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The Sikh temple in Amritsar really is golden, and millions flock here every year praying that some of the 750 kilograms of pure gold leaf will rub off on them. We visited at dawn when the temple was iridescent in the sun’s warm crepuscular rays…
Sheila dressed up for the occasion...
… and we returned at night to witness the beautiful illuminations…
Amritsar’s gilded shrine is in the heart of the chaotic old city where thousands of tricycle rickshaws pedaled by ancient rickshaw-wallahs carry incredible cargoes through the overburdened streets.
This guy is definitely overloaded, but we’ve seen worse. We’ve seen as many as six passengers on a tricycle made for two.
Almost everything here is on wheels of one kind or another and almost everyone travels in rickshaws.

Here’s an ice-cream rickshaw…
Not everyone can afford a bike and scrawny horses still pull the heaviest loads. Here’s the wood merchant…
Punctures are frequent, but can be easily fixed while you wait at the roadside…
But all types of business is conducted on the street. Jim needed his new trousers shortening an inch or so – no problem for this tailor. Just one dollar and we only waited a couple of minutes…
You can even get your teeth cleaned on the street – if you want. This man will do it while you wait!
This is the Punjab and the Punjabis we’ve met have been kind and helpful, and nearly all have a brother, uncle or cousin who lives in Vancouver. A painter spotted us sitting in a café window and wanted us to take his photo. So here he is enjoying his 15 seconds of fame.

Posted by Hawkson 02:34 Archived in India

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Wonder what the charge was for the rear tire repair. Major cost here--shop time and mechanic's hourly rate.
Beautiful temple. I can imagine the security around it.

by R and B

Beautiful picture of the Sikh temple at dawn - and the sky looks amazingly like a spiritual awakening.

by Janet

I love the photos and text as always. I can imagine myself there with you. And Sheila, you look beautiful, serene and mysterious. Thanks for sharing these magical moments.

by Trudy

For those of us who do not travel it is such a treat to see what you are seeing and to read the commentary. Thank you both for this latest adventure.

by Sue F.

Wonderful journey Sheila and Jim. Thanks so much for including us on it. For those of us who are not travelling, this is great.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Amazing temple, love the painter and Sheila you look beautiful!!!

by Maxine Stewart

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