Tuesday, 6 August 2019

How To Spend A Day in Amritsar: Make The Best Of Your WEEKEND


The foremost thing that comes to mind while speaking of Amritsar is the Golden Temple. No doubt, GoldenTemple and Amritsar are fair synonyms to every traveller!! Till date I supposed that Golden Temple is the only attraction of Amritsar until I myself hit upon the land after an unplanned road trip. Believe me; the state of Punjab with its extreme climatic conditions has much more to offer than the Golden Temple. Follows here is about how you can spend a whole day in Amritsar city.

Morning
8:00 a.m.
Golden Temple


One of the main pilgrimage sites of Sikhism in India, Golden Temple is also referred to as Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib meaning ‘The Abode of God'. The name Amritsar refers to ' Pool of Nectar' and the holy pool in the premises of Golden Temple embodies the same.

The main temple is located amidst a holy lake and is connected via shaded walkways. The upper portion of the shrine is made from solid gold which infers its name as Golden Temple. The two storeyed Temple also provides access to its first floor from where a panoramic view of the premises can be grabbed. Don't miss the floral work and the golden patterns along the facades of the Shrine.





Beyond the shiny boundaries of the pool, there are a number of small temples which have their own historical and spiritual significance. Each of the temples has its own magnificence of silvery cupolas, decorated walls and painted pillars.

Statistics say that everyday more than 10000 devotees and travelers visit the shrine to pay their homage. With a sole motto of ‘Service to the Mankind’ the temple has a free kitchen or 'Langar' that feeds more than 50000 people each day all-round the clock.

Start your day at this Holy domicile to rejuvenate your body and soul for the entire day. It will be a good start in Amritsar day tour.


Other details
  • Entry Ticket: Free.
  • As the temple remains open for 24 hours, you can visit the temple during any time of the day but the morning hours surely fetches less crowd. 
  • Both men and women must cover their head with scarves before entering the temple premises.
  • The free kitchen operates the whole day and pilgrims and devotees can have their plate of delicious vegetarian food at any hour of the clock.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the temple premises.
  • An auto-rickshaw from any corner of the city will take you to the Golden Temple

10 AM
Durgiana temple




Finish your breakfast at the free kitchen of the Golden Temple with Daal-Chapatti followed by a big glass of tea and head on towards the Durgiana temple.

The main deity at this Hindu pilgrimage site is Goddess Durga. Apart from the Goddess, you will find temples of Hanuman and Laxmi-Narayan. The Hanuman temple it believed to be decades old and date back to the Ramayana era.

The architecture of this Temple is quite similar to that of the Golden Temple. Here also, the main temple of Goddess Durga is situated in the middle of a sacred pool. Though a major part of the temple is undergoing renovation work, you can easily stroll across the white pavements of the shrine and take some beautiful photos.




Other details
  • Entry Ticket: Free
  • Opening hours: 6am to 8 pm
  • Similar to the Golden Temple, we are also you must have called your head with scarf.
  • Durgiana Temple also operates langar which provides free food to the tourists.

11.30 AM
Partition museum

After you pay homage at the Durgiana Temple, make your way towards the Partition Museum.




Situated at the heart of the city, the museum is packed with pains and moments of Indian independence. Established very recently in 2017, the place is dedicated to the 1947 archives of free India that brought along with the 'curse' of partition.

When India got freedom from the British rule in 1947, Punjab was divided on the basis of religion. This made millions of people fall on the wrong side which consequently resulted in riots among Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Lakhs of people died in the riots and the unfathomable 'curse' made another few lakhs refugees.




The 14 galleries of the memorial display refugee artefacts, oral histories, art pieces and archives of 1947 which till date bears the agony of partition. The Government of Punjab founded this museum with the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust of the United Kingdom while dedicating the place to the unsung victims of the national unrest that tore apart the country.

Other details
  • Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Entry Ticket: 10 INR
  • Photography inside the galleries is strictly prohibited.

Afternoon
1:00 p.m. 
The Punjabi Lunch

There are plenty of eating options to choose from near the Partition Museum.

Walk a small distance from the memorial to reach any of the nearby Punjabi dhabas. We chose Brother's Dhaba. The place offers a variety of authentic Punjabi dishes and is offering pure vegetarian food since 2001. 


