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Golden Temple

Admire magnificent temples, listen to the infectious sounds of devotional chants and experience a sense of inspiring tranquility at Sikhism’s holiest shrine.

Architectural grandeur, captivating serenity and warm hospitality await at the Golden Temple. Mingle with pilgrims as you wander amid the mystical beauty of this 16th-century temple complex. The Golden Temple takes its names from the stunning Harmandir Sahib, the complex’s centerpiece set in the heart of a sacred pool. This is the Sikhs’ most divine shrine, a place where followers of varied religious beliefs meet in unison.

Enter through the main arched gateway and pause to examine the imposing clock tower. See portraits of Sikh gurus and warriors in the Central Sikh Museum. Join the hordes of devotees and sadhus (holy men) who circumambulate the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) via the marble parikrama (pathway). Spot temples, monuments and bathing pools, where worshippers lay offerings and cleanse themselves in the holy water.

On the west side of the pool a causeway leads to the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple). Marvel at the exquisitely decorated marble walls, gilded upper level, gleaming dome and lavish golden interior. Listen to priests sing hypnotic Gurmukhi chants that resonate throughout the complex. Watch respectfully as devotees wait patiently to pay homage to the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy book).

Go to the Guru-Ka-Langar, a huge communal kitchen that showcases Sikhism’s generosity. Enjoy a free meal of dal (lentils) and chapatti (flatbread), proudly prepared by volunteers for thousands of pilgrims. Visitors can help with the bread-making too. Visit the Akal Takht (Throne of the Almighty) to see displays of ancient Sikh weapons and observe prayer recitals by a sword-wielding priest.

The temple sits in Amritsar’s lively historic center. It’s less than a 10-minute walk to major city attractions such as Katra Jaimal Singh Market and Jaillanwala Bagh. Use the free bus service available between the temple and Amritsar Junction train station.

The Golden Temple is open daily and admission is free. Make sure to remove your shoes, cover your head and wash your hands and feet before entering. Remember to walk clockwise around the pool. Brochures and guides are available from the information center at the main entrance. Find more details on the temple’s official website.

Popular Activities at Golden Temple

Make the most of your time at Golden Temple. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

Why not consider trying out a Private Full day tour Golden Temple,Wagah Border and lunch and a Private Half Day Tour of Golden Temple and Amritsar City?

For even more activities, examine our Amritsar things to do page.


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Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar Rs3,120
Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar

Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar

     
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Mata Lal Devi Temple and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Golden Temple. Gandhi Gate and Hall Bazar are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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    Hotel Le Golden

       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is steps away from Central Sikh Museum and Golden Temple. Akal Takht and Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib are also within 10 minutes.

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      Treebo Trip MM Paradise

      opposite Golden Temple, Guru Ram, Dass Saria, 62 Brambuta Market, Amritsar
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jallianwala Bagh Monument and Golden Temple. Central Sikh Museum and Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib are also within 10 minutes.

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        Hotel Sarovar Regency

           
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is steps away from Akal Takht and Golden Temple. Central Sikh Museum and Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib are also within 10 minutes.

          CSJS Inn By Krishna Group Of Hotels Rs3,500
          CSJS Inn By Krishna Group Of Hotels

          CSJS Inn By Krishna Group Of Hotels

             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is steps away from Akal Takht and Golden Temple. Central Sikh Museum and Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib are also within 10 minutes.

            Ramada Amritsar Rs3,825
            Ramada Amritsar

            Ramada Amritsar

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              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Amritsar, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Partition Museum and Durgiana Temple. Jallianwala Bagh Monument and Golden Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Hotel Mercury Inn By Sonachi Rs1,200
              Hotel Mercury Inn By Sonachi

              Hotel Mercury Inn By Sonachi

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is steps away from Akal Takht and Golden Temple. Partition Museum and Iskcon Temple are also within 15 minutes.

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                Hotel CJ International

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                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Amritsar hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Central Sikh Museum and Golden Temple. Jallianwala Bagh Monument and Partition Museum are also within 10 minutes.