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Amritsar , Punjab

Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. First time visitors to Amritsar could be forgiven for the impression that Amritsar is like any other small town in northern India. But Amritsar stands head and shoulders above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple. Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India. But the Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence. here more to Amritsar than that - Amongst other sights is Jallianwala Bagh, site of the gruesome massacre of unarmed Indians by British troops. A major tourist attraction these days is the Indo-Pakistan border crossing at Wagah, just a short distance from Amritsar, with its elaborate change-of-guards drill. If you are 'doing' north India, Amritsar is a city you should not miss. It's easy to travel there from Delhi by road and by rail. It is easy to navigate through the city. If you ask any of the guides about Amritsar they will tell you to visit the city just for its Chhola bhaturas! The city of Amritsar a dazzling showcase of composite culture and secular heritage .It has a proud past .a glorious present and a promising future. The most dominating asset, however, is its people who are friendly, God-fearing, hospitable, hard working informal, robust and with a tremendous zest for living. Amritsar is not just bhangra or giddha, sarson ka saag and makki ki roti, it is an attitude and a way of life which everyone should experience once in their lifetime.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 25.0°C /77.0°F 53 mm 763feet 1194740.0 /km2 Jan-Mar,Oct-Dec Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Ber Baba Buddha

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

    "Maharaja Ranjit Singh (13 November 1780 - 27 June 1839)[3] was the founder of the Sikh Empire, which came to power in the Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century. The empire, based in the Punjab region, existed from 1799 to 1849. It was forged, on the foundations of the Khalsa, under the leadership of Ranjit Singh from a collection of autonomous Sikh Misls.[4][5] Ranjt Singh was succeeded by his son, Kharak Singh"

    Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

  • Wagah Border

    "This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. 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.[2] It is called the beating retreat border ceremony on the international level. One Jawan (infantryman) stands at attention on each side of the gate. As the sun sets, the iron gates at the border are opened and the two flags are lowered simultaneously. The flags are folded and the ceremony ends with a retreat that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side, followed by the closing of the gates again. The spectacle of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.[2]\nIn October 2010, Major General Yaqub Ali Khan of the Pakistan Rangers decided that the aggressive aspect of the ceremonial theatrics should be toned down.[1][3]\nThe ceremony has been filmed and broadcast by Michael Palin for one of his television around-the-world travel programs; he described it as a display of \"carefully choreographed contempt.\"[2]"

    Wagah Border

  • Jallianwala Bagh

    "Jallianwala Bagh (Punjabi: ??????????? ????, Hindi: ?????????? ????) is a public garden in Amritsar in the Punjab state of India, and houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 to commemorate the massacre by British occupying forces of peaceful celebrators on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Colonial British Raj sources identified 379 fatalities and estimated about 1100 wounded.[1] Civil Surgeon Dr. Smith indicated that there were 1,526 casualties.[2] The true figures of fatalities are unknown, but are likely to be many times higher than the official figure of 379.\nThe 6.5-acre (26,000 m2) garden site of the massacre is located in the vicinity of Golden Temple complex, the holiest shrine of Sikhism.\nThe memorial is managed by the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust, which was established as per the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act passed by the Government of India in 1951."

    Jallianwala Bagh

  • Rambagh Gardens

    "The Ram Bagh (Hindi: Aaram bagh, Urdu: ????? ????) is the oldest Mughal Garden in India, originally built by the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1528, located about five kilometers northeast of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Babur was temporarily buried there before being interred in Kabul.\nThe garden is a Persian garden, where pathways and canals divide the garden to represent the Islamic ideal of paradise, an abundant garden through which rivers flow. The Aram Bagh provides an example of a variant of the charbagh in which water cascades down three terraces in a sequence of cascades. Two viewing pavilions face the Jumna river and incorporates a subterranean 'tahkhana' which was used during the hot summers to provide relief for visitors. The garden has numerous water courses and fountains.[1]\nThe name is a corruption of the Persian Aaram Bagh meaning 'Garden of Rest'.[2] It is also variously known as Bagh-i Nur Afshan 'Light-Scattering Garden', Aalsi Bagh or 'Lazy Garden': according to legend, Emperor Akbar proposed to his third wife, who was a gardner there, by lying idle for 6 days until she agreed to marry him.[1]\nJahangir waited in the garden in early March 1621 for the most astrologically auspicious hour for him to enter Agra after he took the Fort of Kangra. The preserved, surviving architecture dates to his reign and demonstrates the skill of his wife Nur Jahan as a garden designer.[1]"

