HAMPI!!

Hampi is one of the World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO. It is located in East Karnataka and was the centre of the imperial Vijaynagar Empire during the 14th Century. The place has an importance per the Hindu Mythology as well and a lot of Hindu temples can be seen here. The place is a beautiful combination of rocks together with lush green terrain. The mighty Tungabhadhra river flows creating a beautiful meander in this region which adds to the scenic beauty.

The most prominent places include:

Virupaksha Temple: This is a Shiva temple built for royal prayers in the Vijaynagar Empire.

Vitthala Temple: The temple is mostly into ruins now and is popular for its amazing architecture. There is a chariot structure which is the main attraction here.

Elephant Stable: Built by royal family for housing war elephants.

Matunga Hill: This is one of the best places to witness sunrise at Hampi. From here one can have a glance at the entire city.

There are vaious other attractions in Hampi like Queen’s bath, Hampi Bazar etc. For more information visit:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampi

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How to reach:

  • By road: There is well connectivity of buses to major cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore. Either you can hire a car or take a bus to the nearest town of Hospet. Buses ply between Hospet and Hampi.
  • By rail: Nearest station is Hospet.
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LADAKH: THE MESMERIZING BEAUTY

Ladakh has always been on the on the list of my dream vacations and I would have even planned the trip a hundred times in my head before I could make it. The year 2017 however turned out to be the lucky one to make this a success. The planning began in around the month of March for the vacation in August. We booked our flight to Delhi from where the journey was to start. From there we had a connecting bus to Manali.

Day 1: Manali

Manali was an overnight journey from Delhi and we reached there by afternoon. We started with the  local sight-seeing since we just had a day and a half before we leave for Leh. Set on Beas River, Manali is a beautiful town amidst lush green mountains. Our first stop was Hidamba Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Hidimba. Anyone who has read the Mahabharata would be aware of Devi Hidimba, a demon and Bhima, one of the five Pandavas. There is also a small temple dedicated to their son Ghatothkach, who played an important role towards the victory of Pandavas in the war against Kauravas. We spent the evening on the banks of Beas river enjoying the pleasant weather. Manali is also known for a lot of adventure activities like paragliding, river rafting, skiing and horse riding. However, most of the activities were closed during our visit due to bad weather conditions and flood in the surrounding areas. Solang valley was also not in the blooming state and so we had to drop it off. The next day we hired a car for our onward journey to Leh.

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Manali

 

Day 2: Rohtang Pass > Jispa

It takes almost two complete days by car to reach Leh from Manali. The distance between Manali and Leh is around 490 Kms and is known for the scenic beauty of the mountain ranges and water bodies. On the way to Leh, 50Kms from Manali was our first stop -Rohtang Pass. It connects the Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Weather condition is cold here owing to the altitude. We moved ahead from Rohtang towards Jispa, our destination for the day via Keylong.  Jispa is small village on the lap of high mountains and is situated at 3200m from sea level. Temperature here fell more and the night was extremely cold due to sudden rainfall. We decided to stay at local camps to get a glimpse of life in the mountains. This was truly a great experience.

Day 3: Darcha> Baralacha la > Sarchu > Tanglangla Pass > Leh

The next morning we proceeded further on our journey via Darcha. We stopped at a beautiful Deepak taal lake which had its origin from a glacier in the vicinity. The lake had a perfect reflection of its surrounding and the beauty of the place was capable of mesmerizing any being. Further ahead was the Suraj Taal lake, which is the third highest lake in India. This lake is a source of Bhaga river, a tributary of river Chenab. Ahead of the lake lies the Baralacha La pass which leads us to Sarchu. Travelers going to Leh via this route may also opt to stay at Sarchu. However, the place is at a higher altitude and one may take time to be adjusted to the cold weather conditions here. Moore plains is next on the way before we reached Tanglang La pass, the second highest pass in the world at an altitude of 5328mts. It was late evening by the time we arrived at Leh.

