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A dip in the holy water. Observing the plaques and memorial slabs inside the Gurdwara.
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Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)

The Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib is the holiest Gurdwara situated in Amritsar. A Sikh guru named Guru Arjan designed the golden temple and installed the “Adi Granth (Holy Scripture of Sikhism)” in the temple. In 19th Century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over Punjab and defended it from the attacks of the neighbouring regions. This was when he covered the top floors of the Gurdwara with Gold which helped the temple to make a distinct place in itself, and also it got the English name. The Gurdwara is surrounded by a lake, which consists the “Holy Water” and three Holy trees. Many memorial slab and plaques are placed inside the Gurdwara, which commemorates the past events.
The temple vicinity is always busy with devotees across India.Night glittery view of temple is just eye soothing. One has to maintain the que to reach the main temple, seek blessings, sit for a while listening to the holy Bhajans and take Prasad and head towards the Food Court to Have Langar-the holy food.You can even help preparing and serving the langar .They called this as SevaBhav. Overnight stay In Amritsar.
Early morning at 6 am i left my hotel room and think about going barefoot to the heaven,it is my favorite time to explore a new city when crowd is minimum but you still can feel the city,appreciate its architecture,admire its flora and fauna and culture,notice the first ray of shine falling on the city and yes get what local have in breakfast.I entered through the main gate in winter morning and bare foot normally standing at a place can numb my legs but i was so preflexed by the view of the holy "Harmandar Sahib" that i stand their for nearly 5-10 minutes.Minimum crowd maximum peace and yes somehow heaven must be feel something like that.Magical sounds emerging from the Gurudwara makes the whole site more beautiful.
Then we went to Golden Temple. It's near by Jallianwala Bagh about 5 mins walking. This place has something magical vibes. You'll feel peace inside your soul. We spent about 3 hours just sitting & listening Raagis singing verses of Guru Granth Sahib. Then we had our lunch at Langar (a community place where free food is provided irrespective of caste, age, gender or wealth position) & left for another tourist attraction of Amritsar.
I spent hours near the sarovar , at around 3am i thought that i should go back to the hotel and nap for a bit because next day i have to visit nearby places .
Ramesh Choudhary
Sri Harmandir Sahib/Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest gurdwara of Sikhism next to Akal Takht, a Sikh seat of power. Harmandir Sahib complex is also home to the Akal Takht, one of five takhts of the Sikh religion in IndiaGuru Ka Langar is the largest langar sewa in the world. It serves around a 100,000 devotees daily. While food is served, all the devotees sit together in rows on the floor, irrespective of their religion, caste. The gurudwara is open to everyone regardless of caste, gender, social status, nationality or any other biases.The queue to enter the main gurudwara  might be long. However, the sight and experience inside the main temple is absolutely worth the wait. . .Waheguru- is the Gurumantra which the devotees enchants. Waheguru refers to the almighty God, the supreme soul, the creator in Sikhism- - Rules - -- On reaching the main gate, footwear and large pieces of luggage have to be deposited at the counters in exchange for a token. - Everyone needs to be dressed decently, cover their head and wash their feet as a sign of respect to God before entering the complex.-- History of Gold --Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the one who covered it in gold in 1830. This took 162 kg of gold, then worth about Rs 65 lakh. --Less known fact--The stairs that enter the temple go downwards. This is designed in this way to symbolise the humble way of living.Options to reach --> Rail/Bus/Flight/CarNearest Station/Airport---> AmritsarDelhi <---- (470km/9hrs) -----> Amritsar- - Accomodation There are multiple options to stay nearby Golden temple & can be booked online by @oyorooms , @makemytrip  @goibibo  @trivago @tripoto or even on spot. .Tips:---- For travelling from Amritsar City/Hotel to Golden Temple, don't use Google Map, try to take help from locals. Google map doesn't show the best route. Trust me!-- Visit in the evening time as well to witness the beautiful Golden temple's golden view.-- After darshan, try paratha/amritsari kulcha's from "Brothers dabbha" which is beside Jallianwala bagh. It is walkable distance within the market area. -- Avoid visiting in peak summer as it will be very hot and won't be able to enjoy much.