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KERALA

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

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Today i m taking u all on d tour of "God's own place" i.e. Kerala which is situated on India's tropical Malabar coast. It is so called bcz of it's lush greenery & breathtaking sceneries. It is considered one of d most beautiful Honeymoon destinations in India. D rate of poverty in Kerala is low compared to all India avg & literacy rate is comparatively very high. According to Hindu mythology, d lands of Kerala emerged out when sage Parasurama, d 6th avatar of lord Vishnu threw his axe across d sea & d water retrograded as far as it reached.
I'd visited d "Land of Coconuts" in d month of Dec2018. Winter season is d best time to visit Kerala as this time humidity drops & d valleys are lush green. So i began searching for a suitable Kerala travel package & finally booked one through MMT (MakeMyTrip) . Since flights are d quickest & most convenient way to go to Kerala so i'd booked a round-trip flight to Kerala. My dreamy vacation to Kerala began with boarding on d flight to Bengaluru as there were no direct flights availble from Indore-Kochi at that time. After spending layover time of approx 2hrs at Kempegowda airport Bengaluru, I'd stepped in to my next flight leading to Kochi. Here 1thing i want to tell to all my traveller frndz that despite dt u are going to Kerala in Winters, u don't need to pack any heavy warm cloths as d whether here is much hotter & humid as compared to North India. Although u can carry a light jacket or a cotton shawl for evenings dt might be required in d hilly areas.

My Kerala trip details:-
Duration: 6nights/7days
Date: 20Dec18-26Dec18
Category- Deluxe
Cities: Munnar, Thekkady, Allepey, Kovalam, Trivandrum
Inclusions: Cab, Hotels, Brkfast, Candle light dinner & Local sightseeing
Exclusions: Personal expenses & Lunch

The Trip:-
Day1: Cochin to Munnar- The Candlelit Dinner
Starting as we arrived at d Cochin airport & being picked up by d Driver in a Sedan AC car for getting us transferred to our stay in Munnar, a beautiful hill station. D journey to this town (135km) ws laden with serene landscapes & narrow roads and took jst 4hrs to cover. During d drive, enjoyed a short stopover at d Athirapally waterfalls. We were totally in awe of d beauty of dt place. Here u must have a pair of comfortable sneakers for d amount of walking required. To make your road trip a fun experience, you cud stop at d beautiful spice garden & take a charming walk through d garden while inhaling d scents of multiple herbs & spice plants. On d way to Munnar, we asked our driver to stop for d Lunch at any pure vegetarian restaurant but even after checking out several restaurants we cudn't find any so we had to decide to have a vegetarian Lunch at a restaurant which was serving both veg & non-veg as we had no other option available. D food was served at Banana leaf then we realized dt yes, we are in Kerala.

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At around 8pm, we reached d forest resort named Tea village which was some 13km away from d Munnar bus stand offering breathtaking views of d valley. D resort exceeded our expectations & we were totally in love with it.

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After check-in we got a bouquet along with a welcome hamper containing Chocolates/Cookies, Deodorant, Spices grown in Kerala & a Coffee mug imprinted with d pictures depicting culture of Kerala. Then Welcome drink was delivered in our room.

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After having shower, enjoyed d candlelit dinner organized for us by d Hotel staff in balcony of our room amidst d forest. D glow of d candles, d moon & stars, d setting & d scenic surroundings all made it a perfect evening. If you are on your Honeymoon, then u must order a bottle of Champagne at your own expense just to add a little spice in d romantic eve.

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Day2: Munnar Sightseeing & Ayurvedic Massage..
After brkfast at d resort, started our sightseeing from lush tea plantations, then headed to Eravikulam national park. Moreover, d route from our resort to this place was scenic dt i cudn't stop myself to capture d mesmerizing vistas.

