India is a woven tapestry of religion and culture. The Golden Temple, which is a Sikh religious site proves that there is more to Indian religion than just Hinduism. Situated in Amritsar, the Golden Temple welcomes thousands of tourists every day. Not only does the temple exhibit beautiful architecture but it is also home to kind souls providing helping hands.
HOW TO GO
Getting to Amritsar is easy. The Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport offers flights from London, Sydney, Birmingham, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and many other famous world cities. Plus, the extensive train network connects almost every part of India to Amritsar. You can book train tickets online so that nobody fools you. Also, you can hire a taxi from the airport and reach the central part of Amritsar in 20 minutes.
WHEN TO GO
The winter season is the peak tourist time in Amritsar as well as the rest of India. There will be no sweat trickling down your spine to bother you from November to March. However, flight tickets, as well as rail tickets, quickly sell out. If you are going to travel during this time, then book your arrival and departure tickets early to avoid the seasonal rush.
THINGS TO DO
The amount of reverence and discipline you see within the temple is remarkable. At the entrance or the Ghanta Ghar (clock tower), take off your shoes and wash your feet. Then cover your head with bandanas available at the entrance. Scarves are a good option for girls to cover their head.
Amrit Sarovar is the lake above which the Harmandir Sahib (main temple) floats. At night it lights up, and its reflection on the still waters is fantastic. Akal Takht is the sacred arena where the head of the Sikhs sits. The museum on the second floor has pictures depicting stories of Sikhism on display.
Just a five-minute walk from the Golden Temple is the Jallianwala Bagh. This historical monument has a grim story. In the year 1919, there was a crowd of unarmed men, women, and children in the garden. The British army opened fired on the innocents killing 1,579 people. The bullet holes in the walls of the garden and the well, where many jumped to save themselves, preserve a tragic story in the pages of Indian history.
December 16, 2017 12:54 am