Right now in Varanasi - visit of Golden temple possible as western tourist

#1 Mar 18th, 2018, 15:00
Join Date:
Feb 2018
Location:
Germany
Posts:
15
  • Bobsch is offline
#1
Hello,

In Trip advisor I found some ratings saying only Hindu people are allowed to enter the golden temple and as Western tourist you just waste your time for going throug narrows streets towards the temple and security checks, but finally experiencing nothing else than seeing a bit of the golden peak. Is that still up to Date or changed something in Terms of regulations?
So should we try to visit it?

Camera, phone etc. We would leave in our Hotel. As I Read also wearing shoes is prohibited. Could we carry them in Hand, so we can put them on in the end again?

Quick reply very much appreciated

Thank you
#2 Mar 18th, 2018, 17:42
Join Date:
Aug 2006
Location:
Homeless
Posts:
20,539
  • nycank is offline
#2
Golden Temple ? You mean Kashi Vishwanath Temple ? If, so - then here is the official website - https://www.shrikashivishwanath.org/ Contact them for clarification.

Or, just go ! At worst you will be told early on, whether you can proceed or not !
#3 Mar 18th, 2018, 18:04
Join Date:
Mar 2011
Location:
Northern NJ
Posts:
792
  • Pani Puri is offline
#3
You cannot carry your shoes. Many temples have a place outside where you can leave your shoes and get a token for them. If I remember correctly, at this particular temple my husband left his with a shopkeeper very near to the temple. It's always a good idea to wear socks but please never, ever carry shoes (even in a backpack/daypack) into a temple.

Edited to add...but please never, ever carry shoes (even in a backpack/daypack) into a temple if you are requested to remove them.
Last edited by Pani Puri; Mar 18th, 2018 at 23:52..
#4 Mar 18th, 2018, 18:55
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
NOTTINGHAM
Posts:
1,602
  • OldandRambling is offline
#4
All temples have somewhere outside to leave your footwear, it only costs a few rupees, maybe Rs10 or Rs20
Do not worry about loss, I have done it many times without problem.

Some Hindu temples let you in, some don't.

Good Luck, and let us know how you get on?

Ed.
#5 Mar 18th, 2018, 22:54
Join Date:
May 2016
Location:
Argyl ,Scotland
Posts:
235
  • lismoresimon23 is offline
#5
I tried to get into the temple but a guard told me there was a separate entrance for tourists/non Hindus.I never found it.
Time is never wasted wandering through the narrow streets of Varanasi,getting lost is half the fun and one of favourite things to do pretty much anywhere in India.
#6 Mar 18th, 2018, 23:50
Join Date:
Mar 2011
Location:
Northern NJ
Posts:
792
  • Pani Puri is offline
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post All temples have somewhere outside to leave your footwear, it only costs a few rupees, maybe Rs10 or Rs20
Do not worry about loss, I have done it many times without problem.

Some Hindu temples let you in, some don't.

Good Luck, and let us know how you get on?

Ed.
Eight-Nine years ago my husband left his nice sneakers outside the temple in Shirdi. Yep, they were stolen. At least now they have someone watching but that's not the case at all temples. I've heard that if you are worried about your shoes you should split them up so they don't get stolen but guess that only works when there are a lot of shoes there.

While some temples may let you in with shoes (I don't recall any that did and that includes non-Hindu temples/mosques - not saying that there aren't any though) I'd never try to sneak them in as people have tried to do.
#7 Mar 18th, 2018, 23:54
Join Date:
Dec 2008
Location:
Interweb
Posts:
16,222
  • vaibhav_arora is offline
#7
Most middle class Indians leave expensive shoes / sandals in their car and wear cheap flip flops that can be left outside the temple.
If a car cannot get close enough the temple's probably not worth visiting anyways
#8 Mar 19th, 2018, 00:31
Join Date:
Jan 2010
Location:
North Rhine-Westphalia
Posts:
7,123
  • Golghar is offline
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post All temples have somewhere outside to leave your footwear, it only costs a few rupees, maybe Rs10 or Rs20
Mosques too, as well as places like the Dargah Salim Chishti at Fatehpur Sikri.
#9 Mar 19th, 2018, 00:54
Join Date:
Mar 2011
Location:
Northern NJ
Posts:
792
  • Pani Puri is offline
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Most middle class Indians leave expensive shoes / sandals in their car and wear cheap flip flops that can be left outside the temple.
If a car cannot get close enough the temple's probably not worth visiting anyways
Oh no. Some of the best temples have been ones we've had to hike a bit or even climb up to. Anyway we figured if someone stole them outside a TEMPLE, they must have needed them more than he did!
#10 Mar 19th, 2018, 00:55
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
NOTTINGHAM
Posts:
1,602
  • OldandRambling is offline
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post While some temples may let you in with shoes (I don't recall any that did and that includes non-Hindu temples/mosques - not saying that there aren't any though) I'd never try to sneak them in as people have tried to do.
Sorry if my post was not clear, I meant that some temples will let a non Hindu tourist in, some would not. I agree that most holy places expect you to leave footwear outside.

I liked the system at the Sikh Golden Temple, Amritsar, which was free, and you got a numbered token to reclaim footwear.

Best foot forward...


Ed.
#11 Mar 19th, 2018, 01:10
Join Date:
Mar 2011
Location:
Northern NJ
Posts:
792
  • Pani Puri is offline
#11
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Sorry if my post was not clear, I meant that some temples will let a non Hindu tourist in, some would not. I agree that most holy places expect you to leave footwear outside.

I liked the system at the Sikh Golden Temple, Amritsar, which was free, and you got a numbered token to reclaim footwear.

Best foot forward...


Ed.
Got it. Yes, there are many that allow non-Hindu tourists in but I've never been to the inner sanctum at even those (understandably).

My feet are hurting just remembering how very hot the walkway at the Golden Temple was...ouch, ouch, ouch!
#12 Mar 19th, 2018, 04:57
Join Date:
Aug 2006
Location:
Homeless
Posts:
20,539
  • nycank is offline
#12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Mosques too, as well as places like the Dargah Salim Chishti at Fatehpur Sikri.
And quite a few churches in Kerala.
#13 Mar 24th, 2018, 20:18
Join Date:
Feb 2018
Location:
Germany
Posts:
15
  • Bobsch is offline
#13
Just to give you a feedback.

After registration with passports at the little police shack right in front of the temple, it was possible to enter the Golden Temple and we even could experience a ceremony that was going on. It was a Great experience. Then suddenly we had to leave without any reason.

We definetly recommend to try to enter.
#14 Mar 24th, 2018, 22:01
Join Date:
Dec 2008
Location:
In the land of awesomeness
Posts:
32,479
  • aarosh is offline
#14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobsch View Post Then suddenly we had to leave without any reason.
Were you asked to leave or did you leave on your own?

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Want to visit Golden Temple and Himachal Pradesh. Nov 23rd, 2018 13:40 16 2543 Punjab
Golden Temple Jan 7th, 2013 10:36 1 3515 Punjab
Golden Temple Varanasi (aka Vishwanath Temple) Mar 8th, 2010 04:33 11 5980 Varanasi
Stay at Golden Temple. Jul 28th, 2005 14:21 1 12295 Lodging and Hotels in India


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2018
Page Load Success