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Ladakh Ride Day 4 – Exploring Amritsar

Ladakh Ride Day 4 Exploring Amritsar, Wagah Border Feature Image

Amritsar is also known for the golden temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, and more. We already had plans to try paranthas & lassi along with exploring Amritsar.

Due to the tiredness of the last day’s ride, we woke up late. I went to do a quick checkup of my motorcycle, tightened few bolts, lubed the chain. It was very hot outside, so we decided to either walk or take local transport for sightseeing. We went to a local paratha shop near Bawa kulcha, ordered Kulcha, Alu Paratha, and Lassi. I must say it cost us more than usual but definitely worth every penny for its taste and quality.

Chole Kulche, Kulwant Singh Kulche Wala - Old, Amritsar
Chole Kulche, Kulwant Singh Kulche Wala - Old, Amritsar

Later, we headed out to Jallianwala Bagh next, it was a 5-minutes walk. This place was crowded and free for all (no entry tickets). Inside we saw the famous spot where one of the biggest massacres happened, hundreds of people were killed as per colonel Reginald Dyer’s instruction. Official British Indian sources gave a figure of 379 identified dead, with approximately 1,100 wounded (Source: Jallianwala Bagh Massacre). We also saw Amar Jyoti, memorial, bullet marks, martyrs well, and museum. Literally, I was getting goosebumps while watching bullet marks.

Just came out of the Jallianwala Bagh and several auto drivers/agents asked for Wagah border booking, we bargained and booked two seats of a shared auto, Rs. 100 per person.

We came back to the hotel, freshened up, and again went to auto stand near Jallianwala Bagh. It was chaos! Before the Wagah border, we stopped at a toll plaza and the driver asked us to buy water if needed as it will be costlier near Wagah border.

Finally, we reached Auto stand, approximately 1 KM from the border which we need to walk and saw both India and Pakistan flag in a single frame. There are multiple shops with locker facility. We have deposited our small bag there for some Rs. 30. We walked to the border, it was so clean and properly organized.

India & Pakistan Flag in a Frame, Wagah Border, Amritsar
India & Pakistan Flag in a Frame, Wagah Border, Amritsar

After passing the security check (separate for male and female), we had to move towards the stadium area, just before the border.

Swarna Jayanti Dwar, Wagah Border
Swarna Jayanti Dwar, Wagah Border

“Beating the Retreat” ceremony started as per schedule, no one should miss this ceremony. Literally, we felt, no one can ever show this much respect to our national flag.

Returning from Wagah border was pathetic, like the auto, we came into, left us. We had to wait for long and finally came to the same auto stand near Jallianwala Bagh. We shopped some small keychains as souvenirs, had our dinner and headed to Golden Temple.

Paratha Thali, Brother's Amritsari Dhaba, Amritsar
Paratha Thali, Brother's Amritsari Dhaba, Amritsar

There is one stall where we can keep our shoes, those guys take all shoes, keep those in shelves and return while collecting, so nice of them.

Due to some rituals, we did not enter the main temple but the premises. It was so nice and clean inside.

Finally, we reached the hotel, packed a few items of luggage, put all electronics on the charge, and crashed into bed. This time we did not set an alarm and decided to pack rest before we leave tomorrow.

Golden temple, Amritsar
Golden temple, Amritsar

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Conclusion

Being a remote place, a lot of preparation needed before Leh Ladakh Tour, be it mentally or physically. Don’t forget the weather in the Ladakh region is extreme and most of us are not accustomed to it.

So, be prepared and everything in your Leh Ladakh tour will definitely go well. You may also check out below generic posts to make your Leh Ladakh trip successful and memorable. I am sure you will love it.

If you are doing a road trip to Ladakh, you may find my Kolkata – Ladakh – Kolkata on a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 journey helpful.

Lastly, get Leh’ed soon.

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