The Golden Temple in Amritsar is the centerpiece attraction in the city. It is the most sacred religious temple for the Sikhs.
You can get to the city by train. Some of the services you can use are Shatabdi Express, Paschim Express and Muri Express. Booking online is possible. From the train station, you can board the free bus that will take you to the temple. You can also ride an auto-rickshaw to the place.
What to See
The exterior of the temple is plated with gold. Before you enter, remove your shoes and cover your head. Place your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entryway. You will see the Darshani Deori, the entrance. It has a clock tower.
There is also the Amrit Sarovar, a bathing place for male pilgrims. The temple itself is known as Harmandir Sahib. Set above the Amrit Sarovar, it contains the Adi Granth scripture. This can be reached via a bridge from the pool edge.
Opposite the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the Akal Takht (“timeless”). It is where the council of Sikhs make their deliberations. The Guru Granth Sahib is moved to the Akal Takht in the evening. The Central Sikh Museum is at the second floor. It is filled with paintings depicting Sikh martyrdom.
The temple had its genesis with Guru Arjan Dev. He came to the throne in 1581 and decided to build a temple for the people. Construction of the temple began. The causeway going into the Hari Mandir was implemented during this stage.
The laying of the foundation stone temple took place in 1588 AD. The design combined the minarets of the Muslim with the Hindu dome. It symbolizes the strength and courage of the Sikhs. That is why it is so important.
Entry to the temple and use of the accommodations is free, but donations will be appreciated. At least Rs 50 – 100 per individual would be sufficient. The auto-rickshaw ride will cost Rs 35. The museum is also free.
Always keep in mind that this is a holy place. Remain quiet and avoid making loud noises. Smoking and alcohol is not allowed.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is open from 6 am until 2 am. You can visit anytime, but it is a good idea to visit twice, once in the morning and evening. The temple is striking as it is lit up at night.