Sometimes, I feel lazy to travel. Although, it creates that kind of adrenalin rush in me , sometimes even I also need a push. There was a marriage of a friend in Ludhiana and I was invited. After much of procastination and push, I finally decided to go. Two major motivations for the trip, attending a sikh wedding and another friend stayed in Amritsar who said will take me around. Hence I booked tickets and there I go.
We can surprise ourselves, I could never thought I can do overnight bus journeys except a volvo. Since plans are moved to action always at the last moment, I could only get an AC government bus. It wasn’t that uncomfortable. There was a gentleman sitting besides me and he was good because in the whole journey I never felt uncomfortable. My bus started from Delhi at 1:30 AM to reach Ludhiana at 7:00 AM. Government buses are almost always on time and there I reached and my one more bucket list item got striked off “watching a Sikh’s wedding” in Gurudwara. I wonder how close we live with how much difference in traditions. There were hardly 20 people in the Gurudwara for the wedding and it lasted not more than 45 minutes. On the contrary, normal hindu weddings have a crowd of minimum 100 people and the marriage last on an average 2-3 hours. Here it was peaceful, a saint, guru granth saheb , bride , groom and some close people. Interesting experience!
Now, it was time for Amritsar. I checked online there were many trains and buses. I enquired from local people and got to know , buses almost take 3.5-4.5 hours while trains reach in 2.5 hours. The choice was clear. Trains are quite frequent, every half an hour there is a train. I took general ticket and sat in Sleeper and the train was Paschim Vihar express. It started around 5:30 and reached Amritsar around 8. Many people will find me wierd for my randomness but that’s how I am. I had no place to go in Amritsar and all I could recollect that we can get a room in Dharamsala’s there. I checked many Dharamsala’s , it was over crowded. Finally, they gave me a chit which said room#85. I went around and found there was no room after 86. I enquired a staff and she said there’s no room. You can take a blanked and mattress and put that in verandah and sleep like all the other ladies. I was shocked. I took a moment and talked to myself “Can I do that? It will give me a different experience but I am extremely tired and there’s no washroom and mosquitoes and weather…urgggh!” I couldn’t make up my mind to stay there and went out to look for another place. I found many hotels , very expensive. Finally I found a hostel “Jugaad” in the vicinity which was affordable. I have a history of staying in hostels and hence it was OK.