Amritsar in Punjab Province is Sikh's holiest city with its main attraction, the magnificent and serene Golden Temple, being their main shrine. The temple, which was built in 1803, is made from marble, copper and pure gold leaf and is surrounded by tanks of holy water in which the Sikh pilgrims bathe. The temple fuses Hindu and Islamic influences, with its main dome covered in over 700kg of pure gold. While there, you will hear the continuous recital from the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, known as the Akhand Path. Close to Amritsar is the only land border crossing with Pakistan at Wagah where a ceremonial changing of the guards and lowering of the flags takes place each day at sunset, with the Indian and Pakistani guards trying to out-do each other.
Travel to Amritsar
Organised group tours: Click here to see 10 tours to Little Tibet which may include Amritsar.