You can choose the giant and delicious Special Thali as well as separate items for your lunch.  The place is famous for its exotic aloo kulcha and sarson ka saag.  Though we didn't ordered Sarson Ka Saag we finished our lunch plate with aloo kulcha and dal makhani followed by a big glass of Amritsari lassi.

                                                            Credits: Polka Puffs


Other Punjabi dishes that you can try include makke Ki Roti and chole bhature. Other places to eat nearby list dhabas like Bharawan Da Dhaba and Raj Punjabi Dhaba.

2:00 p.m.
Jallianwala Bagh



At a mere walking distance of 5 minutes from the Partition Museum, opens the narrow passage to Jallianwala Bagh. The public garden of Jallianwala Bagh was built in 1951in memory of the martyrs in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The massacre took place on 13th April 1919 on the day of Sikh New Year when the troops of British Indian Army under the command of General Dyer fired multiple rounds of bullet at an unarmed crowd who gathered at the garden to celebrate the New Year. While hundreds of Sikhs jumped in the nearby well to save themselves from the bullets, many tried to escape by climbing the high walls of the garden in vain.

Records revealed that more than 1000 people including men women and children died at the massacre leaving another 1500 people injured. 

One can still find the bullet marks at the walls of the garden. The well where people jumped into still stands today and has been named as ‘Shahid ka Kuan’ or ‘The Martyrs well’.  The point from which General Dyer fired at the people is also marked with a small erection that reads ‘People were fired at from here’.



The garden hosts a small museum and a memorial to commemorate one of the most tragic incident of Indian history. A light and sound show is also organized in the evening where the incidence of 13th April 1919 are narrated.

Other details
  • Jallianwala Bagh has visiting hours from 6:30 am to 7 pm.
  • Entry Ticket: Free

2:30 p.m.
Shopping time




Shopping in Amritsar is a good move right? Of course, it is. You need to know some fashion as well. The wide lane connecting Jallianwala Bagh with Partition Museum is named as Heritage Street (some call it cloth market as well) and is one of the main lures of the travelers who don't miss shopping on their holidays. So, before you move on to your next destination, pamper your shopping buds with some Punjabi stuff.

The street is choked with shops selling ethnic Punjabi suit sets, embroidered dupattas, tinted patialas and Punjabi Juttis. Antique shops selling metal and alloy show-pieces are other attractions of the bustling street. Shops selling food items like sweets, pickles, and papads can also be found along the lanes.







3:30 p.m.
Start for the Wagah Border

Book a seat in the bus that will make 45 minutes of journey to take you to the Wagah Border

Wagah Attari Border or the Wagah Border as it reads is India’s first line of Defence that lies at a distance of 30 kilometres from Amritsar. The small village of Wagah draws the line between Punjab and Lahore and therefore get the name as Wagah Border. 





The Beating Retreat or the ‘Flag Lowering’ ceremony occurs every day since 1959 when both the Indian and Pakistani flag is lowered down synchronously at the sunset. 

Thousands of people gather at the Wagah stadium to see the ceremonial proceedings. Both the Indian BSF and Pakistani rangers dressed in proper attires and headgears salute and offer their tribute to their respective national flags. The crowds cheer at the patriotic steps of BSF Army when they leg march on the drum beats of the parade. Patriotic songs and rhythms are played in the background as well to boost up the visitors.


                                                                 Credits: Swadesi

The entire ceremony last for half an hour and is brought to an end with the lowering of the national flag.

There are small shops and eateries outside the stadium where you can enjoy your evening snacks and buy mementos for your family and friends.  Customized pens, t-shirts, caps, coffee mugs, and writing pads are available for a price at the stalls. Tiny souvenirs with Indian flag printed upon them are also available at these small souks.




