Amritsar Tourism, Punjab
A golden city of kirtans, kulchas, phulkari suits, and papad wariyan
Rated 4.4/5 (based on 10 reviews )
Best time to visit
Oct - Mar
- Jallian wala Bagh
- Wagah Border
Amritsar Tourist Places
From stunning shrines to flavorsome food, Amritsar tourism is characterized by historical sites, lively bazaars, and sights of Bhangra or Giddha with sounds of toomba or dhol, and most importantly the military ceremony at Wagah Border. So, grab a map of Amritsar with all major places to visit in Amritsar and popular things to do and start holidays in the Golden City of Punjab. Here’s our detailed Amritsar travel guide which includes the best means to reach, the best time to visit, popular attractions, Amritsar shopping places, and everything that a tourist needs to know:
Amritsar City History
Founded in the sixteenth century by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ram Das Ji, Amritsar is a city that one just can’t afford to overlook on a trip to Punjab. Named after the sacred water tank of Amrit Sarovar that encircles the Golden Temple, Amritsar is located in northwestern India. The city is also noted for two infamous events of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and Operation Blue Star.
The second most populated city in Punjab, Amritsar is built in a unique architectural style with ‘katras’ and narrow streets. The awe-inspiring and divine complex of the Golden Temple is surrounded by narrow streets filled with sheer pandemonium. While the Old City of Amritsar south of the Railway Junction is a delight to explore on foot with numerous sights and sounds, the northern half of the city features a few historical structures worth checking out with the help of an Amritsar tourist map. The city is a harmonious blend of tradition, history, culture, and food.
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The Golden Temple in Amritsar, actually adorned with gold and precious stones, is a visual treat and a humbling structure. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the gurudwara complex is home to the world’s largest free community kitchen run by volunteers
Located inside the Harmandir Sahib complex, it is one of 5 takhts of the Sikhs. Its name translates to the “throne of the timeless one”. Akal Takht and Amrit Sarovar make the city of Amritsar the holiest place in Sikhism.
Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib, located about 30 km from Amritsar, is famous for the gathering of pilgrims in every month at the Amavas no-moon night. Established by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev, the site features the largest sarovar (water pond) of all the gurdwaras.
Pay a visit to nearby Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar near the Golden Temple to pay homage to those souls lost in the infamous 1919 massacre. A guided tour of the gardens and the infamous well is available for tourists.
Built in 1760, the fort was constructed for Gujjar Singh and later owned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. For those keen in learning about Sikh religion and its history, the museum inside Gobindgarh Fort is one of the best places to do it. It exhibits artifacts owned by the royal family, weapons, coins, armor, and paintings. Partition Museum in Town Hall is another place to check out city’s tumultuous past.
Also called Lakshmi Narayan Temple, this Hindu temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga along with idols of Goddess Laksmi and Vishnu. Built in 1921, its architectural style is similar to the Sikh Golden Temple.
Ideal for a one day trip from Amritsar, the Wagah Border lies about 28 km from the city. The famous Retreat ceremony or the “lowering of the flags” ceremony starts every day before sunset. As a prelude, people on both sides of the border cheer for their nations as the security forces engage in animated displays and parades.
Sri Ram Tirath Temple and Pul Kanjari are also popular places to visit near Amritsar.
Top Food Places in Amritsar
From eateries in narrow streets to upscale restaurants, Amritsar has got it all. Guru Ka Langer at Harmandir Sahib is a must-visit place for foodies and devotees. Bharawan Da Dhaba and Kesar Da Dhaba are popular places to taste makki ki roti with sarson da saag and stuffed kulchas. Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner, Ram Lubhaya Aam Papar Wala, Khubi Halwaai Katra Ahluwalia, Beera Chicken House, and Mame Da Dhaba are other famous places to eat in Amritsar.
Hall Bazaar Shopping in Amritsar
This shopping complex is one of the oldest markets in Amritsar. It is one of the most popular places to buy gadgets, trendy accessories, jewelry, textiles, and local handicrafts in Amritsar. The iconic Gandhi Gate is the main entrance points of Hall Bazaar in Amritsar.
Fairs and festivals are an integral part Punjab and Amritsar in India. Festivals like Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi, Lohri, Holi, and Diwali are celebrated here with great fervor. Travelers can also catch a glimpse of folk dances of Punjab such as Bhangra, Giddha, and Gatka – a local martial art form. For shopping lovers, the city has another reason to visit, the century-old handloom and carpet industry. Make sure to shop for phulkari suits, Punjabi juttis while gulping down lassi after a hearty plate of roti and saag. Guru Bazaar and Hall Bazaar are the best spots for shopping in Amritsar. Gobindgarh Fort, Durgiana Temple, Mandir Mata Lal Devi, and Hanuman Mandir are other popular points of interest in Amritsar. Nature lovers can pay a visit to Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary in the winter season. The best time to visit Amritsar is from October through March when the weather in Amritsar is pleasant.
Gobindgarh Fort, Durgiana Temple, Mandir Mata Lal Devi, and Hanuman Mandir are other popular points of interest in Amritsar. Nature lovers can pay a visit to Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary in the winter season. The best time to visit Amritsar is from October through March when the weather in Amritsar is pleasant.
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Places To Visit In Amritsar
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Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar
Known as the very essence of Punjab, Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar is one of the most important historical places of the state. Spread across an area of 43 acres, the Gobindgarh Fort was initially built by Gujar Singh, and its final construction was completed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The fort was built to protect Amritsar from ...
Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar
Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most important historical places in India. Located in the holy city of Amritsar, Jallianwala Bagh is just a walking distance from the sacred Harmandir Sahib/ Golden Temple. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place on April 13, 1919. In this incident British army opened fire against a large number ...
- Jallian wala Bagh
Tarn Taran Sahib in Amritsar
Fifth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji founded Taran Tarn Sahib in Amritsar. The holy Gurudwara has a Mughal style of architecture and is visited by many people. The kirtan happens daily in the Gurudwara starting early in the mornings till in the evening. The interiors of Gurudwara are embellished with glass pieces, paintin...
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Golden Temple in Amritsar
The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib is a highly revered religious Sikh shrine and symbolizes equality and human brotherhood. The gurudwara epitomizes the distinctive heritage and identity of Sikhs while glorifying their ideals. After its compilation, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs) was first ...
- Golden Temple
Durgiana Temple in Amritsar
Also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Durgiana Temple is one of the most important Hindu Temples located in the Amritsar district of Punjab. Durgiana Mandir derives its name from Hindu Goddess, Durga, and hence, along with idols of Goddess Laxmi, and Lord Vishnu, idol of Goddess Durga is also worshipped here.
- Religious Tour
Things To Do In Amritsar
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Eat at Kesar da Dhaba in Amritsar
Home to the iconic Golden Temple, Amritsar has been known as the 'culinary capital of India’. From rituals to socializing, prayers and festivals, everything in Amritsar revolves around amazing food cooked in desi with loads of flavour and spices. Kesar Da Dhaba in Amritsar is one such eatery popularly known for its Punjabi ...
- Local food
Shopping at Hall Bazar in Amritsar
Amritsar, Punjab, is considered to be one of the oldest and most significant city of India. Apart from being famous for serving as the home to famous temples like Golden Temple and authentic Punjabi cuisines like Amritsari Kulcha, the city also offers a number of indigenous items that make shopping unforgettable in the old ...
- Local market
Bird watching at Harike Wetland in Amritsar
Harike Wetland, the largest wetland in northern India, in the Tarn Taran Sahib, stands on the confluence of the rivers Beas and Sutlej in Punjab is a haven for birdwatchers. Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary is home to migratory birds visiting from as far as Arctic and Siberia. The wigeon, common teal, pintail, shoveller an...
- Bird Watching
How To Reach Amritsar
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Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ) is the nearest airport to Amritsar. It is about 11 km northwest of the city of Amritsar. The airport is connected to cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, and Jammu. Airlines including Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Vistara, Scoot, and Malindo Air connect international destinations like Birmingham, Doha, Singapore, Tashkent, and London with Amritsar. For those traveling from Delhi should opt for train or road travel, while it’s best to book a flight to Amritsar when visiting from Mumbai or Kolkata to cut back travel time. Taxi rentals are available at the airport to take visitors to their respective hotels in Amritsar.
The city is well connected with other major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata by the extensive rail network. Amritsar Railway Station (ASR) is the main train station in the city. Shatabdi Express, Shan-e-Punjab Express, Paschim Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Howrah-Amritsar Mail, and Golden Temple Mail are major trains connecting Amritsar with major Indian cities. The Samjhauta Express runs from New Delhi to Lahore in Pakistan via Amritsar. The distance between Lahore and Amritsar in only about 60 kilometers.
Amritsar lies on the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) which is also known as National Highway 1. It runs from Delhi to Amritsar via Chandigarh. The distance between Delhi and Amritsar by road can be covered in about 10 hours. The distance between Chandigarh and Amritsar can be traversed in about 5 hours. The highway also connects Amritsar to cities in Punjab and Haryana such as Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Ambala, and Panipat.
Punjab Roadways has a large fleet of non-AC and AC buses that provide regular, economical transportation to neighboring states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. For transportation within the city of Amritsar, travelers can opt for hand-pulled rickshaws, auto rickshaws, cabs, and buses to get around. There is a free bus service from Amritsar train station to the Golden Temple for visitors.
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FAQ's of Amritsar
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The distance from the Amritsar Bus Stand to the Golden Temple is around 2 kilometers.
The distance from the Amritsar Railway station to Amritsar Airport is around 12 kilometers.
The fare to travel from Amritsar Airport to the Amritsar Bus Stand is around INR 200 - 300 by cab.
Regular taxis and buses are available for tourists in Amritsar. One can plan a day trip to Wagah Border and Pul Kanjri from Amritsar.
One can simply contact other volunteers at the kitchen or visit the main office for more information.
People can find dormitories, AC and non-AC rooms at the Golden Temple for accommodation. The langar at this gurudwara offers free food.
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