Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Amritsar
Gold is the symbol of Purity:
Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib also known as the Golden Temple due to its gold-plated structure. This place is famous for prayers and peace. Every day thousands of devotees come here to offer their prayers. It is a most worshiped pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
A Dip in Sacred Water Tank:
The most sacred water tank called Amrit Sarovar from which Amritsar gets its name. Water in this tank has healing power, devotees come from across the world to bath in this Sarovar.
Most Beautiful Inlay Marble Work:
You can admire beautiful work on marble in this compound mainly on theGurudwaraThara Sahib and GurudwaraYaadgaarShaheedan, Both gurudwaras are very attractive to the marble& stone work lovers and photographers. I could not compare this place with Taj Mahal because this is the most sacred place than Taj Mahal of Agra.
The ceremony that you should not miss:
Paliki sahib ceremony (palanquin)that takes place twice in a day, early morning approx 4 am and in the night at 10 pm when the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is carried to the special room for night stay. In this ceremony, the entire atmosphere is charged with devotion and prayer.
World’s Largest free Kitchen/Langar:
For every visitor, Gurudwara offers free meals, which is hot, hygienic, delicious and nutritious. Every day more than 1lac devotees come here and have meals which are served by a highly devoted and respectful manner. Some days these numbers even go up to 2lac. Must go and taste the Langar Prasad.
Near to Golden temple, this garden is a bloody mark in the history of the Indian Independence struggle. A peaceful group of protesters was fired upon in this garden, thousands laid down their lives so that others can breathe today in an independent country. A sacrifice we should never forget.
I knew about India-Pakistan partition which took place in 1947 by reading books or watching movies but that information was very little. I didn’t know the pain and cruelty behind it. In these very well maintained fully ac halls one can feel the pain of separation after looking and listening to audios, videos, images, artifacts, and archival material display. It is world’s first partition museum and a must visit for every Indian. Located outside the Golden temple.
It is a Hindu temple called Laxmi Narayan Mandir. The architecture is almost similar to The Golden Temple. Less crowded and you can get some space for meditation.
This place is famous for closing the gates and lowering of the flags ceremony, both Indian and Pakistan security forces organize this ceremony daily. It is also known as beating the retreat ceremony. A huge crowd gathers over here every evening to witness this ceremony. Clapping, dancing and shouting of slogans“Hindustan Jindawad” and “VandeMatram” charge the atmosphere.
How to Reach:
By Air: Amritsar has an International airport. There are daily flights to and from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Dubai, London,
By Rail: Amritsar Railway Station is well connected by almost all major cities in India.
By Road: Amritsar is well connected with all major cities in the country by road. Regular buses available from ISBT Delhi to Amritsar.
Take a room near the Golden temple. It will be a good option to stay in Sarai managed by Shiromani GurdwaraParbandhakcommittee. You can book online too. All Sarai are very well managed, clean, hygienic, and the behavior of the staff is also appreciable.
What to Eat:
kulchian from Bhai kulwant singh kulchian wale. for lunch and dinner, you can try Bharawan Da Dhaba