This trip was over my mind for about 3 years. But finally Amritsar Foodie Weekend began on 26th April, 2013. I have always been over excited to have good food and Amritsar was a destination so reachable, yet seemed far. From the lame excuses to visit Amritsar only in winters to office being hectic; I had given all possible reasons to skip my trip. However, it’s was past and trip happened.
All travel options (Car, Bus, Train, and Airline) are good. I chose train and boarded Shatabdi from New Delhi Railway Station. It’s the best option to choose with trains. However, over the years the service and infrastructure has gone really bad. I would suggest traveling in executive class considering it’s a 6 hour journey.
Besides food, on my check list, I had a few places to visit in Amritsar. Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh & Wagha Border. However, my prime focus was food. The challenge lied in experiencing the entire variety of food in Amritsar over the weekend. It’s practically impossible.
So, here’s a description (short-n-smart) about a foodie trip to Amritsar:
- 1st morning in Amritsar and headed to Kanha Sweets. It’s the place for breakfast with “Poori Choley” n “Lassi”. The sweet “Aloo” subzi is awesome and unique.
- Next was my visit to Jallianwala Bagh.
- I had no space room for lunch after the breakfast and hence gave it a pass.
- Picked up “Fruit Cream” ice cream from Durga Ice Cream parlor. Good one.
- Late afternoon and I headed to Wagha Border (Indo-Pak) for the evening parade show. It’s an awesome feeling there. Especially, when you see some foreigners dancing on Indian patriotic songs. 🙂
- On my way back, I stopped at “Sarhad”. It’s a restaurant near Wagha Border and serves Indo-Pak exquisite cuisines. The place has a couple of trucks at display which are hand painted by Haider Ali (World famous truck painter from Pakistan). Stop here for tea along with a quick snack.
- I drove back to Amritsar and was famished by now and rightly so as I headed to “Kesar Da Dhaba”. This place has some 100 years old Dal recipe. Tastes amazing a “Thali” is more than enough for 2. Have Palak Paneer on my recommendation. It’s like Paneer with “Rara Meat” gravy. Too good.
- It was 10 at night and we headed to Golden Temple. Perfect timing as there was a religious ceremony being performed at that time. The “Karhah Parsad” is killer.
- I had my breakfast next morning at the hotel.
- In the afternoon I headed to Surjit Chicken. This place is extremely famous for its Tandoori chicken. But the chicken was nothing out of the world types. I tried Amritsari fish and that was amazing. It’s again a must have in Amritsar.
- I wanted to have dessert and headed to Chocolate Room. “Chocolate Avalanche”, it’s a sin to miss this.
- Dinner time. I had heard a lot of Crystal restaurant. It’s an overcrowded and noisy place. But the “Paneer Tawa Frontier” is a nice dish. Overall, the restaurant is hyped.
Headed back to Delhi next morning and just ate salads after an onslaught of food in Amritsar.
I missed out on Amritsari Kulcha which gives me another reason to visit again. However, till that time, I can be content with the closest option in Delhi. Check out the following link.