Amritsar is the home city of the Sikhs and the site of their main temple, the Harmandir Sahib (better known as the Golden Temple). We stayed there both before and after our trip by car to Dharamsala.
1Amritsar A friendly fruit seller near our hotel in Amritsar. The small brownish fruit on top of the pile are chikkus, not kiwis. We discovered them on this trip. They are the fruit of the sapodilla tree and are sweet and malty flavored. Delicious!
3Amritsar Street leading down to the Golden Temple, whose white towers are just visible at the end
4Amritsar Monument to the thousands of Indians slaughtered in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on 13 April 1919. The Indians were meeting peacefully in this enclosed walled space when British Gen. Dyer panicked and had his 50 soldiers fire on them -- for about 10 minutes. Official estimates are of 379 killed and 1,100 wounded. Other estimates count over 1,000 dead. Dyer had his men fire especially towards the dense parts of the crowds and towards the exit gates. On return to England, he was hailed by conservative elements as a hero, causing Rabindranath Tagore to renounce his knighthood.
5Amritsar The rectangles indicated bullet holes still visible in this wall.
6Amritsar Two happy scarf sellers who have just sold Siv a happy scarf.
7Amritsar Inside the enclosure of the Harmandir Sahib (the "Temple of God"), the Golden Temple of the Sikhs. The present Golden Temple dates from 1764
8Amritsar The temple sits in the middle of the "Amritsar", the "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality"
9Amritsar Swedish tourist with happy scarf
10Amritsar American tourist with orange hankie on head
11Amritsar Street of once-nice houses and spreading electric wires, near our hotel
12Amritsar Near the Attari-Waggah border crossing between India and Pakistan, these ladies have been frisked (behind the corrugated-iron screen) and admitted.
13Amritsar Gentlemen are frisked in public, on a rickety stool, for all to see.
14Amritsar Indian gate to the border area, with crowds of fans filling the bleachers