Our getaways from Mumbai are truly experiences which teach us to live life, not by the ticking clock but by the magical “compass”.Take a breather, and breathe in the beatitude travel has to offer, discover new destinations on every trip!
Punjab …the land that’s blessed with the waters of the five rivers of the Himalayas, the land of the farmers and fields and the land that’s carpeted with yellow mustard flowers in Winter. The tranquility of countryside and farm fresh air and food beckons you here to feel the stresses of city life ebb away.
Fancy hotels in Amritsar city really don’t compare to the off the grid farm stays that you should rather choose around in the countryside. Nature enthusiasts won’t ever move their gaze away from the vast expanse of greenery that surrounds as you relax in the patio of a mud cottage here. The rustic charm of country lifestyle is the flavour to savour here, each cottage and the common lounge area is so tastefully decorated.
Experience a world of a difference in the the taste of the food here. The garden-fresh vegetables, the pure milk and every morsel you sample is made using wholesome ingredients. There is an unmistakable taste of freshness in every mouthful. And when all that is served to you on a charpai in the verandah of the mud huts, the makke ki roti, sarson ka saag and rajma chawal is one glorious meal (Or “sone pe suhaga” as they say)
Each new day undoubtedly brings still more beautiful things ! The morning mist over the fields and the crisp air is invigorating. Take a stroll of cylce through the village. As the rays of the sun make their way through the clouds, turning the yellow flowers golden and the clucking hens welcome you to explore their domain. Watch the milkman milk the cows at the local dairy, the source of all the cream,butter and ghee that is the pièce de résistance of the food here. Head back for a heavenly breakfast of aloo methi parathas topped with blobs of butter, yoghurt and turnip carrot pickles ……with a view to kill !
These holidays are for you to relax, put your feet up and sip some chai from a kulhad…read a book, write a poem, play board games or cards, do anything and everything that your heart fancies…
The only reason to leave this bliss would be to visit the peaceful Golden temple. We also loved the foodie trail to the heart of Amritsar particularly around the Golden temple and Phulkari markets. The food in the communal kitchen or langar is simple yet pure ambrosia, especially the sheera that melts in your mouth, oozing ghee The contenders for the “best Amritsari Kulcha” and Chole here are so many , its hard to make a choice. A bread that tingles all senses but it must crackle to perfection as well. Wash it down with a big glass of lassi. Don’t forget to pack some desi ghee sweets to take back home and some authentic Chole masala too.