Destinations of India
Things To Do
Amritsar, the famous city of north India is known for warm welcome, tasty food and for housing an important Sikh shrine, 'Golden Temple'. Amritsar is a city that holds a significant position in terms of religion as well as history. Being a cultural centre of Sikh religion, the name of the city is derived from the name of holy pool, which means 'pool of nectar'.
The city celebrates all the festivals in respectively grand way. Warm gesture and mouthwatering food make Amritsar tour more special. This city of Punjab has witnessed many tragic incidents of British rule. Apart from that, this beautiful city shares its border with Pakistan and attracts a large number of tourists to experience the royal parade at border. Harmonious balance of Sikh and non Sikh population can be seen easily.
Spots That Fascinate
The city boasts of a large number of gurudwaras (doorstep of Guru). The most popular among them is Harmandir Sahib, which is the major attraction of Amritsar. Popularly known as Golden Temple, this shrine houses Central Sikh Museum, Akal Takht, Amrit Sarovar, Ghanta Ghar. This Sikh shrine attracts more visitors as compared to Taj Mahal, which includes a large number of NRIs. Mata temple is another must to visit place on your tour to Amritsar. This religious spot is dedicated to a female saint Lal Devi.
Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) is the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. This memorial is a witness of fire from British Indian Army soldiers and till date the bullet holes are visible. The well inside the same park is also a protected monument.
Other Attractions in Amritsar
Wagah Border is another important place to visit during your tour to Amritsar. This international border defines Indian and Pakistan territory. Tourists travel this border to experience evening parade. Harike Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary of India.
When to Visit:
Winters that is between the months of October and March is the best time to enjoy this colourful city.
A range of guest houses, budget hotels, mild range and splurge hotels allow tourists to opt the one that suits them best.
How to Reach:
To reach Amritsar, tourists can take a flight to Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport that is served by all major airlines and is at a distance of around 20 minutes drive from the city.
The city is well connected to different northern cities. Regular bus service from state transport and private operators make the journey easy and comfortable. Private cars can also be hired.
Amritsar railway station is counted among the most important stations of northern India. Trains with daily service are easily available from prime states of India which includes Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata and many more.