Amritsar Tourism

Amritsar Tourism

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Amritsar Info

  • State: Punjab
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 218 m
  • Pincode: 143001
  • District: Amritsar
  • Language: Hindi,Punjabi
  • STD code: 0183
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 45°C, Winter 4 to 27°C

History of Amritsar

Amritsar is one of the most ancient and sacred cities of India. Abode of the famous Golden Temple, it is the centre of Sikh history and culture. Amritsar is also a prime and popular pilgrim destination in India. Amritsar is situated in the Langar district of the state of Punjab in the northwestern part of India. It lies at a distance of about 217 km from Chandigarh and 32 km from Lahore in Pakistan. The best time to visit Amritsar is from October to March. Tourists must visit Amritsar during the festival of Baisakhi. One of the most significant festivals celebrated in Amritsar, Baisakhi a harvest festival and it is when the whole of Amritsar celebrates the New Year. Locals, dressed in their finest, new clothes, eat, dance and make merry. The day has an auspicious start as Sikhs first visit the gurudwara to offer their respects, which is followed by a traditional lunch. Amritsar also has a procession that travels across the city. Amritsar was once the gateway for people who travelled to India through overland route from Central Asia. But nowadays, the ancient city of Amritsar is remembered mostly for its grim political history.

The tragic episode of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre that took place on April 13, 1919, when India was under British Rule, changed the destiny of India. Amritsar also witnessed Operation Blue Star in the year 1984 under the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. With rise in tourism and development of the hospitality industry, Amritsar witnessed rapid urban growth. It became a prominent hub for commercial activities and medicare for North India. Har Mandir, or the Darbar Sahib, or the Golden Temple, is the chief tourist attraction of Amritsar.

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The Golden Temple was founded by Guru Ramdas, who was the fourth Guru of the Sikhs. The construction of the Golden Temple, however, was completed under the supervision of Guru Arjan Dev, the successor of Guru Ramdas. The Golden Temple is a large complex with many sections in it like Darshani Deori, Amrit Sarovar, Harmandir Sahib, Akal Takht and Central Sikh Museum. The Central Sikh Museum houses a huge collection of paintings that depicts the history and culture of the Sikhs. Jallianwala Bagh Garden near the Golden Temple, which is the silent monument of the massacre of 1919, is also a tourist spot.

Other popular attractions of Amritsar are the Mata Temple and the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Various historical and religious sites in Amritsar make it a prime travel destination. There are many popular Gurudwaras near Amritsar, which are Baba Bakala, Goindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran and Baba Sahib. An outing to the Wagah checkpost on the Indo-Pakistan border has also become a popular tourist place in Amritsar. A trip to the lush green countryside of Punjab can also be taken from Amritsar.

Amritsar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Chandigarh  and New Delhi.

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shtsh Bht

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  • shtsh Bht
  • Lives in Phagwara
  • 1 Review
  •  14 readers

"Holy City" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Amritsar is a big city which is now counted as a metropolitan city because of big population. Amritsar's honour is maintained because of Golden Temple, the religious place for very Punjabi's. It is known for Durgiana temple, Wagah Border, Jalianwala Bagh etc .. Its a big and Religious city of the Punjab.
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Surendra Kewat

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  • Surendra Kewat
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  42 readers

"Best Place Of Amritsar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best In The Place Of Amritsar And Now Golden Temple So Very nice Place And So Best Food Mumbai To Amritsar Train Name Golden Temple Suparfast
And Paschim Express Amritsar Is Very Low Price Rent Room Jailiawalan Baag 19 April 1919 4:30 Pm Are Public Meeting
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Rajendra Hegde

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  • Rajendra Hegde
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  411 readers

"Nice city to visit once in a lifetime"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I enjoyed my visit to Amritsar. This was my very first time and the city is a great destination for foodies. The city also has the very famous Golden Temple and other tourist attractions like Jalianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, Gobindgarh fort etc. The Kesar Da Dhaba offers great food and my stay at Taj Swarna and Ramada Amritsar was awesome.
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Jatin Tikoo

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  • Jatin Tikoo
  • 1 Review
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  75 readers

"Nice holy place but don't visit during summer"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Trip was nice, flight from Delhi to Amritsar, from Airport took Gurudwara bus as Hotel was near to gurdwara.. No charges for BUS.

