Amritsar, historically also known as Ramdaspur. Amritsar is the home for spiritual and cultural center of Sikh religion. This Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on weekdays alone. So you must pay your visit to this holy city.
Budget: INR 400-500 per day (including Delicious food).
When to visit: Best time to visit is September to November.
How to Reach: This city is connected to all Big Cities by Buses and Trains. You can easily reach here. Transport facilities are available at cheap rates. International Airports is also present. You can take a flight too.
- Autos are available at cheaper rates. Fare varies from Rs. 10-40 depending on the distance.
Places to visit:
Golden Temple/Harmandir Sahib: It is a holy shrine for the followers of Sikhism. It includes a holy tank in the center of gurdwara. This gurdwara have gates in all four directions showing that this place is open for the people of all religions. The main building is covered with Gold. Diwali of Shri Harmandir Sahib is famous all over the world. You can take an Auto from bus stand or railway station for just Rs. 20 to reach here. It takes 1-2 hours to visit this place.
You can also book rooms to stay in Golden Temple. Click here for more details.
- Visiting Hours: 3:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Entry Fee: Nil
Jallianwala Bagh: It is a public garden in Amritsar. A massacre on 13 April, 1919 took place on the crowd in this garden. Thousands of people died in this massacre. To save themselves from the bullets of British’s, many people jumped in to the well of this garden. The sand of this garden remained red for years. Even today you can see the marks of bullets in the walls of the ground. Jallianwala Bagh is just at a distance of 2 minutes from Harmandir sahib. It takes 1-1.5 hours to completely see the whole garden and photography is allowed here.
- Visiting Hours: 6:30 Am – 7:30 PM
Entry Fee: NIL
Akal Takht and Central Sikh Museum: It is situated in the Golden Temple complex itself. The Akal Takht was built by Guru Hargobind as a place of justice and consideration of temporal issues. Akal Takht is the seat of highest earthly authority of Khalsa. The original Takht was a simple platform, 3.5 meters (11 ft.) high. Central Sikh Museum exhibits paintings of various Sikh gurus and leaders, old coins, arms and manuscripts. An excellent library is also a part of this museum. A visit to Harmandir Sahib is not complete if someone has not visited this museum. You require approximately 2-3 hours to visit both these places.
- Visiting Hours: 2:30 AM – 10:30 PM (for Akal Takht) and 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM (for Museum)
- Entry Fee: NIL
Durgiana Temple: It is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Sitla Mandir, and Durga Tirath. Though a Hindu Temple, but its architecture is similar to Golden Temple. Like Golden Temple, it also has a holy tank. The original temple was built in 16th century and was rebuilt in 1921. From Jallianwala Bagh, you can take a rickshaw, at a fare of Rs. 20. It takes about an hour to see this place.
- Visiting Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Entry Fee: NIL
Wagah Border: This border is famous for Wagah Border Ceremony. This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border. The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, and ends up in the perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nations’ flags. It is called the “beating retreat” border ceremony on the international level. It lasts for 45 minutes. About 5000 visitors daily visit here. You have to take an auto from Durgiana Temple with a fare of Rs. 100-150
- Ceremony Time: 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM (Winters) and 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM (Summers)
- Entry Fee: NIL
Amritsar foodie spots:
- The most famous food of Amritsar is Guru Ka Langer Served at Harmandir Sahib Complex. Your visit to Amritsar is incomplete if you not eat that.
- Other famous food is ‘Paya’ at Pal Da Dhaba. You can take an Auto from Durgiana temple with an estimated fare of 30-40.
- You can also try some delicious street food outside Jallianwala Bagh or try some awesome food at Barawan Da Dhaba where you can reach by rickshaw or auto from Jallianwala Bagh.