Finally, my energy level has been restored and I can sit down and talk about what a wonderful trip I had this weekend!
We started from Ludhiana and took a little detour to Sultanpur Lodhi. Sultanpur Lodhi is the place where the first guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji stayed for 14 years, 9 months and 13 days. He would bathe daily at the Kali Bein (name of a river).
On this sacred land, ‘mool mantra‘, came into being.
There are some 8-9 gurudwaras at Sultanpur Lodhi. We visited only 3 of them. There was a gurudwara where Guru Nanak Dev Ji‘s weighing stones are kept.
Sorry for the poor photography. I am very bad at taking pictures!
Next, we went to the place where Guru Nanak‘s sister lived. It had a map of all the journeys Guru Nanak undertook.
Then, we headed towards Goindwal sahab. The historic and religious importance of this place has been explained in the picture below.
And finally, we reached Amritsar, the city of my dreams!
I tried my best to take good pictures, but I was so bloody tired that I took some average looking pictures. And believe me, the old-city charm of Amritsar hasn’t been captured even by 10% in these pictures.
This is the famous Jalebi Chowk near Golden Temple.
Actually I wanted to capture the traffic jam where my brother and I were standing, but sadly I couldn’t. It was horrible. And yet we were enjoying it!
After reaching our hotel room and freshening up, we headed straight to Golden Temple 🙂 And look how beautiful!
I love the feeling of being in this heavenly abode. After standing for a full one hour in the queue leading to the main temple, when I paid obeisance, I was given prashad which not all of the devotees get! I was like WHATT??!!! My mum could’nt stop gushing about it. And then we sat in the main temple itself for like half an hour until it was time to put Guru Granth Sahib to rest. I dunno what happened, but I was really missing my grandma and grandpa to death at that very moment. It was a long, tiring and yet exciting day.
The next day my mum and I got ready early and headed straight to the market. I wanted some punjabi juttis, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I also clicked the picture of another pre-independence era architectural edifice.
And then, what I had been dying to do!! We headed to Shudh dhaba!! Though we had to wait for my dad and my brother to join us for breakfast, it was worth the wait!! As always, I had the amritsari naans!!
After breakfast, we spent some more time in Golden Temple and then did what I love the most; SHOPPING!!!
There are many roadside shops in Amritsar selling suits and cloth. Last year I got a very pretty salwar-suit for a mere 350 bucks. And they don’t even compromise with the quality of the cloth. But if you wanna indulge in some real shopping therapy, then the famous kapda (cloth) market is the best place for it.
Accidentally, we found a very good shop last year. And we bought bundles of suits from there. This year we thought why not to try some other shops in this extravagant market. But seriously, it is all rubbish. We were disappointed and had to go back to the same shop from where we shopped last year- Fancy Cloth House! I highly recommend this to every woman!!
Scan whole of the kapda market if you wish to, but you will not find anything that matches the quality of this shop, I can guarantee you!!!
This time too, I ate that guy’s head that I want a Pakistani suit!! Last year he gave me one, but it was made in India. But this year I have accomplished a goal and got a ‘Made in Pakistan’ suit for myself. It ain’t exactly what I was looking for. But it is made in Pakistan and in the end that is what matters the most! I was just going through the pictures in my phone when I saw this picture of a dress by the Pakistani fashion house Elan. I showed the picture to my mum and she then showed it to the shopkeeper. He took a piece out and in a matter of a few minutes, I had the exact same cloth used in that dress!!!
Fancy cloth house is the place to be for all women! I was stunned to see all the fabric used in the recently concluded Pakistan fashion week, PLBW 2015, lying in the shop!! And the guy who owns the shop, he knows exactly what the fabric is use for. He designed the dress for me in five minutes!!
And even though I was happy shopping at that time, I knew my trip is going to end and in an hour I’ll be leaving this city.. It was really heartbreaking. I may sound like a lunatic, but it is never easy for me to leave Amritsar.