- Amritsar is the holy city for the Sikhs and one of the most prominent in the state of Punjab. The name ‘Amritsar’ means ‘pool of nectar’ which is a reference to the sacred tank ‘Sarovar’ built around the Golden Temple in the city. The city was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1577.
- Places to see
- Golden Temple
- Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib is a Gurdwara established by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev. It is situated in the city of Tarn Taran Sahib. It has the distinction of having the largest sarovar (Water pond) of all the gurudwaras. Also it is famous for the month gathering of pilgrims on day of Amavas (No moon night). It is near Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar.
- Jallan wala bagh
- The word Bagh’ means “Park”. This Park is the site where more than 2000 Indians were killed by General Dyer of the British forces in 1919 during the British rule in India
- Panorama Ranjit singh
- The National Council of Science Museums in cooperation with the State government has recently set up Maharaja Ranjit Singh panorama, which is only second of its kind in the country. Spread on a sprawling 4.5 acres of land in the historic Rambagh heritage Garden, the panorama with its long, cylindrical architecture, is an all-captivating marvel for visitors.
- Old bazaars
- Important thing to do in Amritsar is to walk in the bazaars in the old town the bazaars which were came in to existence during the 16th centuary,It is good experience to go for a heritage walk in the old bazaars tourist guide guide required for good walk.
- Durgiana temple
- This is situated at a walking distance to the Golden Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga and is built in quite a similar style as the Golden Temple.
- Whaga border
- The Wagah Border is the boundary between India and Pakistan, which is located at a distance of about 29 kms from Amritsar. Every evening a change of guard takes place on both sides of the gate amidst much fan fare and jubilation.
- How to reach
- By Air :
Amritsar now boasts of an international airport which is located about 15 kms outside the city in Rajasansi. There are international flights to U.K and Canada from Amritsar.
Amritsar is connected with Delhi by Air.
Amritsar is very well-connected with
Mumbai, Varanasi and New Delhi. Amritsar Shatabdi is the best way to make it
here from New Delhi. For
By Bus: Amritsar is well connected by buses throughout the state of Punjab. There are also buses
to Dalhousie, Chamba and Dharamshala.
- Eating in Amritsar
- Eating out in Amritsar is an experience in itself, after all - the place is known for its hospitality and great food. Perhaps the best known specialties are ‘Amritsar Machhi’ (Fish), ‘Amritsari Kulcha’ (Bread), ‘Bhatti da Murg’ (Roasted Chicken) and its ‘Paranthas’ (Bread with stuffings).
For drink specialties try out Lassi, Sharbat or Rabri. For snacks (heavy snacks) try Seekh Kebab, Mutton Tikka, Samosas and Satpuras.
- Shopping in Amritsar
- Amritsar is originally famous for woolen blankets, shawls and sweaters. Most of these are either exported or supplied to popular or renowned brands in the country.