(*These pre/post retreat side trips can be arranged yourself or with the assistance of travel agent/tour operator – I recommend MANTRA WILD).
The GOLDEN TEMPLE of Amritsar
The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than a of description.
McLeod Ganj / Dharamsala
Visit the Dalai Lama’s Temple in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, including His Holiness’ residence and speech room. Try out Tibetan prayer wheels, or delicious dumplings (momos) fresh off the street. Enjoy scenic walks through the forest, with incredible views of the himalayas, all whilst breathing in the crisp fresh air.
BAIJNATH Shiv Temple
Vaidyanath Siva Temple, Baijnath is a famous 13th century temple dedicated to lord Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. It is located in a small township called Baijnath in the Dhauladhar range of western Himalayas, 16 km from Palampur in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. The two long inscriptions in the porch of the temple indicate that a temple of Siva existed on the spot even before the present one was constructed. What happened to the shrine in the centuries that followed is not exactly known but it appears to have continued under worship, as there is clear evidence of repairs and renovations from time to time.