A day After Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated the heritage street from Town Hall to the Golden Temple, thousands of tourists, including foreigners, visited the shrine and were left spellbound by the majestic facelift of the complex.
Talking to HT on Wednesday, BJ Graf and Lauren Rathvon from Florida said: “This place was chaotic when we visited here last time. We had to jostle our way to the holy shrine. Traffic snarls were the order of the day. It is a complete turnaround now as the area has been declared no-traffic zone,” said Lauren, a blogger. This is her tenth visit to the Golden Temple.
“This is my favourite place in the world. I have seen the old construction, then developing stage and now the final project, which has come out to be fabulous. Walking here has become so easier and every shop and installation is clearly visible,” he said.
Complimenting the facelift, the couple said: “This heritage stretch reminds us of the streets of Key West in Florida. Streetlights and benches and the symmetry in the architecture make us recall the shopping streets back home. We will also ask our friends in Florida to visit the place.”
Maggie and her friends, who came from Virginia (USA) said: “We love the architecture and sculptures. The statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, artificially-lit flame outside Jallianwala Bagh and statue of BR Ambedkar add to the heritage look of the mesmerising place. It is a perfect blend of heritage and modern architecture.”
Miguel Pons from Spain, who was sporting a turban, said: “We (he and his wife) are amazed to see the refurbished street leading to the Golden Temple. Heritage structures have been restored. A uniform architectural theme is a visual treat.