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D Eravikulam national park is famous for d Nilgiri Tahr- an endangered species of wild goat. Here u can enjoy a visit to d top station to see d beautiful view of Munnar. Here i want to advise to all d lady travellers dt don't forget to carry a Sunscreen while sightseeing at Munnar as it was too humid & hot even in d month of December & avoid wearing Sleeveless dress otherwise your sensitive skin may suffer with Sun burn. Post this, we visited d Rose garden, which had more than 100 variety of flowers.
After experiencing a magical evening, we returned to d resort for an overnight stay but before d dinner, went for a traditional Ayurveda full body massage(Abhyanga) at d resort as per our package itinerary. In a private room as soon as d girl therapist started massaging from head to toe with dt Herbal aromatic oil, tiredness of d whole day was just vanished. After dt, she locked me in some Almirah like closed structure for steam bath. Then she instructed me to take a complete bath in d Bathroom attached to dt Spa room. After dt 1hour spent in d Massage, i was feeling so fresh & relaxed dt i felt never before.
Day3: Munnar to Thekkady- Kalari Show & Dinner by d Pool..
Checked-out from d resort after relishing an early morning brkfast & got ready for a 3hour (92km) drive to Thekkady. Thekkady has a wide zone for travellers to chill out. Enroute, we saw a no of traditional Kerala style houses with each one having a Banana tree in d premise. Upon our arrival by noon, checked into d resort Crown valley, which was once again awesome & d room was so cozy!

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Just contrary to Munnar, d whether of Thekkady was so chilled & windy dt we had to wear our Sweaters. D clouds were speedly running over d hotel & we were able to capture them through d windows of our room along with an exceptional view of d valley.

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Now we went on a boat cruise on Periyar lake in Thekkady, While boating here, you cud spot herds of Gaur, Sambar, Wild boar & Elephants in d grasslands adjacent to d shores.

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Later, in d evening, we experienced d traditional Kalari show. D artists were so marvelous , as they performed different martial arts moves across d fire circles which were getting smaller stunt by stunt. I would recommend everyone to indulge in this experience if they book a Kerala trip. After d show, we headed back to d resort where a delicious dinner by d pool had been arranged for us. Here u can spend a leisurely evening with your loved one while enjoying d delicious supper. As d day came to an end, we returned to d room for a relaxing overnight stay.

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Day4: Thekkady to Alleppey- Night Stay in d Houseboat..
Checked out from d resort in Thekkady after brkfast & drove to Alleppey.

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With scenic inland waterways, Alleppey is a mesmerizing backwater destination in Kerala & is known as d "Venice of East". D 138km drive to this exotic world of beauty jst took about 4hrs to cover & once again had no trouble commuting since d route was excellent & tall Palm trees were welcoming us. We reached d 2-storey luxury houseboat at 1pm & after we had checked in & settled out luggage in our room, d houseboat began moving in d backwaters of Arabian sea.

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D houseboat was sailing swiftly by d deep waterway channel while we were sipping d coconut water & enjoying snacks. D sun deck on d houseboat offered magnificent panoramas of d backwaters. As d day came to an end, we had an amazing Candle lit dinner aboard d houseboat. Here u have to just sit back & enjoy d company of your loved one as you cruise along d calm backwater. Light music enhances d evening's atmosphere as you bask in d charm of God's own country. We loved how everything was managed perfectly here, from decorations to food & drinks. Post dinner, we enjoyed a relaxing sleep in our comfortable room of d houseboat.

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Day5: Alleppey to Kovalam- Road transfer
Post brkfast in d houseboat, disembarked from d houseboat in Alleppey & drove to Kovalam, an exotic beach destination. This place is a well-developed beach-resort vacation spot for travellers from all over d world. D 180km & 4-5hr long drive was a pleasant one with lush views of d Kerala countryside. Upon our arrival, checked-in at d Sagara beach resort & relaxed in d comfortable room. D hotel is within a walking distance from Kovalam light house & d beach. Each room had a private balcony that overlooked d beautiful natural surroundings & breathtaking views of d Arabian sea, even i cud clearly hear d heavy roars of d ocean waves.

