Amritsar

Amritsar, home to the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion: Harmandir Sahib, or the Golden Temple.

With 750 kg of gold, the temple deserves its glittery title… Now, I could bore you with facts, but truth be told, all I can really say about this popular tourist destination is that it is a must-see, and not in the least bit overrated.

Like the Sikh religion, the temple is all-inclusive, which means it open to all and is intended for all kinds of people, of any religion, to come and worship god equally. I saw plenty of Hindis and Sikhs, as well as foreigners. I really enjoyed the visit and am berating myself for not braving the wind and rain to see it at night (Google pics show it to be a spectacular sight).

We didn’t do much else with our time in Amritsar besides eat and eat some more. A popular Amritsar specialty is the kulcha… Its a bread, sorta like roti, or naan, but not at all like either. TRY IT! And the softys (ice cream) were only 5 rupees each… I’m too ashamed to say how many I had.

Xiker did go to Wagah for the border ceremony near Pakistan while I huddled inside, away from the rain and cold. He came back and reenacted it for me (several times) as it was a fairly simple performance.

Xik and his souvenir
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Me and my pretty purple scarf
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Free community lunch (though we donated)
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Gorgeous girls.
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No photography allowed beyond this point, unfortunately.
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Sun’s going down…
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Ah, nobody gave me the memo.
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The border ceremony.
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