Day Four India 2013

Today is Sunday and children do not attend school on Sundays so we have had more of a relaxed day. We were collected after breakfast and taken to another Gurdwara in Jalandhar. A Gurdwara is the place where Sikhs come together for worship. We had to remove our shoes and cover our heads as a sign of respect. There were no no idols, statues, or religious pictures inside the Gurdwara, because Sikhs worship only God, and they regard God as having no physical form. We were given some Karah prasad that we had to take using cupped hands, it was very nice.  Prasad is a sweet vegetarian food made from butter, flour and sugar, that has been blessed.

After visiting by the Gurdwara we returned to our hotel for lunch. Ms Gill the principal of Bawa Lalvani collected us herself and drove us to another area of the city called Model Town. As it is Sunday the roads were much quieter than they usually are. She wanted us to try some Golgappe, an popular Indian snack, from a street stall. It consists of a round, hollow puri (Indian bread), fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water, tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. We had to eat it in one mouthful. They were very unusual certainly unlike anything we'd eaten before!

We then walked around Model Town and it was lovely to talk to Ms Gill about life and education in Indian. Before heading back to the hotel we stopped for some dinner at McDonalds. We both had burgers but with an Indian twist -McSpicy Paneer burgers.

We are heading to bed early tonight as we are being collected at 6:30 to travel to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple, something we are both very excited about.

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