Popularly known as the Golden Temple because of its strikingly beautiful gold-plated walls, a visit here early in the morning is a must-do on any list.
Conceptualized by Guru Arjan Sahib, Fifth Nanak, as a place accessible to all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, Harmandir Sahib has four entrances instead of one, as opposed to a temple, and had its foundation laid by a Muslim saint.
Take an eco cart ride – a zigzag drive among the narrow streets from the parking area – to bring you to the huge marbled outer complex. On entering, through the main gate, visitors are welcomed to the view of the Golden Temple surrounded by the sacred pool. The pool has a marbled pathway circling its periphery where pilgrims are busy praying, bathing, and providing their services by cleaning the pathways. A causeway connects the pool to the temple, a two-story structure.
Soak in the sacredness of the place, breathe the fresh air and take in the stunning views of the dawn.
Langars (community meals) serve food anytime the temple is open, and a visit to the community kitchen provides a glimpse into the scale of operations here.
TIP: The main temple complex is a two-story structure; don’t miss the upper floors – accessible through a narrow winding staircase. The golden domes and panoramic view are enough to compensate for that flight of stairs.
Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Rd, Amritsar, India, +91 183 255 3957