Amritsar Golden Temple: any regulations to follow ?

#1 Oct 21st, 2016, 21:53
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Hi all,

I read from a blog that a visitor must visit with bare feet and head covered, is this true ?
Can I carry a backpack with me ?
A website mentioned cash and valuables must be deposited with them, does that mean I cannot carry cash and my watch inside ?
Will there be any lockers provided to keep luggage or shoes ?
If I don't have a hat or a cap, can I still visit ?
I am going to Amritsar from Dharamsala by HRTC bus, just to visit this temple and leave.
Is there any place where I store luggage for half a day ?
Thank you.
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Yes it is true. You have to cover your head while visiting the Golden Temple. There is a cloak room available where you can keep your shoes and back pack.

For more information read http://www.cntraveller.in/story/insi...golden-temple/
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Yes it is true. You have to cover your head while visiting the Golden Temple. There is a cloak room available where you can keep your shoes and back pack.

For more information read http://www.cntraveller.in/story/insi...golden-temple/
Thank you for the link. They provide something to cover the head.
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It is many years ago that we were there and one of the many impressions left with us was the partaking of a meal with the pilgrims in a huge hall, a simple meal but still a thing in my opinion not to be missed if still possible.
By the way can visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk and join the pilgrims for a meal

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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post It is many years ago that we were there and one of the many impressions left with us was the partaking of a meal with the pilgrims in a huge hall, a simple meal but still a thing in my opinion not to be missed if still possible.
By the way can visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk and join the pilgrims for a meal

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Thanks, where is it and how far is it away from Golden Temple?
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Sorry forgot to say is in Chadni Chowk Delhi. A distance away
One used to be able to stay the night in the Golden Temple,if remember a bed in dormitory (we didn't )
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Originally Posted by asian View Post Hi all,

I read from a blog that a visitor must visit with bare feet and head covered, is this true ?
Can I carry a backpack with me ?
A website mentioned cash and valuables must be deposited with them, does that mean I cannot carry cash and my watch inside ?
Will there be any lockers provided to keep luggage or shoes ?
If I don't have a hat or a cap, can I still visit ?
I am going to Amritsar from Dharamsala by HRTC bus, just to visit this temple and leave.
Is there any place where I store luggage for half a day ?
Thank you.
Hey,
So you reaching Amritsar. That sounds Great
Visit Jallianwala Bagh before Golden Temple, as you have bus to catch late in the night.
They shall provide you a cloth to cover your head, and the shoes are to be deposited outside the temple itself.
It's better to deposit your Backpack in cloak room, but you will be allowed to carry your wallet and watch.

P.S. - Dont miss the Lunger (Food offered to pilgrims), It is simple, and tasty food..
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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post One used to be able to stay the night in the Golden Temple,if remember a bed in dormitory (we didn't )
One still can. See http://sgpc.net/sarai-info/
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Originally Posted by dcamrass1 View Post It is many years ago that we were there and one of the many impressions left with us was the partaking of a meal with the pilgrims in a huge hall, a simple meal but still a thing in my opinion not to be missed if still possible.
By the way can visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk and join the pilgrims for a meal

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Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is also very famous in Delhi and centrally located at Connaught Place.It has a huge pond and museum as well.

Recently some renovation was done in some parts.It also has big Langar(free food for all) service.
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Originally Posted by sarthakohri View Post Hey,
So you reaching Amritsar. That sounds Great
Visit Jallianwala Bagh before Golden Temple, as you have bus to catch late in the night.
They shall provide you a cloth to cover your head, and the shoes are to be deposited outside the temple itself.
It's better to deposit your Backpack in cloak room, but you will be allowed to carry your wallet and watch.

P.S. - Dont miss the Lunger (Food offered to pilgrims), It is simple, and tasty food..
Thank you.
Honestly, I don't like Amritsar or this Golden Palace, especially their arrangements. Tried that free meal, more of an experience than a meal. It just poor chapati, some lentil soup, some white looking sweet liquid and plain water.
A long dusty walk after getting down from the rickshaw, it seems VIP is coming so some changes. After reaching the area, another long walk to the Temple but through nice shops and the around you mentioned, where British soldiers mercilessly killed many locals. All in spend 2 hours and left for AphaOne to catch my bus for Delhi.
People in this town is really nice. I have been asked several times to share a photo and offered help by others especially when I look lost or enquiring for bus ticket. They are always keen to help me save money from the rickshaw touts.
Thanks to everyone here who offered information.
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So what about the cloth to cover your head and place to store the luggage? What did you not like about the arrangements in Amritsar?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post So what about the cloth to cover your head and place to store the luggage? What did you not like about the arrangements in Amritsar?
Yes, they do provide a cloth to cover the head, own cap or hat not allowed. Luggage storage available.
Amritsar is very dusty, poor road and no public buses or rickshaw from main bus station to the Golden Temple, only from,train station. All shared auto rickshaw must be returned to the bus station and the bus station do not sell most of bus tickets to Delhi. They only sell 1000 tickets but near train station can buy most a/c buses for 700 inr.
Long walk to Golden Temple entrance without proper signs after getting off the auto rickshaw, I wonder how the elderly people can visit it.
Floor is so dusty yet they don't allow you to wear anything. The free meal is an insult and the actual golden temple is another long walk from the entrance and ventilation inside is very bad, you could be caught inside when people jammed the interior.
When I lost something in meal room and when I went back to enquire, none of the staffs know whether there is a lost and found department. They advised me to go to the office to check with the cctv video, isn't it silly ?
Although the place is free to visit, I am the only tourist that night. At least I don't see any other non-Indian Asians or westerners. I don't recommend anyone to visit this place unless they follow that religion.
Anyway, it's not a grand place. The golden temple is very small in the centre of a large man made lake. Definitely not as good looking as what we read or see in guidebooks.
The AlphaOne Mall is also poorly managed.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Yes it is true. You have to cover your head while visiting the Golden Temple. There is a cloak room available where you can keep your shoes and back pack.

For more information read http://www.cntraveller.in/story/insi...golden-temple/
Hello aarosh,
I would like to know when is the opening hour in golden temple?
When is the dinner time inside temple?
Thanks.
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