A most welcoming temple to visit.

Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel Hong Kong Inn Amritsar
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
The Golden Temple

Flag of India  , Punjab,
Monday, October 29, 2012

Nguyen, my new Vietnamese buddy popped around and suggested that we spend the day sightseeing together. Once he had prepared his large video camera bag, his slightly smaller camera bag and his day pack filled with jerseys, water and all sorts of other things we headed for the The Golden Temple.

This rates as one of my highlights to date. This is one of the most important temples for the Sikhs. They philosophy is to welcome anyone into this holy place. When we arrived one must remove your shoes , wash your feet and cover your head. You then walk through a few arches and the Temple opens up in front of you. Everything is spotlessly clean and white and there is a large bathing area surrounded by these beautiful buildings and in the middle of the water is the Golden Temple. It is actually covered with over 750kg of gold. I remarkable site.

Plenty of people but as it is so big one doesn't fell crowded. They have kitchen where anyone can be feed for free as is there belief that they will share with everyone and no one should go with out. We joined the queues and it was like a streamlined production line. First you are given a round stainless steel tray, a spoon and a bowl. There are lines of people going to various eating halls. As you enter the halls you are seated on mats in rows and as you sit down the helpers are walking up and down distributing food. Chapatis, Dal and a sweet type of porridge and water. You can have as much as you want and if you don't tell them they will just give you more. As each row finishes eating cleaners come through with water and squeegees and the floors are cleaned. You take your dirty tray downstairs where everything is meticulously washed in huge vats. They feed an average of 60 000 thousand (yes Sixty) per day and only rely on donations.

The Sikhs seem a very proud and noble race and look impressive with the large mustache, turbans and traditional dress. They have a blood thirsty and violent history and as most of them are quite large well built guys. Hidden beneath their robes they carry curved daggers. I guess it is best not to mess a Sikh.

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Simon Kerr on

Frog, Debora from the bookshop gave me a thank you present for helping with a function ...called "EATING INDIA" by Chitrita Banerji..it's a bit long winded but I've been following you as you travel. The chapter on the langars at the Golden Temple was very compelling..especially why they hand the food out instead of spooning it out to show there is no caste system..true or just her book? Find it on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=EATING%20INDIA%22%20by%20Chitrita%20Banerji

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