One hot summer day, my husband surprised me with tickets to Amritsar! I was overjoyed to go on a family vacation and take a break from the chores of daily life. Here is a female 40 years young, ready to explore the culture and cuisine of Amritsar. Thanking my hubby for this, I cooked up a lovely meal and began making plans for the trip. I leafed through some vintage books to know the places to visit. Our discussions, giggles and recollections of travelling with family compelled us to take another journey.
Travelling with kids that too teenagers, is quite a deal, so we had to jot down a budget travel in order to enjoy ourselves. This trip we decided to give our children money to spend and gauge how they value it. We were on the train travelling with a group of people we never knew. Reaching Amritsar we got to our hotel, showered and ordered some local food. Apart from the other places we visited, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was interesting. History tells us that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was called the lion of Punjab, established a vast kingdom with the help of his sword. A garden was enclosed by a 14 feet high wall and a gate capable of carrying a gun. In the centre of the garden a double storeyed palace was constructed with a basement which served as a cool underground chamber. It sure was a delight for a nature lover like me!
This red sand stone building, the summer palace of the king is now converted into a museum. It is the most important and cultural pride of Punjab. Rare and priceless collections, paintings, weapons, armours, manuscripts, and coins make it famous and rich in culture. My children were fascinated with the weapons, my hubby appreciated the paintings and I scanning through the manuscript felt like learning literature. A host of visitors come to see the antiques and art dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. We had to binge on the local cuisine so we sat by the road side eatery, had omelette and tea, Amritsari fish with kulchas. With mouths open wide we took our fill from the Bikaner chat wala. Home again, home again jiggety jig!