Last weekend I made a day trip to Amritsar, Punjab. This was my second time in the city but with a different group of friends. I am in love with the city. People are friendly, civil and polite. Food is delicious. Shopping is fabulous and cheap. What else could one want, right? Places we visited:
- Wagah Border, which is the only road border crossing between Pakistan and India, and lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Lahore (Pakistan) and Amritsar (India). This border has a great significance due to our history and strained relationship with Pakistan. If curious to know more, click here.
- The Golden Temple or otherwise known as The Harmandir Sahib (meaning Temple of God). It a prominent place of worship for Sikhs. Although I am not Sikh and neither am I religious, I do find peace here. There is a sanguine and positive vibe about the place. Definitely a place I will be coming back to again.
- Jallianwala Bagh is famous for the massacre that that happened on April 13th 1919 when Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer commanded his soldiers to shoot unarmed civilians which included men, women and children. The shooting lasted for almost 15 minutes and about 1500 people were injured and 1000 were killed. This day is marked at an important incident in the Indian Struggle of Independence.
- Amritsar is great for shopping too. It is known for some of the best Juttis (Indian leather flats with embellishments) and Phulkari (dress material/scarves in bright embroidery). I did end up buying a lot of these.
- Last but not the least, Amritsar is famous of the delicious food you get here. I indulged in Amritsari Kulcha and Chana Masala [Chickpeas], a tall glass of rich, creamy Lassi and Phirni for dessert at The Brothers Dhaba and also at Kesar Da Dhaba. Both were equally good. I also tried the famous Chicken Tikka Tandoori at Beera Chicken Corner. Beera isn’t fancy, but the food is divine. All I can say is that I’m ready to go back, for the food mostly! 😀
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