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Visit in March

by eaglet5

I will be visiting India in March to watch the cricket. After the Mohali Test match I intend to travel by train to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple. The train is due to arrive at 13:10. Can somebody tell me if I will have enough time to visit the Golden Temple that same afternoon as I will really need to get a flight out the following morning. How long does a visit normally take?

Could someone also recommend a hotel for around the IR1000 to IR1400 range.

Thanks

RE: Visit in March

by NEILHALLIDYA

I flew into Amritsar in the evening. Took at Taxi to the Airport. Checked in at a hotel (slightly outside your price range), and then went straight to the Golden Temple. The evening visit was fantastic. More than enough time.
You will probably have time for a brief look around in the morning.

With regard to your hotel, the best place to stay in Amritsar is in the Temple itself. Obviously, you dont book just turn up. If there is space you can sleep there regardless of your religious denomination. This is free, although it is rude not to give a donation. Its fairly spartan but the best way to find out about the Temple and Sikhs. If you look at the I_joo `s armitsar pages he stayed there.

If you dont do the above, Amritsar is a typical big Indian City with loads of cheap hotels. You`ll just have to travel around and take your pick. Accomodation shouldnt be a problem unless your visit co-incides with a religious fesitval.

RE: Visit in March

by sacs2k1

Hi,

Yes, you can goto the the Golden Temple as soon as your train arrives. A FREE shuttle bus service from the Amritsar railway station to the Golden Temple operates every 15-20 mins but is usually crowded. You can take a cycle rickshaw (Rs. 15) or an Auto Rickshaw (Rs. 40-50) to get there.

As for the hotel, you can check with Hotel Golden Tower (www.hotelgoldentower.com) which has decent rooms from Rs. 600/- and is near to Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh.

Hope this helps

Travel Tips for Amritsar

Cover head & shoes off

by Willettsworld

You have to cover your head before you enter into the complex and there are normally plenty of guys selling bandanna's for Rs10 outside. They also make good souvenirs. As is the custom in Hindu temples throughout India, you have to take off your shoes before entering into the Golden Temple complex. There is a very large underground deposit area right by the main entrance.

Arrive Wagah correct time

by teaman

Just returned from India with conflicting information for our trips.We arrived in the heat of the day at Waghar , the actual flag change over commences at Sunset , thus it is not worth the queue in direct sun from 16.00 hrs ,as the arenea is easy to enter once people have seated and guards will ensure you a seat . We booked a room on arrival at the Golden Temple very cheap , basic but bath tub and bed /fan fully locable door.We actually slept under the arches surrounding the Temple ' great experience'on a blanket , thus we saw the bible being put to bed , and was woken at 4-00 am with the tiles and areas being washed down.Then into Amritsar town ' Brothers cafe' for breakfast. Dont travel any other way to Amritsar than train.depart Delhi approx 07-20am stay one night to see border catch train back approx 16-00 just good time to see all.

The Stunning Golden Temple

by Donna_in_India

The Golden Temple - also known as the Hari Mandir or "Temple of God" - is the holiest shrine of the Sikh faith. All Sikh temples have four entrances to symbolize an egalitarian welcome to all castes. The main entrance to the Golden Temple complex is through the Hall Bazaar which takes you to the clock-tower - or "Darshani Darwaza" - gate. From the top of the gateway stairs you will have your first glimpse of the temple, which will look every bit as beautiful as any photo of it. (It is at this gate that you will also find the Central Sikh Museum.)

The temple, which is part of a complex of buildings and historic and holy shrines that form a large square around the Golden Temple, is located in the middle of the Amrit Sarovar ("Pool of Nectar"). The water of the pool is said to have healing powers and you will see many people taking a bath in the water. A Parikrama - marble pathway - surrounds the pool. Each side of the pool is 510 feet long. Start your walk going clockwise around the complex.

The temple itself is a mix of Islam and Hindu styles of architecture. After entering the Darshani Deorhi ("gateway of vision") - with silver doors and sacred verses carved on the walls - the temple is reached by crossing a 60m long marble causeway. The line on the causeway moves pretty quickly as you are ushered into the temple. You will first hear the ragis - musicians who sing verses from the Holy Book. Priests are collecting offerings/donations. You will have little time to take in the beautiful surroundings before being ushered out of the small inner sanctum. When you cross back over the causeway, you will be given a small bit of sweet prasad (holy offering). Be sure to receive this with your right hand.

Temple details: the temple dome is covered in 100kg of gold and is shaped like an inverted lotus. The lower wall is made of white marble. The highlights of the temple include the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) on the top floor, the marble walls with pietra dura inlay on the first floor, and the Durbar Sahib ("Court of the Lord") where the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book) sits during the day covered by a jewelled canopy. When the evening prayers are over, as part of a daily ritual, the Guru Granth Sahib is moved back to the Akal Takht (building) where it stays until daybreak when it is moved back to the temple. After the Guru Granth Sahib is removed from the temple, the floors are washed with milk and water, and the doors of the Darshani Deorhi are closed until the next morning.

Enter through the clock-tower gate entrance. Leave your shoes in the cloak room just to the left and down a few stairs from the entrance. Walking towards the entrance you'll need to wash your hands in the large public basin and then walk through a very shallow pool of water to wash your feet. ALL men and women must cover their heads (kerchiefs, hats, etc. are available at shops across from the cloak room if you haven't brought one). Dress appropriately as well.

Alcohol and tobacco products are not permitted within the complex. Photos may be taken freely within the complex (although you should try and avoid taking photos of worshippers) but you should check inside any building to see if you are allowed to take photos (you are not allowed to take any photos inside the Golden Temple).

There is an Information Office near the main entrance. It is helpful to have a map of the complex. It is best not to go in the afternoon - there is alot of glare and heat.

Jallian Wallah History Part Two

by mariocibelli

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Gujarati who had returned from South Africa shortly after the war started and was by then recognized throughout India as one of the most promising leaders of Congress, called upon his country to take sacred vows to disobey the Rowlatt Acts, launching a nationwide movement for the repeal of those repressive measures. Gandhi's appeal received the strongest popular response in the Punjab, where the nationalist leaders Kichloo and Satyapal addressed mass protest rallies from the provincial capital of Lahore to Amritsar, sacred capital of the Sikhs. Gandhi himself had taken a train to the Punjab early in April 1919 to address on of those rallies, but he was arrested at the border station and taken back to Bombay by orders of the tyrannical lieutenant governor of the Punjab, Sir Michael O'Dwyer.

Golden Temple - shoes off

by Willettsworld

As is the custom in Hindu temples throughout India, you have to take off your shoes before entering into the Golden Temple complex. There is a very large underground deposit area right by the main entrance.

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