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Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which me...
Amritsar, a city having real essence of India. Filled with spirituality, the city provides you with real experience of being in India. Golden Temple, Punjabi food, Bhangra, and so on you will get all in one place. Not only this, visiting Wagha Border will fill you with the feeling of real patriotism.
Wagah Border, Punjab (India – Pakistan)Wagah border is a must visit for anyone who wants to witness Indian soldiers basking in glory and conducting ceremony every day before dusk. In the ceremony, the gates between the two countries open only for few minutes and soldiers from both the countries pay respect to each other. The border is located in the village of Wagah which 36km from the city of Amritsar.
After a month of cajoling, the college authorities finally gave in to our demands of organising a trip to Amritsar. It was our final year in the college, and so, the whole idea of visiting Amritsar with college friends seemed fascinating. We chalked out an interesting itinerary for the trip, got it approved from the authorities and were all geared up to enjoy the trip to the hilt.The most awaited day came and I, along with my friends, was standing at the platform desperately waiting for the train to arrive. The chaotic vicinity of Delhi's Railway station never failed to enthuse me. Scores of people moving back and forth, porters carrying heavy baggage and monkeys, jumping over the railway tracks were hilarious sights to watch. After a few minutes, our train stamped in, creating a lot of noise and Commotion. At its halt, we rushed to enter the compartment and started vouching for opportune seats to sit. Within a few minutes, the train started moving. The excitement in the train gradually built up. The journey was a joyous one as everyone was busy singing songs, dancing and gorging on home cooked delicacies. Eight hours elapsed and we reached Amritsar-the city synonymous with patriotism and spirituality. The narrow lanes of the city reminded me of Chandni Chowk in Delhi. We stepped out of the railway station and hopped in the buses to reach our hotels. We were asked to freshen up before visiting the pious Golden Temple. Traditional attire was preferable there and so we all were ready in our suits with dupattas tied on our head. Our bus stopped a kilometre away from the temple. We had to cover the distance on foot. There was a guide along with us who briefed us about the ins and outs of the temple.
On our Day 1 , I had planned to start my sightseeing with a Museum that is dedicated to the biggest & mightiest kings of Punjab, King Ranjit Singh.1) Ranjit Singh Museum
Day 4 - Reach AmritsarHence, next day morning we checked out of the hotel and decided to head towards Amritsar.There are few buses which directly go to Amritsar one was in morning around 6.30-7.00 am and another one at 9.40 am. We could not reach for the direct bus on time and hence the other option available to us was to travel to Pathankot from Dalhousie to Amritsar (If Pathankot buses are unavailable take a bus from Dalhousie to Banikhet to Pathankot to Amritsar or private cabs)We booked a cab from Dalhousie to Pathankot and from there we took a bus to AmritsarPAJABA NU SAVAGATA - WELCOME TO PUNJAB folks!!Once you step on the land of Punjab, particularly Amritsar you will get a feeling that you have entered a flashback zone in Modern India (stepped into 1947 Punjab)Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab because of its beautiful and unique Gurudwara - Golden temple. It is the spiritual and cultural centre for Sikh religion. As much as Amritsar is well known for Golden Temple, you will be amazed by the variety of food dishes in each lane specially near Golden Temple
Getting to know from the locals and my hotel reception, i followed their advise and went to LADDI KULCHA shop (a small kulcha shop) for having a brunch before leaving for home. And i must say it was the tastiest kulcha that i had ever had .It was time , so i before checking out from the room , i went to the GOLDEN TEMPLE once again and checked out and headed straight to the bus stand for getting the bus back to JAMMU.OVERALL TRIP COST: RS 2500-2800TRAVEL COST: RS 800-900( total to Amritsar and back home , inside amritsar,wagah etc )MEALS COST: RS 500(6 FULL MEALS+ SNACKS +TEA ETC)SIGHTSEEING COST: RS 350-500ACCOMODATION COST: RS 1100
It took me about 5 hours to get there bcz there were multiple stops and toll booths in the way.Finally there (AMRITSAR), bus stand is not far away from town hall area(where GOLDEN temple, jallianwala bagh is)Tip: if u dont have much baggage, just walk to the Golden temple(10 mins) if u cannot or dont want to walk , take an e-rickshaw(pay Rs30 maximum).I reached my stay place at 5:30 pm (one can also stay at room at golden temple, but don't know about availability and price). Checked in and freshened up , moved out to have my lunch cum dinner(bcz i didn't have lunch while travel). BHARAWAN DA DHABHA(restaurant , near town hall on the way to GOLDEN TEMPLE COMPLEX) was my first spot to visit for food. ordered a THALI and the taste+quantity+service was superb for RS. 160. I kept golden temple on my list at the bottom for day 1(bcz the night view is BREATHE TAKING) ,i went to the GOBINDGARH FORT(by e - rickshaw RS 40 )to see the 2 museums ,7D show based on MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH , WHISPERING WALLS light and sound show , walk around the fort ,live cultural performance ) all for a ticket of RS 250-300 per person. and i will never ever forget that amazing evening.
