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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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Feb 16, 2013 - Amritsar

We had to go by way of Delhi to fly to Amritsar, and that involved a five-hour layover. After lunch at the Ramada (not wanting to take chances with any but hotel food), we went to the Qutb Minar, the majestically tall minaret built by the Turkish slave general at the first permanent Muslim outpost in India. Today, the tower looms 200 feet above surrounding gardens, the ruins of the first mosque, tombs, and an ancient rust-free iron pillar of such chemical purity that scientists cannot explain what technology was available to produce it...

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India & Burma, 2013

Feb 15, 2013 - Amritsar

Wednesday, February 13 Today we left very early (6:30) to the airport for our flight to Amritsar. The traffic was light, which made the trip like a pinball session, zipping back and forth, but fortunately not hitting anything. The horns provided the sounds for the game. Our flight was delayed, but it was a very nice modern airport so not a bad wait. Any place with security lines here has ‘ladies and gents’ lines. It was a short flight to Amritsar—a tea and cookie flight. Our driver was waiting and took us to the hotel to settle in and have...

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Dec 7, 2012 - Sikh City

In the Punjabi language "Sikh" means disciple and in a short five hundred years Sikhism has grown to become the world's fifth largest religion and the city of Amritsar joins the likes of Rome, Mecca, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya as a destination for the devoted. Sikh's flock to the Golden Temple, their most sacred shrine, to pray, make offerings and to bathe in the holy waters. Sikhism is a religion of tolerance and acceptance. It preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living and equality of mankind. Unlike...

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India Dave 2012

Dec 6, 2012 - Golden Times

Through the darkness, I found my way to the Golden Temple. I stashed my shoes and socks at the entry and a man helped me arrange my orange head scarf. Walking toward the temple complex, the morning air was brisk and the marble pavement was cold against my bare feet. The orangish cast from the overhead lights produced an eerie effect. I stopped at an archway and gazed into a large open courtyard. At its center was a structure surrounded by water that from a distance looked like a huge treasure chest. The temple's open courtyard is rimmed by...

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India Dave 2012

Dec 5, 2012 - On to Punjab

I stayed last night outside of Udaipur at the Valley View Hotel, a new, stylish business class hotel that advertises itself as "closest to the airport" and that's where I needed to be for my 7:45am flight. It was a near miss getting there, but I made it. I flew first from Udaipur to Delhi and then hopped another flight from Delhi to Amritsar. Two years ago I flew Jet Airways to Udaipur and I remember how they served a full meal on the short fifty minute flight. It was far too much serving in too short of time, but I was impressed with the...

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India Dave 2012

Nov 16, 2012 - Amritsar, Punjab

November 14, 2012 Nothing new today. We drove to Amritsar. It took about 7 hours. I got an email from Mark saying that our new store in Calgary is now open. That makes 20. Jeff and Tanya are there right now for the opening. The hotel we got in Amritsar is the worst yet. The owner of Namaste Tours called and asked us how it was. It’s the first time he has used this hotel. Sanjay must have called and told him that he too was not impressed. The front desk staff are grumpy as hell. It is a Hindu run joint. The owner of Namaste asked us if we...

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Mar 18, 2012 - Amritsar - Day 2

With no after effects of last night's temple meal we went out for a breakfast of porridge, toast and coffee and then it was back to the temple complex to see what it is like in daytime. Of course this is Sunday so we should have known that the weekend crowds would be bad, which they were. The queues of people lining up to get across the causeway to the Golden Temple was far greater than last night so I decided to give it a miss. Roger had decided that he didn't want to face the traffic fumes and people out on the streets and was going to...

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Mar 17, 2012 - Amritsar

Arrived at Amritsar about 10.30am, an hour or so late. The usual struggle at the station forecourt with taxi and rickshaw drivers chasing us. In the end we took an auto rickshaw to the back of the Golden Temple complex to see about getting a room there. Michael Palin got a very nice room with bathroom and A/C but I had no luck at all. It was utter chaos & I got sent from one building to another and the best I was offered was a couple of bunks in a dingy dormitory with about twenty beds in a line. It would have been free but it was not what...

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Dec 4, 2010 - Delhi/Amritsar

Amritsar next. Took a second class day time train. Luxury! We were served papers, water, breakfast and snacks, all in lovely clean comfortable seats with air conditioning. Beggars and touts excluded. Felt like royalty! Stayed at Golden Heritage $12pn which was very near the Golden Temple, the most important Sikh Temple in India. Built in 1764 purportedly using 750kg of gold. Absolutely magnificent building and surrounds. One of the tenets of Sikhism is that everyone is welcome in the temple, all people being equal. That certainly seems to...

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Nov 28, 2010 - Amritsar - back to the Golden Temple, shopping and the Jallian Wala Bagh Memorial

Nirmal.... The day started at 6:00 am with Ram picking us up to go to the Golden Temple at sunrise. A quick stop in front of the Khalsa College for Women to search for Lisa’s sunglasses that fell out of my shirt pocket the night before as I was scaling a brick-wrought iron wall to get a better shot of the castle like college. Murray and I had headlamps on and Murray quickly found the glasses in under 10 minutes. Back on track to the Golden Temple. We went in and took a few shots of the place and then walked around the temple as it starting...

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Nov 27, 2010 - Amritsar - sunrise at the Golden Temple, Sunset at the Wagah border crossing to Pakistan

Lisa..... We went to bed early last night, but also got up early this morning. We were up at 4:00 am to be ready for Ram to pick us up at 5:00 am to head to the Golden Temple. We parked the car and then realized we had all forgotten to bring our head covers to enter the temple. We went into a shop near our parking spot to purchase something. We all got the same thing so needless to say, Susan and I weren't feeling too attractive. We looked a more little like Amish women than we would have liked. The temple was another Indian experience that...

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