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Day 2: Ludhiana – Amritsar (142 kms)

As our destination for the day was Amritsar, which was just 142 kms, we started from our hotel at about 8.30AM. By the time we left for Amritsar, the sun was already shining bright and I could very much feel the effect of that inside the riding jacket.

Ok, one thing I should have talked about in previous day’s post is that, on our ride from Delhi to Ludhiana, the saddle bag mounted on the Pillon’s seat has been constantly smooching the rear tyre and the base of the right side was almost open wide. The damage was so much that the bag’s surface, the hard plastic inside the bag’s floor, a shirt, a muffler and a thick sweater of mine, all of them lost a part of them. The worst casualty was the sweater which was having a big hole at the center of it.

I noticed this after unloading the bags at the hotel. So today, the first thing to be done was to do some kind of jugaad about the bag. Just out of Ludhiyana, there was some small village with few houses most of which had pieces of wood infront of them. Went to one of the houses where one sardar ji was walking around.

We told him that our bag was torn because of rubbing with the tyre and it would be great if can allow us to pick up couple of sticks from his stock of wood so that we can do some kind of jugaad to save the bags from any further damage. He happily agreed to our request and actually told us to pick up as many we needed.

Thanked him and picked up a stick and was trying to fix it on the side of the bike but we had nothing to tie the wood. Sardar Ji saw this and came up with a couple of coconut wali rassi and even tied the sticks on both sides himself. This gesture really touched me. After bidding him good bye, moved on.

The road ahead was awesome and I was maintaining a good speed. Plan was to have break-fast in an hour or so, wherever there is a good dhaaba which we did after about one hour of leaving Ludhiana.

On the way to Amritsar comes the Lovely Professional University where I have a brother studying. I thought of meeting him by lunch time so, after moving further for sometime, stopped at a dhaaba just next to LPU. Gave him a call and asked him to come to the dhaba. He came but after a long time, by when, my lunch was over. Was with him for 5mins or so and then we moved on towards the destination of the day, Amritsar.

We reached there by 2PM, taking quite a few photo breaks. I repeat, the roads are lovely!

First job in Amritsar was to get the bike washed and basic lubrications done. This took close to 2 hours in the Honda showroom. In these 2 hours, we met a guy in the showroom who tried a lot to scare us I guess!!

Yes, he came up with all sorts of stories of chain snatching, pick-pockets and what not!! He suggested us not to keep more than 3-400 of cash with us .

Okay, from the service center, we straight away went to look for a descent hotel and soon checked-in into one for Rs.1000/- for a double bedded AC room.

Had to catch the Parade at Wagah so took bath quickly and then after a quick but late lunch, left for Wagah. With awesome roads to ride on and lovely people to guide us, we were on the right path in no time. I was keeping an eye on the mile-stones as they came and then suddenly I see a big board which said Lahore 34 kms!! I braked hard and then began the photo-session .

After a couple of minutes, back on the road.

Just 1km ahead of the point from where no vehicles, you will see lot of people calling you to park the vehicle. I did not stop there as I knew that there is a Govt. Parking which is nearest to the entry. Went there and parked. My first impression after seeing the huge crowd was, ‘is it a mela!!’. As I moved forward, in the scorching heat, I saw the male gallery was jam-packed . I somehow pushed myself in that crowd and in half an hour, in my second attempt, was able to get a good place from where I can get a good view of the happenings.

I liked the parade over-all sans the crowd and the dhakka-mukki!!

After the parade was over at about 6:45PM, we left for Amritsar and now the plan was to directly pay a visit to the Golden Temple.

We reached there at about 8PM and man!! When I actully got to see it, the feeling was amazing. It was a dream come true for me. At night, its a very different experience al-together. It was quite hot even at the night but still huge number of devotees were there, doing there part of the voluntary service. Kids, old people, young girls, uncles, aunties, everybody was doing some voluntary work. It was really nice. We left the mesmerizing place at about 10:30PM with a lot of photos.

I am coming again in the morning, I said to myself.

Reached the hotel, got freshened up, ordered dinner and then off to sleep.

