which continues in Pakistan as well. The Wagah Border Ceremony is worth seeing and is carried on by the Indian Army and the Pakistan Rangers on the respective sides of the border gate.
Kesar Da Dhaba
The pride of the Amritsar Cantonment, this small dhaba serves delicious Punjabi food at low costs. The dhaba is inside a small lane and so it is better that you park your vehicle outside the lane. The servings are huge and one plate is enough for two people even if you are starving. Their authentic spicy, Punjabi taste with the sweetness of the thick, creamy lassi is just superb. Their specialties are their stuffed parantha thali and lassi. Desi Ghee is what they put in most of their food and so be prepared to let your diet regime go for a toss and eat here to enjoy real Indian food.
We started our journey from Jalandhar city, me and my three other best friends (Aayushi, Arpita & Gaurav) in morning at 7:30 a.m. and it's raining..., nothing makes a road trip more fabulous than rain. We put our all stuff in the the car, hit the accelerator and let the journey begins. It takes 6 hrs to us to reach Palampur and the weather gives it's full blessing to us to make our road trip an awesome experience. It's raining all the way untill we reached palampur, and when it's rain in hills.., each and every creation of nature became more and more beautiful. The lush of greenery spread through all over the valley. The Clouds seems to be come more closer to us. So we driving through the clouds to our magical destination and that's the magic of Himachal.
Muktheshwar temple: The "torana" (arched gateway) is the first attraction of this temple. It is really the Gem of Odisha architecture. It is a nice place for both worship and leisure. The temple faces west and is constructed in a lower basement amidst a group of temples. The temple is a small one compared to other larger temples in Bhubaneswar. The temples is enclosed within an octagonal compound wall with elaborate carvings on it.
This is where the intellectuals, scholars, future revolutionaries and leaders, and fashionistas of the city converge at. The very famous Panjab University campus is where the vibrant youth are at their most comfortable, because this is where they spend their two years most productive and liberating years. From dilapidated hostels to broken-windowed libraries, from the basic canteen to the private eateries, everything is designed to fulfil the requirements of the college-going students. The Student Centre here is unanimously addressed as "Stu-C", which is basically just a cooler short form conjured by the fast-food generation. Once you are inside the campus, you can't help but reminisce about your own college days.
Where: AmritsarThe holiest gurudwara of Sikhism, the Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar was founded by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das in 1577. The construction was expanded by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in later years, who was an avid visitor of the gurudwara all his life. To visit Sri Harmandir Sahib, just reach Amritsar and take an auto to the gurudwara.
Where: AmristarBuilt by a local chieftain in the 18th century, the Gobindgarh Fort is one of the oldest forts in Punjab. It was acquired, conquered and re-built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in early 1900s, who then named it after the Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The fort is just 2.5km from Golden Temple and is easily reached by public transport.
Constructed along the lines of the Golden temple, the temple is also called the Silver temple due to its carved silver doors. The temple has slowly gained prominence over the years, with pilgrims visiting the temple form both India and abroad. It is also known as the Durgiana, its name derived from the Hindu Goddess Durga. In close proximity to the Railway station and the Bus stand, the Durgiana Mandir owes its existence to Guru Shai Mal Kapoor, a religious leader who proposed the idea of the temple. It is his statue in a sitting position that stands immortalised outside the main temple entrance, also called the Darshani Deori. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya laid the foundation stone of the temple in the year 1924, on the occasion of Ganga Dashmi.
HAWAI ADDA - AEROPLANE RESTAURANT IN LUDHIANA
Well, it turns out that a certain hotelier in Ludhiana knows a lot of people like me and therefore decided to open Hawai Adda, a restaurant inside an aircraft. Situated in the heart of Punjab, Ludhiana, Hawai Adda is Punjab's first airplane restaurant.
Ganpati Guest House
The options of lodging Varanasi just keep getting better. Located close to the Meer Ghat is the Ganpati Guest House, a place that offers one a comfortable stay while one is on a visit to the city. The services provided by this guest house include air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi, laundry, a travel desk to help one with travel related queries and bookings, a business centre, transportation to and from the airport and as well as train station and a restaurant and bar. This restaurant serves a variety of dishes, beverages and as well as light snacks. The rooms are spic and span and the staff here make sure that one enjoys their stay at the guest house. Attached toilets, running water and cable television are some of the other services that the guest house provides.
Dry Fruit Corner
Do not confuse this shop with New Dry Fruit Corner. The original shop is walking distance from Jalianwallah Bagh and the Golden Temple. Do stop here for different varieties of "papad", "Vadi" , "Churans" etc. They're famous all over and a pretty major food landmark of Amritsar.