Other details
  • Entry Ticket: Free
  • You can reach Wagah Border from Amritsar by bus or by hiring a car.  As soon as you come out from the Jallianwala Bagh, you will find travel agents asking you to book your bus tickets to the Wagah Border.  A 10 seater bus journey will cost you 80 INR while booking a cab will fetch an expense of 500 to 800 INR.
  • Try to reach there a bit early as there is a huge rush for the seat. Though the Wagah stadium is a 3 storey building, enormous thrush at the evening makes it difficult to grab the front seat. So it is always advisable to reach there a bit earlier.
  • Any sort of bags are not allowed inside the stadium however you can carry a small purse mobile, cameras and your water bottle along with you.
  • The timing of the flag-lowering ceremony is not fixed and depends upon the season. For winter the approximate time is 5:30 p.m. while for hot days it is extended to 6:30 in the evening.

How to reach Amritsar

Both Amritsar airport (Sree Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport) and Amritsar Railway station is well connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

Located on NH 1, regular bus runs from major cities like Delhi, Ambala, Patiala, Jammu and Chandigarh to Amritsar.


Where to stay in Amritsar

You can have your stay booked at the Golden Temple.  It provides very clean and tidy rooms and dorms as well at affordable prices. You can book the rooms either from their website or directly from the Golden Temple booking office (no other medium is valid).

Apart from staying within the temple premises there are plenty of hotels and homestays nearby by the temple.  

As we wanted a peaceful stay away from the hustle-bustle of the city, we stayed at The Corner House which was 30 minutes away from the temple.  Our host was very friendly and welcoming and helped us in getting around in Amritsar. The bedroom was very large with a big cot and clean toilet floors.  It also had an attached kitchen, water purifier and a small fridge to take care of all our needs.

Useful tips

  • Your journey from Golden Temple to Jallianwala Bagh can be covered by booking and auto rickshaw or a tuk-tuk.
  • Though Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Partition Museum are at a walkable distance from each other, the narrow streets with dense crowd will make it difficult to make your way.
  • Since, our trip to Amritsar was a road journey we parked our card at the multi-level car parking behind the partition museum and booked a tuktuk to get to other places.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Top 5 things To Do In Daman; #2 Is The Coolest





Many times we utter ‘Daman-Diu’ as if they are the same or nearby places. Still to reconnoitre it a bit, the two places are almost 650 kilometres away from each other! Both the Union Territories have some impeccable shorelines and picturesque destinations. But if you are done with the beaches of Goa and want to look for another set of virgin shorelines, Daman is the place for you. Sharing its exterior coasts with the Arabian Sea, the Union Territory of Daman is one of the best beaches in India. Whether you are looking for some cheap family holidays or an exclusive stay with your partner, Daman turns out to be the coolest destination. Daman inherits an amalgamation of the Indian and Portuguese culture who settled here for more than four decades. Places to visit in Daman include but not limited to monuments with architectural splendors, breath-taking landscapes, and palm-lined black sand beaches. Below listed are the top 5 amazing things to do in this old hypnotic city.

  1. Unwind on the sands

Daman can no doubt be your one of the best beach holidays. Beaches like Devka and Jampore renders a tranquil and laid-back view of the Arabian Sea. The pristine palm-lined greyish sands with an enormous view of the horizon make the beaches a flawless place to dwell in. Though bathing at Devka is not suggested owing to its acidic properties, you can surely enjoy your wash at Jampore. Apart from the day charismas, you can also enjoy sunrise at the beaches and nurture the budding photographer in you.

      2.  Feed your adventure-loving soul


If you are an adventure lover, Daman has it all for you! Visit Jampore and it has all sorts of beach activities you can think of. Feed your adventure-loving soul with activities like parasailing, car racing, banana boats, speed boats, and water bike. But be sure to bargain before taking up any of these! If you have your own water sports equipment like tubes and tyres, you can also bring them along. 

      3.    Stroll across the walls of the old bastions


Constructed by the Portuguese, the ‘Moti Daman Fort’ and the ‘Nani Daman Fort’ are the two major attractions of Daman. The 16th-century citadels are renowned for their contours and structures that helped the Portuguese to keep an eye on their enemies. While the Moti Daman fort is escorted by a lighthouse, the high stone walls of the neighboring Nani Daman fort way out to the Nani Daman River and dock. The waterways of Daman here anchors many big vessels that are yet to set sail. The Nani Daman fort is also known for its huge gateway that embraces a massive statue of St Jerome.




