Amritsar, Punjab, is located in the northwest part of India. This city is home to the Harmandir Sahib, better known as Golden temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. Sikhism originated in Punjab around the 15th century A.D. Today, it has around 25 millions adherents and it is India’s fourth largest religion (behind Hinduism, Islam and Christianity).
I visited Amritsar during the second week of January, 2017. The main quarter of the city was going through renovations, with great results. Besides, some streets were closed to the traffic, which made it easy to walk around.
The Golden Temple is the holiest Gurdwara in Sikhism, it lies at the center of a holy tank where people perform ablutions. Around 100,000 pilgrims visit this temple everyday! Below you can see the huge lines to enter.
Among other interesting places in Amritsar, I saw the Ramtirth Temple, the Durgiana Temple (which architecture is similar to the Golden Temple), and the Khair-ud-Din Masjid.
Amritsar is 30km from the border with Pakistan. Everyday, two hours before sunset, the armies of India and Pakistan participate in a ceremony to lower their respective flags, which is known as the Wagah Border Ceremony. What should be a formal and serious event, it is in reality a very entertaining spectacle, with people cheering up their country’s army like they would do during a cricket (or soccer) game.