Amritsar: The Pool of the Nectar of Immortality

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
Trip End Dec 22, 2008

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Flag of India  , Punjab,
Monday, September 8, 2008

Made it here to Amritsar this morning, also known as the Pool of the Nectar of Immortality. 

My first train ride was a success, I'm still alive!  It is quite crowded on Indian trains, and with my height it wasn't the most comfortable 12 journey.

I thought Amritsar would be less chaotic since it's only a million people compared to the 13 million or thereabouts in Delhi, I was wrong.  This city is dirtier than Delhi.  The air here is more soot than air, it feels like you're breathing through a smokestack!  I have two more days here then will be outta the big cities for a few weeks!

My last day in Delhi was really nice, south Delhi is much nicer than the rest of that city.  I went to the Indira Gandhi Museum and the Mahatma Gandhi Museum.. Had a good time at the M. Gandhi Museum, there was a class fieldtrip there and I was surrounded by about 300 kids who went nuts when they saw me.  I shook all their hands and had my picture taken about 50 times, it was pretty funny. 

This evening I visited the Golden Temple, the main religious site for Sikhs.  Had to take off my shoes and wear a headscarve, went into the temple and saw it, and then had a free meal at the temple of dhal and roti.  A lot of the people there were very interested in where I was from, where I'm going next, etc....  It's pretty cool seeing all these Sikhs in their clothes and turbans, lots of them also had their daggers and spears at their side.

Sorry about the lack of photos.  I've been on two different computers in India and both have been too slow to upload any pics or videos. 

Thanks for reading,


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benq on

comment # 1
Sounds fantastic. I love that you've already been to the Golden Temple, this is probably the only part of the entire trip I can visualize since I saw a picture of it. Having to remove your shoes and wear a head scarf - wow, what an experience. And then to eat with other Sikhs and visitors afterwards, man, it just sounds like a neat experience.

It's hilarious imagining the kids on the field trip going nuts seeing you. I guess you weren't kidding when you said people will want to have their picture taken with you. This is all in preparation for the Bollywood career, eh?

Stay safe, keep writing, I am reading everything. :)


PS Alright, I had to create an account actually post comments, as a blogger, let me forewarn you, if you can remove this step, you will get a lot more comments because no one wants to create an account to post a comment.

benq on

We are collectively demanding more blog posts. :)


veggirl57 on

Hang in there!!
You will look back on this trip with new eyes... can't wait to experience it for myself... mom

Hamza Starks on

Exercising in a pool is an excellent way to get a great workout without pushing your body to painful extremes.

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