Mrs Bhandari's Guesthouse

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No.10 Cantonment, Amritsar, India

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Mrs Bhandari's Guesthouse gains a 'C' grade pass Nov 11, 2011
The history of Mrs Bhandari’s Guesthouse is interesting. Located in the cantonment area, it was started by Mrs Tahmi Bhandari in 1954. She died in 2007 at the age of 101. Born into a wealthy family, she was a teenager at the time of the 1919 Amritsar Massacre. It is thought that she was the first Indian woman to ever drive. During Partition in 1947, Mrs Bhandari stitched clothes for thousands of refugees who arrived in Amritsar. The guest house is now operated by her daughter. I stayed there for four nights, 25th to 29th March 2011. There is a lot that is good, very good in fact. The gardens are large, well maintained and tranquil. The food is okay but perhaps a little pricey as is the beer. No guests seemed to be accommodated in the historic house, but rather in converted out-houses which may have been military barracks in the Raj era. Rickshaws, both pedal and petrol/diesel powered, are easy to hire to get you to the Golden Temple and other Amritsar sites.

For me, however, the close proximity of cattle to the guest accommodation quarters was a cause for serious concern. It was akin to what one sees in poor rural villages from the window of a passing train or bus. I arrived from Delhi around 11:00pm and throughout the night I thought I had dreamed of smelling cow dung and hearing the occasional moo sound. In the morning I realised that next to my room was a small enclosed cattle yard with copious amounts of cow dung on the concrete yard floor. It smelled, very badly in fact. I am familiar with this smell having stayed on diary farms, but on these farms the residential buildings were well away from the animals and cowshed.

Reflecting back, it is not only the smell around the guest accommodation that is of concern. There could well be health issues having guest accommodation and farm animals so close to each other.
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SabineOR SabineOR
3 reviews
Nicely se in a quiet garden May 09, 2008
This place is really away from all the hussle. Though just a short Rickshaw ride away from the Golden temple
Raches Raches
25 reviews
Cosy and quaint Dec 21, 2007
Hot water bottles on arrival were a wonderful welcome. The 3 rooms occupied by our group were colourfully fitted out, with not too comfortable beds and lukewarm water (despite the geyser). The guesthouse itself is on the older side which meant you could feel the cold somewhat (thank god for those water bottles).

There is a children's playground and nice grassy areas for camping. Breakfast was outside in the sun with an ingenious ordering system: simply tick off your preferred dishes (eggs, toast, fruit, coffee) on a pre-printed stack of paper menus. It certainly avoided much of the confusion that can arise with ordering food when language is a barrier!

I can't comment on how this compares with other accommodation in Amritsar; on the pricier side for India but probably good value and nicely tucked away from the hussle of the main streets.

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