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Oct 17, 2019 - Amritsar Day 2 old city tour

Early start today at 6:45 to beat the inevitable traffic but to try to see around the heritage trail within Amritsar old city. I did no5 quite know what I was expecting but this was the real backstreets of the old city, without men washing naked in the streets, weeping into the gutter without a by or leave. The streets were indescribable but please check the photographs. The amazing aspect was you would be walking around in desolation, you would enter a gate/ door into a clean temple of a considerable size. The shops were not open but those...

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Oct 16, 2019 - Amritsar Tour Golden Temple

Today started early as the call to prayers came out at 4:00 am and the cities incessant horns start honking at 5:00 am. We were welcomed by our guide Ramesh, a young Sikh lad at 09:30 and we headed out to centre Amritsar. As we journey in we had an excellent introduction into the city and culture. We arrived within a predestination walkway that took you into the Temple Complex. We surprisingly passed a McDonalds and several hunderds of single roomed shops selling their wears. Most of which are head coverings to wear in the temples,...

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Oct 16, 2019 - The Closing ceremony of The India Pakistan Borber

Within the temple area there is Sikh museum which explains Sikhism from the very first martyr to the latest victims of the India/PAkistan war as well as the massacre of Amritsar inApril 13th 1919. This was quite depressing for not only do the graphically show in paintings of all the tortures the Moguls put th e foundling farther through but also the photographs of the recent massacred Sikhs before their burial. Hard hitting stuff. We continue our walk around the temple but we were not allowed in, but given special priveldge to see the...

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Oct 16, 2019 - Feeding the thousands 24 7 Golden Temple

Not only does the temple feed their spiritual minds but also provides free food to anyone that comes. This is provided 24 7 by volunteers that believe in doing good good things will happen. Now everyday approx 250,000 meals of rice, kidney bean curry, nan, and rice pudding along with Massala Char drink. These are served to 300 people in large room every 20 minutes. There are 9 such rooms so 2700 people at max every 20 minutes. All the food is required to prepared, cooked and served along with the clearance and washing up. After each meal...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Is this the way to Amritsar?

Today was as we find is all about timing, and for us it was a close run thing as so many issues tried to block our progression to Amritsar. Just know that our flight was due for take off at 5:45. Firstly we had a leisurely breakfast at 10:00 not knowing that a lunch had been organised for 12:00 with the Bhalla family at the hotel. After a late start we were treated to a wonderful 8 course meal, but by 1:15 with the last course yet to eat we had to leave for the “ 2 hour trip “ to the airport. The Maitre de was so disappointed Tharp the we...

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Jul 13, 2019 - Last day in Amritsar

Our internal body clocks betrayed us and having failed to set an alarm clock we slept in until 11:00 a.m. A quick call down to our hotel front desk advised that the complementary breakfast is over at 10. But, this is India...so they bring breakfast to our room!! We check out at noon but then had to kill some time before our 6:40 p.m. train to Varanasi. So it was off to Gian Chand Milk Bhandar for a lassi. Another crazy tuk-tuk ride took us to our destination. Even before we got there we agreed that it was the best 100 rupees we had spent....

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Jul 12, 2019 - Machisimo at the border

Our hotel (Urban Galaxy) is very close to the core of old Amritsar, which means that it is very close to the Golden Temple. As such we made use of our location by having our breakfast at the hotel (rooftop) and then heading out to see the Golden Temple in the daytime. Eleri and Marlys were suitably attired with not an inch of skin showing except their feet, hands and faces. Theo and I had purchased some head coverings the night before, so off we headed. Dropped off our sandals at the free shoe minders (even got a numbered token) and then...

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Jul 11, 2019 - A hot time in the city!

We must have been tired because we slept until 11 a.m. (still dealing with our jet lag). As our hotel room was a small windowless room it was a very restorative sleep without having to put up with even a hint of the incessant Delhi noise. By this point we realised we were going to have to scale back our sightseeing activities due to lack of time. We bravely headed out of our hotel only to melt in the 45° C heat. After a short walk to an ATM (max 10,000 rupees - i.e. $200 Cdn) we surrendered to the heat and headed back to our hotel. With our...

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Oct 6, 2016 - Amritsar - Le Temple D'Or

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/ag4T1RQtExCtaQeeA Notre arrêt dans ce haut lieu de la religion Sikhs fût rempli de surprises pour tous les sens. La chaleur torride, l'éclat des pierres roses des édifices et les plus beaux vêtements traditionnels donnaient à Amritsar un air de fête. Ce n'est qu'en s'approchant du Temple d'Or que l'on apperçoit le côté hautement religieux de la ville. Le Temple d'Or est le nom informel du Harmandir Sahib, l'édifice le plus sacré des Sikhs, situé au cœur...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Amazing Amritsar

Amritsar turned out to be such a surprise. Being close to Dharamsala and seeing that it had an airport, Fran and I planned to fly from Amritsar down to Kerala. Based on recommendations from Nick (our Endeavour overland driver/owner) and Keith (our fellow overlander), we decided to stay for a few days and check out some of the sights. We are so glad we did! Despite the early morning departure (5 am, yawn!), our bus left Dharamsala and arrived in Amritsar without incident, where we were greeted at our hostel sooo enthusiastically by Sandy...

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Jun 28, 2015 - 26 June 2015 - Amritsar

It was decided the only way for us to get to Amritsar, our last stop on this trip, was to fly, so early Friday morning we were back at the airport for the one hour flight. We couldn't all get on the same flight so some went early and the rest of us took the next flight, which was delayed an hour or so. A bus met us at the airport to ferry us around for the day. Our first visit was to the Golden Temple, the most important place for Sikhs. What an amazing sight, the gold plated temple set on a lake. And so many people - many of them here for...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Amritsar

Getting close to the end of our trip……. We - Mok, Thom and Kari, left Ludhiana to drive to Amritsar, where we met Mok’s cousin Vikram and then Mok gave us 10 minutes to check into the Hotel Ranjit Savaasa – a heritage hotel (& spa – NO TIME, but need a Mani/Pedi BADLY!!.....and Thom could use a Facial). Beautiful old property in the centre of Town….way more interesting than a modern Hyatt etc. Late that afternoon our driver took us to the India/Pakistan border to witness the Flag lowering ceremony – an event performed simultaneously by both...

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