Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Amritsar, literally means the lake of elixir. Just like its name the whole city genuinely is full of elixir be it from the beautiful Golden temple, welcoming people or heavenly food Amritsar stands by its name.

Tourist Attractions in Amritsar-

  • Golden temple- The most sacred place for Sikhs is the major tourist attraction in Amritsar.
  • Jallianwala Bagh- This is a memorial dedicated to the martyrs who lost their lives in Jallianwala massacre. There still are the bullet marks and some bullets fired by the Britishers.
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum- The summer palace of the king is now converted into museum to display the weapons, coins, dresses and painting of the great kingdom.
  • Wagah Border- The flags lowering ceremony is the prefect summary of the respectful relation between the soldiers of India and Pakistan.

Shopping in Amritsar-

  • Guru Bazaar- Placed exactly in between golden temple and Guru mahal this market showcases Jewellery, earthen wear.
  • Kapda Bazaar- The clothes market of Amritsar is always flooded with woman to buy the Phulkari work suits ani Patiala salwars.

How to Reach Amritsar –

  • Amritsar has its own airport well-connected to most of the International and Domestic airports. (15kms from city centre- 30minutes)
  • Railway station- Amritsar has its own Railway station. (10mins from city center)
  • Amritsar is well connected by road with major cities in India.

Best time to visit Amritsar-

  • November to March. (Winter Season)

Wanderer’s Eye Tips-

  • Reach at least 2 hours prior to the Wagah border Flag ceremony.
  • Do try mouthwatering food of Kesar Da Dhaba.
  • For breakfast try roadside Kulcha and Paratha with chhole.
  • Buy cloth in bulk from Kapda Bazaar it gets cheaper plus is a nice gifting option for the next complete year.
  • After 8pm the roads near the golden temple are closed and hence bringing vehicle is not possible.

Climate of Amritsar-

  • Summers extend from April to Mid-July and temperature ranges from 10℃ to 40℃.
  • Monsoon extends from Mid-July to October. (average raingall-786 inches)
  • Winters extend from November to March are extremely cold with temperature ranging from (-1℃ to 24)℃.

History of Amritsar-

  • The city was founded by Ram das, the fourth Guru of Sikh. The place was a complete forest with some lakes in between which was later converted to the Amrit Sarovar by Guru. Ramdas.
  • This place was granted by the emperor Akbar. Later Arjan the fifth Guru of sikhs built the temple on that place and that’s how it became the most
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his rein decorated the temple with Golden foil and since then it is known to be Golden temple.
  • In 1919 the Britishers opened a fire at unarmed protestors in Jallianwala Bagh. Since then, this has become a memorial for the martyrs of that massacre.
  • In 1984 operations blue sapphire was carried out at Akal Takht inside the golden temple premise. The Indian Army had to control the Sikh separatists by invading the premise and clashing with them.

Culture of Amritsar-

  • People- As per 2011 census, the population of Amritsar is 11.3Lakh. The locals are mostly Hindu’s followed by Sikhs and Christians.
  • Languages- Punjabi is the main language of Amritsar. Hindi and Urdu are also commonly used by the locals. The people catering to tourists can speak English.
  • Festivals- Baisakhi and Shivratri are celebrated with great pomp where they pay respect to their religious leaders. Guru purab is celebrated twice a year where in two religious scriptures are read non-stop.
  • Art- Punjabi Kirtans is the most famous folk music of Amritsar. Bhangra is a famous dance form of Punjab and is mostly performed during joyous occasions.

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