The Golden Temple...
Well for me no person should visit India with out seeing this beautiful place, I rate it actually higher than The Taj Mahal as a must see.....
We were there for sunrise with only a handful of others, we seated ourselves ready for the perfect photo and guess what, I reckon we got it!!!! The temple is open to all and for free, no-one ask for money..
You must leave shoes behind and walk through the foot bath before entering. Man & women have to have there heads covered.
The tank surrounding the temple is full of coy carp (see photo) obviously used to being fed they swarm around the edges just hoping for that little crumb which might come there way..
After the photo session we joined the orderly queue (first for India!!) to visit the temple inside no photography sat 4 priest who continously chant in Punjabi from the Sikh's holy book. We were invited to sit and enjoy whilst many others got only a glimpse as they were ushered through.. We sat for 30mins before making our way out..
As we walked passed the Kitchen we were given a bowl and a cup to enjoy breakfast with many others. It was delicous rice dish of Cocnut & pumpkin swallowed down with hot chai.. we were offered more as soon as they see you are empty. Oh just another chai!!!
This kitchen is manned purely by volunteers and they boast of serving upto 30,000 meals a day. To anyone who wishes to sit and enjoy...
For a little more fun we head off to Attari for the closing ceremony of the Indian/Pakistan Border 30km west of Amritsar and worth every km.
Every evening just before sunset the armies meet to engage in 20 minutes of macho, and pride.. Natives from both sides wave their respective flags and sing their Anthom at each other..
The soldiers goose step towards each other lower their flags from the mast fold it and goose step it all the way home.. Great spectacle!!!
Next Stop: Mussoorie Hill station hopefully little cooler