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Deepak Taal
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Sarchu

Day 4: Leh

The two-day journey had been hectic and so we decided to spend the next day doing local sightseeing at Leh. Leh is a beautiful town with a rocky terrain. Amongst the places to visit here, we started with the Magnetic Hill. It is amazing to see how a vehicle can defy gravity. If one parks, their vehicle at a specified place on the hill the vehicle can be seen moving upwards rather than downwards. While on our way back, we stopped over at Gurudwara Sri Pather Saheb. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev ji visited this place to help the people against a demon that used to reside on the opposite hill. Per the story, the demon threw a big rock (pather) on the Guru, but to his surprise, the rock was converted to wax. The demon then realized the greatness of the Guru and decided to spend rest of his life helping people. After the Gurudwara, we moved to the Hall of Fame, which is constructed to give a tribute to bravery of the Indian Army guarding the Ladakh frontiers. We also visited Shanti Stupa, Spituk Monastery (Gompa) and Leh Palace. We had our lunch enjoying the Ladakhi delicacies like thukpa and Momos and thereafter spent the evening in strolling on the streets of Leh market.

Day 5: Pangong Lake

Pangong Tso Lake is a five-hour drive from Leh through rough and rugged mountain roads. The lake is situated at a height of 4350m and is 134km long. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. We started early morning the next day and reached there by afternoon.  One can witness all different shades of blue in the lake waters. The place is gifted with divine peace and spending a few hours here is sufficient to rejuvenate oneself. We spent the day walking on the waters along the shore and using pebbles to play around. Spending a day here was serene experience.

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Pangong Tso
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Structure made out of pebbles

Day 6, 7: Nubra Valley (Diskit, Hunder)

The following 2 days were dedicated to the visit of Nubra Valley. The route to Nubra is via Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road. The main attractions of the valley include the Diskit Monastery. Diskit Gompa is the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has 106-foot statue of Maitreya Buddha. The monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect of Buddhism and was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. The statue rises amidst the mountain ranges of the valley and is a site soothing to the eyes. We had a stay in Hunder. We spent the evening admiring the stunning silver sand dunes located at 4,000 mts and cut on all sides by the mountain ranges from the countryside. The dunes are home to the Bactrian camel (two- humped). Visitors can enjoy a safari on the camels. We made our way to witness Ladakhi dance and culture show organized by the locals here. The night sky is amazing here with a billion stars shining above and we spent a lot of time just gazing at them.

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Diskit Gompa
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Khardung La Pass

Day 8: Thiksey

The last day in Ladakh was spent visiting the Thiksey monastery, which is located around 19kms from Leh. This is the principal monastery of the Gelugpa sect and was founded in 1430 by Jangsem Sherab Sangpo. The monastery has 12 levels of buildings, including ten temples, chapels and monk’s residence. It also includes a school for the young monks. Close to the monastery lies, Shey Palace built in 1655 by the king of Ladakh, Delden Namgyal. The palace was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh. The Druk White Lotus School also known as the Rancho school, after the famous movie 3 idiots has also become a popular attraction. The school is eco-friendly and was awarded the title of most beautiful school by BBC London.

Day 9: Leh> Delhi

With a bagful of memories, it was time to take leave from this heaven on Earth. We had our flight to Delhi in the next morning.

Day 10: Delhi

We spent a day doing local sight-seeing at Delhi like Qutub Minar and India Gate and left for our respective destinations.

How to reach:

By road, Leh is easily accessible via Manali, the route we opted for. Alternatively, one can go to Srinagar and can reach Leh via Kargil. Leh also has an airport so a flight may also be opted for.

A TRIP TO GANDIKOTA & BELUM CAVES

A long weekend was nearing by and I was excited to go for a trip. Plans were on with my friends and I was extremely happy to see people turning up. But as it always happens, most of the people backed out. However, this time I was in no mood of giving up. I was determined that I would go for a little vacation by any means. I found a group of people from an adventure club going for a visit to Gandikota and Belum caves. But I did not know any of the members joining. After lot of hesitation I decided to join them. Thoughts were racing my mind about how would the experience be with unknown people. But I was too stubborn this time and was all set to go.

The trip began on a Friday night. The group met at the bus station and we boarded the bus to Jammalamadugu. Gandikota is a village at a distance of 15 kms from there. The journey began with people trying to give a formal introduction of themselves. The start seemed boring to me and I was not expecting any fun. In the morning we reached Jammalamadugu. After we freshened ourselves we started for Gandikota. We were a little behind schedule and missed our bus. So, we decided to take an auto. It took a little more than half an hour for us to reach there.

