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Amritsar Travel Guide

Amritsar, literally Pool of Nectar, derives its name from the Amrit Sarovar that surrounds the famous Golden Temple in the city. True to its name, the heart of the city is the temple complex, which is the holiest of Sikh shrines. The Golden Temple complex itself is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India.

At first glimpse, Amritsar city is like any place in northern India, with bustling markets, haphazard traffic and congestion. But the Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a spiritual calmness that makes people bow their heads in reverence.

Men and women both need to keep their head covered while in the Gurdwara, so carry a scarf or handkerchief for the purpose. Also you have to enter a gurudwara barefoot- no socks allowed either!

While in the Golden Temple complex walk on the mats provided or your feet will burn as the marble beneath tends to get very hot!

Sample the Kulchas at Kulchaland - nowhere else do they make them like here!

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