Golden Temple and Wagah Border Ceremony

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hi there,

we are planning to get an early morning train from delhi to amritsar on the 16th march arriving at 13:25. We are then planning to leave the next day on the 17th at 16:15. Is this enough time to see the golden temple at night and in the morning? We are not bothered about doing anything else in Amritsar.

Are there any mid range hotels people can recommend? Preferably close to the Golden Temple. Doesn't need to be luxurious, but looking for clean, comfortable and with AC.
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Yes, you have more than enough time to see the Golden temple in the night and morning. There are accommodation options in the Golden Temple complex. You can check them out. They are normally on a first come first serve basis.

You can also visit JAlianwala Bagh which is quite close to Golden Temple.
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We stayed in the Grand Hotel. It is a minute or ten from the golden temple but in a quiet street near the railway station.
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You will have plenty of time to see the golden temple the following morning, but may I suggest you travel the short distance to Wagah to see the border closing ceremony in the evening after your arrival.

This in my opinion is a must and should not be missed....
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Plus one on going to the border ceremony at Wagah.

There are other sights worth seeing in Amritsar - Jallianwala Bagh as mentioned by Aarosh, and the Durgiana Temple. There is also a heritage walk - but we're running out of time!

Eat at the Crystal Room.

Hotels:

http://www.indiamike.com/india-hotel...sar-hotels-c67

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-...ab-Hotels.html
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thanks guys, all advice appreciated! hopefully we can get to see the border ceremony then
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We stayed at the CJ International. It's just across the street from the Golden Temple, and if you get one of the front rooms on the top floor you can see the Golden Temple from your balcony. Being so close, the CJ International is exceptionally convenient if you want to visit the temple quite late and quite early.

Moreover, you will have to go completely barefoot in the Golden Temple. Because the hotel is perhaps twenty paces from the well-cleaned plaza leading to the temple entrance, you can cross the (admittedly grubby) street in heavy socks, walk to the entrance, strip off socks and stuff them in a pocket, and so avoid the nuisance of depositing your shoes at the vast sunken shoe minders' station outside the entrance.

If you should go to the border crossing ceremony, make sure that you are recognized as foreigners. You will probably be ushered to "VIP" seating on the curb (kerb) nearer the border gate. It is miserably uncomfortable but leagues closer than if you're consigned to the enormous bleachers meant to hold most people. Do not feel bad about getting posh treatment, but revel in it: it's one of the few places we've found where foreigners were treated specially unless you count the fact that foreigners get to pay ten to fifty times more for entrance at ever so many tourist sites. (If you're truly VIP, whether Indian or foreign, you'll be given plastic lawn chairs and seated in a little grass area behind a fence; but you'll be no closer than the people getting sore butts sitting on the stone kerb.)
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I hear amritsar is a nice place to pay a visit but due to my tight schedule i cant make it. But i will definitely make some time to visit amritsar with my wife
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i've found a hotel called the hong kong inn amritsar who can organise a driver to take us to the ceremony. going to avoid the CJ International as doesn't look that nice on trip advisor, happy just to stick our shoes in our bags, will just be wearing little flip flops anyway
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Originally Posted by cj85 View Post i've found a hotel called the hong kong inn amritsar who can organise a driver to take us to the ceremony. going to avoid the CJ International as doesn't look that nice on trip advisor, happy just to stick our shoes in our bags, will just be wearing little flip flops anyway
They don't like people carrying sandals or flip flops, you will need to leave your footwear and get a token which you hand back in to get your footwear back.

They will think you are being dis-respectable
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As I recall we had to check our bags in , at a different place to the shoe check. I'm pretty certain of this as I had to go back there to get spare camera batteries and then do the washing hands and feet ritual again to get re-entry to the Temple.
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ah ok, didn't realise a small bag would be a no no, will avoid then. in any case i will not be wearing my finest footwear

what are peoples thoughts on the best times to visit? i would like to see the temple in the morning and lit up at night. i realise the queues will be lengthy, are there quieter times which are recommended?

oh and what time does the border ceremony begin? trying to meticulously plan the trip as our time in northern india is limited.
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I went into the temple several times during my visit last year and had no problem taking a sholder bag inside, but on one occasion a guard wanted to check I wasn't carrying my shoes inside it. I used the shoe deposit place - found it very efficient and it's free
Would definitely recommend a visit in the morning and at night, you won't need to queue to get into the temple complex only to go across the causeway into the golden temple itself (and queues move quite quickly)
The border ceremony started about 40 minutes before sunset but it's worth arriving before this to watch the crowds getting excited! Your hotel will be able to advise or there are lots of touts around the temple organinsing small group trips. You ARE NOT allowed to carry bags to the border ceremony only a camera/drink.
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Originally Posted by cj85 View Post ah ok, didn't realise a small bag would be a no no, will avoid then. in any case i will not be wearing my finest footwear

what are peoples thoughts on the best times to visit? i would like to see the temple in the morning and lit up at night. i realise the queues will be lengthy, are there quieter times which are recommended?

oh and what time does the border ceremony begin? trying to meticulously plan the trip as our time in northern india is limited.
The Golden temple is quieter early in the morning

For the border ceremony timings depend upon the time of sunset, the flag down ceremony normally starts around 4:30 pm in winter and 5:30 pm in summer.

Arrive early, foreigners do not need to queue and are treated as VIP's
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Originally Posted by cj85 View Post oh and what time does the border ceremony begin? trying to meticulously plan the trip as our time in northern india is limited.
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Originally Posted by Mike Cork View Post For the border ceremony timings depend upon the time of sunset, the flag down ceremony normally starts around 4:30 pm in winter and 5:30 pm in summer. Arrive early, foreigners do not need to queue and are treated as VIP's
I went in February this year, and I left the hotel at 3.00pm - by private car - to the border. The 'car parks' were full early, and we walked quite some distance to get to the border.

I was a foreigner and I certainly queued down the highway to get to the border. (See photo of queue).



Once at the border the foreigners are separated off to the left, and have "seats" much closer to the border gates than the locals.

The real VIPs (locals) are even closer, and are seated on white plastic garden chairs.
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