Indus Valley Civilization
I had been a history buff since my childhood days. I had got this love for ancient world in heritage from my father and we used to travel far and wide to provide food for our interest. The older the structure, the deeper are its imprints on my heart but little did I know that visiting an Indus Valley Civilization site would be such a fascinating experience.
Where: PatialaIn the heart of Bathinda lies the oldest surviving fort in India, Qila Mubarak, which was built sometime between 90-110 AD. Popularised by the story of Razia Sultan, the history of the premises of Qila Mubarak goes back till the Stone Age. Handmade tools such as stone-axe from that period were excavated from the area. The fort is just 3km from Patiala Bus Stand and is easily reached by public transportation.
Just an hour away from Amritsar is Punjabiyat, an organic farm which given the most authentic Punjab experience. You can hop on a bicycle and ride to the dairy farm or take part in religious ceremonies at the famous Ghallughara Saheb. At best, just laze around and get lost in the endless fields or the star-lit sky.
Paras Downtown Square Mall
14. Paras Downtown Square, Zirakpur -Type - Shopping MallFamous For - Branded Clothing Store, Luxury Restaurants, Gaming Outlets, Movie TheaterLocation - Zirakpur, Near Chandigarh, District-S.A.S Nagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab, 140603Timings - 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (All Days Open)Contact Number - 01762-521345Web - www.parasdowntownsquare.com
This is pretty happening place. There's an array of eating joints here and you will be spoilt for choice. I went to Kulcha Land (Read: NOT Kulcha Lord) to grab some authentic Amritsari kulcha and I loved it. they're a pretty small dhaba style place but the service is quick and the food delicious. A limited menu but that really stops mattering after you've ordered the first kulcha.
Pathankot Railway Station
We had an overnight journey by Jammu Mail taking us from Old Delhi railway station to Pathankot. As you step outside Pathankot railway station, you can hire a cab(depending on your group size and budget) taking you to Dalhousie or Chamba. As we reached Pathokot early in the morning, our road journey to Dalhousie was through infinite mist cloud and hilly terrain with a view of the deep valleys.
Chandigarh, is dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was designed by the popular French engineer Le Corbusier. Beautifully situated at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban city designing and current structural engineering in the twentieth century in India. The Reserve Bank of India positioned in Chandigarh is the twelfth biggest deposit centre and the tenth biggest credit center across the country as of June 2012. Chandigarh IT Park (otherwise called Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park) is the city's endeavor to break into the data innovation world. Chandigarh's framework, closeness to Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, and the IT talent pool draws in IT organizations searching for office space in the region. Chandigarh is an uncommon embodiment of modernization existing together with nature's conservation. It is a very beautiful place to spend quality time with family and friends.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Located in the largest city of Punjab, Ludhiana, this is a war museum named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maharaja is known as the "Lion of Punjab" and this museum was opened to the public in the year 1999. The museum has a simple design and is circled by a pretty garden with colorful flowering plants. The war museum is mainly dedicated to all those bravehearts who have laid their lives in the various battles fought so far. The items displayed in the museum also make all citizens and visitors aware of the importance of defense in everyones' lives. there are displays of tanks, canons and other weapons along with the model of the INS Vikrant. The sense of nationality is wonderful that each visitor feels over here. The light and sound show which is held here regularly is an attraction as well. In this show you get to know about the Independence Movement in which Punjab took part whole- heartedly.
13. Elante Mall, Industrial Area Phase I -Type - Shopping MallFamous For - Branded Clothing Store, Luxury Restaurants, Gaming Outlets, Movie TheaterLocation - 178-178A, Purv Marg, Industrial Area Phase I, Chandigarh, 160002Timings - 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (All Days Open)Contact Number - 0172-5005000Web - www.lntrealty.com/elante.aspx
Surjit Food Plaza
6. Amritsari fish Do not, I repeat, do not leave Amritsar without tasting its “world famous” fish. The batter-fried Amritsari fish fry melts in your mouth like ‘makhan’ (butter). At least, that is what the claim is. Pay a visit to Surjit food plaza at Lawrence Road for some finger-licking good fish and mutton tikkas and curry.
2. Amritsari Naan Savor these potato-stuffed naans with butter and chhole and feel like heaven. These huge mouthwatering naans are famous across the country but in no corner of India have they tasted the same like in Amritsar. Try chungi Ka Kulcha at Maqbool Road or Kulcha Land in Ranjit Avenue.
St. Mary's Cathedral
Where: JalandharThe seat of the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, the St. Mary's Cathedral is situated in the cantonment area of the city. Built in 1847, the St. Mary's Cathedral in Jalandhar is one of the must visit places in Punjab. Once you reach Jalandhar, take an auto towards Mall Road, from where the church is easily accessible.