    Rambagh Gardens

  • Akal Takht

    "The Akal Takht (Punjabi: ???? ????; meaning The Throne of the Timeless One)[1] is the highest seat of temporal authority of the Khalsa. The Akal Takht is located in the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar, Punjab. It was built by the Guru Hargobind Sahib and it stands as a witness to the Sikh idea of sovereignty. It symbolizes the interlocking of the temporal with the spiritual in Sikhism[1]"

    Akal Takht

  • Bibeksar Sahib

    "Situated on the banks of Bibeksar Sarovar, this lovely Gurudwara was constructed Maharaja Renjith singh. Bibeksar Sahib presents a picturesque scenery and it lies in between Sultanwind and Chativind. The Sarovar is dug by the 6th Sikh guru, Hargobind for those devotees who wants to be in sheer solitude. He used to sit by the sides of this Sarovar and since the medieval India shown religious nepotism of the Muslim Rulers, the Sikhs were united under Hargobind and used to congregate around this tank. \nThe day to day affairs of the Gurudwara is now controlled by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Guru ka Langar and a well were added in 1905-06. This gurudwara houses a lovely garden in its premises. On the last Saturday of every month, the Gurudwara would be crowded with devotees, who gather there to participate in the Rainsbai Keertan programme."

    Bibeksar Sahib

  • Durgiana Temple

    "Durgiana Temple is a premier Hindu temple of Punjab (India) situated in the city of Amritsar. This temple derives its name from the Goddess Durga and it is also called by the name of Lakshmi Narayan Temple.[1]\nThe temple was constructed by Harsai Mal Kapoor in 1908 on the pattern of the Sikh Golden Temple and it is located near the Lohgarh gate. It is sometimes called Silver temple for its carved silver doors. The temple complex has some historic temples such as Sita Mata and Bara Hanuman.[2]"

    Durgiana Temple

  • Golden Temple

    "The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ??????? ?????), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ????? ?????, Punjabi pronunciation: [d??b?? s?h?b])[1][3] and informally referred to as the \"Golden Temple\",[1] is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurdwara.[4]\nThere are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.[5] The present day Gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name.[4]"

    Golden Temple

  • Gurudwara Baba Atal

    "Many of the millions of pilgrims that visit the Harimandir Sahib every year do not realise that one of Amritsar's finest architectural marvels and one of the Sikh religions most poignant places of worship is just a short walk from the famous Harimandir Sahib\nBuilt some two centuries ago, the Baba Atal Gurdwara is a touching commemoration of the young life of Baba Atal Rai, the son of Guru Hargobind. Its nine storeys echo his nine years of life before his death in 1628."

    Gurudwara Baba Atal

  • Khair-ud-Din Masjid

  • Hall Bazaar

    "Shopping in Amritsar proffers tremendous and multi hued of bazaars. The leading shopping complex in Amritsar, Hall Bazaar presents a wide range of products from electronics items, ornaments, best quality books, handicrafts and ready-made garments. Most import place in this Bazaar is the Gandhi Gate, which serves as the entry point to the Bazaar. This gate is also called as Hall Gate. \nThe signboard and the giant clock in the gate are having a caption \"Amritsar - Sifti Da Ghar\". The structural elegance of this gate take one back to the Mughal era. Reasonably priced Chinese lights in various models are available which seems to be worthy for the money one is paying."

    Hall Bazaar


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