I have traveled a few places, not too many, but I was surprised to see the contrasts between the different people I meet. Their approach towards the new person who’s entered their place is that makes travelling fun, you have to be ready for what’s coming to you.
Two months back, I visited Amritsar to see the Golden Temple, great monument, a sacred place especially the sikhs, wonderful crowd and hats-off to the services of the temple authorities.
Went alone to Amritsar, with a little knowledge, thanks to the internet, as my bus stopped I got surrounded by the auto-rikshaws, they were interested to take me to a near-by hotel before me visiting the temple, though that sounds real nice idea but let me tell FYI that the temple itself has all the facilities ,starting from toilets, bathing, they provide you place to keep your luggage, there is a 24 hrs running kitchen, call it a mega-kitchen with excellent quality food and a big dinning hall, and apart from all this they even provide a continuously running bus to and fro between the temple and the bus station. Now why would I take a hotel to get fresh,when these all facilities are available by the temple itself, free of cost.
Now one side where the temple offers you all that, you really admire their efforts but this auto-rikshaw guys intentions to mislead you so take a hotel, as they get their part of the commission, looks a little awkward. I do understand that it’s their way to earn some extra money, but it’s kind of disappointing when you find that someone is cheating you or is misleading, no matter, whatever reason they have.
Now that’s the fun part of travelling alone, you have to be quiet careful.
Another experience at the old Delhi railway station. I asked a rikshaw puller for how long is the metro station, he told it’s at a distance and costs Rs, 40/- ,I agreed and hoped in. At a distance of 100 meters he dropped me at the Chandni Chowk metro station. Now that is something one has to be careful.
A glimpse of the mega kitchen.