Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 11
There has been a rise in the arrival of tourists at the Golden Temple despite the sultry weather the city is experiencing this year. The gurdwara authorities as well as Sikh devotees are making efforts to provide the best facilities and relief from the scorching heat to tourists. A large number of devotees from the southern as well as the central part of the country India are arriving in the city.
As Amritsar is a transit point for travelers heading to Katra, Kashmir and other shrines in the Himalayan region, they usually visit Golden Temple to have a midway stay and pay obeisance to the world famous shrine.
Due to this, the city is abuzz with tourists every year during the summer vacation. Chhabils in and around the Golden Temple have been set up to provide cold and sweetened water to visitors.
A sewak jatha has started distributing sweetened water at the entrance of Darshni Deorhi as devotees have to stand in long queues to wait for their turn.
Bindu, a visitor from Bangalore, said, “I have experienced the heat wave for the first time. The weather is hot in my native city, but nights are always pleasant. Here, one can’t stay without an air conditioner. We are leaving for Kashmir now. It was my desire to visit the Golden Temple and I really feel blessed at the gurdwara.
Meanwhile, transports and the hospitality sector is happy with the footfall of tourists.
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