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Golden Temple
Golden Temple

Golden Temple

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Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006, India
+91 183 255 3950
http://sgpc.net/sri-harmandir-sahib/
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The holiest of holies for those of the Sikh faith, Amritsar’s Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib) regularly ranks with visitors among the best temple experiences in temple-rich India. Only ... Read more
a couple hundred years old (it was built to its present form in the late 1700’s) the small central shrine, clad in 750kg of solid gold, rests at the end of a causeway at the center of the holy water tank that gives the city its name (Amritsar means ‘lake of nectar’). Everyone is sincerely welcomed, though you must cover your head (scarves are provided) and remove your shoes.

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Foster City, California, USA

Harmandir Sahib. Also known as the Golden Temple is at the centre of the Sikh religion. A large percentage of people in Amritsar (Punjab) are Sikh, and many more are drawn to the city to visit this religious place!

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New Delhi, India

Positive vibes in the temple makes the mind very much relax. Historical and religois site.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

The Golden Temple is the reason that many people visit Amritsar and it's worth the schlep. The stunning complex is the holiest of temples to Sikhs and is beautiful by day and night. In line with Sikh philosophy, everyone is welcome. It's possible to stay in temple accomodation for a small donation and a visit to the huge kitchen, where over 100,000 free meals a day are served to pilgrims is an unmissable experience. The scale of the operation is beyond belief. The atmosphere buzzes and I made several new friends as I strolled around the lake taking in the magnificent architecture. Much as I loved the Taj Mahal, it was unexpectedly eclipsed by my visit to the Golden Temple.

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London, UK

a must visit the place when I visited the construction work was going on near the temple that made the environment around quite awkward.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

In the heart of the Punjabi city of Amritsar, a stone's throw from the Pakistan border, the Golden Temple (officially the Harmandir Sahib) is one of the most sacred sites for adherents of Sikhism. The 16th century temple gets its nickname because of its golden facade, which was added in the early 1800s by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire. The temple sits on a manmade lake filled with holy water (aka amrit, or nectar) and its shimmering reflection is bedazzling and moving. Sikhism teaches the importance of the equality of all people, no matter what their caste, gender, or faith, and people of all backgrounds are welcome here. As with most gurudwaras (Sikh temples) there's a volunteer-run free community kitchen here (known as a langar), where people dine communally sitting on the floor. Donations are accepted but not required.

Note that before entering the temple premises, you will need to check your shoes at the door. Men and women both are required to cover their heads.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

World's holiest place and where you forget about yourself as you will lost in the deep holy environment and you will feel so calm so relax and be able to assess yourself that where you stand in mankind. Everything is free and you don't have to pay a single penny for all the things from food to you spiritual soul purification. Must visit place. No place in the can purify you as you got there.

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San Francisco, California, USA

The Golden Temple is in one word Amazing! From the cleanse (of the foot) upon entering, to being surrounded by the devour making their pilgrimage, to sitting down like one of them to share naan. Visiting the Golden Temple is truly an amazing experience.

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Sydney, Australia

The holiest of holies for the Sikh faith (it's essentially an offshoot of Hinduism that despite its tiny size provides one of the most visible, friendly, and widespread minority populations in the whole of India), the Golden Temple is arguably India's best pure 'spiritual' temple experience. At dawn or dusk, the sound of the tabla and chanting from the Guru Granth Sahib -- the Sikh holy book -- echoing around the walls of the temple as Sikh pilgrims from all over India take a dip in the holy tank or (yuck) drink from its waters, seems more than faintly magical. The temple is free to all, and a genuinely contemplative and peaceful place, certainly the best in the nation for gaining and understanding of Sikhism, and a place where, whatever culture or creed, you will always feel welcome.

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San Francisco

One of the coolest spots I've ever landed in all my years of traveling. Stay for a while, eat in the communal kitchen, and just soak up the friendliness.

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The Golden Temple is a must visit if you're in Amritsar. It's open to everyone and the best time to go is early in the morning (around 5-6am) because effects of the sunrise on the temple is simply breathtaking. For a richer experience, find a helpful devotee or a sikh tour guide to show you around the temple grounds.
TIPS:
1. Bring something to cover your head (either a shawl, scarf or handkerchief)
2. If you go inside the temple, make sure you go upstairs as well. Look at the walls, the ceiling, the carvings. They're spectacular.
3. Don't forget your camera!

BTW, if you're not interested in staying in Amritsar, you can always go to Chandigardh and rent a cab/taxi for the day to drive you to the Golden Temple. It's about a 3 hour drive, plus you get to see the Punjab country side!

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Local from Amritsar, India

Refreshing and best place to visit in Amritsar

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Cruz Bay, US Virgin Islands

Mesmerizing place....

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a place where everyone finds peace.

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Local from Amritsar

holy place

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

The Lord himself made the temple

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Tbilisi, Georgia

awesome

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Local from Amritsar, Punjab

holly place of amritsar :)

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Tullamarine, Australia

ਹਰਿਮੰਦਿਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ॥ ਅੰਮਿ੍ਤਸਰ
Golden temple, Amritsar

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Local from Amritsar, Punjab

Santa ke karaj aap khaloa
Har kam karawan aya raam

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Aliases: Sri Harmandir Sahib, Sri Darbar Sahib

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