The Golden Temple
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I arrived in Amritsar late on Saturday night - the train journey from Delhi wasn't too bad, but I prefer to take a sleeper class train - it's hard work sitting in chair for 6 hours with the family from hell kicking the back of your chair, spilling ice cream all over you etc lol.
Getting to the Golden Temple is a 20 rupee (cycle rickshaw) trip away, and I decided to stay in one of the Gudwaras - it's free and they accept donations for up to three nights. All I can say is WOW! What a set up! The Temple comlex itself is so beautiful - dazzling in the sunlight, bewitching in the moonlight, and open 24 hours a day. The kitchen is operated by volunteers round the clock, providing free food to the temple goers all day and night also.
On Sunday I spent more time there, looking around, the museum is really interesting. I had a walk around some parts of Amritsar but didn't go too far as I arranged to go the the Pakistan Border for the closing of the gates at 3.30pm.
A group of us took a private bus to the border to watch the closing of the gate spectacle - it was amazing (slightly humerous). What a wonderful atmosphere from both sides of the border - and from the military (both the Indian and Pakistan army). We got back about 8pm, when I went on operation Holy Water - basically involving a request from a firiend in UK to bring back holy water for her. So I spent an hour queing to get into the Golden Temple to collect the water, make a prayer and a wish, and get back in time to make my way to the train station to catch the 11.30pm train to Jammu :)