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    Amritsar—this name holds a great value in the lives of Sikhs around the world. The maze of narrow lanes, the presence of the holy Golden Temple and its lake, delicious ‘langar ka prasad’, bustling bazaars, and a sense of calmness amid all the chaos, that’s the beauty of Amritsar. And for you to experience that splendor, we’ve listed the best things to do in Amritsar to soak in the essence of the place.

    A Little About Amritsar

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    Among the most revered cities in the world, Amritsar was built in 1577. The city is home to one of the holiest Sikh shrines called Golden Temple, a memorial of national importance known as Jallianwala Bagh, and the Partition Museum that’ll remind you of the post-partition riots. The Gobindgarh Fort and Rambagh, built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh are also among the jewels of the city.

    Best Time To Visit Amritsar

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    If you’re planning a trip to Amritsar, the time between October to March is pleasant. It’s the best time for sightseeing and witnessing the best of Amritsar. Avoid going to Amritsar during the monsoon months of July and August.

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    Things To Do In Amritsar

    Do not come back from your trip to Amritsar without having these wonderful experiences in the revered city of the Golden Temple.

    1. Street Food In Amritsar

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    Go on a binge spree in the holy city of Amritsar. When you’re in the city, trying their delicious street foods and authentic dishes become one of the most important things to do in Amritsar. Amritsari kulcha, tandoori luchas, keema naan, mutton tikka, tandoori chicken, phirni, and kulfa (Amritsari version of kulfi) are a few dishes you must try, even of you aren’t a foodie.

    Most popular restaurant and dhabas in Amritsar: Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner Amritsar Since 1962, Bade Bhai Ka Brothers Dhaba, Bhai Kulwant Singh Kulchian Wale,
    Sakhi’s Wat’z Kukin?, Kesar Da Dhaba, Giani Tea Stall, and Bharawan Da Dhaba.


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    2. Shopping: Buy colorful souvenirs

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    In the vibrant bazaars of Amritsar and in every nook of its streets, you’ll find something worth buying. Don’t come back without buying the colourful and beautiful phulkari dupattas and a pair of gorgeous Punjabi juttis from Amritsar. This desi experience in the local bazaars of the city is among the most fun things to do in Amritsar.

    Shopping places in AmritsarHall Bazaar, Guru Bazaar, Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar, Lahori Gate Market, Rani Ka Bagh, and Shastri Market are the most popular local markets where you can buy authentic styles and designs.

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    3. Golden Temple: ‘langar seva‘ in its massive kitchen

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    Guru Ka Langar is a tradition of serving langar, which was initiated by Guru Nanak Dev. The service has served the community in many ways. It teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community, which has played a significant role in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings. You can also be a part of this humble service by helping in the kitchen (chop vegetables, wash dishes etc) or in the dining hall (serve food) of the holy Golden Temple.

    Note: Meals in the langar are vegetarian, simple, and nutritious. The meal usually has roti (bread), rice, daal (lentils), and kheer. About 90% of the working staff is made up of volunteers, who ensure that the food is cooked properly and delivered on time.

    4. Suncity Amusement & Waterpark

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    Once you’re done bathing in the sanctity of Amritsar and now craving for some fun, head to Suncity amusement and waterpark. About 5 km from Golden Temple, the park has thrilling rides that include Ranger, My Fair Lady, Sinbad, Joy Train, Sun Bull, Sun Spine, Humpty Dumpty, Sun Syclone, Aqua Dance etc.

    Ticket: Amusement Park: INR 350 | Water Park: INR 600 | Combo Pack : INR 700
    Timing: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

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    5. Birdwatching in Harike Wetlands

    Harike Bird Sanctuary in Amritsar

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    Home to a vast shallow lake, created by the confluence of Sutlej and Beas river, Harike Wetlands is among the most important wetlands of India. Every year the gorgeous winged guests from countries like Kazakhstan, Russia, Siberia etc visit the wetlands. The birds arrive here in the first week of November and stay here till March. One can spot tufted duck, godwit, Siberian gills, Rudy, Bills, Spoon, Pantel etc.

    Things to do in Harike Wetlands: Jeep safari (not available at the wetlands, hire one from Amritsar), boating, bird photography etc
    Entry fee: None, but permit is required from DFO and photography of Harike barrage is prohibited
    Timing: Sunrise to sunset

    We hope Amritsar keeps you inspired and entertained through your journey. If you want to cover the Shimla – Manali – Dharamshala – Dalhousie – Amritsar route or similar kinds of routes enroute Amritsar, you can book or create your very own Amritsar tour package.

    Further Read: 15 Inviting Places To Visit Near Chandigarh


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