When I flip through the leaves of history, I get awestruck reading about the sacrifices made by great souls in order to provide better and right sense of direction to the entire mankind. The history of India is filled with tons of pages about selflessness and incredible philanthropic acts and deeds. When we mention sacrifices, the mention of Sikh Gurus becomes inevitable who showed path to serve others and treat all as equal. The tenets of Sikhism suggest nothing less than an ideal and meaning filled way to lead life. One of the holiest and most popular shrines which is real embodiment of love, affection, respect and sacrifice is Golden Temple which is situated in city of Amritsar, Punjab. The shrine is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib which exhibits Sikh architecture and the grandeur of the structure and with layers of gold on dome will certainly leave you spellbound. But what is most incredible is the kind of peace of mind you get once step inside the premises. It is a kind of experience which is so pure and divine that it is beyond the boundaries of description and explanation.
Sri Guru Ram Das who was the fourth Sikh Guru dug Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) at Sri Harmandir Sahib in the year 1577. Sri Guru Arjan Dev, fifth Sikh Guru got the shrine constructed. The noteworthy part is that the sacred book of Sikhs, Sri Guru Granth Sahib was first time placed at Sri Harmandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 after its compilation. This milestone enhances the significance of the shrine substantially. Every year, millions of pilgrims visit the shrine and what is captivating is that not all devotees are Sikhs but from other religions as well and everyone is free to enter and warmly welcomed. Everyone is treated equal irrespective of position in social strata of the society. The feeling to serve gets automatically induced when you observe everyone around immersed in serving in a selfless manner as preached by Sikh Gurus over a period of time.
Once in Amritsar, you shall also visit Akal Takht, famous Jallianwala Bagh where infamous manslaughter took place during British rule, Tarn Taran Sahib, Durgiana Temple, Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, Mata Lal Devi Mandir, Goindwal Sahib, Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Gurudwara Baba Bakala, Santokhsar Sahib and Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai. Moreover, when in the region, you cannot afford the miss Wagah Border Ceremony which is so very arresting and inspiring that by the end of it, your heart will get filled with pride and enthusiasm towards the nation and the respect for stalwarts who are guarding the territories round the clock will increase exponentially. Further, it is a rare sight and opportunity to view and wave at brethren residing in Pakistan.
It is a promise that you will come back with memorable experience as the city of Amritsar Tour will simply immerse your heart and soul into nectar and its effect will remain intact for much longer duration.