Golden Temple, Wagah Border & More: Amritsar In Pictures!
Visiting Amritsar after more than a decade, Dr Alim Chandani had a lot to see and do. As a deaf traveller, and with a camera as his constant companion, he captured his favourite moments on film. Take a look at the many sights, vibrant colours and brilliant experiences that Amritsar has to offer through his hand-picked images.
I finally went back to Amritsar this year, armed with my camera and an insatiable desire to explore. I was seeing the city with fresh eyes, since it had been 15 years since my last visit in January 2002. There was a lot of renovation going on to polish the holy city and nothing seemed the same, except the traditional and magical Golden Temple itself. I was impressed by the cleanliness of Amritsar, which was fast becoming a popular tourist spot for foreigners. The scenery from Town Hall to the Golden Temple reminded me of Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan.
Travelling as a deaf person has its perks, including the opportunity to avoid the long lines of people waiting to enter the Golden Temple. Feeling bad about my not being able to hear the prayers or announcements, a temple guard made a special allowance and let me in easily.
Another major experience was the visit to the Wagah Border, where I witnessed the lowering of the flags of India and Pakistan. Watching the soldiers from the two neighbouring countries perform the flag ceremony in tandem made me feel patriotic and very proud about my country.
My overall journey was a blissful experience, where I had the chance to reconnect with my faith and served as a reminder of how proud I am to be an Indian.
Legend has it that taking a dip in the sacred pool at the Golden Temple can cure people of many ailments. Ironically, a friend of mine who is also deaf told me about how his parents thought he could be cured and able to hear again if he took a dip in the Amrit Sarovar. They have tried it many times, but it did not work. However, I believe this has helped him accept his identity as a deaf person and also increased his confidence level.
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