|'Shane Punjab', on a Rickshaw at the Railway Station|
Having successfuly visited the exact place of my birth and met my cousin after two decades i was mighty happy. So the next day was spent at a relaxed pace, discovering the town of Phagwara.
On our seconda day in Phagwara, the town greeted us with a light shower of rain .
And we spotted school boys cycling to school in their colorful HOUSE T Shirt, as it was a Saturday.
|JCT building on G T Karnal Road|
and the yellow facade of the JCT Mills.
Two more landmarks on the G T Road are the St Joseph's Convent and as mentioned earlier, Hotel Cabana.
The surpsrise on the G T Road is an outlt of none other than SAGAR RATNA!
I began with a visit to Ramgarhia college. Sure enough, there were students today. Boys and girls. Phagwara does nort receive any visitors, so my daughters and i were the target of stares, in the college and everywhere else we went. The situation was made even more curiosity prone for the locals as i was continoulsy clicking pictures to capture the mood of the town.
Ramgarhi college was established in 1942, and is one of the oldest. A peek into the canteen made me realize that time had stood still here. Modernisation was perhaps two steps away.
I would have liked to meet the Principal and told her bout my mother, but that meant waiting for an appointment. So i skipped anddwent to the next venue.
Also in Satnam Pura is the Ramgarhia school
A sign board on the main Iron gate says:
There is also a Ramgarhia Institute of Engineering and Technology.
There is a tiny Shiv temple in Satnampura,
near to the Gupta Book store.
another shiv teple in Satnap pura is a fairly big size one. Interestingly the pandit there hials from Mathura.
Post visits to the temples, we went to the Bus Stand
A sign in Punjab which says : 'Puchh Gichh'
|A Bus, ready to go at the Bus stand|
The Railway station of Phagwara is once gain very spacious.
Waiitng Lounge at the Railway Station
More surprise came in the form of an Apahaj ghar, near my Hotel Resort:
The visit to the Railway Station was sheer nostalgia for me, as we would always travel to Phagwara from
Allahabad or Delhi via train. But more than that, the fact that my Nana worked here as the Staion Masterhel held special significance for me.
Ignoring teh curious stares of the onookers i kept clicking pictures.
We once again passed by Hargobind nagar where i stopped at the park.
There is a statue of Shri Ambedkar there.
We then poceeded to Gandhi Chowk and the inner market
Right oppiste to the shop is the city Police Station.
Here is located my cousin's shop, MANOHAR Opticlas,
a prominent and one of the oldesrt shops of he market. But it is very modernown. a typical home thw
We visited Model town which is the elite are of the town.
|A typical home in Model Town|
Our last stop for the first half of sightseeing ond Day 2 was my sister's college, KAMLA NEHRU College for Women.
We went back to the hoteourl for lunch and rsted for a while..
I wanted to visit the biggest temple and Gurdwara of the town. The Reception at the hotel told me about three venues:
Gita Bhawan in Model Town
Hanuman Gadi near Bus Stand
and Sukh Chain Gurdwara at banga Road, which runs across the inner market.
The Gita Bhawan is a nice spacious well maintained temple. But it was partailly closed . So i still managed to visit some of the moortis like Shivji and the Shiv mandir which were in the open.
Hanuman Gadi has a huge gigantic size moorti of Hanuman ji along wii of all other Hindu Gods.
Our last stop was at the Sukh Chain Gurdwara. Located at the far end of Banga road, it is right im the midst of green fields, running into acres.
It is built somewhat on the lines of Banglr Sahib in Delhi, With a sarovar with fish where devotees can be seen offering food to the fishes. It has a Prasad counter form where you can buy prasad and offer to the the main Hall... which is the satsang hall.
It also has a huge langar romm where we tasted the dal, achaar and prasadde as part of the langar.
One more building is probably the residential area.
I shall post pictures of these in part 3.
With that we finshed our Phagwarra darshan. Except that ther was a surpsrise in store for us. In the form of my daughter's friend Amit Chawla. The most intersing and exciting part of the trip.
Read about that in part 3 :)