The Golden Temple
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Definitely one of the highlights of our time in India, the Golden Temple was a great place to have visited. It's such a peaceful place, where you can really feel comfortable and unhassled; the place has a really spiritual feel.
The temple is the holiest shrine of Sikhism. You have to remove your shoes and cover your head. However, unlike some of the Hindu temples and the mosques which we've visited, they've laid a lovely smooth marble floor with nice carpets and matting to walk on, so it's a much more relaxing experience that the hot gravelly ground we've experienced in the past. There is continuous reading from the holy book, which is broadcast over speakers around the lake area. The golden temple in the lake is beatifully adorned. If you want to see the interior (which is more ornately detailed than the exterior) then you'll have to go for yourself, as photography is not allowed inside the inner temple.
In the evening we came back to the temple for food; as part of the Sikh religion they hand out food to anyone who turns up. We got some chapatis and dhal, and made a small contribution to the temple in return. We also visited the little museum, which contains a collection of paintings of Sikh heroism, with a good few pictures of people being cut in half, etc!
The town of Amritsar has more of a laidback feel than other places we've been in India. We've thoroughly enjoyed our time here; I'd recommend a visit to anyone coming to India, because you get to see another side of the country.