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... a 5 hour drive), stopping for dinner along the way (at the same restaurant we stopped for breakfast).
We arrived back at campus around 10:30PM. The three of us were very good traveling companions, which made the whole trip much more enjoyable.
On Friday, we're venturing out again...this time to Agra, to see the Taj Mahal on Saturday. We will spend the night in Delhi on Saturday and come home on Sunday.
... too complicated to describe in detail but I have rarely seen such religious fervour and devotion. The Golden Temple is awe-inspiring and we felt very privileged to be there (see attached photos and video clip). Back to base camp for a coffee and then relax in our (rather hot!) room. Full tour of the city beckons tomorrow and we can't wait. Incredible day and would have flown up here just to witness what we did for a couple of hours tonight...one of those bucket-list ...
... most certainly the right place to land. Within 2 hours we were cleaned, accommodated, fed a light snack and heading to a trip of the Golden Temple. Our host has done this many times and his timing was the bomb.
There are certain things you must do upon arrival at the temple such as check in your flip flops, cover your hair, walk through water to cleanse your feet, and then you are at the entrance and it hits you. As I walked up the steps and gained my ...
... br> The gates were opened and closed again a few minutes later, then after more stomping, kicking and gesturing, they opened again and we had a bit more facing off and "up yoursing" they started to lower the flags accompanied by a last post type fanfare on a trumpet.
The Indian Flag was then brought back through to the Indian side and soon the gates closed again for the last time.
The crowd surged down to the border as everyone ...
... that he had been to the temple once before, but never stepped inside. Chanting of prayers resounded throughout the area and echoed over the pond. Halfway across the bridge at around 6pm, the chanting got louder and people in line started singing in unison and some sitting down. All around the pond where shadowed figures lined up along the watery banks, all facing the gleaming temple and locked in prayer. Some sat on their knees and bowed their heads ...