Nice place to stay with a few backpackers here and friendly staff.
The tourist guesthouse is off the road so you will get some peace and quiet from the traffic outside.
The tourist guest house is nothing fancy but has all the basic you will need for a 1-2 night stay.
Sorry forgot how much I paid for a room but could not have been more than 300rs
There also have a dorms aswell.
Lucky Guest House was pick from the LP gude to India , as the hotel we booked by recomendation was the pitts and they did not send driver to pick us up from the train station.
Than I had to look somewere to say, it was 6am, so I opened LP gude book and choose Lucky and we were so glad that we end up in Lucky's!!
The guest house gone trought some vigorous renovation and now it is more of an hotel than guest house.
Altough they do not have proper restaurant, they have amazing rooftop tarace from which you can see the Golden temple compaund in the distance.
It is situated on the crosroads of smaller street & main road in the hart fo town some 100m south from the entrance of the Golden Temple and about 20m from Jallinwala Bagh Memorial Gardens....
We paid Rs 500 for dubble room, which was clean, with cable TV & western WC and AC, altought it had celling fan too.
They offer pick up service from the Airport or Train station...
The Lucky is not only clean and comfortable, but is situated on very nice spot. it is jut arround the corner in smaller street, but somehow still on the main road leading to the temple.
You can walk everywere, the Golden temple is near by, the Memorial Gardens, many temples, Post Office, banks,restaurants, old Bazzar....
Simple clean place.They pick you up from the Railway station and you can have unlimited trips (oneway) to the Golden Temple.An excellent Breakfast is inclusive.Meals are a bit limited, only vegetarian , but fresh tasting and quite superb.Location is OK but the free trip to Golden temple makes up.
The owner Mr.Harpreet Singh kohli is a wonderful man and if you need comfortable seats at the wagah border, he has connections with India's Border Security Force Customs-He organised VVIP seats for us !
This is a brand new hotel located in the maze of little streets between the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. To say it's new is an understatement as they were still building and fitting out rooms on the next floor up from mine. You always get some idea as to what your room will look like by the general decor at reception and in the passageways and they were sparkling new and clean. The room I had was great with lovely new curtains and the smell of fresh paint. It had a large TV, large doublebed, fitted wardrobe with dried paint drips!, cabinet with mirror, chair and ceiling fan. The bathroom had the usual WC but there was no shower head so I had to use a bucket. The tiles still had putty on them where they hadn't been wiped down but it was all OK. The views over the Golden Temple complex are great. My room was Rs500/night.
Stay at the Golden Temple!
If your purpose is to visit the temple, why not stay where the 'pilgrims' stay? On the south side of the temple is a hostel that is part of the complex. Ask people for the NRI accomodations (Non-resident Indian), and they will set you up in a room for only 200 Rupees (less than $5)
The room is sparse, but there is hot water. You can leave your shoes in the room as you make your way to the Temple.
I really enjoyed very much the four days I spent in Amritsar at Mrs. Bhandari's...The room was wonderful, will be posting fotos and the house and grounds were a welcomed peacefull relief, and on those boiling afternoons in Amritsar a dip in the pool was just what was needed.
Here is a vbiref description:
There are two good reasons to visit Amritsar. One is to see the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs; the other is to stay at Mrs. Bhandari’s. This perfectly preserved late-Raj family residence is situated off a leafy road in Amritsar’s Cantonment area. It’s presiding spirit, Mrs. Bhandari, is now aged 91. She has been living in the house since 1930 and takes pride in the fact that “nothing has changed” – apart from such newfangled additions as air-conditioning in some of the guest rooms, and a fax machine in the office. It is true: to go through the red brick gatehouse marked No.10 is to enter a time warp. The main house is in colonial style with Art-Deco touches, softened by climbing bougainvillea. It is surrounded by an English garden with brick paths, pergolas and arches, the whole screened off from the hubbub of the outside world by mature trees. The guest wing is a long single-story affair, with a verandah looking onto lawns. The layout of the rooms is similar to “chummeries” – the bachelor quarters allocated to junior Raj officials and box wallahs.