This post is about the foodie delights of Amritsar. Amritsar, apart from being the home of the revered Golden Temple, is also an absolute heaven when it comes to Punjabi cuisine. I recently had the good fortune of spending a day and a half here with my parents. While the primary aim of the trip was a visit to the Temple, the side attractions of various food outlets that we tried out were equally enticing!So here's a quick run-down of the places I tried out (too many on the list were left out due to paucity of time and inability of the system to handle so much food):Gian Chand Lassi Delicious lassi served in metal tumblers, topped off with butter and cream. People struggle to finish one serving, and once done, you are sorted hunger-wise for hours together. They also have something called "pede waali lassi" where they add bits of sweet pedas to the lassi! Located near the Temple in the narrow market lanes.Bharawan da DhabaThe place to have a vegetarian meal in Amritsar. While my parents raved over the dal and bharta and the crisp tandoori rotis, I went straight for the one thing I wanted here - the onion kulcha thali! The kulchas were hot, crisp, nicely stuffed and accompanied by some very delicious chholey. While most people head to the outlet near the Golden Temple, we went to the newer branch at Ranjit Avenue. Comfortable seating, good ambience, decent service. My dad still remembers this meal fondly!
131 Kms from Okara
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Lahore is the intellectual and cultural capital of Pakistan and a journey to this bustling city will remain with you for...
263 Kms from Okara
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Jammu is one of the fastest developing cities in northern India. Its Vaishno Devi Temple, which is one of the holiest pl...
Indian Himalayas is full of epic and memorable road routes. From the world’s highest motorable roads for adventure junkies to some of the most serene — there’s something for everyone. Where some routes — particularly the Manali-Leh and the Buddha Circuit in Spiti Valley — have seen a dramatic increase in the number of tourists in the previous years, some are still pretty untapped. They are, in fact, so untapped and offbeat in their nature that hardly any tourist visit them throughout the year, despite having all the facilities a tourist may need — from Google defined roads to enough accommodation options on route. And one such route in the Jammu region in J&K lies in and around the Bhaderwah Valley.During my recent motorbiking trip in Himalayas with Jammu and Kashmir tourism, earlier in September, under the campaign of ‘Exploration of unseen places’ in J&K region, we did a 7 day road trip from Jammu to Killar, and back. The trail took us to some of the highlighted (yet unfrequented) valleys and the many unspoken towns.From passes over 10,000 feet above sea level and roads otherwise known as the world’s deadliest, this is the routemap for Jammu to Killar road-trip in J&K:
I have heard a lot of legendary stories about Full moon party from my friends, and I have been looking to go there and break free from a long time, till I made a plan with two of my best buddies. We have been planning it for a while but nothing was coming in place. So one day we were sitting over a coffee and started discussing about it on a conference call and bang that was the beginning of a fantastic trip. I am from Jammu and my other friends live in Delhi and Bangalore respectively. The best option for all of us was to meet in Kolkata as the flights were very cheap from Kolkata to Bangkok.
