1. Visit the Golden Temple
Sikhism’s holiest shrine, this gold plated gurdwara glitters in the middle of its holy pool like a brilliant gold bullion bar. True to Sikhism’s inclusive nature, all are welcome here, making the atmosphere incredibly friendly as well as genuinely spiritual.
2. Palki Sahib
The Palki Sahib ceremony takes place twice a day, once at 4:00am and again at 9:30pm. The Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikh religion) is carried from its night time resting place in the Akal Takht back into the Golden Temple, amid rousing devotion.
3. Pilgrims Lunch
Providing food to over 100,000 people a day the Langer is an amazing sight to behold. Simple meals consisting of Chapatis, Dahl and rice pudding are prepared in huge vats and are served up with expert precision into the awaiting plates of the thousands of lined up pilgrims. It truly is a testament to the Sikh religion that everything is provided for free and everyone working is a volunteer.
4. Attend the Wagha Border Ceremony
This unusual and extremely entertaining ceremony takes place every evening at the India Pakistan border, 60km from Amritsar. Thousands of patriotic Indians and Pakistanis attend each day, attempting to out do each other with flags, dancing and chanting.
5. Eat, Eat, Eat!
You can tell by the large belly of almost every Sikh you see in Amritsar that it really is a food loving city. From the butter covered Kulchas (Naan bread stuffed with potato, spices and Pomegranate seeds), to the many sweet shops all over the city, Amritsar is sure to make you pack on a few pounds.