Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekend in Amritsar and Wagah Border

On Saturday we had dinner at our local consultant Jaspreet's, parents house. They had an amazing spread of food for us.  It was very delicious and was great to spend time with a Ludhiana family.
Me with Jaspreet and his parents
The spread at Jaspreet's parents house

We also went shopping for sarees at Bombay Creations.  We sat and had tea while the consultant showed us many different saree fabrics.  I finally chose one and will share it once it is delivered to the hotel!

Saree shopping at Bombay Creations
Cathy, Alessandra, and I with the owner of Bombay Creations
On Sunday, we drove 3 hours to Amritsar, where the Golden Temple is located.  The Golden Temple is a holy temple for Sikhs. 
Golden Temple
Eating Langar (community food) at the Golden Temple

Then we drove to the Wagah Border, the only border crossing into Pakistan.   They have a ceremony where Indian and Pakistani border forces do a ceremony with high kicks.  The ceremony is full of national pride from both sides, and is an interesting display of passive-aggressive celebration.

Wagah Border Ceremony (India/Pakistan)

Word of the day: gurdwara - place of worship for sikhs (gateway to the guru)

1 comment:

  1. Seems like you are having a lot of fun!
    People in Punjab are one of the nicest, richest and courageous. It's a rare combination and they have been in the forefront of almost all major turning points of India - from freedom struggle to agro-industrial revolution to defending the country.
    Caring for the girl child has not been their strongest forte - but the tide is changing with more awareness and I hope your CSC project goes a long way towards helping on that front.