Hotel Mohan International
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So we ended up staying at St Hildas for 3 days whilst we waited for Sarah and Thomas to catch up, then headed to the border to enter India. Border crossings are never fun but given there is not too much friendliness between Pakistan and India (they hate each other) and the people don't want to travel across it was remarkably quiet. Four foreigners in a large place on our own. Still took about four hours as ...
... After putting down our bags, we headed out for some famous Punjabi food (which totally lived up to the hype) then straight towards the Golden temple. On the way, just outside the main gate of the complex, we were lucky enough to witness dancing, marching and sword fighting among the devotees, who were all dressed in their finest turbans before the Guru Grant Sahib (the Sikhs holy book) was paraded in front of the crowds. Suitably pumped up, and already loving Amritsar, ...
... and generally chatting in the street we noticed that everything was closed and decided that getting water from the cafe was our only option. On re-entering the cafe the owner greeted us in an over familiar way and asked the question did you forget something, implying that he knew fine well that we had forgotten something but wasn't going to tell up what, instead enjoying our well practised and slightly panic induced dance of checking all pockets for your items. Drawing a blank and ...
... and we had been told the event was hugely entertaining. It sure was. And it was free - bar the taxi cost to take us there - a mere 1300 rupees/£13 for a forty minute journey there and back with the driver waiting for us, not bad eh? At the time we were oblivious to the earlier 2nd November suicide bombing at the borders, we only found out about this from a guest when we were in Thailand in December - such is our tendency to ...
... this soberingly shameful taste of history, it was homeward bound to Mrs B’s which according to Here Maps, should have been no more than an hour’s walk………..but unusually, Here Maps got itself into a pickle and we got lost. We walked along side streets to motorways but to no avail. A little bit scary especially as the sun was setting and we’d ended up in a shack town which was as far from ...