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Travel Blog to Amritsar, Punjab

Shiv Pratap Singh, student of Saksham Sanchar Foundation shared his experience of travelling to Amritsar.

Amritsar a city located in Punjab, India, approximately 600 km from my home Jaipur. During my visit, I chose to explore three significant sites:

 – The Golden Temple,

 – Jallianwala Bagh,

 – and the Attari Border (also known as the Wagha Border in Pakistan).

Upon arrival I was struck by the high temperature, but the enthusiasm of the BSF soldiers and the patriotic songs played over the speakers was infectious, energizing the crowd. The Indian side was bustling with people, while the Pakistani side had barely 20-40 people a stark contrast.

The Golden Temple, a spiritual hub, has a rich military history, including the infamous Operation Blue Star in 1984, when the Indian army attacked the temple to remove Sikh separatists. The operation, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, resulted in the deaths of over 80 soldiers and hundreds of pilgrims. The temple was rebuilt by Indian armed forces personnel.. 

 Lastly, Jallianwala Bagh, a beautiful garden, serves as a poignant reminder of the bravery of Indian citizens, with bullet marks on the walls still visible.

 In conclusion, everyone has a unique interest, and mine lies in history.

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