Our Journey Started from Jammu and our destination for day one was Basholi, a small quaint town situated in the middle of hills of Shiwaliks. The major attraction of this town are the famous Basholi Paintings, Basholi bridge that connects JnK with Himachal and the beautiful Ranjit Sagar Dam lake. Though I didnt know about the paintings, I googled about Basholi when I came back :P that's why it is always advised to do proper RnD before you go anywhere. The road from Jammu to Basholi is still under construction with good and bad patches. The best place to stay is a Gov. Guest House which has a nice view of lake and the Basholi bridge with access to the lake as well.
We reached Jammu and then from there we book a Innova for Pahalgam it’s around 280km from Jammu but its very long journey (around 9hrs)You can visit :
Day-11: Pahalgam- Anantnag – JammuOvernight at Jammu
Next morning we start sightseeing for Jammu for full day. After finish the sightseeing we get back to hotel and took our lugguage and go to railway station & board the train for Delhi. I want to tell you here that God sent some persons for helping us and that was the persons who help us alot. God bless them.So, thats my unforgettable journey to the heaven on earth. ;) :) Please tell me how much you like it?
Today, bid farewell to your 'Kashmir - Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Jammu for your onward journey.
Welcome to your 'Kashmir- Paradise on Earth - Summer' tour! On arrival at the airport / railway station in Jammu you will be met and transferred to Pahalgam where you will check- into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Pahalgam. None (Meals on your own).Request A Call Back
Never forget the spiritual aspects of travellingNext short road trip was to a Holy place, a 14Km trek to the Temple of Vaishnodevi in Jammu. This was the final destination for my recovery journey, and I made sure that the higher power was involved in my ordeal for a healthier life. It seemed like a fitting “rite of passage”. There, I worshipped and thanked God for giving me a new life. I was grateful for a new reason to live in happiness, after being through some hardships.
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Founded during the Lodhi Dynasty, Ludhiana is now a bustling city on the old banks of Sutlej. It cannot be passed off as...
Day-11 Udhampur-Ludhiana: With lot of joy in mind of having crossed the main part of our journey and also of going to visit the most holy place "The Golden temple". we were feeling as if we were in heaven. we had beautiful lunch at Langar. Our tour was incomplete without visiting this divine place.we halted at Ludhiana.
DAY-3I woke up the morning with a shock. People screaming in the train as the person who was sleeping next to me in the upper berth of the same bay whose wallet was stolen.Since that incident I was extremely scared and was wondering If I could even complete my trip. I was thinking of getting stranded in Jammu like Aravind Swamy of Roja. But a person should have a good of respect towards fear. You should always chase your fear to celebrate success :) From that time I used to lock my baggage in my berth with a chain.
The biggest city in Punjab, Ludhiana is located about 100km away from Chandigarh. The city is divided into two parts: Old City and New City. The state's industrial hub, the city is sometimes also called the Manchester of Punjab. The people are very welcoming and the food would definitely titillate your taste buds. Finding accommodation here is not an issue. I stayed at Ivory Retreat, a 3-star property located at Pakhowal Road, Opposite Rivera Resort, Ludhiana.
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Punjab is warm and welcoming no matter which corner of it you choose to visit. However, Jalandhar doesn't have much to o...
Day 2: Delhi to Jalandhar. (368.5 KMs) We were just so happy thinking that we started the trip. This day was only about the green lands on both the sides the of the straight roads, rain, dhabas every few KMs. I drove bullet for some time on this way, and it was one of the remarkable moments of this journey. Suddenly this feeling rushed to my mind that If I can drive bullet then I can do anything. I had a huge smile on my face.
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.
