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Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)

Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)

186 Reviews
Free admission
6am - ­2am daily
Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, 143006

The Basics

The Golden Temple includes a unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture and dates to the middle of the 19th century. The upper levels of the temple are covered with gold, and in the inner sanctum, priests and musicians spend the day chanting from the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book). The temple is the main attraction in Amritsar. Book a guided tour to learn more about the temple and about the Sikh religion.

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Golden Temple and Wagah Border Private Tour with Punjabi Lunch
Golden Temple and Wagah Border Private Tour with Punjabi Lunch
$65.07 per adult
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Fantastic Tour !
This tour was amazing. My tour guide and her driver were very organized and punctual. She gave me a lot of interesting information about the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border Ceremony . I Highly recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Amritsar.
marcelakool19, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Amritsar

Wonderful Amritsar Tour
Sabrina_A, Feb 2020
Amritsar 1 Day Tour (Golden Temple, Jalliawala Bagh & Wagah Border)
Excellent guide and very informative. On time and good driving skills. We had an additional place to visit as we have ample of time before the wagah border. Nice bloke!
Knowledgeable and accomodating
simonhill1990, Nov 2019
Amritsar Golden Temple Tour
Raj was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, answering all questions we had. His English was without fault. And he went out of his way to assist us. Even waiting with us until our taxi arrived. Raj showed us hidden gems in the area and explained everything thoroughly in an easy to understand way. A wonderful company and tour. Will be using again.
Smart guide, reliable driver
Bob L, Oct 2019
Golden Temple and Wagah Border Private Tour with Punjabi Lunch
Well paced out tour of the 2 main attractions of the city by knowledgeable and well spoken guide whom answers all questions easily
Maybe the Best Way to Experience the Golden Temple?
Charles_C, Feb 2020
COP Amritsar Golden Temple Walking Tour
An outstanding -- and moving -- experience. Met guide Samson ("Sam") near (not at) the Partition Museum and walked a few minutes to the Golden Temple. Sam knew the exact timing of things, and the best places from which to observe each part of the ceremony, and how to hurry to avoid the crowds for the next stage. A great job. Now, ... I HIGHLY recommend this as the way to visit the Golden Temple complex. The views--and the whole atmosphere-- at night are, well, magical; and the idea of "putting to bed" the sacred book of the Sikhs is both charming and moving. Sam also made sure that we got to visit the huge communal dining area, where they serve an average of 30,000 meals a day (perhaps 50,000 on special days), including visiting the kitchen where the food is prepp'd. and the amazing clean-up process. Again, this tour is a wonderful way to experience the Golden Temple complex.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • All visitors should remove their shoes and cover their heads before entering the temple.

  • Visitors must wash their feet in a small pool of water before entering.

  • Smoking is strictly prohibited everywhere on the temple grounds.

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How to Get There

The Golden Temple is located in the heart of Amritsar, about a 10-minute drive from the Amritsar Junctions railway station or a half-hour taxi ride from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport. There are many daily trains that bring visitors to Amritsar from New Delhi; the quickest is the Amritsar Shatabdi, which takes just over six hours to travel between the cities.

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When to Get There

The Golden Temple is open daily from early in the morning until late at night. You can also sleep at the temple complex—there’s a small hostel with beds reserved for foreigners, though it’s useful to bring a sleeping bag. Visit at twilight to see the evening sukhasan ritual, when the holy book is put to rest, or at sunrise, when the holy book is brought out again.

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The Langar Tradition

One major feature of most Gurdwaras is the langar, a community kitchen in which all visitors can sit down to eat a free community meal together. Due to the sheer number of visitors to the Golden Temple, meals at the temple’s langar are served almost constantly. If you want to give back, there are donation boxes where you can discreetly contribute funds. You can also volunteer at the kitchen.

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