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Later, we headed out to explore d iconic Hawa beach & Light house beach. As d sun set on d horizon, d gushing waves of d Arabian sea started shimmering & created a serene aura. Such a soothing environment is ideal for a fun time with d one you love.
As Christmas is celebrated more on Dec24th which means midnight mass & fortunately we were there in Kovalam & YES, it was a very special time. There were a no. of beach side Restaurants, Cafe, Pubs & Bars decorated with lights & fully captured by d foreigners drinking, dining & dancing. After a short beach walk we went into a beach side restaurant for a cold beer & some lovely food. While sitting there we were gazing at d ocean waves & being touched by d cool breeze directly coming from d ocean. That relaxing sitting was very much awaited after d 5days journey. I must say dt this was one was d highlight of our trip. Later, we headed back to d resort where we got surprised when d hotel manager invited us for d Christmas celebration to be held by d swimming pool. So after dinner we went to d pool side party where some singing/dancing groups & a traditional South Indian dancer performed followed by dancing of some couples on d romantic songs.

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We had fun till midnight although we didn't dance on d floor despite so many requests from d Manager. Then we returned back to our room for a relaxing overnight stay whereas d party kept going on till late night. In d room we didn't even need to switch on d AC as d cool air coming from d ocean had completely chilled out our sea facing room but d sounds of ocean waves now became thunderous in d deep silence of d night.

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Day6: Sightseeing in Kovalam & Shopping..
Started our day with a delicious brkfast. After starting our day on such a beautiful note, moved out to spend some quality time at d beautiful beaches of Kovalam where you cud soak in d warmth of d sun, make sand castles or take part in some thrilling water sport activities. Though i'd visited Juhu beach in Mumbai which was so dirty & d water was filled with full of garbage and d beach was over crowded, unlike dt d beaches in Kovalam were so calm, clean & truly beautiful. I seriously felt in love with this place. There were several foreigner ladies wearing Bikinis & swimsuits who were laying down on d beach having Sun bath. This was beyond my expectation as u can't expect this level of boldness in India except Goa. But 1thing i want to warn you about dt swimming in d ocean here can be dangerous. It is strictly advisable to keep upto d marked areas only & not beyond dt as d ocean waves here might go higher than normal. This is d reason dt d lifeguards are always here to overlook d behavior of d waves & to alert d swimmers. Here staring d ocean from a distance is much more pleasant & safe rather than diving into d water, so don't put your life on risk just for d fun of a few minutes.
There is a wide range of shops on d beach offering mostly beach wears, tees & shorts with designs of Coconut trees & other symbols depicting Kerala. I also bought a Kurta & a pair of shorts as a souvenir of Kerala. After dt we enjoyed d Fish massage on d beach, YES.. Fish start massaging our foot when we stepped down in a box filled with small fishes without teeth & it was really exciting.

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When light faded & d sky started twinkling, we returned back to d resort for a relaxing overnight stay. Before sleeping we had dinner at d rooftop restaurant of our resort offering a variety of Indian, Chinese, Thai & Continental delicacies.
When thinking of beaches in India, Goa usually comes to mind first, but i must say dt Kovalam could become a tough competitor of Goa. I think Kovalam was d best place in our whole journey of Kerala.
Day7: Kovalam to Trivandrum- Visit of Padmanabhaswamy temple..
Today was going to be d last day of our exciting holiday in Kerala. After brkfast, checked out from d resort & been transferred to Trivandrum. On arrival in Trivandrum, visited d magnificent Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, one of d 108 Divya Desam & a fine example of Dravidian architecture. In this sacred temple of Lord Vishnu, he is worshipped with his two wives - Sridevi & Bhudevi, laying down on Anantha, d hooded Serpent. Before entering d temple it's compulsory for all men & women(wearing anything other than Saree) to wear d traditional white cotton Lungi, women can tie it up over d dress they are already wearing. Then we had explored d famous Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, which is home to royal tigers, panthers, cheetahs, lions & deer etc.

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After d excursion, our driver dropped us at d Airport to board our flight for return.

Low points: D only disappointing thing was to see d sign board outside almost every restaurant writing "Beef is available".

Tips for future travellers:-

Rather than travel by your own, try to book a complete travel package by a renowned travel company as that would be more convenient, safe & better planned.
With MMT, You can customize your travel package as per your needs rather than just go with a pre-defined package. But prefer to select only 4-star or 5-star hotels for accomodation if you really want to enjoy a comfortable stay with d mouth watering food.
Don't miss to taste d finger licking South Indian Onion Raita as you can't find d authentic one in North India.

