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Amritsar is one such city in India, where one can have spiritual, gastronomical and patriotic experience all at one place. You can make some remarkable memories in this vibrant city of Punjab, by praying at a holy place like the Golden Temple, eating Punjabi delicacies and feeling patriotic sentiments by visiting places like the Jallianwala Bagh or the Wagah Border. So if you want to go all patriotic on your visit to Amritsar, check out these places to go for sure.
- Jallianwala Bagh & the Martyr’s Well
Jallianwala Bagh, is a public garden officially opened in the year 1951 dedicated to the many peaceful freedom fighters – men, women and children – who had been killed there mercilessly by British Colonel Reginald Dyer in 1919. There is a memorial built in the garden to respect the deceased and there is a well named – Martyr’s well, where many had jumped to their deaths on that fateful day. The bullet marks on some of the walls still preserved as it is, are reminder of the tragedy and will sure give you goose bumps.
- The Wagah-Atari Border
While Jallianwala Bagh can be a melancholic experience, the ceremony at the Wagah-Atari border will uplift your patriotic spirits. Located about an hour away from Amritsar city, this India-Pakistan border is easy to reach place as many tourist vehicles go there every day. Here the lowering of the flag ceremony in the evening is about an hour long affair of splendid display of energetic parade and sturdy salutes between the border forces of both nations. The patriotic songs, the national anthem and the parade by the crisply dressed soldiers will make you dance on your feet for sure. But make sure to be there on time as there are only limited seats at the viewing galleries, which are most of the time full of compatriots.
- The Partition Museum
This is a public museum inaugurated in 2017, located in the Town Hall area in Amritsar. It is the first museum telling the tragic tale of Partition of India in 1947 and the riots that followed it. The museum has historical documents, artefacts, pictures showing the effects of the dark chapter of India’s independence history.
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history and glory of the Sikh empire, which flourished in Punjab under Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century. It is an important part of India’s history which talks about the greatness of the bygone era monarch. There are paintings, artefacts, weapons, jewels on display for tourists to understand and absorb tales of the kings and their kingdoms.
- Gobindgarh Fort
The magnificent fort located in the centre of the city was built over 250 years ago by Bhangi Misl and then taken over by Maharaja Ranjit Singh then went to the British East India Company and now is under the care of India’s Defence Force. The fort was restored in 2017 and now welcomes many tourists each day. There are weapons, armours on display and some interesting exhibits like a video depiction about Sikh Guru Gobind Singhji’s life, a special 7D show regarding Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s famous battles and show of Punjab’s traditional dances and music.
- The Golden Temple
The famous Golden temple is sure a place for spiritual experience but it will make you a proud patriotic when you witness the serene atmosphere despite presence of lakhs of devotees there. You will see many bricks in the temple which display names of Indian Defence personnel who have donated for the upkeep of this heritage of India.