Amritsar is regarded as a holy and sacred city by most
Indians, especially the followers of Sikhism. Located in Punjab, the city was a
gateway for travelers coming in from Central Asia during ancient times.
Perhaps, it is this influx of visitors from times immemorial that has made the
people of Amritsar so hospitable. Indeed one of the enduring memories of your
visit to Amritsar will be the warmth shown by the people of the city.
The word Amritsar means “Holy pool of Nectar”. This refers
to the pure water that surrounds the stunning Golden Temple, the holy Sikh
shrine and Amritsar’s major tourist and religious attraction for those planning Punjab tours.
See and Do in Amritsar
The Golden Temple tends to overshadow Amristar’s other
attractions. Founded by Guru Ramdas, the fourth guru of the Sikhs, the temple is
a huge complex. Some of the important areas of the temple include the Central
Sikh Museum, Amrit Sarovar and the Akal Takht. The golden visage to the temple
was the contribution of King Ranjit Singh. He ensured that the complex was
plated in gold, while the interiors were decorated with wonderful frescoes and
gemstones. A trip to Amritsar is inconceivable without a visit to the Golden
Visitors to the city also often pay tribute at the
Jallianwalla Bagh, the scene of one of the most horrific episodes in India’s
freedom struggle. The 5.6-acre garden is located close to the Golden Temple. A
national monument built inside the garden premises pays tribute to the innocent
people who were massacred by the British during a peaceful protest.
The summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is yet another
historic monument in Amritsar that attracts huge crowds. The palace is simply
majestic with the sprawling 84 acres of estate around it housing beautiful
gardens. The palace gardens are also a delight for those with an interest in
botany as they have several rare plants.
You cannot visit Amritsar and not go to the Wagah border.
The village was divided into two during the partition and today, the
demarcating line is the border crossing between India and Pakistan. The retreat
ceremony that takes place every evening is certainly worth seeing. When in Amritsar, tourists can also include Chandigarh holiday tours, which is another popular holiday destination close to Amritsar.
Amritsar is also known for its fabulous cuisine. Eating in
the various food joints is one of the most enjoyable experiences that the city
has to offer. The city is also a good place to base yourself as you visit
the beautiful and lush Punjab countryside. As one of the more prosperous states
in the country, the Punjab countryside has a hustle and bustle that is simply
charming. The green fields heavy with crops is one of the enduring images of
Summers in Amritsar can be truly ferocious. Temperatures can
shoot up to 49 degree Celsius and more. The heat is dry and can sap you of your
energy. Winters are much more pleasant though temperatures can drop to -4
degrees Celsius. The best time to take up holiday or honeymoon tours of Amritsar, would be from October to
March. However, a trip in January – the coldest month – should be avoided.
has a domestic airport with regular flights to major cities across the country.
The Amritsar railway station is also a busy place with plenty of trains halting
here. The city is well connected by road to New Delhi and variety of Amritsar tours from Delhi. Luxury buses run along
the Grand Trunk Road from Delhi to Amritsar.