Amritsar is one of Punjab‚Äôs principal cities and is renowned for it‚Äôs world famous Golden Temple, the seat of Sikh religion built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803. The religion‚Äôs adherents don‚Äôt cut their hair. The men are easily identified by their turbans, beards and silver bracelets; the women by their salwaar kameez, a dress-and pants combination that has become popular through India.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historic Amritsar, including the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. Amritsar‚Äôs main attraction - the beautiful Golden Temple, is made of white marble, bronze and gold leaf. To enter the temple, you must don a traditional headscarf, wade through a shallow pool (a purification ritual) and merge with the mass of bodies that circle the embankment around the holy structure.
The lower half of the Golden Temple is covered with marble and the upper with copper, overlaid with pure gold leaf, thus the name ‚ÄúThe Golden Temple‚ÄĚ. The Golden Temple has four entrances and the walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork.
Situated on the northwestern border of India, the city is also gateway for the travellers on the overland route through Pakistan. The Jallianwala Bagh is a particularly sacred place for all Indians today, as it is associated with a poignant episode in India‚Äôs freedom struggle. Besides a thriving industry, Punjab is also known for handicrafts and handlooms. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight - Amritsar