The pool around the famous Golden Temple has given this city its name – Amritsar. It means the pool of holy nectar. This city is well – known as spiritual, cultural and religious center for Sikhs. Also it is a bustling centre of trade for the population of Punjab. This city is very closely located to the Pakistan's western border.
What to do in Amritsar?
For the community of Sikhs, the Golden Temple is considered to be the holiest shrine. Tourists from any religion or faiths can visit this temple however there is a need to follow a protocol. You will have to leave the shoes in the area that has been designated. In return you will be given a token. You must compulsorily cover the head. Also there is a need to wash your feet while you are on your way to the temple.
Visitors are strictly prohibited from eating meat, drinking alcohol or smoking cigarette in the premises. When you are in this temple you will genuinely feel welcomed. You will not be pressurized to pay any entry fee to visit the temple or pay for the guide. You will be given booklets on Sikhism that will guide you on your way.
The Golden Temple offers food to the weary travelers as well as pilgrims in its complex. Mouth watering food with delicious aroma is cooked for hundreds of people. This food is offered for free on daily basis.
This beautiful temple appears as if it is floating on the 'pool of nectar'. The structure sparkles in early morning and gleams during the night. It appears to be clad in gold.
Jalianwala Bagh or garden is historically important place in India. It hold special place in this country's freedom struggle from the British rulers. This place is a brutal reminder of British General – Dyer's killing of innocent people. It is said that thousands of people were gathered to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi. This is when the General ordered his troops to open fire. There is an eternal flame in this Bagh dedicated to those innocent people and children who lost their life.
Wagah is located approximately 28 km from Amritsar. It is a famous international border between India and Pakistan. People visit this place in evening to witness the "Retreat" ceremony. In this the soldiers from both India and Pakistan would perform the flag march.
Amritsar is ideal to visit from October to March.
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