     4.    Pay homage at the shrines and churches



The architectural elegance of Daman is best cited at its colonial chapels. The 16th-century old Bom Jesus church, Church of Our Lady of Remedies and Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary is few of the magnificent chapels in Daman that are famed for their wall inscriptions, tinted roofs, and elevated facades. Apart from the churches, you can visit Hanuman Temple and Jain Temple which boasts of its 18th-century silvery marble carvings. 

     5.    Eat, Shop, Repeat


Daman is a flawless destination for both the food lovers and the shopaholics. The streets of Daman are plunged with some of the finest dine-outs and cafes of the city that offer a variety of eating options. Continental, Indian, Chinese, all are just a spoon away from your taste bud! You can also indulge yourself in a plethora of cheap drinks at the live bars and pubs at Daman that stays open till late at night. 


Trendy shopping at cheap rates is the main motto while stumbling upon the shopping spree. The streets swipe tight with products like handicraft items, souvenirs, apparels, and knick-knacks. Most of the shops tag a label of ‘Fixed Price’ but believe me the outfits and apparels are the cheapest buys at Daman.

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

8 Reasons to Visit the Exotic Mehrangarh Fort



Rajasthan has always been my ‘First Love’ while speaking of a break. My first Rajasthan tour was in 2003 with my parents when I was just a high school pupil. Since then I have been to the state seven times! Many times I have explored the same citadel over and over again, walked along with the same garden for hours and have repeatedly mounted the steep old steps of palaces. Though places to visit in Rajasthan are many, I don’t know in particular what attracts me the most; its antiquity, its elegance, its heritage or its kindly natives. But whenever I have been in that country, the glitters of the domicile have always left a deep imprint in my heart. Very recently I halted for a day in Jodhpur; one of my longed Rajasthan tourist places, while paying a visit to the land for some official work. And believe me, this was my first time in Jodhpur and I was so, so eager to see the ‘Blue City’.


The second largest metropolitan city of Rajasthan is Jodhpur. Set in the landscape of the Thar Desert and the mighty Aravalis, ‘Sun City’ and ‘Blue City’ are the other popular names of the capital of Marwar. ‘Sun City’ because the realm experiences bright and hotter days during most time of the year and ‘Blue City’ because all the houses in the old city are painted blue. There are many reasons behind dying the walls blue. Some people utter that it protects the residents from the strong heat of the desert, some say that the color keeps termite away while some others say that the blue walls indicate the houses of upper caste people. Whatever the reason might be, the cloud of blue roofs, walls, and facades has no doubt become an individuality and uniqueness of Jodhpur.
Among the petite houses of the historic city stands the Mehrangarh Fort, a one of its kind in the entire region. Along with other points of interest in the city, Mehrangarh is one of the prime places to see in Jodhpur. My never-ending expeditions of forts and palaces have hauled me through numerous thick walls of Rajasthan but Meharangarh was exceptional and much gracious of all. I walked along with the fort balconies, peeped through its boxes, gazed at every possible artwork, looked around its extraordinary collections, strolled across the Royal courtyards of Marwar and intermingled with the locals. And at the conclusion, what I ended up with was an exquisite slice of charm in the heart of Jodhpur that is not to be missed anyway. Later when I pondered about my fort visit, I could chalk out hundreds of reasons to visit this citadel again. Here, I have scribbled down top 8 reasons why you must visit Meharangarh Fort for your next visit to Jodhpur.

    1.    History and Architecture



                                     An imprint on the outer walls of the fort

Spread over an area of 5 kilometers, the perpendicular and thick walls of Mehrangarh stand at an immeasurable height of 125 feet above the city skylines. 
This UNESCO World heritage is one of its kinds in the entire Rajasthan that has got no parallel. No matter where you stand in the city crowd, the gigantic red-faced fort is always at your sight! 
The citadel was erected in 1459 by Rao Jodha who belonged to the Rathore clan. The fort derived its name from Mehr-Garh or Mihir-Garh where ‘Mihir’ referred to the Sun and ‘Garh’ implied abode. It is believed that the Rathore’s are the descendants of the Sun God and hence they named their dwelling after him.


