The traveller as a pilgrim and a patriot - the account of a journey to Vaishno Devi, a shrine in Jammu; to Golden Temple, in Amritsar; and the Wagah, the India-Pakistan border.
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The call of the Mother makes most devout Indians forget everything else and head for Vaishno Devi, high up on the Trikuta range in Jammu in the Himalayas. The 14km trek up from the town of Katra is as tranquilising as it is exhilarating. It doesn't matter if it's the pilgrim or the trekker in you - the experience is more than worth the effort. No time to rest those limbs. We move on to Amritsar, Punjab's multifaceted town that is blessed with both religious and historical importance. The Golden Temple in all its splendid spirituality, and the Jallianwala Bagh for all its heart-rending history. And what better way to round your visit but to watch the peace-time, sundown action at the India-Pakistan border at Wagah.