We started off towards the most awaited view- the canyon.  The river Pennar flows between the Erramala or Gandikota range forming a gorge which reduces the width of the river to 300 feets only. The view of the pile of rocks on both sides with the river flowing by is mesmerizing. We had planned for a short hike to the way down the river and back. The day started turning hot as we were descending. It was afternoon by the time we reached.  On the river banks, we all took rest beneath the rocks and doing photography. By the time we had to start back up the sun was on the peak. With lot of effort the team reached the top.  Post the hike, we had our lunch which was Andhra style and comprised of style rice and a spicy curry. With the tummies full, we now sat down for playing Uno cards. It was crazy and felt like revisiting the childhood memories.

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The Indian Grand Canyon- Gandikota

The plan for evening was to visit the temples dedicated to Madhava and Ranganatha, the Jamia Masjid  and then view the sunset from the top of pile of rocks at the far end away from the crowd. We spent a couple of hours doing photography and admiring the architecture of these monuments. For the sunset point, we had to go for a small hike to the other end. It was a great experience walking on the stony path to reach the point. But the day as too cloudy and we could not have the sight of sunset. By this time, the weather had become amazing. The gentle wind flow was soothing. It was an awesome evening amidst nature. The sight of Pennar river flowing below cutting through the rocks and forming a George, together with orange sky and cool wind made me feel like I am in altogether different world. Suddenly it started drizzling and turning dark and so we had to move back to our stay. We spent the night on the terrace and decided to sleep there. Sleeping under the stars and gazing at them was an experience I cannot put to words.

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Madhavaraya Swamy Temple

The history of the Gandikota fort dates back to 1350 A.D. The place is said to be ruled by the Mikkilineni King Rama Naidu, who did not have sons. He had an only daughter whom he got married to Pemmasani Kumara Thimma Naidu.  Rama Naidu then made Pemmasani Kumara Thimma Naidu as the ruler of Gandikota.  Gandikota was then ruled by the Pemmasani rulers. In the 18th century the Marathas became the supreme power in Deccan India including this Rayalaseema region. A century later this fort was conquered by Hyder Ali of Mysore and eventually went into the hands of the British.

The next morning the plan was to view the sunrise. But again the sky was too cloudy and we missed it. After freshening up, we took a bus back to Jammalamadugu from where we would board another bus for Belum Caves. The caves are situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh and was a 2 hour drive from Jammalamadugu. We reached there in the afternoon and started post lunch. The Belum caves are the second largest and the longest natural caves in India, the first one being Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya. The length of the caves is around 3Kms. Geologists say that the caves were formed over the period of tens of thousands of years by constant flow of underground water. These were discovered first by a British surveyor, Robert Bruce Foote in 1884. From 1982 to 1984, a team of German speleologists headed by H. Daniel Gebauer conducted detailed exploration of the caves. Thereafter the state government declared this as a protected site in 1988 and took initiatives to develop tourism. Historians also found Jain and Buddhist relics in the caves which have been kept at a museum in Ananthpur.

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The Patalganga at Belum Caves

At the entrance of there are a series of stairs that lead downwards towards the caves. We took around 3 hours to visit all the sections. There is a map of the caves at the entrance which can guide you to understand the pathways. The passages are quite deep and lights have been placed at different points to ensure tourists can navigate. At the deepest point was the section named “patalaganga” where one can witness a stream of water flowing down from amongst the rocks and disappearing in the depths. We spent a lot of time trying to look through the different rock patterns and exploring the different sections.  We assembled back out thereafter. There is a large Buddha statue near the caves. We spent some time clicking pictures and having some group activities there before taking the bus back to Jammalamadugu to proceed back to Hyderabad.

The trip gave me some beautiful memories which I would treasure for my lifetime.

 

 

KUTCH: A GLIMPSE OF GUJRAT

The Plan put to Action

A vast stretch of white sand, camels and people in traditional gujrati wear celebrating the true spirit of life- this is the picture I had in mind for Kutch. It had been my long time wish to explore this part of Gujrat. I was finally able to put the plan to action during my last holiday.

Kutch district in Gujrat state, in the western part of India is one of the largest districts in India. The Gulf of Kutch and Arabian Sea are the water bodies lying in the south and west respectively, while the Great and Little Rann of Kutch lie to the northern and eastern sides. Kutch is popular for its historical, cultural and scenic aspects. The history dates back to the Indus Valley civilization. Various sites like Lothal and Dholavira were hubs of Indus Valley. Kutch is also a representative of the Gujrati culture. The festival of “Rannotsav” celebrated during the months of November to February depicts the lifestyle, cuisine, folk dance as well as the handicraft expertise of the people living here. Moreover, thousands of tourist visit Kutch to witness the scenic beauty of the White Desert during full moon. Palaces and beaches in the district are also popular tourist attractions.

