The State of Punjab has been on my mind for quite a while… I mean who wouldn’t want to go there hah? Makke di Roti and Sarso Da Saag!!! Oye hoye!!! Truly something that Punjab is known for. Besides just their truly amazing food that one would cherish… the warm and hospitable culture that most Punjabis are known for is something really remarkable. One of the most dildaar, or generous, helpful and loving people of this beautiful country. Where if a boy is born in a traditional family, the mother is proud because she knows that her son would be the one who would be able to go across the border and be a part of the country’s security force and military. Numerous tales of their patriotism and their war heroics have been portrayed in stories, movies and real life.
One can’t just miss the beauty of this state and one can’t especially if you are anywhere near by. If nothing else, I had to visit Amritsar as it was on my mind. Not just for it’s amazing Paratha and Lassi… But of course The Golden Temple, The Wagah Border and of course, the Jallianwalla Baug. Something I have in common with the Jallianwala Baug is the date 13th April… Yes, unfortunately, that date is my birthdate, nonetheless, I realize despite being one of the most brutal massacares in our country’s history, this significant place and date is still remembered in our long fight for freedom struggle. Something that gives us a reality check of not to take this ‘freedom’ of ours for granted.
Which is exactly why I made it a point I go visit this one as I was in Delhi for work and had time to fly to Amritsar over the weekend and then move on to my other tasks.
It was a Friday evening. After I finished my work, I headed to the Airport and boarded a flight to Amritsar from the Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi. I reached Amritsar late at night and decided to
While I had a cab that took me in the city, I noticed something really interesting. Lot’s cycle rickshaw drivers are still a very popular in the city and that is one of the easiest mode of transport available especially if you are taking a train. The next day was going to be a really exciting day as loads of sight seeing, food and yes, a visit to the Wagah Border was on the cards. I made sure I made the most of my visit in Amritsar.
Before I went anywhere, my first order of the day was to stuff myself with something… something really Punjabi… That’s when I dropped by the Brother’s Dhaba, courtesy my Auto driver… Said, this is one of the best food joints in that area… And truly, he didn’t dissapoint.
Next up was a temple nearby. The Durgiani Temple. Very peaceful especially with the pond that surrounded it. Inside the temple were a group of musicians and worshipers who were singing and playing songs to delight their spiritual side. One wonders how much devotion they had and how beautifully they execute it out.
Despite the pain associated with this place, you have to actually go inside and feel the actual realm of what possibilities that day might have brought upon us. This is something you can’t easily forget and if you are a true Indian, then this place is a stark reminder of the trials and tribulations gone by, for our freedom that exists today.
One thing you must do after visiting the temple is sit outside, listening to the melodious kirtan, songs that are played at the Gurudwara… I literally went into a state of trance and felt so close to myself meditating while sitting outside on the carpet…
One of the surreal feelings that hit you is when you see the Pakistani flag flying across the border and the people sitting and watching us from there… Although Paksitanis being less in numbers, you still get to realize, there isn’t any difference between them and yourselves and wonder, perhaps, as to why this whole meaningless borders exist in the first place?
The whole experience at the border is completely something that you will never forget. The cheering of the people, the dancing to patriotic songs before the parade happens is something you shouldn’t miss. The parade itself is quite a spectacle. The salute to the tricolour, the opening of the gates at the border and soldiers o each side showcasing their best presentation skills as far as their military techniques are concerned. This is something that everybody is charged up about. People waving at each other, looking at each other’s nations flag flying past and at the end of the session synchronously being un-hoisted and kept aside… This shows true peace and harmony that exists and can very well continue to exist especially with loads of love around us.
This was certainly an experience I enjoyed and something that made me feel really alive! True Punjabi Spirit is what I call it…
Flights to Amritsar
Well, there are a few more things worth noticing.
1) The color of the ground is *all red* – its said that the massacre that took place the blood of so many people got mixed up with sand and that’s how it got the color.
2) When you were within the amritsar temple, especially those stairs, didn’t you get that feeling as if there is nothing outside.. such peace…
3) Also, did you see the affection and *seva bhav* that people in amritsar have especially the temple?
Haven’t been to these places myself but everyone in the family has been there and so i konw… great reading about your adventures!!!
Interesting.. Didn’t know about the trivia… Yes, the feeling there is beautiful… very serene… And true, the people everywhere out there exude warmth… Its like you don’t have to worry about anything in that beautiful state!!! Such is greatness of our Punjabi brothers and sisters!
I like the cycle rikshaw as mode of transport. But obvious food and felt proud to see Defense Personnel posted at the Border (never seen this before) & Indian Tricolour. My determination really goes high on reading the closing of your article.
Now i can say. ….. I know about Punjab…..specially Amritsar…….Thanks Srini…..
Yeah, it was fun riding in them… Food is amazing of course…. But yeah, the feeling at the border was amazing… Surreal…
Hey Srini….nice blog and while reading it my trip to Amritsar came live in my memory!! One of my best experiences were at the Wagah Border during the Retreat Parade…it actually brings in a gush of patriotism in us and Golden Temple is truly a visual treat and Jalianwala Bagh got a chill down my spine….did you see the white windows with blood stains on them?
Overall, your blog made me have a virtual trip to Amritsar, down the memory lane!
Thanks…. Chandralekha. Glad you liked it 🙂
yet to explore this part of India… should do soon
Yeah, you should… I visited Amritsar in 2 days… It was a great experience…