Amritsar which literally means ‘the pool of the Nectar of Immortality’, is a city situated in Punjab which is known for the religious affairs of Sikhism. Amritsar was historically also known as Ramdaspur. It is situated in the north-western part of India. It originated from a village called Tung. Tourists can easily get to Katras in Amritsar as this city is well planned to set-up katras which were safety units made at that time to safeguard oneself from wars. As a tourist, you get to see an end number of places where you can visit and explore. The city offers with an extreme climate ranging from chilly cold winters to sunny scorching days.
The best time to travel Amritsar is between November and March. During these months, the weather is comparatively pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. Apart from the rich and diverse culture of Sikhs, you get to encounter the extremely beautiful work of embroidery and textiles. The city is famous for salwar-suits and rich chunnis which people surely buy as a sign of exploring Amritsar. Amritsar surely is a treat to eyes for travellers and culture lovers. It has a number of places to visit.
Golden Temple- the sacred shrine
- It is also called Sri Harmandir Sahib or Swarna Mandir. This is one of the biggest holy shrines. It was designed by Guru Arjan Sahib. The best thing about this shrine is that it opens its doors wide for tourists belonging to every caste, creed, race and gender.
- This shrine is known for its sober and so very humble hospitality. People here are really humble and treat everyone with equality, be it rich or poor.
- As a tourist, you must not miss on the lavish ‘Langar’, a really famous serving that tastes splendid.
- It’s glittery and glowy golden look makes it a treat to the eyes of the photographer.
- You can easily reach this place. It is located within the heart of the city.
- It remains open for 24 hours, so you can at any preferable time.
Wagha border- the pride of Amritsar
- The famous Indo-Pak border stands high in this city, known for its intense show of velour and bravery.
- It is so famous due to the famous Retreat Ceremony held every day before the sunset. This ceremony includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both countries. Visitors get their heart pounding out on witnessing such extreme show of velour.
- Timings for visiting is 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. You can explore the place within 2 to 3 hours.
- There is absolutely no fee for travellers. Seats are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The nearest railway station to Wagha border is Atari Railway Station. You can easily take a cab or public transport to reach the place.
- It is located near the famous Golden Temple of Amritsar. Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden that houses a memorial which commemorates the massacre of peaceful celebrators by the British forces. It was indeed a sad and brutal massacre and many celebrators lost their lives amidst the joyous waves of festivities.
- The structures are built in such a manner that shouts out the atrocities done by the British forces on innocent people. Wall and well are some of the examples. The entire wall is covered by bullet marks; they still have those bullet marks. And the well remembers the suicide attempts of 100s of people who jumped in the well in order to save their lives.
- It remains open from 6.30 am to 7.30 pm and the entry is absolutely free in here.
- History lovers must surely visit this place.
Gurudwara Mata Kaulan
- It is located on the west side of the golden temple. Hence it is easily accessible to reach via cab.
- The memorial was named after Bibi Kaulan, a holy lady who was raised as a Muslim but adopted Hinduism later after becoming a faithful disciple of Guru Har Gobind. Bibi Kaulan’s service to the Gurudwara and her devotion towards Gods is something that is often praised midway, during the prayers.
- It remains open from 9.30 am to 11.30 pm and the entry stands free at this religious place.
COP Amritsar street food walking tour
- If you are someone who loves food, this is a place for you. You as travellers get to indulge in a walk through the flavours of Amritsar and nearby places.
- You get to binge upon every food ranging from modern street food items to traditional food from vendors or dhabas.
- All you need is an empty stomach and a full wallet before coming to this place.
- It is one of the historical attractions of Amritsar which spreads across an area of around 43 acres.
- It is also known as the guardian of Amritsar as it was built in order to protect the city from any kind of invasion.
- Some attractions of this place are, magnificent live shows such as the 7-D Sher-e-Punjab (Lion-of-Punjab) show on Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Kanda Boldiyan Ne and the Spirit Of Punjab live show. Also, you can travel to numerous exhibitions, a museum, traditional shops, and a restaurant where one can savour the authentic culinary delights of Punjab.
- It remains open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm and you can visit this place at a minimal cost of INR 180
Amritsar is truly a city of love, bravery, stories, culture, hospitality, food and whatnot. It is a place which must be visited once in your tour to India. Travellers go with a rejoicing heart after exploring this city. They make splendid memories and save them in pictures. True bliss lies in travelling to Amritsar. So, pack yourselves up and plan one good trip by covering all the best tourist places in the city.