Amritsar, Day 2
After a wonderful sleep, I woke up at 6:00am and went down for a delicious breakfast. After eating some more I can barely control my excitement because I was on my way to the Golden Temple. As I reach the gates of the Golden Temple I can just picture the beauty of the Gurudwara and can’t wait to see it in reality. So with my head covered, I made my way to the Juta Ghar (the place where you leave your shoes). It was a short walk to the place where I had to wash my feet and there right in front of my eyes, I saw the beauty that I was awaiting. With my wet feet I carefully went down the steps and with the Golden Temple right in front of my eyes I got struck with the beauty of the gurudwara and it was a feeling of peace that I really can’t explain.
Other than the Golden Temple while you are walking around, you will come across the Nishan Sahib. The word Nishan means symbol which is a Sikh Holy Triangular Flag on a tall flagpole which is covered with cloth and the top and ends with a two-edged dagger which depicts a double-edged sword. Being awake since so early I started feeling a bit tired and decided to go back to the hotel but, how could I leave without eating the famous Kada Prasad (made out of wheat flour and Ghee (Clarified Butter) which is so famous and delicious. So after putting on a few extra calories I headed back to the hotel in my rented car to go on a journey of pure indulgence. Yes you are right just going to places to eat that really hit the spot and are a must visit in Amritsar. Don’t worry I am writing down the best of places and also tell you briefly why it is so special, so get ready for the saliva glands to do all the talking.
12:30pm: No trip to Amritsar is complete without eating the famous Kulcha (Flour dough, mashed potatoes, onion (optional) and lots of spices are rolled into a flat round shape and baked in an earthen clay oven until golden brown. When baked, it is rubbed with loads of butter and the kulcha’s taste even better with Cholay (Chickpea Curry). Wondering where? Kulcha Land, where else. So just don’t think about those extra calories and just indulge
01:30pm: My next stop Brijwasi Chaat where I had a delicious plate of Chaat (It is made out of all purpose flour, ghee and a few other ingredients to make the papdi and then served with curd, potatoes, chick pea and some tamarind and mint coriander chutney. It is just Yum! If that wasn’t enough I had some Aloo Tikki (That is made out of potatoes and deep fried but, it is also delicious with some mint chutney. If you have any space left you must try out the Golgappa’s. Just writing about it is making me drool.
03:00pm: After the delicious Chaat I make my way to the famous Lawrence Road and there was a place called Sharma Sweet Shop which made the most amazing Jalebi’s which are made out of a mixture of different flours and then deep fried in pure ghee and then lavishly dipped in a sugar syrup. If you don’t try this you are really missing out.
03:15pm: After eating a few Jalebi’s I could really not think of eating but, just across the road I found a very famous guy Ram Lubhaya & Sons, who sells Aampapad also known as mango leather which is mango pulp, sugar and then sun dried and that’s how it becomes like leather. He has a variety of Aampapad that you can choose from sweet to sour depending on your taste buds. If you take my opinion the sour is better and the good thing is that it helps you digest your food. The reason why this guy is so famous is because he is under an old tree and he is the best in Amritsar. A must buy and try when you are in Amritsar.
So if you have had enough of eating and can’t think of anything other than just relaxing then keep reading because Day 03 of Amritsar has nothing to do with food and it is all about my experience at Golden Temple. Keep reading for more on Amritsar
Read our previous post on Amritsar – Harmindir Sahib (Day 1)