Amritsar Tourism
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Amritsar Tourism

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.

Things To Do in Amritsar

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.

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Manoj choudhrani

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  • Manoj choudhrani
  • 3 Reviews
  •  28 readers

"Very nice" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  •  137 helpful votes
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"The Real Punjab" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  •  50 readers

"Visit to golden temple" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  92 readers

"A place to rejuvenate your soul"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  •  148 readers

"Golden temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  144 readers

"The golden city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Rajkumar saxena

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  • Rajkumar saxena
  • 7 Reviews
  •  790 readers

"Amazing Golden Temple"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Must join " LANGAR". The largest Langar in the world where food is served to every one free of cost and running continually. You may see the volunteer services by the devotees silently without any hesitation ( including utensils washing, cleaning the floor, cutting the vegetables ). Must visit the kitchen where we can see how the Roti is made with Automatic Machines.
To visit Golden temple complex you have to spend 5 hours at least, Do not forget to visit in the night.
Jallianwala Bagh. _ The historical place and the evidence of General Dyer (British Army cruelty.
Lalo Devi Temple
Wagha Border Pared & ceremony - Do not miss this. The timing are depend upon the sunset. You have to reach Wagha border check point before 3 hours before. It is very hot in April.
To vist Amritsar the best time is in the month of March, October and November
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Saurabh srivastava

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  • Saurabh srivastava
  • 2 Reviews
  •  178 readers

"Golden Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have visited most of the religious places in Indian but I can surely bet non of the place is better than Golden Temple.
It is must go place for every one once in life. This place is very neat and clean and very good arrangement for all your needs.
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Vij ankit

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  • Vij ankit
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  •  12 helpful votes
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"Heritage City Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The most beautiful and the heritage city of Punjab is Amritsar ... You could feel the culture, friendliness of the people living over there. The places like Golden Temple, jallianwala Bagh, wagah border reminds us of our historical events. I recommend to everyone to at least visit o CE this city
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Navpreet  Singh

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  • Navpreet Singh
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"Enjoying trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2017
Amritsar is holy place where golden temple is situated. I really like this place from my heart. This place provide peace to our soul. I am really happy to go there. It become the most beautiful trip of my life. Even I want to go again and again in this place
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