Showing posts with label Amritsar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amritsar. Show all posts

Friday, 18 May 2018

Summer 2018

It's summer vacation time again and time for another road trip. This year the plan was to visit Amritsar, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, and Shimla.

Following was the itinerary that was decided for this trip.
  1. 07-April-2018 Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
  2. 08-April-2018 Day 2 -- Nagpur to Noida
  3. 09-April-2018 Day 3 -- Break in Noida, mostly rest day
  4. 10-April-2018 Day 4 -- Noida to Amritsar and Amritsar Local sightseeing
  5. 11-April-2018 Day 5 -- Amritsar Local and Wagah Border
  6. 12-April-2018 Day 6 -- Amritsar to Dalhousie
  7. 13-April-2018 Day 7 -- Dalhousie Local
  8. 14-April-2018 Day 8 -- Dalhousie Local and Khajjiar
  9. 15-April-2018 Day 9 -- Dalhousie to Mcleod Ganj
  10. 16-April-2018 Day 10 -- Mcleod Ganj and Dharamshala Local
  11. 17-April-2018 Day 11 -- Mcleod Ganj to Shimla and The Mall
  12. 18-April-2018 Day 12 -- Shimla Local
  13. 19-April-2018 Day 13 -- Shimla to Noida
  14. 20-April-2018 Day 14 -- Noida to Mitaoli, Padavali, Bateswar and Gwalior
  15. 21-April-2018 Day 15 -- Gwalior to Bhopal
  16. 22-April-2018 to 27-April-2018 due to some personal work to be taken care off, the drive was suspended in Bhopal for a week.
  17. 28-April-2018 Day 22 -- Bhopal to Nagpur
  18. 29-April-2018 Day 23 -- Nagpur to Bengaluru
The was a trip that I enjoyed a lot. We saw places that were very different than each other and offered something interesting to view.

During the trip, we drove a distance of 6065 kilometers in approximately 107 hours. Approximately 610 liters of diesel was used up. Approximate toll amounts were more than Rs. 4000/-. 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Summer 2018 - Day 6

We left Amritsar at 6:25 AM. The next destination was Dalhousie. It was early morning and no restaurants were open for breakfast. After we crossed Pathankot, we found a restaurant Chennai Xprs. We stopped there for breakfast.
The food was reasonably good.

We had planned on taking a detour to Bathu Ki Lad which a set of temples in Pong Dam. The route went through lots of very narrow village roads.
10:35 AM We arrived very close to the Dam but we realized that we need to cross some deep ditches to reach the reservoir. So we decided to not go on that adventure and return back. This place was amazing though, standing crops waiting to be harvested.

We started back towards Dalhousie.
1:45 PM We arrived in Dalhousie. We checked into Hotel Mountain View. Here is our review of the place.

View from hotel

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Summer 2018 -- Day 5

11:45 AM The first order of the day was to visit the Golden Temple for Langar.  It is an incredible experience. How they keep on doing, again and again, is just phenomenal.

12:40 PM After having Lunch, we decided to walk across to the Jalianwala Bagh. It is an unforgettable experience. As you enter the complex, you see following plaque explaining the history.

This place is saturated with the blood of thousands of Indian patriots who were martyred in a non-violent struggle to free India from British domination. General Dyer of the British army opened fire here on unarmed people. Jallianwala Bagh Bagh is thus an everlasting symbol of the non-violent & peaceful struggle for freedom of Indian people and the tyranny of the British. Innocent, peaceful, and unarmed people who were protesting against the Rowlett act were fired upon on 13th April 1919. Under a resolution of the Indian National Congress, this land was purchased for Rs. 5,65,000 for setting up a memorial to those patriots. A trust was formed for this purpose and money collected from all over India and foreign countries. When this land was purchased it was only a vacant plot and there was no garden here. The trust requests the people to observe the rules framed by it and thus show their reverence to the memorial of the martyrs.
Wall with bullet holes
The wall has its own historical significance as it has thirty-six bullet marks which can be easily seen at present and these were fired into the crowd by the order of the general Dyer. Moreover, no warning was given to the crowd to disperse before dyer opened fire which was gathered here against the Rowlatt Act. One thousand six hundred and fifty rounds were fired.

