The Golden Temple

In Amritsar, Punjab, India, sits the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism: Sri Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple). It is surrounded by Sarovar of Amrit, holy water or immortal nectar, which flows in from the Ravi River. There are four entrances signifying the importance of acceptance and openness. The Gurdwara is intended to be a place of worship for all and is home to the world’s largest free kitchen. Langars (common kitchens where food is served to all visitors for free) are a trademark tradition of Sikh Gurdwaras. The building was renovated in 1764 and the upper floors were covered in gold, giving it its distinguishing facade and English moniker.


Rules to enter:

  • Remove shoes
  • Cover body (no shorts)
  • Wear a head covering
  • No alcohol, meat, smoking or drugs