The Golden Temple - The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar, India: This is by far, one of the most spiritual places I've been to in my life. It is the one of the main destinations of Sikh pilgrimage and people come from near and afar to visit it. It is also home to the most holy of the Sikh texts, the Guru Granth Sahib. I'm not a huge fan of flashy metals, but this gold plated temple was really calming. The commercialism that gold often carries with it just wasn't there. The city itself was hot, dusty, congested, and loud. We had arrived at night from the Wagah (Baga) Border of Pakistan and India which is the only direct road between the two countries. We were tired and a little overwhelmed by the chaos of the town. The Golden Temple is an oasis amidst all of this. the 2-3 story walls that border the (hu)man-made lake shuts out the sound of the city. Everything is free: Free storage for your shoes, free wrap to cover your hair, free entrance, free lodging for everyone with a hotel built specifically for tourists (they offered for us to stay, but is was overbooked, although they still grabbed mattresses and pulled them out into the hallway for us), and they feed almost 10,000 people a day for (the dish cleaning operation sounds like a auto-factory cranking out vehicles at full-tilt --  a huge operation). Yes, the temple is literally gold plated.