On the main gate of the complex above statue is situated and following plaque accompanies it.
The great national hero of Indian nationalism and freedom struggle, Shaheed Udham Sing Ji  Sunam S//O S. Tehal Singh Ji Kamboj was born on 26th December 1899 at Sunam, Punjab. His parents died at very early age. He became orphan and got admitted along with his elder brother Sadhu Singh in Central Khalsa Orphanage at Putlighar Amritsar. Sadhu Singh also expired in 1917. He got his educational training there and started up a painter shop with the signboard of Ram Mohammad Singh Azaad which shows he was a great son of Mother India and believed in secularism above any caste creed and religion.
S. Udham Singh Ji was 20 years old and a witness to the Jalianwala Bagh massacre that took place on April 13, 1919. He was serving water to people gathered there. The massacre left deep scars in his mind and heart. He took the pledge to avenge the massacre by holding blood-soaked soil of Jalianwalla  Bagh in his hand to kill Michael O' Dwyer. He dedicated his life to the freedom struggle and traveled to Africa, Nairobi, and America with different names to carry out his mission. S. Udham Singh Ji reached London in 1934 under the alias Ram Mohammad Singh Azaad and started planning the assassination of Michael O' Dwyer. He got the chance to take revenge for Jallianwala Bagh massacre after 21 years on 13 March 1940. A joint meeting of East India Association and Royal Central Asian Society was held in Caxton Hall, London. Udham Singh killed Sir Michael O' Dwyer by firing five to six shots from his revolver. S. Udham Singh Ji was overpowered with a smoking revolver. He, in fact, made no attempt to escape and continued saying, "I have served my duty for my country."
On 1st April 1940, S. Udham Singh Ji was formally charged with the murder of Sir Michael O' Dwyer. On 4 June 1940, he was committed to trial at Central Criminal Court, Old Baily before Justice Atkinson who sentenced him to death. On 31 July 1940 S. Udham Singh Ji was hanged in Pentonville Prison in London.
With the vigorous efforts of All India Kamboj Maha Sabha, the remains and ashes of Shaheed Udham Singh Ji were brought from London to his native place Sunam through Government of Punjab and Government of India on 19th July 1974. The rites of cremation were performed at Sunam on 31 July 1974 to fulfill his last wish.

The next place we visited was the Partition Museum. It is a must visit place. Many artifacts from that era are preserved here. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed.
2:30 PM Next we visited Wagah Border for the closing ceremony.

Indian Tricolor

Border gate, the flag visible is Pakistani Flag

Lahore, 21 Kilometers

6:45 PM We started back towards Amritsar after completion of Ceremony. We visited Durgiana temple.

Durgiana Temple
With a packed day over, the final item on the list was to visit Kesar Da Dhaba. Here is my review of the place.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Summer 2018 -- Day 4


With one day's rest, we were charged up to continue our journey.
06:20 AM We started from Noida,
07:10 AM We were on the other end of Delhi.
As we reached Murthal, we were looking for Amrik's Dhaba but the new toll is so close to the dhaba, by the time we realized we had reached Amrik's Dhaba, we were in the toll lane.
07:54 AM We finally stopped at 70 Mile Stone Dhaba and Restaurant. The place is decent, food is good. Here is my review of the place.
10:51 AM Stopped at Midway Dhaba for another break. This is just an average place. I would suggest to avoid it.
At this time we discovered that one of the tires in the vehicle had an irreparable puncture. We tried to repair it few times but it wouldn't just hold. So we decided to look for options to repair it. Since we were about an hour away from Ludhiana, we called BMW service center in Ludhiana. They had just one tire. We decided to get it repaired there before continuing on the journey.
12:20 PM We reached Krishna Automobiles in Ludhiana. BMW dealers offer very good service, there is only one problem with them, they have no respect for people's time. Even though we told them that we are on a long trip, they took six hours to replace one tire. Anyway, we left the place at 6:28 PM.
8:46 PM We reached Amritsar and arrived at our hotel. We were staying at Hotel Sawera Grand. Here is our review of the place.

On arriving, we decided to have our dinner at Brother's Dhaba which is located just opposite to the Town Hall and Partition Museum. We walked up to the place. The food was good. Here is our review of the restaurant.

After dinner, we straight away decided to visit the Golden Temple. In night time it is a sight to see.

Partition Museum