Overall Experience: We lived d best of 7days during this trip to Kerala & to sum up our journey in one word, it was a "refreshing" one. This place is a must for tourists who truly love & really want to embrace d nature.

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MATHURA-VRINDAVAN

Cities of Lord Krishna

In Hinduism, d Sapta puri or 7 cities hv been considered most sacred & Mathura is 1of dm. Mathura is d birth place of Lord Krishna whr he had killed d cruel king & his maternal uncle Kansa. In India, birth festival of Shri Krishna is celebrated as "Janmashtmi". According to d Hindu calendar, d festival is celebrated in d month of Bhadrapada (Aug-Sep) on d 8th day of d Krishna paksha (Dark fortnight). Although thousands of Krishna devotees frm around d globe arrive in Mathura daily bt ds figure hikes to Millions during d Janmotsav & fortunately i m also d lucky one to hv experienced celebrating Janmashtmi at d birthplace of Shri Krishna.
So my holy journey starts frm my city Indore by a direct Sleeper bus to Mathura via Gwalior & Agra. Don't be panic, Railway connectivity is also available b/w d two cities bt since my tour ws not pre-planned dts y i had to choose d former. There r a no of Bus operators available on ds route out of wch u can book any1 after reviewing their ratings & facilities on RedBus app. My personal suggestion for all d travellers is to travel by Bus if u haven't been in Gwalior & Agra before bcz ds Bus journey gives u a golden chance to view d historical fort of Gwalior & of course d beautiful Taj mahal in Agra. I know dt right now many of u r thinking dt it wud be only an unclear glimpse of Taj wch i saw bt it's not like dt; trust me i was able to not only view it clearly bt i'd photographed it as well frm d window of my Bus. I think d Bus operator must include sm extra charge of sightseeing in d fare. D Bus ws running with full speed on d Yamuna expressway; since d final stoppage of my Bus ws going to be in Delhi hence d Driver instructed all d passengers going to Mathura to get off dere beside d road at sm point called "Vrindawan cut".
Now here comes d dark side of my journey, after stepping out frm d Bus i saw dt dere ws nothing like a Bus stop & i ws confused whr to go & how to go as dere were no sign-boards. Dn sm locals passing by dere pointed towards a Pagdandi heading downwards to a ground wch ws covered with dust & garbage. So now v had to cross ds dirty ground as dere ws no other option available to us. On d way, i'd crossed a Railway line along with several other people & d line ws functional without any barriers/gates. Then finally v hv reached to smwhr looking like a Bus stop frm whr Buses were going to d nearby villages & Auto rickshaw were going to d Mathura city. So after waiting dere for almost half an hour for a vacant auto as all d Autos coming dere were too overloaded, v finally got d empty one dt dropped us to sm point in d city & thus we entered in Mathura. Bt still we had not reached to our stay as d Autos were prohibited to enter into d city due to d Janmotsav. So nw v had to book a Cycle rickshaw; i saw a very old man ws driving dt Rickshaw who ws not even able to pull d Rickshaw on d climb bt he ws trying hard. Due to his condition we had decided to get off frm d Rickshaw approx half km away frm our destination bt i'd paid him d complete amt. Dn after walking for a while v'd finally reached to our room in d noon almost after 3hrs since our arrival at Vrindawan cut. There r a no of Hotels, Lodge, Dharamshalas & Ashrams available here for accomadation.