Day 16 & 17: The long drive back to DelhiThe flipside of coming back from Leh via the Sringar route is the LONG drive back home. The drive becomes more or less uninteresting the moment one leaves Srinagar valley. To keep it interesting we took out the "Highway on my plate" - guide book and made it a point to visit the Dhabas enroute. An early start from Srinagar saw us having breakfast on the other side of Jawahar tunnel amidst torrential rain. The breakfast was heavenly of Warqi Parantha with freshly made Atta ka halwa in a tiny shackle of a dhaba on the roadside. We had to keep the breakfast light keeping in mind the next eating stop of Rajmash Chawal at Peera Morh. The next stop was to pick up Son halwa at a village just after Patnitop. However we just had enough space to taste eat. The rest was left to be eaten later on. The gastronomical ride took a rest, and it was some dreary driving all the way to Pathankot. We thought of picking up "Palangtod" there but at the last moment decided against it. The night was spent at a lavish 4 star hotel, i forget the name now, in the middle of Jalandhar. They were desperate to have us there, and the tariff was reduced from 6k to about 1.5k if i remember correctly now. Being a nice hotel, and delhi not being far away. We started off lazily on the final day of the drive. A dhaba between Jalandhar & Ludhiana was to become our breakfast point, although not that great. And again i forget the name of the dhaba. We had to give Puran singh ka dhaba (at Ambala) a miss, as we were pretty much stuffed with food by now. The drive toward Delhi was uneventful, but as always such drives leads to very interesting conversation. This time the conversation led to another trip planning towards Ladakh, but this time on a bike. Action has already begun on the planning and purchasing part of the next trip, which led us to buy a new tourer in the family, WanderB. A Classic 500cc...
Jalandhar is the oldest city in Punjab and is about 61km ahead of Ludhiana. The famous Haveli Restaurant has some of the most delicious North Indian cuisine. Another thing I really enjoyed here was the Wonderland Waterpark. The Science Center is also an interesting stop, especially if you traveling with kids. In Jalandhar, I stayed at Hotel Residency, Garha Road.
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Located at the foothills of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot is a beautiful city famous for its rich historical pas...
We reached Pathankot and booked a private car to Dalhousie. Nothing to worry about last minute transportation as the assisted transportation representative are always available there near Pathankot station.4 hours' journey from Pathankot and we reached Dalhousie.
Chandigarh : Pathankot : Kathgarh : Day 1Kathgarh is a place near Pathankot which lies on the boundary line to enter Himalayas. Though I didn't had much time to explore more of it due to busy time schedule and business meetings, it's a small village of wild shrubs and rough roads, gives you the feel of villager. The place is marked unsafe due to terrorist activities reported sometimes.Dharamshala:The well know land of Lama was pure years ago as claimed by native people of Dharamshala but now has been corrupted by bureaucrats and it is also said the the ancient culture is marginally left to observe in the valley.The place has very congested roads and once while driving, the front tyre got slipped into into a dig. A guy helped me with few people to get me out and in return of a favor I dropped him home one the way, during the trip he shared his views about the place and culture which has faded in all these years, he's mentioned that he's running a hotel business and claimed that the place is just a honeymoon and business spot.
Day 6- Rakkar to Mumbai( Swaraj Express from Pathankot station)It was time to say goodbye to our quaint little Village. With a Promise to come back we started our journey to Pathankot station. On the Way we stopped over to eat the local momos.The Train journey as always was spent in remembering the lovely moments we had all spent together & were glowing in the satisfaction of creating unforgettable memories. By End of the Trip I had found my New Best Friend...My 4 year old Son-Dev.yes...we shared,bonded,laughed, supported, survived new & difficult situations together & above all created countless unforgettable memories.Isnt this what friendship is all about?
