Since I started posting my travel pictures on here, I have realized that I have beautiful pictures of the world but not of the place where I was born - Punjab, India. I do go back every few years but end up spending most of my time with family and never get to experience it as a tourist, as seeing things for the first time and being fascinated by them Last time I went tried to get into the "photographer" mindset and tried to capture a little of Punjab, and thought to myself how fascinating it would be visit a place like this as a complete stranger.

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Of course as a Punjabi and a Sikh, capturing the Golden Temple is a must! This is the most sacred place for Sikhs around the world and India. On average it takes about an hour to enter the temple and you get about 5 seconds to take it all in before you are pushed out the other door. But it is the experience that counts! I think I will do a separate post just on the Golden Temple.

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Top half of the temple is adorned with actual 22ct Gold, and it is polished routinely to keep it sparkling

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Ah the simple life. Village kids (my hudband's nephews) running around in the lush green farms of Punjab doing what kids do best there, fly kites!

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A gorgeous peacock shaped weather vane. I spotted it just before sunset

A visit to yet another Sikh Temple, on a freezing cold winter day. I love the clean lines and peaceful surroundings

(Almost) Every Sikh temple has a pond, after praying indoors, you would walk around the whole pond once whilst praying and end it by washing your hands and face as a symbol of purifying oneself. In the Summer you can also bathe in it (but no swimming..only meditation allowed)

Here I visited yet another temple near my parent's place in Punjab. I just loved the peaceful setting of this temple, surrounded by lush farms, winter fog, and Sun barely peeping through. So serene.

I think this is the magic we are missing in the western culture, we put up churches and temples wherever we find a spot (sadly I've even seen some warehouses turned into Temples!); but what we need peaceful setting where you can meditate and reflect, and not just show up for Sunday service.
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