After having a bath, now i cud feel d hungry mice jumping in my stomach so i went outside in search of a good Restaurant bt unfortunately i cudn't find any. Dn i googled & found dt dere is an architectural gate named d "Holy gate"& i can find sm quality Restaurants dere. So without wasting more time i decided to go dere to explore eating possibilities. Bt dere ws no conveyance available direct to Holy gate due to d barricading done by traffic police as dere ws huge rush in d city bcz of Janmotsav. If u r new to ds place dn u need to ask people for d right way dn smbody told me to go to another historical entrance gate dt is called "Deeg gate" & to book a cycle rickshaw frm dere directly to d Holy gate. So i followed d instructions & reached at d Holy gate. It ws an ancient gate surrounded by d local crowded market & finally here my search ended at a Restaurant named Shankar Foods. It ws a small Restaurant bt very neat & clean with decent staff & obviously with a tasty food.
By dn more dn a half day ws already gone so i'd decided to visit Vrindavan first rather dn d main temple of Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi temple in Mathura. Vrindavan is d place whr Lord Krishna spent his childhood & teenage years. The distance b/w Mathura & Vrindavan is approx 14km & dere were several Auto available for d conveyance. Most of d people arriving frm d local villages prefer to do only "Pad yatra" to cover d distance & due to d festival of Janmashtmi various group of such pedestrians cud be seen throughout my way to Vrindavan. Dn i'd reached to Vrindavan wch ws looking more developed & managed dn Mathura. Unlike Mathura, dere were a no of local food stalls & Restaurants available in Vrindavan. As per my observation, Vrindavan is far more better to stay rather dn Mathura. Here our next destination ws d famous Banke bihari temple & Nidhi van. Here a local pandit cum guide took us to d temple frm a short cut way passing through d narrow dark streets of Vrindavan & smhow v cud see d statue of Banke bihari as d temple ws literally flooded with d pilgrims & people were tangled up with each other without any space to move. After dt d pandit led us to d mysterious Nidhivan meanwhile describing abt d place in Brij language. D area of Nidhivan is covered with a plenty of Short length trees of Tulsi. I'd called ds place mysterious as d believers say dt Lord Krishna not only visits ds place bt he also conducts his Ras leela every single night here and deze trees convert to Gopis in d night & participate in d Ras leela. D locals believe dt nobody cud ever see ds Ras leela & those who hv attempted to do so hv lost their sight, speech or mental soundness. Here one thing i forgot to warn u abt & dt is d Monkeys who hv scattered in all over d area of Mathura-Vrindavan so pl be cautious while walking on d roads as dey can drag ur bag or evn pull off ur spects/goggles & break dm.
D very next day ws d festival of Janmashtmi & i ws d fortunate one to avail darshan labh of BalGopal roop of Lord Krishna at Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi temple on ds holy day at Mathura. As expected dere ws a huge crowd in d temple bcz everyone just wanted to get d blessings of Bhagwan Vasudev on his birthday. According to historians, d prison cell, popularly known as "Garbh griha" in d temple premise is d exact place whr Bhagwan Krishna took avatar or divine birth. D same day in d evening we again went to Vrindavan to visit Prem mandir & Iskcon temple. Prem mandir is dedicated to Radha Krishna as well as Sita Ram. This newly constructed temple is made out of white marble & is d most beautiful temple in d entire Brij area. Statues of Shri Krishna & his admirers, portraying essential occasions & scenes frm d Lord's life hv been depicted on d periphery of d temple. D lighting of d temple further enhances its look, especially during d night. Dn in d late evening i went to d Iskcon temple whr many of d foreigners along with other devotees were doing Keertan. On d auspicious day of Janmashtmi dere were several Prasad distribution counters running by d locals in all over Mathura & Vrindavan.