Palaces, temples and more!

Bhuj was the first stop in the list. We took a bus from Jamnagar and reached Bhuj by early morning the next day. After getting refreshed we hired an auto-rickshaw to start our sight-seeing for the day. We started with the very famous Swaminarayan temple which is known for its splendid architecture. Post visiting the temple we moved to Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal. Prag Mahal is named after Rao Pragmalji II who started the construction of this palace during the 18th century. The palace is said be made up of marble and sandstone brought from Rajasthan. From the top of the high tower which has a clock at the front end one can see the entire Bhuj city. Aina Mahal is located just next to Prag Mahal. The palace is said to be built in 17th century by Rao Lakhpatji. White marble and mirrors adorn the beauty of the palace which is now more in the form of a museum. Lot of historic artifacts are kept here for public viewing.

After visiting the palace we moved on to Kutch museum where one can witness various objects of archaeological importance as well as Kutchi handicrafts and paintings. Sharadbaug palace, Chhatardi and Trimandir were amongst other sites visited by us. Unfortunately the Bhuj fort was closed on the day due to some repair work going on the connecting road and so we missed the place.

The earthquake in 2001 had destroyed most of the monuments in Bhuj. A lot of effort by the government has gone in restoring these to the original form.

Ships and a touch of architecture!

After completing the historic sites at Bhuj, Mandvi was next on the list. Mandvi became popular for having the oldest shipping industry which was started by Kharva caste back in the 16th century. It was the chief port in western India before Mumbai port came into limelight. Amongst the must visit places in Mandvi is 72 Jinalaya, the Vijay Vilas palace and Wind Farm beach.

It took about an hour and half by bus to reach Mandvi from Bhuj. We had lunch at a local gujrati restaurant to taste the delicacies of Gujrat. Amongst the items served were dhokla, thepla (form of a bread), patra (dish made out of colocasia leaves), undhyu (mixed vegetables prepared in a special way) and chaas (butter-milk).

After the amazing lunch we made our way to the Vijay Vilas Palace. The palace was built by Maharao Shri Khengarji III , the ruler of Kutch, as a summer resort for the use of his son & heir to the kingdom, Yuvraj Shri Vijayraji and is thus the palace is named after him. It resembles the style and uniqueness of Rajput architecture. The fine stone carvings and glass work are worth admiring. The palace is a major attraction for the film making industry.

From the palace we made a move to the renowned Jain temple, 72 Jinalaya. The temple is built in an octagonal shape and has 72 deris of Lord Mahavir. In the centre of the temple resides a huge idol of Lord Adishwar. Close to the temple is the Wind Farms Beach. We spent the evening on the shore admiring the spectacular view of the waves kissing the shore with the sky turning orange during sunset. On the way back we had an amazing bhutta (sweet corn that is roasted on fire and topped up with red chili powder and salt). The sun was setting and it was time to get back to Bhuj.

The White Desert

The next morning we had a plan to visit the rann or the desert. We hired a cab from Bhuj since there were a lot of places to visit on the way. We also wished to have a look at the traditional handicrafts of Gujrat. Therefore we stopped by at Nirona village in the Nakhatrana district which is known for the Rogan Art. This is a practice of printing on cloth by brush using a special color mix. The handicrafts made here are unique and recognized both nationally and internationally.

We moved ahead to Kala Dungar, the highest point in Kutch district. The place is known for its panoramic beauty as well as the Dattatreya temple. India- Pakistan border lies close to this area. Only army personnel are allowed post the crossing of India Bridge.

It was late evening by the time we reached Dhordo village, which lies in the vicinity to the white desert. We were lucky to visit here during the awesome festival of “Rannutsav”. This festival depicts the true culture and tradition of Gujrat. One can witness women dressed in the traditional Chaniya-Choli and men in Kediyu performing garba and dandiya, the folk dance of the state. There was also a small fair organized by the villagers to promote the handicrafts amongst the tourist.

