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Amritsar - Golden City / City of golden Temple

Amritsar City

About Amritsar

amritsarHistorically known as Ramdaspur, Amritsar is a famed city in the north-western part of the country of India. Besides being the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district, Amritsar is the most sacred place for Sikh devotees. The most notable spiritual center or Gurudwara of the Sikhs known as “Harmandir Sahib” or “Golden Temple” is located in Amritsar that makes it the most visited place among Sikh. The gurudwara is one of the most popular destinations in the state of Punjab and is visited by numerous locals, nationals and NRI’s. The city is also home to the Akal Takht and Sikh Parliament. Moreover, it close proximity to Lahore has also enabled the city to gain a notable place in the Indian-subcontinent.

The origin of the city lies in the Tung village. It is believed that the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das Ji 1574 bought land from the owners of the village for 700 rupees. He named the region after the lake founded on the land bought by him. In 1574 Guru Ji built his residence her and moved to his place. The city is built with narrow streets that were part of the introverted planning system comprising areas called Katras. Being self-styled residential units, the Katras provided unique defense system to the city during attacks. Visit more details of Amritsar Hotels and India tour packages

How to Reach Amritsar

  • By air:Raja Sansi International Airport in Amritsar is the nearby airport to reach Amritsar. It is well-connected to the major cities of Indian such as Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.
  • By train: Amritsar Railway Station is well-connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bhopal via regular trains. Moreover, trains from Pakistan also run to this city.
  • By road : State run public and private buses run within the state and also connect the major other parts of this country to this city.

Best time to visit Amritsar

October to March

Tourist Attractions in Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh

Spread over an area of 6.5 acres this modern day park is built in the memory of the great tragedy that took place on 13th April 1919. The memorial of the victims of this great massacre is the highlight at Jallianwala Bagh park. The worst massacre in the Indian freedom struggle was witnessed on this land when the General Dyre of British India opened fire to the unarmed people of the region. Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most significant attractions in Punjab.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh MuseumMaharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

The current day Museum was once the summer palace of former king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Surrounded by lovely garden the Museum showcases some objects that belonged to the great king such as arms and armor, paintings, old coins and manuscripts.

Wagah Border

Wagah Border

Wagah Border is the international borderline between India and Pakistan and is thus a highlight. Both sides of the border comprise convoluted buildings, barriers and roads. The most spectacular ceremonial parade is the bringing down of the flags of both countries that is done amidst beatings of the drums and beguiles and lasts for half an hour.

  • Rambagh Gardens
  • Ber Baba Buddha

Religious Places in Amritsar

Akal TakhtAkal Takht

Akal Takht means Eternal Throne. Counted among one of the prominent five sacred Takhts, it is situated in the premises of the sacred Golden Temple. Akal Takht is a notable place among Sikhs where they hold meetings and make decisions.

Bibeksar SahibBibeksar Sahib

This Gurudwara is situated on the banks of Bibeksar Sarovar between Sultanwind and Chativind. A serene and sacred place, this Gurudwara introduces one to the most picturesque scenery in the city.

Durgiana TempleDurgiana Temple

Dedicated to goddess Durga, the origin of this temple is believed to be around 16th century. The structure of the Durgiana temple is similar to that of the golden temple.

Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, this Gurudwara is the holiest place among Sikhs. IT is said that the structure of the sacred place was designed by Guru Arjan Sahib. The Temple house the “Guru Granth Sahib”, the guru of Sikhs.

  • Gurudwara Baba Atal
  • Swarna Mandir
  • Khair-ud-Din Masjid

Amritsar Weather

  • Summers (April to June) are hot and the temperature lies between 24 to 45°C
  • Monsoons (July to October): mild to heavy rains
  • Winters (November to March) are chilling as the temperature ranges between 4 to 27°C

Events & festivals in Amritsar

  • Ram Tirath Fair
  • Basant Panchami at Chheharta Sahib
  • Baisakhi
  • Guru Purab
  • Hola Mohalla

Hotels in Amritsar

  • Ista Amritsar
  • Ranjit's Svaasa
  • Hotel Country Inn & Suites
  • Best Western Merion Hotel
  • Hotel Ritz Plaza
  • Hotel Grand Legacy

Shopping in Amritsar

The region has numerous local shops that offer some real-time shopping experience to the travelers. One can bag carpets & fabrics, handicrafts items, pickles, jams, jellies and many more from the main markets that are handmade by the locals. Buying Punjabi dresses and traditional shoes i.e. jutis will be perfect gift for your wardrobe.

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