Hotel Ritz Inn checked in ( Early check in - No problem), booked via OYO (got discount). Hotel was average, don't expect much from them "Service", but overall it was fine stay at hotel with family.

Visited Golden temple, had langar, did darshan, overall took 3 hrs. Jallianwala Bagh is just close to it, 5 mins walking, You can see multiple Auto wala's there asking for Wagah border (Rs100 sharing) and if you book private Auto (Rs 800).

I took private cab (AC) Rs 1100, including all toll and parking.

Durgiana mandir was on road while travelling towards Wagah border, took 30 minutes for darshan.

Wagah border, A must go once in a lifetime, fully patriotic, come early (Around 1 PM) only than you can secure front seats,, long queue.. Some people ask for Rs 1000 for VIP entry otherwise free entry. I personally feel, no need to pay for VIP entry. Come early and you will get seats. Food and water is available inside, no hard to from outside, better to avoid bags, charger, battery bank... Mobiles are allowed.

Had food at Bharawan da dhaba, kesar da dhaba, and at HOTEL, food was awesome and reasonable.

FEW POINT to remember before you plan :
1) Avoid going in summers, after October best time.
2) Try desi food at non famous restaurant, specially amritsari kulcha, you will get the feel.
3) Book your hotel only at Saragarhi Sarai.
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Manoj choudhrani

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  • Manoj choudhrani
  • 3 Reviews
  •  110 readers

"Very nice"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Best for shopping excellent place people are good lunger service was great waga boder also very nice I was happy enjoyed in Amritsar. Auto service also good from morning to night that was taking 16 hundred Rupes best place to visit in Amritsar over all very good I was really enjoyed good time spend in Amritsar great.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 290 photos
  • 171 Reviews
  •  170 helpful votes
  •  103282 readers

"The Real Punjab"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
One of the major city of province Punjab named Amritsar is very unique in terms of history, spirituality and culture. The old city of Amritsar was very industrial, however this time it has appeared as a very popular tourist destination amongst the Indians and foreigners. The charm of Golden Temple, massacre of Jaliawalabagh and beat retreat ceremony at Vagah Border are the main attractions. Apart from the sighseeing, Amritsar has been all time foodies paradise. Whether you are a vegetarian or non vegetarian, you just need to be ready to taste some authentic flavor of Punjab. Amritsar is
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Tejindar singh bedi

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  • Tejindar singh bedi
  • 1 Review
  •  132 readers

"Visit to golden temple"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
So much rush that you can't enter inner sanctum where guru granth sahib is kept, rush during holidays, purnima, amavasy is max, waiting time is some times 4 hours so PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Be care ful of water, had loose motions, don't visit sadda pind if weather is hot, try new sarai saragarhi cost 1100 approx, city park hotel is good option near gurudawar family twin room cost 7000 per day
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Rajat joshi

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  • Rajat joshi
  • 4 Reviews
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"A place to rejuvenate your soul"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A holy place which can be among the top destinations which you can cover for 1-2 days trip.
The two main attractions are the golden temple and the Wagah border parade.
Prefer to visit the golden temple in the evening since in the day due to sunshine the marble floor heat up like a pan and difficult to walk on it. In the evening the lighting adds a magic to the place and just lie down listening the prayers and relax yourself.
For Wagah border please manage to visit by 3 or if you can manage passes then by 4:30 to grab a seat and enjoy the celebration.
Enjoy the Punjabi cuisine at local restaurant and other historical places.
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Pankaj ranga

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  • Pankaj ranga
  • 3 Reviews
  •  303 readers

"Golden temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2017
Clean pure wow place to visit. Floor was **** clean you can sleep there even. They wont push you like any other temple of india. One can visit in any season. People over there were so helpful and calm polite. So **** nice people. Seva k nam pe pure din't Puri rat they serve you water and each time bowl get clean .. Aisa nhi k pani se Nikola k the di proper wash hoti h ... Such an amazing place.
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Harrum

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  • Harrum
  • 1 Review
  •  224 readers

"The golden city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 20, 2017
Very good city clean and green city.
You can see many historical places here like golden temle, jalian wala bagh, durgyana mandir, model town, wagha border, and many more.
It is very good city here are many ficilties
The krishna vaishno dhaba near sheran wala gate is very famous.
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