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Travelling 101, Second lesson: when checking into a hotel at the early(?) hour of 3:00pm, tell the desk if you want to have a hot shower. Our Amritsar hotel would have been happy to turn on the hot water if I had only given them fifteen minutes notice. If you hate cold showers as much as I do, this lesson will be easily learned.
... I was severely dehydrated at that point -- but in that place I felt very at-one with these people. As outsiders, we were welcomed with nothing but warmth and respect to their place of worship. As one old lady lightly touched my cheek, looked me in the eyes and smiled, I was genuinely moved -- I can't explain why, it was just extremely personal contact coming from a stranger, far more so than that which I experienced in Asia.
In contrast, ...
we dropped her off at the airport back in Delhi and there we were: two peas in
a pod made for three. But we powered
on. In the morning we headed out for
Amritsar. I had heard in passing that it
was someone’s birthday related to the Sikh religion but didn’t realize the
magnitude. After a delayed flight that
allowed for the watching of two English movies, we arrived in the Sikh mecca to
be greeted by more people ...
... and checked in to the Grand Hotel (definitely recommend, bit pricey, but good rooms, AC, best Wifi to date) and booked ourselves on to their Wagah border tour (recommended in Lonely Planet). The tour was brilliant, it was a taxi with 5 other people and our first stop was the craziest temple ever (Mata Temple), it was more like a fun house at a theme park, we had to crawl through tunnels, lots of mirrors and walk through a snake and tigers mouth, good ...
... more than a temple, the cook and give thousands of meals a day to anyone who wants a meal, there is no religious discrimination or status, the rich and the poor, you can pay a donation if you wish. We were very impressed with the Sikh's they all seemed friendly and happy. We toured through the kitchen and watched them preparing meals, it was well organised and pretty clean. Debbie and Grant saw a similar set up in Delhi last trip.