                                                    Courtesy: Hindustan Times


My guide added that the reasons behind erecting the fort at a higher altitude were many. The elevation with winding roads leading to the citadel delayed an army attack. Another point was that the king can have an easy glance of the whole city from the fort which helped him in monitoring and tracing his subjects. He further supplemented that the cliff on which the fort stands today is popularly known as ‘Bakurcheedia’ meaning hill of birds. A hermit used to stay at the crags during the period when Rao Jodha decided to build the bastion. As the hermit refused to relocate from the cliff, Rao forced him to do so and a terrific curse fell upon Rao’s estate. 
The saint cursed Rao that his entire state will face severe drought conditions and individuals here still believe that Jodhpur till date faces scarcity of water owing to the saint’s curse only.




    2.  The Palaces, turrets, and gardens
The only fort in Rajasthan with a lift facility, the widespread castle has seven gates or ‘Pols’, each marks the victory of the ruling Rathods over their enemy. Some fierce battles were fought against the Mughals while others against the rulers of Jaipur and Bikaner. Few gates still bear the imprints of the cannon balls that were fired by the attacking armies. The boulder alleyways inside the fort are quite steep and you need to sweat for a while before you complete your trail of Mehrangarh. The palaces inside the fort are a real beauty. Some of the fort palaces have been transformed into gorgeous and opulent museums which display both Marwar and Mughal centerpieces.


Stride along the ‘Rao Jodha Falsa’ or ‘The Seat of Rao Jodha’ and reach the engraved white doors of Daulatkhana. The courtyard near the Daulatkhana is called the Daulatkhana Chowk and host folk performances and vintage photo shoots throughout the day. Gaze through the natural colored paintings, woven metal ground silk curtains and the wine flask, designed in the shape of a dancing woman. Walk beside the diverse sizes and styles of palanquins or ‘Howda’ seating upon which the 18th-century Rathore went for a hunt in the Aravalis or decked up for a Royal procession.  





As you stare at the Royal costumes, armors, turbans and timeworn tanned manuscripts, head on to the 18th century ‘Phool Mahal’. The walls and facades in this private room render 36 moods of Indian Classical Ragas and portray metaphors of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Pass on through the magic of tinted mirrors in ‘Sheesh Mahal’. Reach the ‘Room of Cradles’ where each and every varieties and size of stone entrenched cradles are displayed. Explore through the ramparts and balconies to reach the Royal bedroom, ‘Takht Vilas’. Lacquer paintings of Hindu Deities deck up the interior of the apartment. Then there is the 17th-century‘ Reception Room’ or the ‘Moti Mahal’. The room with brilliant hues of stained glasses was once the meeting room of the Royals. Tiny windows surrounding the chamber infer that women were refrained from participating in the meeting and hence peeked through those hovels. Next, you will find an apartment named ‘Janani Deodi’ or ‘The Room for the Females’ which was exclusively built for the Royal women and kinsmen were not allowed stepping in.





Down below the windy roads lays the Chokhelao Garden. The 200-year-old garden is a moment of freshness and relaxation amidst the ancient erections of Rao Jodha. Its serene greenery and shades of floras render a break to the exhausted travelers. The view of the fort and the city from this point is simply breathtaking and the open olive plot provides some unique vistas of the air.

    3.   Fort Temples


                                                    Courtesy: Jodhpur Tourism

Every dynasty has their ‘Kul Devta’ or the family deity and so does the Rathores. The silvery structure with a dome and outstretched flags within the fort complex is the abode of their family deity Maa Chamunda. Chamunda is another manifestation of Goddess Parvati, the Hindu Goddess of power and supremacy. My guide informed that Chamunda was Rao’s beloved goddess and he shifted the deity from his old capital of Mandore to the present shrine in 1460. The temple gathers tons of devotees during ‘Navratri’ or ‘Dussera’ when ten day long programs are organized at the temple premises.

