Amritsar,IN
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General Information about Amritsar

Approximately 452 kms from Delhi, 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.. One of the most agriculturally productive cities of India, Amritsar is well connected with most of the important cities of India.

Historically known as Ramdaspur, Amritsar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in 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."It is every year visited by a large number of tourists from all around the world. Being home to the world-popular Golden temple or the Harmandir Sahib, it is one of the spiritual centres of the followers of the Sikh religion. This Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than UNESCO World Heritage Site-the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors during weekdays alone.

Connectivity

By Rail : Reaching Amritsar by train is the best way. The Amritsar railway station is well- linked to the other rail heads and thus, is also well-connected to most of the cities in India including Delhi, through daily trains.

By Air : The Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport of Amritsar is around 11 km, towards the northwest of the city. It is located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road. Regular flights ply between Delhi and Amritsar, two of the most important cities in India.

By Road : Amritsar city is well-linked to Delhi by Grand Trunk Road. Hiring a private taxi is a suitable option. Then, there is an option of state- run buses, private & luxury buses, which are available to and from Delhi.


Amritsar is quite popular for its food such as Amritsart Kulche & chole, Amritsari fish, Chicken Tikka, Tandori Chicken, Kulfi and lassi and hot gulab jamuns. Also colourful markets selling some amazing stuff including traditional Juttis, parandis, phulkari dupattas and more. Visiting Amritsar and its nearby villages is a real cultural delight. 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.


An Ideal 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.

 

Few Places of Interest :
Golden Temple

The pride and soul of the Sikhs, The Golden Temple has been a centre of lure in the middle of Indians as well as foreign travellers ever since ages. The golden body, mystic pond, delicious halwa (desert) and on the whole myths construct this religious site a pleasure of religious populace. Believers whichever their religion, caste and gender throng Amritsar in search of everlasting bliss and get astonished seeing the humble nature and profound entrenched beliefs of the Sikhs towards their religion.


Jalian-Wala-Bagh

Positioned inside a distance of one kilometre from the Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh is the famous public ground where the British Army did the monstrous act of public massacre. The episode took place on 13th April, 1919 which was the Punjabi New Year Day. It is on this promising day that British occupying forces cruelly opened fire on a nonviolent mass and as a result approximately 379 people were left dead and around 1100 people wounded. Today a huge memorial stone is found in Jalianwala Bagh where every traveller in Punjab pays his/herhomage.


Wagah Border :
Wagah Border is one of the must visit places of tourist Interest around Golden Temple in Amritsar and has constructed itself as a firm favorite among the Indian tourists. It is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and located at a distance of around 30 km from the Golden Temple. The ceremonial of Beating Retreat and Change of Guard make this place extremely appreciated. The soldiers of equally of both the countries display their sincere eagerness for own country and the patriotic feel reach its peak among the viewers present there in the afternoon. This pursuit ceremony involves display of strong patriotic feel of the armies for their own states and people assemble here every day to witness this thrilling activity in either side of the border.


Akal Takht
It is a Sikh temple built at the ground of the Golden Temple by Guru Hargobind Sahib as a place of fair dealing and for resolving sequential issues. It is known to be the uppermost seat of earthly power of Khalsa. The literal meaning of Akal Takht is throne of the timeless one and it is a representative of the political sovereignty of the Sikhs.


Bathinda Fort :
A chronological fort in Bathinda District of Punjab, Bathinda Fort is around 160km from the Golden Temple and known for its intense association with the history of Sultana Razia’s custody. The fort is situated in the Malwa Region of Punjab. It looks like a sheep in the sea of sand and looks imposing for its architecture. The fort foundation encloses a Gurudwara, which was built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.

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