This is the ultimate Sikh bastion. Little wonder, the city draws practically everything from the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, as it has popularly come to be known. It derives its name from the templeâs water pool – the Amrit Sarovar or ‘Pool of Nectar’. And the city literally sprang to life around this pool. In 500 years since Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, visited this place, the Sikh faith has revolved around the beat of this place. For the contemporary traveler, beyond the tranquility of Harmandir Sahib lies a throbbing city. Bustling traditional bazaars with a maze of narrow streets selling everything from delicious kulcha-chholas to beautifully handcrafted kirpans, give a glimpse of its bygone importance as a medieval trading post. Located as it was on two legendary trails – the Silk Route and the Grand Trunk Road!
The city, today, has its share of Café Coffee Days and Baristas with Indipop music, but make no mistake, at heart it is still the dera set up by Guru Ram Dass.