Furnishings are simple, almost Spartan, with colonial-style furniture and faded prints. Dinner was served in the parlor. With its Army&Navy Stores’ stoneware water filter, its orderly piles of patterned crockery (including Mabel Lucy Attwell children’s plates, circa 1945) and vast soup tureens, this room would have made an impeccable set for The Jewel in the Crown. And the menu was pure Anglo-Indian; cream of vegetable soup, butter chicken and roast potatoes with three veg, followed by crème caramel. Back in my room there was a new bundle of wood to build up the fire. The sheets were fresh from the dhobi and had the sun on them that afternoon. Breakfast at Mrs. Bhandari’s tends to be a leisurely process. We sat on a terrace beside the sunken rose garden, watching a flock of electric-green parakeets assemble on their favorite branch, while plates of papaya with fresh lime, and toast with home-made jams, and perfectly poached eggs followed each other in slow succession. Then Mrs. Bhandari put in an appearance. She may be old enough to have heard the shooting on April 13, 1919, the day of the infamous Amritsar Massacre, but Mrs. Bhandari remains, a very lively lady. I sat entranced as she spoke of the “old days”, before the partition of India and Pakistan, when she used to “pop over” to Lahore for shopping and a the-dansant. “Oh, Lahore used to be such a beautiful city,” she sighed, “but those days are gone. I haven’t been back since 1947…It’s like a dream now.” Yet, in the enclosed world that Mrs. Bhandari and her daughters have created, something of that dream world lives on.
First nights in India we spent in this pilgrim facility. We got there from the centre by bus (no charge), got to the "managers" - i.e. armed guards (photogenic men in turban with spears) showed us the way. As a bigger group (5) we got our own room (and a key). Individual travellers slept in a dormitory for foreigners.
There are shared facilities - showers, toilets - in the courtyard. Really good to experience that all the people under the Sun have the same needs, regardless of religion, race or language :o)
It's free of charge, though some donations on depart is expected.
Also a breakfast in the temple is free of charge - enjoy eating with pilgrims from all around India and rest of the world.
Niwas are located next to the Golden Temple itself. Together they present that people from all around the world are able to cooperate, live and eat together without hassles or fight.
In the Sri Guru Ram Das Niwas of the Golden Temple, devotees and tourists can stay for free. There is a special 'foreigner's dorm', with a guard out front at all times, small lockers for your stuff (bring your own padlock), a shower, a wash basin, and about 25 beds. Don't expect too much, it's a great place to stay because you're so close to the temple; the good vibes just permeate every inch of the temple premises.
A donation is not exactly expected, but always welcome.
Around Golden Temple built lots of reasonable hotels, no need to panic or listen to travel agents telling you " No more hotels because it's peak season..." My opinion is to relax, leave your luggage inside the Golden Temple for a while, to explore the surroundings for hotels you prefer.
What I saw here was they (those peoples) actually slept directly at the corridor, so I don't know whether this is also a place I should put as recommendation or as helpful tip. The reason they want to sleep at the corridor was probably to evade the heat, that's what I think but not theirs.
This one shows the opposite side of the bathroom for women. Women are free to leave their hair expose to public comparing to men, need to cover with cloth. As we visit this kind of holy place of Sikh, we obey their regulation.
This is the shared bathroom I mentioned, a tip before this. This is how the condition of this accommodation.
A closer look at the Golden Temple Bedroom. This photo shows you a family of 6 sharing a room. The Golden Temple Bedroom is a building built particularly for guests to stay. The building is four-sided where in the middle has a big public bathroom.
Golden Temple's Free Bedroom is shown here in photo where a guest is making sure his turban is looking nice enough before he walk out. The condition of these bedrooms is not as you expected in 5 star hotels or tourists guesthouse, it wasn't made for commercial. Anybody wants to stay here must go to the register office located downstairs to donate some money to obtain your room key.
(last date stayed - Jan. 27, 2004)
There was a free accommodation for foreigners inside the Golden Temple (Sri Guru Ramdas Niwas). Just give a certain amount of donation!
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