India is the perfect place for a religious experience… and you don’t have to be religious! You can stay in any Sikh temple for free and they’ll even throw in some food. Followers of Sikhism are obliged to offer shelter to anyone who asks. Obliged is a funny word, so when we learnt this, we worried that maybe we shouldn’t call by, it seemed somehow rude. But when we got to the temple we forgot all our worries immediately as we were presented with Masala Chai (spicy tea) and Samosas. Read the rest of this entry
We weren’t planning on calling into Chandigarh, we’d planned to go straight to Amritsar from Delhi. But plans change. Our land lady and friend from London was visiting her family there and offered us a room in their temple… for free. Unfortunately she was flying there the day we arrived and we couldn’t get hold of her, so we decided to spend one night in a guesthouse first.
On arrival we decided to risk it and go to a new hotel that we found on tripadvisor. It was a bit far out but had clean rooms and free wifi. At least that’s what the review said. When we got there it was a grotty hotel that didn’t have any internet whatsoever. Avoid Hotel Royal Palace. Read the rest of this entry