Photos of Day 2:

Meet-up with brother near LPU

The awesome road towards Wagah
awesome roads to wagah

Getting a much-needed care

The board which made me STOP

One more here
Rajiv verma at wagah

Just 1km more

A Sikh lady with her Kirpan

This crazy fellow was actually doing a wheelie with his Tractor

Few shots of Golden Temple at Night
Golden Temple at night

Golden Temple at night

13 thoughts on “Day 2: Ludhiana – Amritsar (142 kms)”

  1. Maja aagya sach me…
    The Clean Road wala photo me, tum dikhai de rahe ho front mirror pe, the way you snap it :)…

    I felt like I should have got this accompany before my marriage ;)… Hopefully Shyun will fulfill my wish :)…

    You are so luck to have this opportunity dear… great going.

    Anxiously waiting for the next episode 😉

    1. Haan bhaiya, I was trying to take that snap from quite sometime but bike kaafi speed me tha to kaafi tries ke baad bas yehi le paaya :).
      Bhaiya, iss baar jab India aate hain tab June to Sep ke beech me schedule ki kijiye to we can go on yet another ride :). There is a loooooooooot to see and learn in Ladakh bhaiya, I am riding there again next year :).

      Next episode is coming soon 🙂

  2. Mamu, at first here I like your ‘jugadd’ idea against further rubbing of your Bag from the tyre of your bike and I really appreciate the help offered by the Sardarjee….i think when you approached that Sardarjee replied like “Oye puttar leh lele jitna chahae aur aa ja lacchie pikae ja”…..why your sweater damaged you know it was asking for replacement and Ludhina is considered as one the largest producer of woolen and winter products in the country!!!!
    i think that’s Honda showroom guy is very narrow, rather welcoming you…he made a scaring story, don’t care those, where those activities are not there in the world, if you are careful and on the right path then nothing will happen…..i believe so.
    Its so nice that you have experienced the most historical and magnificent “Wagah Border and the Ceremony”..about Wagah boarder ceremony I had some false impression that was cleared after talking with you. I think you attended only the Flag lowering ceremony or both “Flag raising & lowering”???…..if you would have talked more about the same ceremony that you have seen that would be more interesting ….
    ….all the images here tells a lot, those are really nice and comprehensible, I have a questions here, in one of the image I see the front two wheels of the same tractor is far-off from the ground and lots of Sardarjees are there……whats going there????
    its really great and nice Mamu, keep it up……love and best wishes……..Mamu

    1. Mamu, when we have no concrete option to take care of the problems that come up in the middle of nowhere, the only way out is a jugaad :p.
      The sardarji actually offered us thanda paani to us which was no less than lassi in that heat. And the fact that he offered us whatever he could was very touching :).

      I found out about the sweater damage in Ludhiana, the wool town but I had lot of warm clothes with me :D!

      That guy in the Honda Showroom was an idiot!! He was projecting himself as a I know everything type of man and thinking of us as two fools from some far away place. But anyway, he helped us pass the two hours in the showroom without getting bored :p.

      I feel the same as you said mamu, these kind of activities are more or less everywhere so should not be given much importance.

      Mamu, I am happy that after my post, you want to know more about the Wagah border’s ceremony so I will write another post regarding that and answer your questions there, plus some more info and pics :). This post will come up before the Day 3’s story and will also have some more pics :).

      Aah!! That Tractor guy!! That was a crazy fellow. He had come to witness the parade with his friends from some nearby place I guess, in his tractor. There was a lot of crowd because of which he was not able to move forward and I guess he had no horn in this Vehicle so he suddenly started doing wheelie (pulling the front tires in the air) out of fun to scare the crowd!! Haha…!!

      In the photo also, you can see one guy running infront of the tractor!!

      It was really funny and that guy had skills too!!

    1. Yes Ji, jugaad ke bina aage nahi badh sakte the!

      Aur Golden Temple at night is something else, obviously the Best part of the journey :). Next time I am going with My Special one :).

  3. right Mamu, you are very right and i like your courage and dedication, keep it up always,
    due to shortage of time i am failing to write more n more that i have in mind, will write later on, its fall semester here, so very very busy,
    take care and keep on writing

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