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Next ws d key attraction of my journey for wch i'd come so far i.e. d grand celebration of d birth of Lord Krishna, for dt i'd chosen d beautiful Dwarkadheesh temple whr i planned to attend d Janmotsav at Midnight. I ws so excited to see dt event dt i'd reached d temple 2hrs before at 10:00PM. On d way to ds temple i'd enjoyed d taste of delicious Rabdi. Situated on d river Yamuna banks, Dwarkadheesh temple is d 2nd most visited temple in Mathura after d Janmsthan. D main attraction of d temple is d beautiful deity of Lord Krishna made up of black marble & deity of Radharani made up of white marble. D temple is having a good large premise built in Rajasthani architecture. D temple complex is very beautiful & attractive. Don't forget to buy Peda frm d adjacent market, since temple is very close to d Yamuna river so u can enjoy d boat ride followed by visit as temple opens at specific time intervals only.

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However, we were sitting in Mandir verandah & eagerly waiting for d midnight event of Lord's birth. D place ws getting crowdy bt still i ws feeling peaceful. Dere were sm Policemen appointed for d security inside & outside d temple Shri Krishna ws born at midnight so d celebrations lead up to dt time after wch various pooja-path & rituals tk place in d temple. Approx half an hour prior to midnight, d priests start d preparations; dey close d curtains & provide bathe to d deity with milk & curd followed by changing d clothes. Meanwhile d Police & temple staff had managed d people in queues under d barricades. Everyone ws continuously staring at d curtains without blinking d eyes bcz noone wanted to miss ds opportunity to capture d very first image of their god after his incarnation. D bells had been ringing & d Bhakts r chanting prayers & cheering up with religious slogans. Now d much-awaited moment hs come at 00:00hrs, d curtains were opened with d roaring sound of Shankh & d mesmerizing image of Lord Krishna appeared in front of us. Dt moment ws so overwhelming dt i can't describe in words. Eyerybody ws filled with an unmatched zeal dt dey cudn't be able to bound themselves in any boundary like d queue. D people were not able to control their emotions & dey just want to break all d barriers b/w them & their god. Sm of d young guys in d crowd removed d barricades & came forward bcz dey just wanted to see their god frm d distance as much close as possible.

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D celebrations dt happen in Mathura-Vrindavan r unique & people frm all over d world gather here to see d rituals & tk part in d celebrations. Most devotees like us spend d day in Vrindavan & go to Mathura in d evening to witness d birth of d lord himself. Although i feel bad to say dt management & basic facilities like water, transportation & cleanliness in such sacred shrine is not upto d mark, bt it can be tolerated for d sake of Krishna bhakti. RADHE KRISHNA....

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AMRITSAR

CITY OF JOY

Wn i talk abt Amritsar, 1thing dt will immediately strike ur mind & dt is d Golden temple; bt wn u'll visit d city dn u will realize dt it's not only limited to d temple. Although my journey to the city ws not dt easy as it looks in d photographs & d reason behind is d air connectivity issue b/w Indore-Amritsar. For going to Amritsar from Indore, either u can book direct flight from Bpl or u can catch d flight from Indore-Delhi, in short u can't avoid d Bus journey in any of the two options. Since direct trains to Amritsar are also in limited count from Indore, so if u wanna travel by Train dn u must plan ur trip atleast 2-3months before the date of journey.
After overnight Bus journey from Delhi i've reached Amritsar in early morning. In the Bus most of the passengers were Sikhs. During the journey, v'd enquired many things abt Amritsar to our co-passenger. Next morning wn v stepped down in Amritsar, d guy helped us to book the auto with a comparatively cheap fare as v all know dt Auto/Taxi drivers in such tourist places charge at higher rates especially with outsiders. This was my 1st impression of a local person belonging to Amritsar who helped us just for the sake of hardly 10min conversation held b/w us earlier. This incident had assured me that v r in a safe tourist place.
For accomodation, there r a no of private Hotels available in d city along with 12 nos Niwas asthans (Sarai) maintained by Sri Harmandir Sahib authorities. After being freshen up in our room, v headed towards d key attraction of our journey i.e. d Harmandir Sahib popularly known as d Golden temple. The temple was easily visible frm app. half kilometers away & as soon as v'd entered in d holy campus, a tall young guy standing out there wearing a long Blue gown & a dignified turban holding d javelin instructed us to cover our heads with anything like Dupatta/Handkerchief. Covering the heads in honour of the almighty god is almost same in every religion bt here it's a compulsion.
Nw v'd crossed d main entrance & reached to d side of d holy pool and i jst phonated 1word "OMG". Yes, dt ws my 1st reaction after watching out ds amazing golden structure situated in middile of d pool. I had been continuously staring d temple & my eyes just refused to see anything else at dt moment, dey were just trying to capture it's imprint forevr. There r several other buildings too in d campus like Darshani deori & Akal takht etc beautified with marble & mesmerized me with their Indo-Islamic architecture. Then v moved forward to tk d sweet & delicious Karah/Kada prasad dt holds a lot of importance in Sikh faith.
There ws a long queue for Darshan as dere ws no alternative of VIP Darshan pass/ticket as v usually see in many of d Hindu temples. Also, dere were no shopkeepers selling Coconut-Agarbatti-Garlands at d rate of 100Rs to 1000Rs & almost forcing us to buy deze items by saying "भगवान के मंदिर में ख़ाली हाथ नहीं जाते". As being a true Indian, it ws seeming very tough to be in dt long queue bt fortunately alongside by d queue dere were sm guyz wearing traditional Sikh attire (If i m not wrong dey belonged to d Khalsa panth) who were singing d Sikh prayers praising Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji & playing with d contemporary instruments like Ektara. This melodious sound along with continuous chants of Gurbani was enhancing d divinity of dt place & finally v'd availed darshan labh in d temple. Dn v entered in d world famous community kitchen (Guru ka Langar) & had d lunch.
Despite of millions of devotees arriving here not only from d country bt frm d abroad as well, i felt a deep silence at ds place with d holy sound of musical prayers. Such devotion, cleanliness, good free food, soothing music, peace, equality.. divinity of ds place can only be experienced & not described.

