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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Harrum

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  • Harrum
  • 1 Review
  •  24 readers

"The golden city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
  •  446 readers

"Amazing Golden Temple Amritsar" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
1) 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.
2) To visit Golden temple complex you have to spend 5 hours at least, Do not forget to visit in the night.
3) Jallianwala Bagh. _ The historical place and the evidence of General Dyer (British Army cruelty.
4) Lalo Devi Temple
5) 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
  •  47 readers

"Golden Temple" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 1 Review
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  94 readers

"Heritage City Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  147 readers

"Enjoying trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Rohith Sivashankar

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  • Rohith Sivashankar
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  16882 readers

"The golden city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Amritsar is a northwestern ciry of Punjab which is about 25 kms from the pakistan border. It is a holy place for sikhs due to the golden temple aka harminder sahib from which the city derived its nickname. Close to the Golden temple there is the Jallianwala bagh memorial which comemorates the infamous massacre. One can also visit the Wagah-Attari border which is around 30 km from the temple.
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Bhatia manav

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  • Bhatia manav
  • 1 Review
  •  174 readers

"Good place for holiday"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Also known as are? Md? Spur and colloquially as Ambarsar, is a city in north-western India which is the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district - located in the Majha region of the Indian state of Punjab.
According to the 2011 census, the population of Amritsar was 1, 132, 761. The city is situated 217 km (135 mi) northwest of state capital Chandigarh. It is near Pakistan, with the Wagah Border being only 28 km (17. 4 mi) away. The nearest city is Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan, located 50 km (31. 1 mi) to the west.
Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib (commonly known as the Golden Temple), the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahala with more than 100, 000 visitors on weekdays alone and is the most popular destination for non-resident Indians (NRI) in the whole of India. The city also houses the Aka Takht, the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa, and the committee responsible for the upkeep of Gurdwaras.
The Ramtirth temple situated at Amritsar is believed to be the Ashram site of Maharishi Valmiki, the writer of Ramayana. [3] According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Sita gave birth to Lava and Kusha, sons of lord Rama at Ramtirth ashram. Large number of people visit Ramtirth Temple at annual fair. Nearby cities to Amritsar, Lahor
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Ranjan dey

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  • Ranjan dey
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Really good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Everyone must visit during evening. Beauty in dawn is not possible to explain.
Visit in daytime, enjoy langar. See the discipline in langar. Really devoted people are doing jobs like machines.
But don't forget to visit again in night. See Golden Temple in lighting is great experience.
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Parth Sabharwal

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  • Parth Sabharwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 287 Reviews
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"Foody city of Punjab"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Amritsar city is popular for its big golden temple, it is also is the city for special foods of many kind, many good dhabas special floida kulfi, lassi and fresh juices are available in many parts of the city, one must love to visit here for its tasty foods
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Geeta lalwani

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  • Geeta lalwani
  • 2 Reviews
  •  269 readers

"Golden Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2017
It's so calming ... So serene and pious atmosphere you would love to visit again and again. The road to the golden temple has been redone recently ... It's so beautiful ... Unbelievable outer facade of all the buildings is redone too ... One has to see to believe. So clean and organised. Inside the temple premises too it's so organised ... The prasad/ langar tastes so devine. It's amazing to see how thousands and thousands of people are served food non stop in such a organised way.
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