What a day to start. After filling my dehydration backpack with 2 ltr of Glucose water, whole convoy was ready to start. And as we started our bike, God showered his blessings on us via rains. After wearing our rain gears we started soon. A 400kms long drive from Pathankot to Srinagar in rains was not an easy task. For a folk like me who never rode a bullet earlier, its a kind of a challenge. Still we rode and rode well through water roads, mountains and traffic. We crossed Jammu, Udhampur, Patnitop, went into darkness of Jwahar Tunnel for almost 3kms and reached Srinagar by around 9pm.
Day 2 - Geared up for the next place Srinagar which is 360kms away.Started at 6:30 and reached at around 9 pm due to high traffic at srinagar.You can feel the flavour of bangalore traffic at srinagar :P.Got our stay at House boat.House Boat is beautiful and loved the stay here. Stay at srinagar - California house boat ( loved it )
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Day2 katra: This was a lazy day we got up late in the morning, enjoyed breakfast at hotel itself. Went out to explore ka...
Day2 katra: This was a lazy day we got up late in the morning, enjoyed breakfast at hotel itself. Went out to explore katra in evening. katra is a place full of life. Pilgrims from all over the world come here. The market was quiet big and had lot to offer, we did bit of shopping and pampered our taste buds with tasty street food.
Our trip to Vaishnodevi was planned between 25th – 29th January 2018. We traveled by ‘Uttar Sampark Kranti’ which runs between New Delhi & Katra. Note that this train has only 2 third AC coaches, so availability is an issue. We were at RAC 19 in November 2017 & we were at the same number on the day of travel. Luckily there was one seat available and the TT arranged that seat for us (no money charged). The other surprise in store for us was that considering mom’s health, Dad had booked seats in the helicopter service from Katra. Ours was a Global red coloured chopper, nick-named Birdie. The helicopter starts from Katra and goes up to Sanjhi Chhat in about 8 minutes. From there on Bhawan is about 2.5 kms. It’s an almost downhill path with some uphill patches.
I reached the base of the vaishnavo devi known as banganga.
Then by evening I reached Katra. Finally after 60 off hours, I got down off the train and felt like was away from millions of kilometers but it was only 2800km. Since there was no signal in my mobile, mine being a prepaid, I could not tell anyone where I am or what am I doing.
We rested for some time and decide to climb very early morning around 4 AM. We left the hotel around 3.45 and were at the base of Vaishnodevi Temple, since I had 2 aged ladies with me and a Kid, we had to do palki and horse, it was difficult finding palki at that time but somehow we managed and started our journey towards the temple around 5 AM. The palki costed us Rs.4.5k (if you take palki, and if possible tip them good, they really do an amazing and very hard work) each and the horses Rs. 2.2k each.
This morning, drive to Katra where on arrival you will check-in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Katra (B)
Sitting on river side is another privilege we had there. A tributary, actually, that flows like a river in monsoon. The thrust can be felt by just listening to the sound of it. With each passing turn and level, the sound changes and thus it starts a conversation of its own kind. Sitting on the rocks, during sunset and being a 'part' of it, is incomparable to the materialistic pleasures.
Day 8: Today was going to be a really really reallllly long journey- back to Katra (Vaishnodevi) near Jammu from Srinagar- which was going to consume almost 12 hours. After a sleepy, tiring and back breaking journey, we reached Katra and checked in into a very nice hotel in Katra market. Katra has infinite number of hotels, eateries, dry fruit shops, chaat shops and what not! ….. and soon started, what was the last thing I needed and expected that time. All of a sudden I had diarrhoea and couldn’t move even bit from my place i.e. the hotel washroom. I had heard it from so many people earlier that ‘agar vaishno ma se bulawa nahi aya hoga toh aisa kuch zaroor hoga ki aap vaishnodevi ja nahi paogey’. At the end of it, I actually couldn’t help but believe this. Sadly I had to spend that night in hotel room itself despite having a strong wish to climb the holy mountain, while rest of my folks and group members went ahead for the pilgrimage. Day 9: With a pledge and promise to myself to return back to Vaishnodevi sometime soon, we caught the evening train to Delhi and then further flight to Mumbai the next day!