the blog entry for this trip was due since long so before I forget about this here it is …
the journey was comfortable. Searching for mirthal on internet gives me following information –
a train accident in 2004
the fact that alexander retreated from this place owing to his soldiers mutinying and refusing to proceed further
beas river enters the punjab plain near mirthal.
mirthal cantt was a small, clean and peaceful place as other army areas. The only sign of turbulence was one of the roads used by civilians was chaotic due to shivratri fair at a ancient temple in nearby Kathgarh. Later in the day we also visited that temple which is at the confluence of Beas and Choch river. This is the same place from where Alexander retreated.
For an outsider the high points were people giving a disciplined salute everywhere in the cantt, the traffic being stopped to make way for your vehicle. Obeying orders without any question or expression. The officers mess was also a different place to visit due to the history and the traditions it has and the mannerism which is better than any star hotels. You cannot enter few areas without proper dress code. The beer glasses were of silver with all past commanding officers name engraved on them. The lunch there was good and overall it was a very relaxed day…
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