The Golden Temple is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the world. It is a place of important religious values to Sikhs and is also a popular tourist destination. This temple is situated in the middle of the sacred lake which receives water from an underground spring. The temple reflects great architecture from the Hindu as well as the Muslim culture. There is also a museum here that has some of the holy monuments of Sikh religion.
People who visit the Golden Temple need to respect the cultures and traditions that the Sikhs follow and every person is required to cover their head with a scarf or ‘duppata’ while entering. If you are not carrying one, the temple will provide you with one.
About Golden Temple
The Golden Temple is also known as ‘Harmindir Sahib’ which means the pool of nectar. It is the spiritual centre for Sikhs and the pride of Punjab. This is a very beautiful ‘Gurudwara’ (Place of worship for Sikhs) which was built by Guru Ransaas who was the fourth Sikh Guru. The temple was built and ready for worship in 1601 and apart from being a place of religious importance to the Sikhs, it is also a popular tourism hub.
Things To Do
When you plan on visiting the Golden Temple, you can set aside a day for sightseeing. The temple visit will take you a while unless you plan an early morning visit. After the visit you can head to the museum in the temple which has some of the oldest and most important monuments in the Sikh religion. You can also head to the ‘Langar’ which is a free meal provided by the temple all day long.
After visiting the temple, you can take a five minute walk to the Jallianwala Bagh. This is a place of historical importance to Indians where the British opened fire on the Indians who had gathered there for a procession.
The Mata Temple which is an important temple for hindus too is in close proximity, so you can visit these three places in a day if you plan it well.
Best Time To Visit
If you want to make the most out of your visit in Amritsar, make sure you choose the right time. While the winters here are very harsh, the summers too aren’t comfortable. In winters the temperatures drop as low as 5 degrees C and in summers they can shoot up to 40 degrees C. The best climate in this city is during the months of October and March.