[I had mentally prepared to see three major landmarks in Amritsar before getting back. We reached Amritsar at 10:30 AM.]
The moment we got down, horde of rickshawalas and autowalas surrounded us to take us to hotels. New to the city, lack of direction and short on time forced us to take one rickshaw to one of the hotels from his list. Knowing well about the trap I asked him how much commission he gets. “Rs 20 for ordinary room and Rs 50 for an AC room” prompt came the reply.
Since we had to recover the lost time, we got into the first hotel rickshawala took us to. Very small and ordinary one from our standard. Also, because my motive was a budget travel, we wanted a very nominal room for a few hours. All I wanted was a place to have a quick shower, recharge our cell phones etc and dump our luggage there. I was even ready to bargain to give us for an hour and keep our bags in the reception. But neither PP nor the hotel people agree to my brilliant idea. 🙁
As luck would have it, only one small room was vacant, tariff being Rs 800. Very cheap looking at the usage and as a first timer.
Later on we found out that there are many budget hotels near the Golden temple and the temple itself has a big dharamsala. No, no one from my family would have agreed to that sort at any cost. I decided next time I was not taking them. Anyone of you willing to join me ? Raise your hands.
The hotel was at a walking distance from the city bus depot. We went there and enquired about the various options available to go to Wagah border.
It was quite amusing to hear the combined words we kids used to speak at home. Till then I thought words such as sitto, eato (for sit, eat) were typical of Delhi but when at the inquiry I heard the gentleman saying ‘Jab sooraj astega‘ instead of ‘ jab sooraj ast hoga‘, I felt at home and smiled. 🙂 It is another thing that PP never agreed ‘astega‘ not being a proper word.
By the time we were ready with enquiry, a nice shower and a heavy breakfast it was past noon.
Stuffed Tandoori Paranthas with home made butter, unlimited curd, pickles and a cup of special masala chai. All for Rs 64/-. What else do you want to start your day ?
Amritsar is a very small city and the most common mode of transport is rickshaw and shared autorickshaw. In fact, now when I am trying to recollect, I did not see any single taxi. We took a rickshaw for Jalianwala bagh. Golden temple is again at a walking distance from it.