The Golden Temple is one of the most welcoming places I have ever been. In India you are usually charged outrageous entrance prices for attractions but the GT is free. Unlike other religious monuments in India that seem more like a business than a spiritual place the GT shows the greatness of the Sikh religion and people by welcoming and feeding anyone anytime.
It is open 24 hours a day every day of the year. It is particularly magical late at night when there are no tourists and only devout Sikh praying in the sacred pool.
The free meal (donations welcome) is available 24 hours a day. We ate there three days in a row. The food is surprisingly good and we had NO trouble and didn't get sick.
The sikh are incredibly warm and friendly. It is easy talk to locals and learn about their religion. If you are curious about something just ask and suddenly you will find yourself being ushered through a backdoor to see something incredible you never would have seen otherwise.
All I can say is go, it is a refreshing and wonderful place of brotherhood, tolerance, and harmony - and it's beautiful :)
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