After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and visit Jallianwala Bagh. It has a very strong place in the history of India and the freedom struggle with the British. This was the site of a deadly massacre where more than 1000 innocent Indians were mercilessly killed.
It is one of the worst war crimes committed by the British in India and this is the centenary year of this event. You can read about the story of this massacre and the history here.
Our next stop is Harmandir Saheb, also known as The Golden Temple. This is the holiest place of worship for the Sikh Community. It is also an open house of worship for men and women from all walks of life and faith. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, the Gurudwara teaches the lesson of humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions, signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
It was built in 1589 but it was destroyed several times by raiding Mughal armies. Each time it was steadfastly rebuilt, and now occupies prime position in Amritsar. The entire top of the temple is made of 750 kg of pure gold adding to the beauty of the temple.
You can read more about the Golden Temple here.
The Golden Temple has the world’s largest free kitchen which feeds 50,000 people on an average day and up to 100,000 on festivals and special occasions. This incredible feat is made possible through donations and volunteers. The selflessness and generosity of the volunteers shows that not only is this beautiful temple made of gold, but so are the hearts of the devotees.
It is said that eating the food here and volunteering at the Harmandir Saheb is like getting a blessing from the Guru himself. We will volunteer in the kitchen and later enjoy the simple, yet delicious food for lunch.
Read about this unique and wonderful experience here.
Later in the evening we will head to the airport to board our 7 pm flight to Delhi. Our dinner tonight is Indo-Chinese fusion food. Chinese flavours with an Indian twist!
Culinary experience for the day – Langar and volunteering in The Golden Temple, Indo – Chinese fusion food for dinner
Meals included – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner