Amritsar, the famous city of north India is known for warm welcome, tasty food and for housing an important Sikh shrine, 'Golden Temple'. Amritsar Tourism has gained popularity in terms of both religion as well as history. Being a cultural centre of Sikh religion, the name of the city is derived from the name of holy pool, which means 'pool of nectar'.
During a travel to Amritsar, you will meet a city that celebrates all the festivals in a grand way. Warm gesture and mouthwatering food make Amritsar tour more special. This city of Punjab has witnessed many tragic incidents of British rule. Apart from that, this beautiful city shares its border with Pakistan and attracts a large number of tourists to experience the royal parade at border. Harmonious balance of Sikh and non Sikh population can be seen easily.
Spots That Fascinate
The city boasts of a large number of gurudwaras (doorstep of Guru). The most popular among them is Harmandir Sahib, which is also known as Golden Temple Amritsar. This shrine houses Central Sikh Museum, Akal Takht, Amrit Sarovar, Ghanta Ghar. It attracts more visitors as compared to Taj Mahal, which includes a large number of NRIs. Mata temple is another must to visit place on your tour to Amritsar. This religious spot is dedicated to a female saint Lal Devi.
On the occasion of Baisakhi - 13 April 1919, more than 350 people were gunned down by the order of General Dyer; in this public garden. It was the cruelest massacre in the history of India. A few walks away from the Golden Temple, this iconic landmark stands as a tribute to this black page of history.
Other Attractions in Amritsar
Wagah Border is another important place to visit during your tour to Amritsar. This international border defines Indian and Pakistan territory. Tourists travel this crossing point between India and Pakistan to see the flag ceremony between Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force.
Partition Museum is another place of historical importance. It treasures all newspapers, magazines, letters, government documents and photographs in its 15 galleries. Oral histories playing on video and soundscape as also found in each gallery.
Amritsar has some of the best hotels in the hospitality industry. A visitor here can choose from all kind of accommodation, whether luxury, economy hotel, guest house or even homestays. The city can give you all kind of accommodation without a hole in your pocket.
Best Time to Visit
Winters that is between the months of October and March is the best time to enjoy this colourful city.
How to Reach
By Air: To reach Amritsar, tourists can take a flight to Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport that is served by all major airlines and is at a distance of around 20 minutes drive from the city.
By Road: The city is well connected to different northern cities. Regular bus service from PUNBUS / Punjab Roadways make the journey easy and comfortable. Private cars can also be hired.
By Rail: The city has Amritsar Railway Station is counted among the most important stations of northern India. Trains with daily service are easily available from prime states of India which includes Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata and many more.
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