After experiencing the intense poverty of Varanasi, my next stop was Amritsar. A city in the state of Punjab. Amritsar had proper roads, traffic lights, shops, and less people. It was a lovely city that was clean, and less hectic.
On our first day Grace and I went to a silly temple which reminded me of the fun house from Greece. There were tunnels, mirrored walls, animal faces to walk though, and even a random room of water we needed to cross. It was like a never ending maze. After the temple we went to the Pakistan boarder to watch the changing of guards ceremony. It was quite comical as the guards were unnaturally tall, and unnaturally flexible. High kicks, silly marching, and flexing of the muscles. It was quite a performance!
The next day we went on a walking tour of the city. A local man showed us some really beautiful buildings that you wouldn’t expect to find in India, and taught us a lot about the history and areas we were seeing.
At night time we went to the golden temple. This is a very famous temple for Sikh (seek) people. You are able to sleep and eat at the temple for free as it runs on donations. I didn’t eat there as I was feeling sick, but Grace and the hostel troops dug in. It was surprisingly very orderly. People sat in rows and were given food and water until their hearts desired. And once finished everyone cleared out and gave their dishes away to be washed. It was amazing how many volunteers were peeling veggies, dishing food, washing dishes etc. The temple feeds tens of thousands of people each day.
We also visited the temple during the day.
On our last night Grace and I sorted a train to take us to New Delhi. As the train pulled up, people were jumping into windows and through door ways whilst it was still moving. Me and grace looked at each other and questioned if the train would stop. Thankfully it did! Oh yea did I say we booked a sleeper class carriage? It was similar to a jail on wheels. We walked in and climbed to our top bunks quite quickly as an unimpressed Indian family glared at us (they were sleeping below). I stared and watch the men creepily walk past from my bunk. Once my rape watch was over I was asleep for most of the ride. 350 rupees and 8 hours later we made it to our new destination, New Delhi.