Chandigarh was special to me in the 90s because it had sit down toilets instead of the squat ones lol.
Unless you have relatives there, there is no point visiting unless you want to go to malls that sell the same things as you get in the west. It is however a nice place to live.
I don't know why Punjabi singers and Punjabi movies big it up so much, it's not a Punjabi city at all, the vast majority of the people are Hindi speakers or ya ya types. It's a miniature Delhi without the history. Since my nana and nana passed away I've got no inclination to ever visit again.
Anandpur Sahib really is different to the rest of Punjab, so much more peaceful, yes I went to Baba Gurdita high up, Kiratpur and also that muslim shrine Buddan Shah where they claim Guru Nanak asked for milk from a sufi saint and said he would come back a hundred years later in a different incarnation (Guru Hargobind) to take the rest. It seems like a made up story to me. I wanted to see the Virasat E Khalsa museum, I remember when it was in the process of being built in 2000 but I never got time to visit it in 2018 when I last went. Did you go there?
I will have to visit Machiwara the next time I am there.
Himachal is beautiful, great scenery and monkeys galore.
India has no one identity, culture, language either. Many outright refusing to speak Hindi etc.
Sectarian movements are ongoing in both nations.
Culture in India also has foreign influences.
Both these nations share histories anyway, their history is one, until 1947.
Pakistan is cozying up to the Saudis. India was on their knees for the Russians, now they idolize Trump. Giving Trump one giant ****job last year.
After Gharshankar that road leading to Anandpur Sahib is so bad! the potholes could knock an Elephant over. One of the bumpiest rides iv ever had in my life. Anandpur Sahib being one of the post popular destinations in Punjab it really is surprising how the government does not repair the road. But once your in the city it is soo beautiful, the views are amazing. I can see why Guru Tegh Bahadur ji chose the location to build a city. Do you see all the monkeys in the way in the mountains lol! we gave them bread and then all a sudden our can was surrounded by 100s lmao. Have you been Baba Gurdita Jis Gurdwara near Kesgarh Sahib? really serene as well its higher up in the mountains.
Yh i really do not like how Amritsar has become a tourist destination. I get that its good for the cities businesses and stuff but at the same time it is our holy city. Last few years iv been going there Amritsar is full of Indian tourists from other parts of India, there everywhere! taking selfies.
I don't like what they have done to Jallianwala bagh, its a memorial and should be treated like one, instead they have made it into a public garden with people taking selfies and having picnics! what the hell is that about.
Iv been Wagha border, really didn't get the fuss! was sh1t. I think Indians from other parts of the country would probably like it more.
If you go again go Machiwara, really nice peaceful Gurdwara. The Khoo Guru Sahib drank water from is still there and also the tree where he tied his horse and wrote the shabd "mitr pyare nu" is still there. Under the tree they have a radio and the shabd plays 24/7. A lot of Nihung Singhs there as well.
Iv been a few places in India, but iv had those years where we go and just in the pind for the entire month! lol
I'v never been Chandigarh, some say its nice some say theres nothing special. Nothing about it makes me want to visit it though ...
Iv been Delhi, Himachal Pardesh and Hazur Sahib. 1st time we went Hazur Sahib it was in a car lol! was really fun though.
But i would like to travel all of India, North to South. i want to go Rajasthan as well ...