Main entrance of the Golden Temple in Amritsar
The long path in the lake is the approach to the main temple. Inspite of round the clock devotees, discipline prevails.
Golden Temple in the golden hours
Both the sunrise and the sunset are glorious in the premises of the Golden Temple.
Take all your time to soak in the art around you, the music reverberating inside.
Culinary tourism around the Golden Temple
Food from Punjab is the most well known cuisine across the world. And Amritsar is brimming with “dhabas“. These are small, traditional eateries run by the same family fro generations. We went to one of the oldest such dhabas, named Kesar da Dhaba.
It is over a hundred year old establishment in the maze-like markets of old Amritsar is famous for cooking all their food in “desi ghee” (Indian equivalent of butter). Like all things Indian (food), it is rich, tasty and devoid of preservatives.
This single “thali” (meal plate) was more than enough for the two of us. All one should ideally do after eating this is find a beautiful tree, lie down in its shade and dream of the culinary extravaganza you have just experienced.
Visit to the Wagah Border in Amritsar
While visiting the Golden Temple, we also did a half day trip to the “lowering of the flags” or the Beating Retreat ceremony. It is performed jointly everyday by the armed forces of both the countries. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Amritsar.
Outside the Golden Temple, you will find hordes or taxi drivers asking if you would like to visit the Wagah border. There isn’t much difference in the prices and services that they offer. Just pick one that agrees to leave at the earliest.
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28 thoughts on “Golden Temple, a place of devotion and peace”
The quality of images in this article is superb which kept me reading till the end. Thanks for sharing this!
Amritsar is indeed an amazing place. Nice information with quality images.
What a reading experience it was! I felt as if I am present at the place. 🙂
Wonderful Blog! You share a grateful information about travel in Amritsar. Thanks for sharing this details.
Nice information with quality images ..Thanks for sharing your experience.thank you
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There are so many good places to visit in Amritsar. You can visit in gurdwaras, golden temple, sahida sahib
Wow i love golden temple,because i feel the god at that place defiantly my next tour is golden temple
I truly believe in spirituality. There is a peace of mind in Amritsar Temple.Punjab is very nice place to travel and Amritsar is one of the place where one can find peace of mind. I am fond of Punjab’s delicious food also. I love this place.
Amritsar is indeed an amazing place!!
Hello, Great article, lots of very useful advice! Do you happen to know if it is possible to take a tripod to all around Golden Temple? A photo during golden hour is a must there but without a tripod it may be a challenge… Thanks in advance!
Hi Wanda, thanks for writing to us. We don’t travel with a tripod (TOO MUCH weight! :)), do didn’t really bother with this one. But we did see a guy taking pictures with his tripod-mounted camera. Not sure if/what permissions he had to get before being allowed to take the tripod inside. But yes, it’s not a “banned equipment”. We mostly used the flooring and the railings as a steady surface for keeping the camera. Have a good trip. Time spent at the Golden Temple is…one of its kind! Happy travels!
Golden Temple is really a great place to visit. You’ve done a really great job. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! We loved our time at the Golden Temple.
Hey. Just came across your blog. Beautifully penned emotions of your trip to Amritsar.
I am departing today to Amritsar and shall reach there by 12:30pm.
Could you tell me which hotel you stayed in?
And what is the best time to leave for Wagah Border.
I have a 2 night stay. Tonight and Tomorrow so would love to know how to go about it.
I am a solo traveller hence many questions. Would appreciate your response.
Hello Dimple, we stayed at one of the temple accommodations around the Golden Temple. You can also stay right inside the Golden Temple itself. You will be approached by many cab drivers who take tourists to the Wagah border. Most leave by 3 PM. Try to convince them to leave as early as they agree to. Try to get into a cab which already has confirmed passengers, so you do not waste time waiting for passengers to fill up the cab. Have a good trip!
good place with family
Wow love the golden temple
Amritsar, the golden temple is one that place in India where everyone, who is going to punjab should visit.
The pictures provided were awesome.
We loved visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar!
Lovely pictures !! I have visted previous year this lovely place
The Golden Temple is indeed a special place!
Nice narration of the temple. Beautiful pics. Loved the fish pic.
Thank you A run! We were surprised to see such big fish in the lake at the Golden Temple. But they did add to the atmosphere!
Amritsar is the Heart of Punjab and Shri Harmandir Sahib also call The Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction of the Punjab. Amritsari Kulcha is popular food of Amritsar. The jallianwala bagh, Durgiana Mandir and Pul kanjari also some places to visit in Amritsar.
Lovely blog and enjoyed reading. I could recollect the experience I had when I visited this holy temple this August. The whole experience was awesome. But I could spend only a few hours here and I left by 2.30 pm for Wagah. Losing the night experience at the Golden Temple is a miss for the Gurudwara wears a charming look that time. Some of my friends who came here earlier told me the same thing and the same is what this blig post too describes. The ambiance, calmness, cleanliness, service mentality of the people stationed there, their humbleness, care everything was superb. The food also was excellent. I will visit the temple again and spend two days there. Thank you for your wonderful post.