Haley, whose father's family used to live in Verka suburb of Amritsar till the early 60s before migrating to the United States, will go to Amritsar Friday. She will offer prayers at the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, Saturday.
Haley was re-elected governor of South Carolina recently. This is Haley's first visit to her family's home state in nearly four decades. Born in 1972, Nikki had last visited Amritsar as a two-year old. Her father Ajit Singh Randhawa used to live in Verka. Expressing her delight at coming back to Punjab, Haley said: "The last time I came here was when I was two years old. I am looking forward to the visit to the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple)." Haley is on a 10-day trip to India where she is visiting New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Amritsar to seek investment for her state. In Amritsar, she will visit the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Nov 15. She will also visit the Guru Nanak Dev University and meet students there. She will be meeting her relatives also. Relatives of Nikki Haley, who was Nimrata Randhawa before her marriage, had celebrated in Verka when she became South Carolina governor for the first time in Nov 2010. She became the first Indian-American woman to become governor of a state in the US.