As you enter the main gate a bus can be found waiting to carry the passengers ahead to the desert. The Great Rann of Kutch is the largest salt desert in the world. During monsoon the salty desert gets filled with water due to vicinity of Luni River. As soon as we reached here we could see vast stretch of endless white land in all directions. The sight of sunset here is mesmerizing. Since it had rained sometime before we reached the entire area was wet and muddy. It was somewhat difficult to walk in the salt patches but was a great experience. One can also enjoy the camel rides here. The best time to visit this place is on a full moon day when the moonlight reflection on the white sand looks amazing. With the amazing picture of the desert in mind we left for Bhuj.

 

Spiritualism!

The next morning we had a plan to visit Narayan Sarovar and Mata na Madh. We took a state bus from Bhuj to Narayan Sarovar. There is a famous Koteshwar temple here and opposite to the temple is a great lake. The temple of Vishnu also lies in close vicinity. From Narayan Sarovar we moved ahead to Mata na Madh, to worship in the famous temple of Ashapura Mata, built in the 14th century. This being the last stop for the trip we went back to Bhuj from where we had a bus to Ahemdabad.

How to reach

Bhuj is the centre of Kutch. You can reach Bhuj by railway or a bus. There is also an airport here, but one needs to check the connectivity and frequency of flights from their source location. Bhuj is very well connected with the other major cities in Gujrat as well as the other Kutch tourist destinations by state and private buses. Cabs and autos are also easily available to travel within and across the city.

Cuisine

The cuisine is mainly vegetarian and the must try dishes include Rotla (made of Bajri) which can be enjoyed together with a glass of Chaas (butter milk) or Jaggery, Khichdi (made of rice and dal), Kaddhi (curry), Khaman Dhokla, Dabeli, Fafda, Khandvi and Patra. Gujrat being a dry state you will not find liquor shops here.

Language

Gujrati is the local language here. But Hindi and English is also understood by most of the people.

Folk Dance

Garba and Dandiya represent the folk dance of the state. They are mainly performed during the festival of Navratri, however if you are visiting Kutch during Rannotsav you might have a glimpse of it.

AMRITSAR: THE LAND OF PATRIOTISM AND SPIRITUALISM

A Disappointed Beginning!

It was a dull foggy morning when I got up in the train on my way to Delhi. The travel dates back to the first week of December when most of the northern part of India is cold and covered in dense fog. I got up when the train stopped suddenly and the first glance through the window scared me. Everything on the outside was completely white. I sat up to realise that it is the fog that has covered up the entire stretch. The train was supposed to reach Delhi at 8 A.M in the morning and it was already 9 A.M, when I got to know that the train is already running 3 hours late. I had set up a full day plan for Delhi before my onward journey to Amritsar by train at 8 PM. The news was a great disappointment. However, a 2 year old kid in the nearby compartment brightened up my mood by starting to play with me. Unfortunately the train got further late and finally reached the Old Delhi railway station at 4 PM. My cousin (also the companion for the trip) was already there to pick me up. I freshened myself up in a nearby hotel before the onward journey.

We were at the Nizamuddin Railway Station sharp at 7.30 PM to realise the train to Amritsar, which was coming in from the Chhattisgarh district is running in 4 hours late. The journey began at 12 PM at the end with full excitement in the heart to visit the sacred Golden Temple.

Reaching Destination & Further Plans

The train reached Amritsar next day, another 6 hours late without surprise. Fog had already ruined a day and half for us. But the happiness of reaching the destination overpowered the disappointment of being late. Nevertheless, we started planning for our visit to the India-Pakistan border at Wagah, a village situated in the Lahore District in Punjab.

Wagah!

The Wagah border is known for its “Flag Lowering” ceremony, which is joint effort by the Border Security Force (BSF) in India and the Pakistani Army. The ceremony takes place every evening and is attended by thousands of spectators both in India and Pakistan. We made our way to Wagah directly from the railway station since it was essential to be there on time to witness the entire ceremony which goes on for more than an  hour. We stopped by at a Dhaba (a restaurant) on the way to enjoy the delicacies of Punjab. The tasty “Sarso-da-Saag” and “Makke-di-Roti” together with a glass full of Lassi amazed us. The food made us do “Balle- Balle” (Hurray) which was indeed the name of the restaurant too!

