Day2 – Ludhiana To Wagah Border
1st March ‘2010. Our Plan was to leave for Amritsar early morning as it was Holi that day. But because of late night roaming around in Ludhiana the previous night , we woke up late the next morning.
We did our breakfast at our relatives house and left Ludhiana at 11 am.
We were a little late.
We were on NH-1 again. We crossed Phagwara . Now we were towards Jallandar.
LUDHIANA – JALLANDAR –> 60 KM ( via Phillaur , Phagwara )
JALLANDAR – AMRITSAR –> 83 KM ( via Kartarpur )
AMRITSAR – WAGAH BORDER –> 31 KM ( via Beas )
We entered Jallandar. Till Jallandar roads were very good no doubt about that. At about 11:30 am we were in Jallandar. But there we took a right turn on bypass to Amritsar.
From Jallandar to Amritsar its about 80 Km and Wagah Border was still about 105 Km. But now the roads were not both ways. Now it was a one way road and the traffic was also quite heavy due to Holi Holiday. It seemed as if All people were going to Amritsar. Now I knew that Golden Temple would be too flooded with people today.
TOLL TAX BOOTHS
1. LADOWAL TOLL PLAZA ( just after Ludhiana ) –> Rs 123 both sides
2 . The toll Plaza was newly constructed at Jallandar . Was free that day. Had to be functional from the next day.
At 1pm we were in Amritsar. Parked our car at the Multilevel Pariking at Golden Temple.
At 1:30 pm we were in Golden Temple, The divine place.
My mother got fainted as the sun was shining in its full flow and there was no shed there. It could easily take about 2hrs to enter into the main premises. But as my mother got fainted there, i held her hand and disected the whole crowd in just 5 min. people also cleared theway.
My father was in the regular line . He came after 2hrs.
After doing the darshan we had to head towards Wagah Border as the Retreat Ceremony occurs at 5pm but we had to be there at about 4 pm as to get proper seat . but now it was lunch time.
we decided to take lunch at Bhrawan Da Dhaba. Its not the Dhaba, but the best restaurant of Amritsar. It was a waiting for Half an hour. After Lunch I quickly visited Jallianwala Bagh.
Now we headed for Wagah which is around 35 km from Amritsar. At 3pm we left Amritsar , and about 4:15 pm I parked the car at Wagah.
The place was fully crowded but I manged to get a seat just in front.
The people were very excited there singing high voltage Desh Bhakti songs – Vande Matram. After the cermony I got a chance to go in front just near the gate. Pakistan could be easily be seen fro there.
After the beautiful ceremony at Wagah Border we again headed towards Ludhiana.
At about 7 pm we were in Amritsar we stopped there for a tea break.
Now we again started for Ludhiana. We Started at 7:30 pm and as it was one way till Jallandar, there was a lot of traffic.
But Finally we reached back Ludhiana at 11 pm. A long tiring Day ended. We travelled 350 Km total that day , not just driving but visting the places the whole day.We all were dead tired.
Next Day we had to Head towards Delhi.
CONDITION OF ROADS
LUDHIANA TO JALLANDAR – Very Good
The roads were a mixture of 2 lane highway and 4-lane highway with construction work going on.
JALLANDAR TO AMRITSAR – Very Good
The road was a 2 lane highway and sometimes a 4- lane highway with lot of traffic but was smooth
AMRITSAR TO WAGAH BORDER – Good
The road was a 4 lane highway with alot of dust due to construction.
Day – 3 Ludhiana to Delhi
We started from Ludhiana at 2pm.
Again in Punjab there was not much traffic on NH-1 . Speed could easily be attained.
But after entering Haryana, Traffic increased Drastically.
At Pipli, we stopped at Oasis for the Lunch.
But after that I saw that the traffic was blocked ahead.People were taking U turn on National Highway and all were moving on the wrong side. I too took u turn and went on wrong side. moving further I saw that a tractor with sugarcanes was upside down and both side of the highway were totally blocked. Traffic was at stand still.I was too confused and it seemed it would take 2 – 3hrs or even more. As I was thinking to go to which road whther to stay on the wrong side or whther to go on my own side…I was lucky there. I heard the police siren. From behind the volvo from Lahore to Delhi was coming. I knew this bus was moving with security and they will make some arrangement. I just drove my car just behind the VolvoAs per my thinking all traffic was stand still on both sides but the Lahore Bus and behind it my car was moving. We just crossed the whole stretch of 2-3 Km jam in just 10 min then. Thanks to that bus.
Finally reached back delhi at 7:30 pm. and an awesome journey ended. :( :(