.. Staying at the temple Hari Mandir Sahib in the evening is a joy! You feel like you are on fire, as at any time your life can just fly away. We sat in the crowd and matched totally mesmerized the tremendous beauty of the small temple. I spent a very long and pleasant time there. On one side there were the other people that I spoke to and they asked me, as I smiled and I shook hands. The spirituality of their actions, the honesty of their gestures, called my attention to the verses that did not stop ringing all over the sacred complex, the softness of the moment .... A moment of peace and harmony with oneself unspeakable ....
Who hasn't seen in any of the many newscasts in our life, a piece on the over night border closing ceremony between India and Pakistan. This memorable day was hot and humid, it was busy and I was very tired, but I could see was certainly spectacular. The pride and passion of both sides is reflected in each of their acts and movements, aggressive and very strong. Spurred by the shouts of the populace, the soldiers are full of energy and extra motivation. I was open-mouthed throughout the 2 hours of the performance. I ended up dehydrated, weak and exhausted, my blood had boiled all the time. Go up to Attari, either by bus or taxi (better if shared with someone to reduce cost) it is about 2 hours from Amritsar. If you want you can go to Pakistan and ask permission at the border, then arrive at Wagah, the first Pakistani population and then you can reach Lahore, from there you can go wherever you want in Pakistan.
This temple, situated in the city of Amritsar, is one of the most interesting temples that I have ever visited. You enter through a wooden staircase that seems as if it is going to break. There are corridors, full of figures of gods and saints that lead you at last to the main room. Here you can see the figure in honor of those who built this temple. "Devi Lal" is a saint from the last century and wears glasses .... It is definitely a very detailed summary of what I call "psychedelic Hindu" in one of its most critical states. It's full of lights, colors, crystals and especially enormous activity inside, as someone always sings, someone asks where you're from and many invite you to spend the day with them. Amritsar despite its ruined state it is a city worth visiting.
The traffic in Amritsar, one of the major cities in Pujab, tempts a dimension that I never before imagined. I think it depends on where you see it and how many hours of travel you have endured before arriving, which will get your ready for what is essentially pure chaos (if you are very tired), or even funny. You will get used to all of this, so I recommend a dedicated stay in the city. I recommend taking it very calmly, and if it is necessary to wait 15 minutes to cross a street with a stream of trucks, motorcycles, rikshaws, and bikes, and to do so with the same novelty and pleasure to be dedicated to any other cultural curiosity.
Fascinating, rich, colorful, magical ... Bazaar Katra Jaimal Singh, or fabrics Bazaar Amritsar, a city within a city. It is pretty chaotic, so be careful that you don't get hit by a rickshaw, or a bike or motorbike. You can hear the smooth sounds of the soft fabrics and smell them, which is a smell like cotton, and it covers the whole city. Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar has a great importance in the economy of the city. This explains its size, which exceeds the main street of the bazaar and spans countless alleys and passageways. What you see is just fabulous. Not just one be mesmerized with the delicious hand embroidered fabrics, the amazing colors, the delicate textures, imaginative designs. It's fascinating to watch the groups of women (women are never alone) and select the fabrics, the treatment for them has vendors, deployment of treasures on white carpeted flooring. In Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar everything is a beauty and is hard to choose. It's best to wander through the streets, asking prices knowing that we are charging possibly a hundred percent on the actual price and return the next day ready for the great art of haggling.
We headed to the super sweet cupcakes store, a classic Indian delicacy. Here they are known as Mithai and are originally from the subcontinent, consisting of many different flavours, that are all based on milk, sugar and flour. They are super high in sugar and fat, which attracts flies; the trader usually has a stick to fend them off. Very sweet and delicious!