Harmandir Sahib famously known as Golden Temple located in the city of Amritsar in Punjab is considered to be the holiest Gurudwara (Sikh temple) and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
History of Golden Temple
Guru Arjan in 1581 begins the construction of Golden Temple. It took almost 8 years to complete the first design of the Gurudwara. It is believed that in 1589 after the construction of temple made with bricks was complete Guru Arjan invited the Sufi saint Minan Mir of Lahore to lay its foundation stone.
Golden Temple has been destroyed many times by the Mughal and Afghan rulers.
Golden Temple Design
The Golden Temple is built on a 67 sq feet platform which can be reached by a 60 meter long pathway.
The main building is three floors high. The bridge-facing front is decorated with repeated cusped arches. At the top of the first floor, 4 ft-high parapets rise on all sides. Balconied windows project on carved brackets or bay windows with shallow elliptical cornices.
A low-fluted golden dome sits at the top, with a lotus petal motif in relief at the base. There are also several miniature fluted domes covered with gilded copper.
Best Time to visit Golden Temple
You can visit Golden Temple round the year. October to March are the months when lots of tourist visit this place.
Golden Temple Entrance Fees
Entry to Golden Temple is free of charge.
How to reach Golden Temple
By Air: The nearest airport to Golden Temple is Raja Sansi International airport.
By Rail: The city of Amritsar is very well connected with other parts of India through railways.
By Road: You can hire a private taxi from Discovery Full Circle Tours or you can book direct bus services from Delhi.