plus a tour of the magnificent Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Today we caught the metro to Patel Chowk & walked the short distance to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the main places of Sikh worship in Delhi. This magnificent white-marble gurudwara (Sikh temple) is topped by glinting golden onion domes.
Entry is free, you must be modestly dressed, and cover your head. Foreigners can go to the foreigner tourist office in the complex where they provide headgear, shoe storage and a guide all totally free. They will not accept payment, but there is a donation box if you wish when you leave – but absolutely no pressure. A meal in the langar hall is served to thousands daily. It is completely free, vegetarian and delicious. We have a look at the huge kitchen and enjoy the meal. We were more than happy to leave a donation at the end, but it is not expected or asked for.
The #GurudwaraBanglaSahib premises include the main prayer hall (containing the Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs), the water tank in the middle, a library, a museum, a hospital, a school and an art gallery. As similar to all gurudwaras, #langar is served in the Bangla Sahib where everyone irrespective of religion, caste or creed is welcome to share a meal. The meal is vegetarian and excellent. The Gurudwara and Langar Hall are now air-conditioned. A new “Yatri Niwas” (Travellers Hostel), and multi-level parking space have been constructed. Toilet facilities are available. The space around the back entrance to the Gurudwara is also being spruced up, so as to give a better view from the roadside.
Join us on the continuing story of our four week stay in #NewDelhi, #India, where we spend time in an Airbnb apartment in #LajpatNagar, and take side trips to #Agra and the #TajMahal as well as #Jaipur.