Enjoying the great Sikh hospitality
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Then my first train in India, not bad at all. The (Old Delhi) train station is a bit dirty and crowded but the train was fine.
Amritsar, what a place! Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple. The gold-plated ‘Gurdwara’ glitters in the middle of its sacred pool of placid water and draws millions of pilgrims from all over the world. I heard it was possible to sleep and eat for free so went there and was guided to a sort of dorm full with other backpackers
I tried to capture it with pictures and some video but as you know it is not enough to transfer the experience and feeling. Think of a place where about 50.000 people come every day to pray and enjoy this sacred environment. You are only allowed to go in barefooted and your hair covered because the Sikhs believe that you have to face God with your hair covered. And then the flinkering lights at night and even fireworks because luckily I was just there on a special day that the birthday of the first Guru (Nanak) was celebrated.
- Whatever you do, don’t miss the experience to stay at the Golden Temple, do it! Opposite the main entrance of the temple is the place where you can get accommodation. Just ask.
- Go to the border ceremony and enjoy the show!