Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Going to India

Well I didn't let the cyber-sangat know that I was going to Louisiana until the day I got there. This time I'm giving you a little bit of a warning about my travel plans. On Friday I'm flying to India and I'll be there until the 30th. I'm flying in to Delhi and I'm planning to stay at a hotel, but last time I feel like I paid too much for the room. I was wondering if there is a nivas in Delhi? If anybody knows, please let me know.
I can hardly believe it, this will be my second time in India. I've spent 6 weeks there before and I'll spend 4 weeks this time. I probably won't get the chance to email people individually, so I'll try and keep my blog going.

12 comments:

Sikhi Seeker said...

WOW - lucky you! Well it'll be awesome to see your blog continuously updated. sweet!
Well, I don't know of any nivas etc., but do check with some of the Gurudwaras.
..Wishing you a WONDERFUL trip!
Satnam Waheguru.

Amar Prakash Singh said...

Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa ||
Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh ||

Prabhu Singh

Most Gurdwaras in Delhi have a Nivas. The one that I am sure of is Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib.

Have a good trip. I was planning on going this year but finances fell through.

Chardi Kalaa

Amar Prakash Singh

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

Prabhu, long long time ago we stayed at Bangla Sahib. we had our own room...I couldn't tell you how it was because my memories are from a very naive kid's point of view.

i wish you had waited 6 more weeks prabhu!!!!!!! would've loved to meet up with you! too bad so sad!:(

also, we're thinking about staying in a hotel as well...what hotel did you stay in delhi and how much did you pay? if you don't mind me asking...if you'd like you can email me...

thanks! and i'll surely miss you!

Sat Nam!

ps...thanks for the history lesson on SSA. just curious what salutaion do you use?

Prabhu Singh said...

Thank you Amar Prakash Singh and I Singh.
I don't remember what hotel I stayed in last time, but it was around $90 a night and I don't want to pay that much this time. I actually need to work out my accomadations real fast.
I guess around here I say Sat Nam to a lot of people, but I say 'Sat Siri Akal' a lot when I visit other gurdwaray. When I remember and I'm excited to see other Sikhs I say 'WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!'

sukhmani kaur said...

vaheguru ji ka khalsa
vaheguru jiki fateh

there's niwas behind Sis Gaj Sahib Gurdwara it is just central delhi - near red fort.

have a nice time there and get yourself a good dilruba ;)

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

PACKING! remember pack that thing carefully. just assume that they'll be using your package as a basketball.

Amar Prakash Singh said...

Wahe Guru ji ka Khalsa ||
Wahe Guru ji ki Fateh ||

Prabhu Singh

Sounds like you got taken. I seriously doubt that you made reservations at a $90 hotel. You should never tell Delhi cab driver that this is your first trip to India. What they'll do is tell you that the hotel that you want is full, even burned down or they just can't seem to find your hotel. But they know a hotel that they can take you to. It's usually more expensive than what you wanted and after the driver gets his commision for bringing you there it could be $90.

I have stayed only one night in a hotel and I think it was $30. Even that is more than I want to pay even in the US. All the rest of the time I've stayed at Sarais or peoples homes. Sarais run around $1 or $2 a night and you get a breakfast that's as good as most hotels.

I usually stay at the Guru Arjan Sarai in Amritsar and have stayed at Muktsar, Gurdwara Mehdiana Sahib in the village of Manuke (it's really hard to find), Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh and Sisganj Sahib in Delhi.

I'm sure that you have gotten a lot of suggestions on where to go but here is one more. Check out one of my travelogs at http://www.prismnet.com/~khalsa/yatra.htm for some ideas.

Again, have a great trip. Wish I was going.

Chardi Kalaa

Amar Prakash Singh

Prabhu Singh said...

Thanks a lot for the suggestions everybody.
I actually saw your travel log before Amar Prakash, I enjoyed it. Certainly there are things you and I don't see eye to eye on, but I have respect for you and your experience. Also I think there are many ways that you and I would probably agree.
To Sukhmani Kaur, I already have a real nice dilruba that I got from Raj Academy. Maybe I can pick something else up while I'm there. My brother has yet to get a classical instrument, so that will be interesting.
To I Singh, last time I had something delicate I wrapped turban material around it and it survived very well.
I went through a travel agent last time I was in Delhi and it was very convenient, but it was expensive.

ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

www.amritsar.com (their discussion board) has good info.

and if you don't mind prabhu, i'll be taking these suggestions from your blog and be puting them on the "tips & tricks" blog that i created (in the hopes of grander things) but (until recently) forgot that i created (too many pots not enough hands!:)) ? gurumustak was nice enough to give me suggestions too but i never got around posting them...i guess i'll post them when i'm posting these...

travel agent? for what? *really confused*

-IK singh

Anonymous said...

Actually, $90 bucks sounds about right for New Delhi. I was in India recently and stayed in three diff. hotels. They charged around Rs.1500 (35$) bucks for small town avg. hotel and around $90 in Delhi at Janpath. Its supposedly govt. subsidized decent hotel.

Amar Prakash Singh said...

Thanks, you're probably right.

Chardi Kalaa

Amar Prakash Singh

Anonymous said...

Indian hotels, even the 5 stars charge non Indians more than Indian nationals. If they have the slightest suspicion that you are a non Indian, they ask to check your passport and charge you the stepped up rates.