With the tummy full and heart happy we proceeded to reach Wagah where we went through a tight security check process to enter the seating area for the viewers. Patriotic songs were being played on both the sides and the crowd cheered up for their motherland. The ceremony began with a parade by the soldiers on either sides. As the sun set, the border gates were opened up and the two flags were lowered simultaneously. The soldiers from both the sides had a firm handshake and salute before the gates were closed and the flags were folded to be carried away. Worldwide, this ceremony is also known as the “Beating Retreat”. The soldiers met with the viewers post the ceremony who greeted them with pride. It is at such places when you realize the sacrifice of the soldiers in the Indian Army who give their heart and soul to protect their country. With utmost respect for them, we took leave from Wagah.

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Wagah Border: India-Pakistan Gates

The Divine!

It was late evening by the time we returned. We checked into a hotel close to the Golden Temple. The historic Jallianwalah Bagh memorial was just on the backside of the hotel. We were late and the memorial was closed. But our luck favoured and we had a glance of the place from the hotel window on the backside. We made our way to the Golden Temple after freshening up.

Sri Harmandir Sahib (the abode of God) or Sri Darbar Sahib, informally referred to as the Golden Temple is considered to be the holiest shrine in Sikhism. The temple was designed by the fifth Sikh Guru Arjan who materialised the idea of the third Sikh Guru Amar Das and the execution of fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das to excavate a holy tank (Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar). The temple is built in the centre of the holy tank and is the home to Adi Granth (Holy Scripture) and Akal Takht (throne of the timeless). In early nineteenth century Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper sanctum of the gurudwara with gold which gives the name “Golden Temple”. The four entrances to the temple represent openness of the community towards all religions.

We entered the place at around 9 PM. There were lakhs of people visiting the temple even at such a late hour. One needs to cover their head and take off the shoes before entering the shrine. We cleaned our feet and entered to bow before the divine. The first glance at the place completely mesmerised me. The sanctum was all lightened up and shining in the darkness of night. We made our way inside to witness the final prayer for the day. Sitting there for a few minutes gave me tremendous sense of peace and calmness. You surrender yourself to the eternal.

Once the prayer was over we moved to the “Langar” area. It is said that this Gurudwara is the world’s largest free kitchen. Lakhs of people are served free food on a daily basis. We had chapatti and dal there for a dinner. It is considered that the person who serves the food is bigger and therefore he holds the food basket higher from the ground. Whereas the person on the receiving end takes the food with both the hands as a sign of thankfulness.

While our way out of the temple, we noted lot of people providing “Seva” (help) in all the tasks of the temple. Some of them were cleaning utensils, some cleaning the floor, providing water to the people, taking care of the shoes and other similar tasks. I realised that at this place everyone is equal, no matter from which background or community one belongs. Everyone finds happiness by serving God and humanity in one or the other ways. I also thought of contributing something from my end and went ahead to help with cleaning utensils and serving food. There are no words in which I can explain the happiness you get by just doing a small piece from your side.

With all the wishes come true for the day, we left from the temple with peace and happiness.

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The Golden Temple- Night view

How to Reach

  1. By Train- There are various trains plying to the Amritsar Railway Station. In case you do not have get a direct train to Amritsar, you can travel via Delhi. There are multiple trains running between Delhi and Amritsar.
  2. By Air- Raja Sansi International Airport is the closest airport.
  3. By Road- The distance between Delhi and Amritsar is around 450 Km. Multiple busses ply between these two cities. You can also take the trip by car.

Major Tourist Attractions

  1. Harmandir Sahab or the Golden Temple
  2. Jallianwallah Bagh Memorial
  3. Wagah Border
  4. Sadda Pind Heritage Village
  5. Durgiana Temple

Cuisine

The most popular and must try dishes include Sarso-ka-saag and Makke-ki-roti together with a glass of Lassi. Sarso (Mustard) is locally grown here and is one of the main attractions of Punjab. You may also try various dishes made of Paneer with different Indian Breads like Naan and Kulcha. The food is generally rich in ghee and butter.

Weather

Weather is generally pleasant ranging between 30 to 35C. However if you plan to visit the place during winter in the later part of the year you can expect dense fog during mornings and evenings. Lot of trains, busses and flights get delayed due to fog, so you may want to plan accordingly.

Language

The local language here is Punjabi, but Hindi is also known to a lot of people. English may serve as an alternative in case you do not know Hindi.

By Ruchita Ashara