A weekend trip to the holy pilgrimage, Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

The city of Amritsar and its famous Golden Temple are not only one of the most underrated destinations in India, but they might be the most friendly and welcoming place in the whole country.

A lot of people do compare visiting the Golden temple to visiting the Taj Mahal, and I can personally say that it’s equally spectacular, maybe even more. The Golden Temple actually attracts more daily visitors than Taj Mahal, but the majority of visitors here being Sikh pilgrims.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest of all Gurdwara (Temple), it is to Sikhs what Mecca is to Muslims, Jerusalem is to Christians and Lumbini is to Buddhists.

Thanks to the new all aircon express trains, one can now easily visit Amritsar as a day trip from Delhi.

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar

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The Golden Temple was completed in 1604 during the leadership of the fifth Guru Arjan but it was not before the early nineteenth century that the Gurdwara was covered with gold which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name, “The Golden Temple”.

The Gurdwara is now visited by more than 100.000 worshipers daily.

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Night view of the Golden Temple

I had planned this trip so I spent a few days in the city exploring the temple, the busy bazaars surrounding the complex and even did an afternoon trip to the famous India–Pakistan border closing ceremony (the famous Wagah Border ceremony).

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Milestone: India-Pakistan Border
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The border closing ceremony at Wagah
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Officials taking part in the Wagah Border ceremony

We used www.goibibo.com to book our buses and hotels and had an amazing time in Amritsar. Goibibo offers good discounts and helps in booking well in advance and is especially useful for instant trips and cancellations. Do try them!

 

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