Trip To Golden Temple Amritsar - Small Guide

Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib as the locals call it, is the Sikh Gurudwara that gets over 80,000 devotees from all over the world daily, even in the pandemic, this holy place was not fully closed. Such is the devotion people have for this historical Temple..


Situated in the middle of Amritsar City, not only Sikhs but the people of all religions or faiths  can visit this holy place. I have personally been to Harmandir Sahib(Another Name) more times than I can remember. Therefore, it's my responsibility to let my readers know all about it! 

Whether you are from India, or anywhere else in the world, you will find this small guide very helpful. Especially if you are planning to pay a visit to Golden temple, Amritsar.
 

Golden Temple Amritsar

How far is Golden Temple from Bus Stand and Railway Station and Airport?


The distance of Golden Temple from Amritsar bus stand is just 1 KM. I recommend that you prefer going on foot through the bazars nearby, you will love little shops on the way. But be ready for huge rush and honking, coz it is the most happening part of Amritsar, in fact center of the city. You may opt for, E-Rickshaws, Three Wheeler as well, they are also available from the bus stand. Make sure you don't over pay. The charge per passenger should not be more than ₹10. However, if you take solo ride you have to pay much more.

The distance of Golden Temple from Railway Station is around 4 KM. Auto rickshaws, taxis are easily available from the station. I would suggest you to book online cab. Operators like OLA and Uber work fine in Amritsar. Hiring a taxi from station offline is not a good idea if you are not good at negotiation.

Free rides are also available from both Railway Station and bus stand. I am not sure about the timings of the same though. Choose the option you feel would be best for your comfort.

The distance between Golden Temple and Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport Amritsar is 12 KM. It is very easy to reach Darbar Sahib from the Airport by hiring a cab through OLA or Uber. There are local taxis as well, but you will need to negotiate with them. Again, you can decide for yourself. I would personally book a Taxi online to save me time and trouble.

Hotels near Golden Temple Amritsar


There is no shortage of hotels near Golden Temple, one can easily avail them online or offline. I would recommend preferring OYO rooms, CleartripGoibiboMakemytrip or other online hotel booking websites for best experience. If you would like to stay with locals, you can try sites like Airbnb.

The price of the hotel rooms vary depending largely on the proximity to Golden Temple. Normally, in 2 star of 3 star hotel, rooms are available from ₹700-2000/night. And same goes for the guest houses. However, during winters, and festivals season, the rates go up due to surge in demand.

If you prefer luxury hotels, don't worry, Amritsar offers plenty of them. Some of the best ones  are Taj Hotel, Hyatt, Radisson Blue.

Hotel Ramada, Mohan International, M.K Hotel can also be a great option for comfortable stay. All of them are within 10 kms range from Golden Temple.

So, to find a hotel or a local guest house for your next trip to Golden Temple Amritsar should not be tough. Just follow what I have suggested in this guide and you will be good to go.

The best food to try near Golden Temple


Amritsar is a heaven for food lovers, vegetarian to non-vegetarian cuisines of the city are famous worldwide, . There are plenty of restaurants, dhabas and food stalls near Golden Temple. One can fulfill their appetite in less than ₹50. Though there are so many food items to try but things that I love the most are down below

Few things I would suggest you to try:

Kulcha: Available in many forms, try mix or paneer kulcha, you will fall in love with it.
Cost: ₹30 - 70

Amritsari kulcha

Lassi: You must try Amritsari lassi, it's the best in the world :)
Cost: ₹30 - 60

Amrisari lassi


Free Food For All: Golden Temple offers free food to all the devotees throughout the year 24/7. The langar hall is open for everyone. I would highly recommend you to go there and have food there at least once during your stay in Amritsar.

Make sure to respect the Golden Temple rules


Golden temple is open for everyone, anyone from any part of the world can come to Gurudwara Sahib. Only rules that devotees must respect inside the golden temples premises are:
  • Cover your head with a handkerchief, caps  are not allowed
  • Shorts are not allowed
  • You can't carry Prasad from outside
  • Use of camera is not allowed in a darshan queue
  • Please don't feed fishes
  • Don't swim in Sarovar
  • Don't litter

The above rules are not tough to obey, make sure to follow them respectfully.

Best time to visit Golden Temple


Golden temple is open to devotes throughout the year, you can visit the Gurudwara Sahib anytime you want. However, if you want the best overall experience, I would suggest you to visit anytime during October to April. The weather during this period is pleasant, you will have a great time.

My recent trip to Golden Temple


As I stated above, I have been to Golden temple more times than I can remember, my last trip on 3rd of Decemeber 2021, a few days back. I went there in the night after finishing my hectic day, and enjoyed a lot!

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