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Amritsar

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"Gateway to Punjab - home to Golden Temple"

Amritsar Tourism

Home of the glorious Golden Temple, the iconic city of Amritsar, portrays the heroic character of the Punjab. A day in this peaceful city starts with the spiritual prayers from Gurudwaras. The original name of first the ancient lake, then of the temple complex, and later the surrounding city, meaning "pool of ambrosial nectar."

Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. Baisakhi festival brings out Amritsar's resplendent face with its finest food, clothes and merry-making. This place is also famous for its Jallianwala Bagh massacre and its proximity to Wagah Border. The satiating food and generous dollops of legendary Punjabi hospitality further connive to cast a spell upon the visitor. From the Operation Blue Star in the Golden Temple to the tragedy of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Amritsar has seen the worst of situations and yet emerged like a phoenix through testing times. Amritsar today is a thriving city with active trade and tourism industries. One of the most agriculturally productive cities of India, Amritsar is well connected with most of the important cities of India.

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History Of Amritsar

Amritsar derives its name from Amrit Sarovar which was built by Guru Ram Das in the village of Tung. Guru Ram Das believed that the waters of the lake had healing powers. The land was bought by him for a small amount of 700 rupees, and a temple complex was built around it. Gradually, the village developed and came to be known as Chakk Ram Das which finally became Amritsar that translates to pool of nectar.

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Religious Places in Amritsar

Amritsar is a very important religious centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The many temples and Gurudwaras include Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Akal Takht, Shivala Bhaian Temple, Gurdwara Bebaaksar Sahib, Gurdwara Bir Baba Budha, Tala Sahib Gurudwara and the Gopal mandir.

Jalianwala Bagh Massacre

One of the most tragic incidents in Colonial India occurred at the Jalianwala Bagh on 13th April 1919. Farmers from various villages had gathered here, unaware of a new law that banned meetings among locals. Suspecting a protest, the British officials under Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire in the area and created a havoc situations. Many were killed by the bullets, many in the stampede and many others jumped into a nearby well in an attempt to save themselves. The death toll is believed to be 379. The pace still has bullet marks and blood stains in and around the well.

Restaurants and Local Food in Amritsar

Amritsar houses some of the finest, richest and most finger-licious food in the country. The food here is as popular and essential as any of the other tourist spots in the area. Amritsari Kulcha, Lassi, Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken and a hot Gulab Jamun are some of Amritsar's delectable choices. You might also find spicier versions of food from other areas garnished with a generous helping of Ghee . At the same time, the city which is known for its food, provides countless options and variety for authentic cuisines.
The city is home to the finest restaurants as well as the most colorful Dhabas that will keep you coming back. Other local Punjabi cuisine includes Channa Batura, Chhole Batura, Parathe, Dal Makhani, Rajama Chawal, various varieties of Paneer, Rajma, Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti (Bread made from corn with mustard gravy) and much more. For non-vegetarians, Punjabi cuisine is a delight with various varieties of chicken.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Amritsar, check-in and rest. In the evening, visit Wagah Border.
Day 2- Begin day at the Golden Temple. Then visit Jalianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum and Panorama in Ram Bagh.
Day 3- Visit local handicraft stores and food joints for a delicious food trip.

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What's Great?

Spiritual and cultural centre for Sikhs and Hindus. Delicious food. Lots of historical importance. Close to Wagah Border.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be very hot and should be avoided.

For Whom?

Amritsar is a great destination for tourists and pilgrims alike. There are many places that date back to the pre-independence days and are of great significance. It also has beautiful temples and religious places.

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How To Reach Amritsar

Amritsar is well connected by air from major destinations. Also, there are daily trains from most of the important cities in India. All major North Indian cities have buses plying to Amritsar. Alternately, you can also drive the lovely roadways.

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Aditya Tripathi 1 year ago
I visited here 3 time and every time it felt a new experience.. So much peace and relaxing Things to remember 1.must eat lunger(golden temple kitchen food) at least once ,it is too tasty. 2.u can easily find hotel nearby in 300-700 rs for non ac room, dont spent much 3.if u plan to go bagah border, dont give more then 150/person to agent
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- If you want to have a tasty and free meal, you can head to Langar at Golden Temple. Don't go to posh restaurants here, rather try out the local dhabas.
- For non-vegetarians, Punjabi cuisine is a delight with various varities of chicken.
Sanjana Chawla 1 year ago
Located in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is full of fun and frolic and has the country's best street food! The beautiful golden temple is worldwide famous and has a rich culture and history associated to it. Surrounded by pristine sarovar/water, the shrine looks beautiful when is lighted up in the evening. You can savour the holy langar that is served in the Golden temple for free of cost. A day's trip to Wagha Border is a must as it fills you up with the feelings of patriotism and makes you feel proud about your nation as you can have a close look at the soldiers marching and the India flag being raised high. The Jallianwala Bagh is at a walk-able distance from the Golden temple and the beautiful lawns and the bullet marks makes one nostalgic and solemn. You can also visit Gufa wala mandir to experience a mini Vaishno Devi in Punjab! For all the foodies out there, you should definitely visit Chungi, Makkhhan da dhaba, Kesar da dhaba and Bharawa da dhaba for lip smacking foods and lassis. Chungi's aloo naan are nation-wide famous and so are the famous jalebis and jaggery halwa. One can also find amazing street food including fried assortments and chaat. My favourite thing to do in Amritsar is shopping! You can find a wide variety of colourful, traditional juttis, suits, sarees, chikan work and phulkari dupattas. Amritsar is also famous for its masale and aam papad. It is ideal to visit the city in winter months as it's relatively cooler and the chilly weather would help you in enjoying the food and roaming around more.
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