Places to visit in Punjab | Golden Temple | Amritsar Trip | JalianWala Bagh
The North Western state Punjab in India is the hub of worlds’ Sikh community. Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple) being the holiest gurdwara and a major pilgrimage site attracts visitors from all around the world. During my Amritsar trip, I realized it thoroughly and was amazed by it.
The state of Punjab is known for its rich agriculture, food and culture. This city is the most visited one(in this state) by the tourists, the reason being Golden Temple, Jalliawalla Bagh and Bagha Border. The city is really convenient in terms of finding hotels, transport, restaurants/dhabas and hotels, to make your Amritsar trip memorable.
Golden Temple :
On reaching the Golden Temple, visitors are required to cover their head with a clothing material of their choice, like tie around a handkerchief, or scarf. Also, the shoes need to be taken off and kept in a locker that they provide there. These are customary things at all the Sikh temples/ pilgrimage sites.
The good thing is that visitors are allowed to take pictures, so one can capture the beautiful scenery of the temple surrounded by a huge lake with fishes in it. One of the things that non-locals can find different is that, there is a huge Kitchen/ canteen-like place (Langar) in the complex, where visitors can have a meal for free. And those meals are prepared by volunteers, they even manage to serve it and clean up afterwards. Its is such a good heartwarming social work. It can be reflected in other fields as well if you travel around the state. These morals to help each other out got deeply rooted in their culture.
Jallian Wallah Bagh:
Right next to Golden Temple, is a memorial of National importance, The Jallian Wallah Bagh. It is now in form of a public garden. This memorial is of such an importance as it is the place where the massacre of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children by British occupying forces, on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year. It is in the memory of those 2000 innocents victims.
Another popular place to visit during an Amritsar trip is the Bagah Border, where a ceremony is held every evening on account of closing the Border gates of India and Pakistan. It’s a very peaceful, disciplined and military controlled thing. Viewers from both sides enjoy and cheer up during the ceremony.