How can we spend an entire day in Amritsar and not go to the Golden Temple?
Well we did.
We’re saving our visit for very early morning light. Tomorrow morning. We want to see it in the most magical circumstances possible.
I did go out early with my camera though and got a few pics –
Today we checked out things that our tour guests might want to do; for the women, that might include shopping for traditional Punjabi shoes!
Jennifer had done her research and this morning we went to the best place in Amritsar to buy Juttis – all hand made. Beautiful embroidery and leatherwork.
We had lunch in one of the city’s best Thali joints – it was packed with people coming back from the Golden Temple. We had the traditional Punjabi kulcher with two spicy and very tasty curries.
In the afternoon we took a car out to the Indian / Pakistan border to see the Wagah Border ceremony. There must have been more than fifty thousand people there, with the crowd buzzing like they were about to witness an exciting footy game.
I’ll elaborate on this ceremony during the tour, when we take our guests back, but just to say it’s one of the weirdest, and wildest, ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed. Very colourful, very bizarre.
Tomorrow morning we’ll visit the Golden Temple. Very much looking forward to seeing one of the most important spiritual sites of India…