    4.    A Shopper’s Paradise
Just as you cross the walls of ‘Janani Deodi’, the studio of the Royal ladies you step into the most colorful slice of the fort. It’s the Craft Bazar. It is a small space where six to eight shops are seated side by side. As my eyeballs rumbled around, I observed leather shoes and sandals, skin wallets and bags, ‘Bandhni’ and block printed sarees, suit pieces and scarfs, lacquer bracelets and bangles and jewelry made from dead camel bones were displayed for a sell. 
I personally don’t encourage buying or promoting any sort of animal product but on asking they insisted that those were from the dead animals and no living was harmed in the due process.
Don’t know about their lines but I stuck to my point and refrained from buying any of those animal merchandises. Customized tees, caps, stone works and stoles were also put on for a handsome price for the customers. 






    5.     Food lover’s darling
As soon as I started walking towards the exit, I crossed Fateh Pol and I sighted a royal eatery. That was ‘Mehran Cafe’. My guide suggested walking a bit more towards the exit where I will get a similar one. Walking down another two minutes fetched me to ‘Palki Cafe’. Both the cafes served snacks, bakeries, beverages, and meals. 
Very frankly, I found the cafes overpriced but if you are hunting for a luxury cafe for your partner or family, then these are the perfect food joints for you. 
With tables laid beneath the furrowed royal flags sagging from the top, these bistros on the pompous alleys will no doubt leave a tang of the grand savor both to your dish and experience.



Another rooftop restaurant within the fort boundary is at Chokelao Garden named as ‘Chokelao Mahal Restaurant’. This is one of the famous hotels in Jodhpur as well. Servings and prices are almost the same as the other two. Often special candlelight dinners are arranged at its terrace from where one can both have a bird’s eye view of the city and neon-lit view of the citadel.

    6.    Food for the Adventurous Soul

                                                  Courtesy: Makemytrip

Did you know that Mehrangarh also hosts zip line activity? Yes! Feed your adventure soul at the lanky cliffs of Jodhpur. The activity booking office is at Chokelao Garden. The zip lines are almost 250 meters long and last for more than an hour. Don’t panic! Expert trainers are there to boost you up before your turn. The stretched sagging lines will guide you through some of the extraordinary views of the historical monuments and edifices of Jodhpur which will indeed be a lifetime experience of yours.



    7.    The City view from the Fort


To my opinion, this is the most amazing part of the fort trail. You can gaze the far-reaching diameter of the blue city in front of you and can perceive the perpendicular fort at your back. You might also get a crick in your neck engulfing the 500-year-old miracle that stands with all its glory.
The urban appears like a swarm of blue-headed army guarding the fort round the clock. 
Enjoy your sunset from the fort and you can grab some fantastic views of nature and the stronghold. Gawk at the flock of birds that nests at the roofs of the fort and return in the evening. Listen to their chirping and quarreling as they bid a goodbye to the ball of fire. Believe me, this is the perfect time to lose yourself in the flaps of history which you perceived all throughout your voyage.

    8.    Fairs and Festivals at Mehrangarh
Though the time during which I visited Mehrangarh was not the season of any fair or festival my guide informed that the fort hosts a variety of fiestas all throughout the year. He also urged me to visit again during any of those. The UNESCO sustained ‘Rajasthan International Folk Festival’ in October and ‘World Sacred Spirit Festival’ in February are the two major happenings in Mehrangarh. While the first one celebrates and emboldens the folk and culture of Rajasthan, the latter focuses on preserving the sacred Sufi traditions of India. During this time, the fort gets swarmed with visitors around the globe and the colors, insignias, tunes and merriment spark up the otherwise pale and pallid castle.


                                                         Courtesy: India Today

Good to know:
  • The fort has a lift facility. One can choose to walk up the slope or use a lift to cover the height. The descending has to be done by walking only.
  • The fort is open from 9 am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening.
  • Entry fees to the fort: INR 100 (Indian)
  • You can also take an audio guide or a personal guide to assist you along the trail of Mehrangarh Fort.Ticket price for audio guide: INR 180. Ticket price for an authorized guide: INR 400 (up to 4 persons)
  • Entrance to the temple and taking up zip line does not need an entry fee. One can visit these without buying the fort ticket. While the zip line gets closed by evening, the temple remains open till 8 in the night. 
  • Make sure you wear comfortable sneakers for your trail through the fort. The bumpy and stiff boulders of the path are surely going to give you sprain if you chose to wear heels or slippers. Carry enough water for the two-hour walk along the ramparts.

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