Trip Start Mar 19, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

This was a hellish journey to get to our destination of Amritsar. We booked a Sumo which is a Land Cruiser that 8 people share the fare. A realy reasonable and semi-comfortable way to travel. During the journey we had a 2 hour delay in the dead heat with no AC, due to some political party and then the protests following.

After many many hours we reached Jammu the Second Capitol of Kashmir state. Sabrina had left her purse in the Sumo so we boarded a Rickshaw and searched all over Jammu looking for this vehicle. The only thing seperating this Jeep were the words " El Shallah" to go with god which was probably where the purse was.

After two hours of searching where most people would give up i spotted or godly jeep and dashed out in traffic only to find out the purse was not there! The police were involved they wanted to arrest the driver we were overheated from an exhausting travel. After being fed up i could not take anymore and decided to board a bus with Sab and get to Amritsar.

Amritsar is the city with the Holy Golden Temple. It's located in the Punjab state and relies on donations of pure gold from Sikhs to keep its operations going. A whole temple made of pure Gold , and many Pilgrams making the Journey as we arrived on a sikh holy day was waiting for us when we woke up the next day. A huge difference in people as well. There was fresh fruit everywhere. People were not staring at us for holding hands.There were lots of white folks around as well. A white family is even there. White as in completely white albino white. This family came here as Husband and Wife and found salvation through Sikhism and stayed and made many babies. Lots of babies makes the path to heaven quicker this part of the world.

Turned out that Sabrina needed documents and her bank cards to be able to travel so we opted for a journey back to Bombay and re-organize before our next departure.
It must have been a mixture of either bad ice, bad curry, or a delicous Lassi(milk curd which was promised to be the best by Sab as the Punjabs do it right) that gave me explosive shits and pukes for two days. i really wish i could have taped the vomiting as it was really impressive with the force and volume reached on an hourly basis for days on end.
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