Picture this: Harmandir Sahib, Northern India
The Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, is the main temple of Sikhs. It is located in Amritsar, Northern India. The place is truly magical. I spent the whole day wandering around and watching as people come from all over the country to pray and meditate in this golden wonder. You can spot elderly locals, dressed according to the Sikh tradition. Their long hair that never gets cut is hidden under huge, colorful turbans, curved daggers are tucked under their belts and long bushy beards hide the pale blue or green eyes that are common in the people of this region.
The temple is decorated with a floral pattern made of gems and stained glass inserted into white marble plates. There are golden prints with the same decoration. An orchestra plays serene religious motives 24/7 and you can sit anywhere on the thick red carpet and meditate with the locals. You are welcomed here irrelevant of where you come from or what you believe in.
In the evening, you can share a simple, yet delicious, meal at the canteen for free, supported by donations and volunteers who work around the temple for meals and lodging. The place is particularly beautiful at sunset when the lake glows as golden as the temple’s domes.
Elena is a twenty-something girl getting lost in different corners of the world and currently settling as an expat in France. Her travel blog, Elena’s Travelgram is full of amazing photo essays, day trip guides and budget travel tips around Europe and Asia. Follow her on Twitter, Bloglovin’ and Instagram.
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