Amritsar Tourism
Pilgrimage

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
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 by 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.

Hari Mandir, or the Darbar Sahib, or the Golden Temple, is the chief tourist attraction of 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.


Most preferred by...

Travellers from Delhi, New Delhi
Couple
Group

Best time to visit Amritsar in the next six months

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August

Amritsar Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 390 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.8/7,
out of 16762 Amritsar reviews
Sort by:
Manpreetwarwal

  • Tourist
  • Manpreetwarwal
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  3 readers

"Enjoying trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days 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
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Rohith Sivashankar

  • Tourist
  • Rohith Sivashankar
  • 71 photos
  • 29 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1606 readers

"The golden city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days 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.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Bhatia manav

  • Tourist
  • Bhatia manav
  • 1 Review
  •  30 readers

"Good place for holiday" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Ranjan dey

  • Tourist
  • Ranjan dey
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  53 readers

"Really good" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Parth Sabharwal

  • Connoisseur
  • Parth Sabharwal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 282 Reviews
  •  268 helpful votes
  •  102683 readers

"Foody city of Punjab"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Geeta lalwani

  • Tourist
  • Geeta lalwani
  • 2 Reviews
  •  137 readers

"Golden Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Shivam Shukla

  • Tourist
  • Shivam Shukla
  • Lives in Sultanpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1066 readers

"Jaliyawala bagh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went in the month of december and visit all famous things around the Amritsar. What a wonderful place to visit it. Really very impressive. You must have to go atleast once to enjoy one of the beautiful place of india ... Where you can enjoy for golden temple and jaliyawala bagh and wagah border and many more. Wish you all the best
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

R k saxena

  • Tourist
  • R k saxena
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  927 readers

"Great. The city can manage it's economy only on tourism, considering the infrastructure is worked on"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The city has no ., of enriching experiences.
The food is awesome and service in some of the dhaba's eatery} like centennial completed 'KESAR'S dhaba' is excellent.
The dhaba although is in an old and crowded area, not very super or clean by-lanes, yet it is worth the travel and food.
The traditional 'Phulkari' work on textiles: 'dupatta' and ladies suits and visit to various shops was a nice experience.
The traditional 'Juttis/mojaris shop is also in those streets.
Amritsar has many historical site seeing places that one needs at-least five days to a week to actually visit all leisurely as 'Wagah Border' and 'Golden Temple', needs to be visited with lot of time on hand.
One needs to book the conveyance to and back to 'Wagah Border' and the ladies purse/bags of anykind is prohibited there, so one needs to either leave it in the Hotel or keep in the car. Only a Money clutch with mobiles, and camera is allowed.
As the place is milling with people and queues are winding, one needs to secure their belongings, even when seated.
There are eatables like packaged potato wafers, ice creme, beverage drink, bottled water available from approved vendors, inside.
There are some vendors with various simple 'chats' fruits and other} etc ., in the car park area also.
At the Golden Temple, there is place to keep one's extra belongings and purse and camera has no restrictions, outside. Once inside the actual temple area the photo clicking is not to be done.
'Lassi' cool yogurt drink} served outside, in the vista area shops is out of the world.
There are some restaurants, dry fruit, and souvenir shops in the area.
Amritsar is dotted with mid range good Hotels, besides five star HOTELS.
The food and service is good. Most of the budget Hotels have good rooms with AC and hot/cold Bath and attached modern washrooms with health faucet, toilet papers and some basic amenities like shampoo and soaps and towels.
Budget hotels are very basic and are a nice place for stay only, with no usual Hotel paraphernalia like big lobby, children play area, swimming pool, health club/spa or restaurants and bar etc ..
Service personnel of authentically rated good review Hotels are usually very courteous, helpful and raring to meet the Housekeeping requirements of the tourists within the ambit of their possibilities.
The hotels although need to be chosen after Reading some authentic reviews.
One needs to be aware of the Hotels being booked by various agencies who do not 'charge' for booking yet confirm it.
One can get the surprise at the last minute of them booking the Hotel and having confirmed, yet Hotel not approving of the same.
HENCE, IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL TO RECONFIRM THE BOOKING FROM THE HOTEL ONE HAS BOOKED BEFORE THE ACTUAL TRAVEL DATES such scenarios are faced in all kind of travel experiences in various budget hotels, in various countries and cities, in peak season, so better to confirm}.
It is the city infrastructure that needs to be worked on more I. E, roads, economical connectivity to various tourist attractions}.
The 'phatphatiyas' autos}are very good, economical and easily available and the drivers of the same are very visitor friendly and are doing great service to the city, by guiding them and narrating about the various tourist destinations etc.
The noise, pollution and traffic of peak hrs ., needs to be worked on.
Perhaps more walkway zones can be created for tourists willing to walk to the historical places.
The hop on and hop off bus is there with open roof for going around the city and site seeing.
Conveyance from the airport can be more, like shuttle buses, instead of some cabs.
The city one day will be one of the top most tourism attractions in the world, especially to enrich the patriotic fervor of the citizens of the country and for visiting the holy Golden temple besides other attractions from tourism perspective.
For international traveler, also both the places and other sites will be equally mesmerizing and a must see.
Any worldwide management school may not be able to teach how the food area/'lungar'}area is managed with patience everyday for millions of people.
One simply needs to see and experience the selfless service to the mankind.
I do not think there is another place like this on earth where people can pray and the place that provides food people can donate on their own will, if they desire} to so many countless visitors twenty four hours, through daily 'prasad'/'lungar'.
The budget is less if one travels by trains or own car/or hired cars, and a trip of three to four days can be managed within twenty Thousand Rupees plus/minus} for two to three personnel, with judicious spending.
Amritsar is a must see for all.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Vikas kumar

  • Tourist
  • Vikas kumar
  • 4 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  261 readers

"Heaven of Punjab"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We are going only for baba ji darshan harmandir shaib ji a heaven palace on earth and after the reconstruction of the area its become super faboulus place of Punjab. The food and the cleanliness of this place in gurdwara is amazed me. Amritsar is totally now this days. A good work done over there by Punjab govt.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Manish Kumar

  • Tourist
  • Manish Kumar
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 1 photo
  • 8 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2641 readers

"Visit only for wagah border and golden temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Wagah border and golden temple are the best places to visit. Parade at wagah border is must watch.
Kesar da dhaba is also a great place for foodies, it is 100 years old dhaba near golden temple and offers amazing food. Lassi is worth to try for. Jalliyanwala bagh is also good to visit. The panoramic view of golden temple is so amazing in night time.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Saraswati    Tusar Na Sachin choudary Saraswati   , Tusar, Na and 13245 other people have been to Amritsar.
View their ratings...

Amritsar Sightseeing

View all 44 Sightseeing options in Amritsar »

Amritsar Blogs


Best time to visit Amritsar with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Amritsar Packages

Click to send the package enquiries

Hills
Amazing Himachal & Amritsar 15675 Per Person 11 days & 10 nights VIEW DETAILS
Hills
Himachal with Amritsar - 10D 14575 Per Person 10 days & 9 nights VIEW DETAILS
Discover Himachal with Golden Temple 17000 Per Person 10 days & 9 nights VIEW DETAILS
Amritsar - Chandigarh Tour Package 6000 Per Person 4 days & 3 nights VIEW DETAILS


Amritsar Information