The Golden Temple

Amritsar Travel Blog

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The Golden Temple at night

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.

Outside the Gudwara accomodation

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 :)

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The Golden Temple at night
The Golden Temple at night
Outside the Gudwara accomodation
Outside the Gudwara accomodation
Outside the Gudwara accomodation
Outside the Gudwara accomodation
Washing the dishes in the temple
Washing the dishes in the temple
People viewing the Golden Temple
People viewing the Golden Temple
The Golden Tempe
The Golden Tempe
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Inside the Golden Temple Complex
Me at the Golden Temple
Me at the Golden Temple
Holy tree
Holy tree
Inside the Golden Temple Complex, …
Inside the Golden Temple Complex,…
Sikh outside Golden Tempe
Sikh outside Golden Tempe
Golden Temple
Golden Temple
Me at Golden Temple
Me at Golden Temple
Me and one of the staff at the Gud…
Me and one of the staff at the Gu…
Amritsar
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