Punjab, India, is a state in the northern region of India. Its name is made up of the Farsi words “panj” (meaning “five”) and “ab” (meaning “water”). It is the land of five rivers, namely the Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab, and Jhelum. It is also the only Indian state with a majority of Sikh residents. The major industry in the region is agriculture, as well as manufacturing of scientific devices and electrical products.
If you are in town on a budget, your best bet is to head to Amritsar. In this city, you will find some of the most modern hostels in Punjab, India. For a price that's quite reasonable by Western standards, you can rest your head in a clean and safe environment. There is so much more to the region’s hostels in Punjab, India -- many are very highly rated, offer tours, and provide a friendly vibe. Other advantages when staying in a Punjab, India hostel is the staff’s ability to communicate in English and advise about sightseeing spots.
Whether you choose to take one of the numerous walking tours offered in English or you decide to make your own itinerary, Amritsar has a lot of goodies on which to feast your eyes.
For a breathtaking view of epic proportions, make your first stop at Harmandir Sahib. Literally translated as “the home of God,” this temple was built for the Sikhs. Since Sikhism is an all-inclusive religion, which values individuals of all beliefs, more than one hundred thousand visitors from different religious backgrounds enter the temple every day. Often referred to as the “Golden Temple,” it is a beautiful sight of gold set against the contrasting white buildings surrounding it. The temple’s dome is covered in more than one thousand six hundred pounds of pure gold. As you go inside, the ornate beauty continues. To maintain the decorum, be prepared to remove your shoes and cover your head in respect to the magnificent temple (head scarves are provided for those who do not bring their own coverings).
For the next stop on your itinerary, you might enjoy walking to the structure exactly across from Harmandir Sahib; Akal Takht means “throne of the timeless one.” If you linger past sunset, you can witness the beautiful lighting of this magnificent building. Finally, you can walk the marble path around the lake to breathe in the serene air and take some souvenir pictures before heading back to your Punjab, India hostel.
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