Amritsar is a fabulous city and a famous tourist destination, which lies under north-west of Punjab in northern India. The city is a home to the Golden Temple, the cultural and spiritual center for the Sikh religion. Amritsar presents a beautiful blend of rich culture and tradition. The attractive city of Punjab reveals an exciting history and phenomenal future, standing proudly as an embodiment of religious centers and heritage sites. Also known as the “Jewel of Punjab”, Amritsar attracts a large number of tourists from around the world, in search of solace, peace and Nirvana. The city is well connected by road, rail and air. To enjoy the city, here are some of the famous places to visit in Amritsar.
The Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib
The magnificent Golden Temple is the most sacred pilgrim center for Sikhs, well known for its amazing golden dome. The Golden Temple also represents the discrete identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. Devotees irrespective of their caste, religion throng Amritsar in search of eternal bliss and get stunned seeing the humble nature and deep rooted belief of the Sikhs towards their religion. Guru ka langar or the communal canteen serves free food to around 20000 people per day. The important places to visit in Golden Temple are Akal Takht, Bunga Baba Deep Singh, Dukh Bhanjani Beri, Gurdwara Lachi ber, Ath Sath Tirath, Darshni Deori, Nishan Sahib, Har Ki Pauri, Gurdwara Bibi Kaulan Ji and much more. The never ending experience of sitting by the Holy Tank and relieving oneself with melodious devotional music playing in the backdrop cannot be described in words.
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Wagah Border is an International border between the two countries India and Pakistan. This famous India and Pakistan border is located at a distance of 22 km from Lahore and at a distance of 28 km from Amritsar. Well- known for its breathtaking Beating retreat and Change of Guard ceremony, Wagah Border thus attract thousands of spectators from all over the country to cheer for India. Soldiers from both the countries march in a perfect drill going through the steps of bringing down their individual national flags. The ceremony is carried out before sunset for 45 min. People can easily reach here via road as a number of buses is available to reach this location. At the time of sunset, the countries bring down their respective national flags as a symbol of harmony and peace. The astonishing ceremonial display, complemented with roaring cheers and patriotic songs in the background is an experience to behold.
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Jallianwala Bagh is the famous memorial narrating the atrocious act of public massacre done under the command of Gen Michael O Dyer on April 13, 1919. Located at a distance of 1 km from the Golden Temple, the place is a famous public ground where 2000 Indians were aimlessly shot by the Britishers. The story of the incident is clearly narrated in Martyr’s Gallery where a portion of the wall with bullet marks is still preserved. A memorial well is also present where some people jumped to escape the awful mass destruction. In the year 1951, a memorial was established in the honour of the massacre.
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Ram Bagh Garden
Ram Bagh is a magnificent garden in the city of Amritsar, having a beautiful palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in its centre. It was built as a tribute to the founder of the city, Guru Ram Das. Spread in an area of 84 acres, the garden has a huge variety of plants, trees and flowers. The palace in the centre exhibits architectural excellence with an inbuilt cooling system that invokes the keen interest of the visitors. The palace is now converted into a museum that houses portraits of rulers of Punjab, weapons of the Mughal era and a replica of the Kohinoor diamond.
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Durgiana Temple dedicated to Maa Durga is a significant Hindu Temple in Amritsar. Built by Harsai Mal Kapoor in 1908, the temple portrays amazing carved paintings of Goddess Durga in different forms. The temple lies in the middle of a medium sized lake thus giving a charming view. It has a massive structure, built in the style of the nearby Golden Temple. Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna are also worshipped here along with Goddess Durga. Paintings and idols of other deities are also present inside the temple complex. Diwali, Janamashtmi, Dusshera, Ram Navami are the main festivals celebrated here. One of the best tourist places in Amritsar, the temple displays brilliant splendour and elegance that attract travellers from all over the country.
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
The summer palace converted into a museum is a beautiful building archiving the royal heritage of Maharaj Ranjit Singh including arms and armour, wonderful paintings and old manuscripts and coins. Surrounded by the famous Rambagh gardens and a museum the place is popular for its statue of the legendary king with his horse.
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Enjoy the beauty of this holy city and include all these places in your itinerary.