Amritsar, colloquially known as Ambarsar, is a northwestern city in Majha region of Punjab. Amongst
the most revered places in the world, Amritsar was founded by the fourth Sikh Guru – Guru Ram Das,
due to which it was historically known as Ramdaspur.
Summers can get scorching hot and rainy season may see a heavy downpour. Winter can bring out a
festive fervor in Amritsar, so November – March is the best to time visit. Don’t forget woolens as the
temperature in winter usually dips below 5 degrees.
Being one of the important cities, getting there won’t be a problem. Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International
Airport, Amritsar railway station and bus stations will help in the conveyance.
One might associate Amritsar with Golden Temple. While that’s not wrong, that’s not all Amritsar is
about. Read this post to know all that Amritsar has to offer –
1. Harminder Sahib
Popularly known by the name Golden Temple, this is the most famous place in the city. It is
open 24 x 7. Rising out of a man-made lake, this stunning architecture gives best photos when
the lights get reflected in the lake. Take a holy dip in the Sarovar and eat Prasad. Also if you’re
hungry, sit in langar that feeds more than 100,000 people a day. Everyone is welcome
irrespective of caste, creed, and religion.
2. Jallianwala Bagh
Perhaps what was the cruelest act by the Englishmen during their rule brings tears to eyes even
today. On April 1, 1919, General Dyer brutally opened fire on innocent and unarmed people in
Jallianwala Bagh. The bullet marks can be seen on the walls. This place will instill silence in you.
3. Wagah Border
The only India-Pakistan Road Border, known as Attari – Wagah border is only about 28 km from
Amritsar. When you visit this place, make sure not to miss the Beating Retreats ceremony,
which involves lowering of flags on both sides. It lasts 45 minutes and is held every day
A historically and politically important city has a lot of tales to tell.
Partition Museum – India – Pakistan partition was the largest human movement in the history. It
shows how people were divided and how they lost their families and loved ones after the
independence from the British Rule.
War Memorial – This museum covers all the heroism and sacrifice on the sacred of Punjab from
the days of Alexander to Kargil War and to the present.
Ranjit Singh Museum – The Ram Bagh Place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been converted into
a museum that displays all the archives of his reign. The Panorama depicting Maharaja’s life is
5. Harike Bird Sanctuary
About an hour’s drive from Amritsar, this sanctuary was constructed on the confluence of Beas
and Sutlej rivers. It is a paradise of bird watchers and photographers, as numerous bird species,
like Kingfishers, Buzzards, Herons, etc can be seen. The number goes up in winter because of
6. Ram Tirath
Believed to be the ashrama of Valmiki where Sita gave birth to her sons Luv and Kush. There’s
also a well with steps, said to be a bathing tank for Sita and had been dug by Lord Hanuman.
7. Durgiana Temple
Although a Hindu Temple, it is built in the same architectural style as that of the Golden Temple.
Also surrounded by a water body like the Golden Temple, this temple is dedicated to various
Hindu deities. A peaceful place.
8. Local experience
Try out Punjabi cuisine in a dhaba, which is an informal outside seating. Taste lip smacking
kulchas, chhola bhaturas, chicken tandoori and lassi.
Amritsar is also famous for its textiles, especially, shawls and carpets. Visit Guru Bazaar, which
dates back to time of Guru Ram Das.