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There are five Niwas, which provide Lodging facilities for pilgrims maintained by the Golden Temple authorities. Sarai Shri Guru Ramdas also called Shri Guru Ram Das Sarai was built in 1931. The Local Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee of Amritsar initiated the project, and Sant Sadhu Singh of Patiala laid its foundation 17th January 1931. The Sarai (hostel) now has 228 rooms and 18 halls spread over 2 stories, with modern sanitation and other amenities of civil life. The reception room remains open round the clock to attend to visitors. Recently three new mansions Shri Guru Har Gobind Niwas, Shri Guru Arjun Niwas and the Akal Rest House have been added to meet the needs of pilgrims who can afford to pay for their accommodation. Besides, another free hostel Shri Guru Nanak Niwas has been added to accommodate the ever-increasing number of pilgrims to the Gurdwara. These new rest houses stand next door to Teja Singh Samundri Hall. SGPC offers online booking for accommodation to these places to facilitate your visit to the Gurdwara. The accommodation facilities at the Gurdwara are as under:

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The accommodation facilities at the Gurudwara are as under:

SARAI BOOKING IS OFFERED ON FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE BASIS SUBJECT TO AVAILIBILTY OF ACCOMMODATION ON THE DESIRED DATE/S. THE BOOKING REQUEST MUST BE MADE ATLEAST SEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE DESIRED DATE OF STAY.

GURU RAM DASS SARAI

It has 228 rooms and 18 big halls. Unlike the ordinary 'Daramsalas' the Niwas supplies the facilities of free beddings, cots, lights and fans etc. to the lodgers. A lodger is not generally allowed to stay here for more than three days at a time.

Total No. of Rooms 228

Rooms Available for pilgrims

160

Charges payable

None but Refundable Security of
Rs. 50/-

Facilities Available

Common Bathroom, Dispensary, Post Office, Punjab & Sind Bank with in the Precincts

Contact Person

Incharge Sarai 219

SRI GURU HARGOBIND NIWAS

There are 92 double bed rooms with attached bath in
addition to four halls. Rooms are available at Rs. 50 per day.

Total No. of Room

88+2Halls

Rooms Available for pilgrims

88+2Halls

Charges payable

Rs. 50/- Day and Rs.200/- Refundable Security

Facilities Available

Attached Bathroom, Shri Guru Ram Das Library, Internet

Contact Person

Office Incharge 323

SRI GURU ARJUN NIWAS

An accommodation adjacent to Guru Nanak Niwas with approx. 100 rooms opened up lately (2005)

Total No. of Rooms

65

Rooms Available for pilgrims

65

Charges payable

Rs. 50/- Day and Rs.200/- Refundable Security

Facilities Available

Attached Bathroom

Contact Person

Incharge 331

AKAL REST HOUSE

There is Akal Rest House having 20 rooms with double beds and attached bath rooms are provided on a nominal Rent.

Total No. of Room

20

Rooms Available for pilgrims

20

Charges payable

Rs. 25/- Day and Rs.100/- Refundable Security

Facilities Available

Attached Bathroom

Contact Person

Incharge 129

SHRI GURU NANAK NIWAS

There are 66 Rooms in Guru Nanak Niwas; 22 with attached baths and 44 without baths, but on each floor there are 10 western style bath rooms to make the stay more comfortable.

Total No. of Room

80

Rooms Available for pilgrims

21

Charges payable

Free, no Security Deposit

Facilities Available

Common Bathroom

Contact Person

Incharge 310

MATA GANGA JI NIWAS

Mata Ganga Ji Niwas is opposite of Sri Guru Hargobind Singh Niwas and is open for public to book the room.

Total No. of Room

Rooms Available for pilgrims

Charges payable

Rs. 50/- Day and Rs.200 Refundable Security

Facilities Available

Attached Bathroom

Contact Person

Incharge 417

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