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After coming out of ds heaven-like place, nw it ws time to explore d local market in d evening along with a visit to d Jalianwala Bagh bt unfortunately, Bagh ws closed due to d renovation work running out dere. Dn v walked through d busy heritage street covering an old wall protected area of app. 1km & saw bright lampposts, statues, fountains & sitting chairs. It was looking like an European destination like Rome or Paris. For d couples roaming here, ds Heritage walk can easily turn out in a Romantic walk.
Since i work in Electricity dept., hence i've noticed dt overhead wires r missing & dey hv been channeled through underground tunnels. All d buildings located on d street dt include d marketplace, Shops & Restaurants r painted with same color & their signboards hv also been kept identical, smwhat like d markets of Jaipur. There is an eye catching towering statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Fowara chawk, whr LED panels show live kirtan frm Darbar sahib.

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Amritsar is very rich in terms of Culture, Fashion & Food. In d market, various no of fashionable accessories like Ear rings & Amritsari juttiya were attracting me & as being a shopping addict woman i cudn't resist myself and bought couple of ear rings along with a Patiyala soot with Phulkari dupatta. For the men travelling here with the ladies, it cud be harmful for their pockets.
After d shopping, it was time to hv sm delicious dinner & several restaurants r available dere dt offer u tasty food in ur budget. So, i'd ordered for aaloo kulcha with a full big glass of Lassi & 1thing i must say dt Amritsari Kulcha is capable enough to stand out in front of South Indian Dosa; it must be promoted more across pan India.

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Next day our destination ws d famous Beating retreat ceremony at Wagha-Attari border & i didn't expect dt ds gonna be my 2nd lifetime memorable experience. (1st one is my KBC Shoot with Big B). India's largest national flag on d tallest flag post is mounted here wch is high enough to be spotted frm far away wch is another attraction pt of Attari-Wagha international border. After sm security checks done by BSF, v'd entered into d stadium and d inside view ws beyond my expectations. There ws a huge crowd in d stadium & many more people were continuously coming in. I Was watching Pakistan through the fencing & d whole atmosphere ws electric wch i'd nvr seen before. Before d actual ceremony begins at 5:00PM, BSF tries to engage d enthusiastic crowd in different activities. For dt, all d ladies were allowed to run one-by-one holding d national flag on d historical GT road just few meters away frm d border closing gate b/w d two rival nations. After dt, women were invited by BSF to dance on d patriotic songs playing dere on powerful speakers. D Ceremony begins with d parade by BSF soldiers & as soon as d gates were opened, d excitement of people went to another level; d whole stadium was packed with approx. 30000 people at a glance & dey were non-stop cheering our soldiers with patriotic slogans. Whereas on d other side of d border, dere were very less no of people as compared to us. Although dey were trying hard to match with d decibels of our cheering sound, bt jst like in Battlefield & Cricket field v defeated dm here too with our roars. I Think dt every Indian must watch ds ceremony to feel a sense of nationalism dt makes us proud of wt v r as a nation.

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For me, Amritsar is a city of joy & a complete travel package whr one can feel d divinity of supreme power at d Golden temple, one can do shopping in d local market with full of variety in fashion, one can eat anywhr d finger licking food, one can do service at d world famous Langar or one can arouse utmost level of patriotism within self at d Attari border.

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