Places To Visit In Amritsar, Punjab
A golden city of kirtans, kulchas, phulkari suits, and papad wariyan
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Best time to visit
Oct - Mar
- Jallian wala Bagh
- Wagah Border
7 Tourist Places in Amritsar, Punjab
Although Amritsar is the holiest city for Sikh pilgrims, travelers of all faith and interests visit this beautiful place in Punjab. Popular places to visit in Amritsar include the Golden Temple, Akal Takht, Jallianwala Bagh, and Gobindgarh Fort. While the Old City to the south of Amritsar station is dotted with several historical structures and sights like the Golden Temple, the North side of Amritsar features upmarket restaurants, hotels, and spacey neighborhoods, and other shining signs of the city’s contemporary prosperity. Let’s take a closer look at all the points of interest in Amritsar:
Certainly a major highlight of all Amritsar sightseeing tours, the Golden Temple is the most significant religious site for the Sikhs and also one of the most spectacular temples in India. Also known as Shri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple is one of the top attractions in Amritsar. The temple complex is open every day from 6 am to 2 am, so visitors can enjoy its lovely reflections in Amrit Sarovar in the evening.
The two-storey structure in the middle of the sacred pool can be entered via a narrow bridge. Pilgrims can take a bath in the marked spots in the pool, before bowing their head in the temple. The Central Sikh Museum here displays a gallery of paintings illustrating stories of martyred Sikh leaders. The Golden Temple also has a famous dining hall (langar) serving free meals to all visitors round the clock.
On a trip to Amritsar, Jallianwala Bagh is one of the famous tourist attractions in Amritsar. Located five-minute walk from the Golden Temple, this 6.5-acre garden is the site of the infamous 1919 Amritsar massacre on the day of Baisakhi. To this day, visitors can see the bullet holes in the walls. One of the latest addition to Amritsar sightseeing places, Gobindgarh Fort lies in the heart of the city and was opened to public visitors in 2017.
After enjoying sightseeing in Amritsar, travelers can head 32 km west to the Wagah town. Every evening for two hours at the border gate, the Wagah border ceremony is performed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers. Pul Kanjri is a historical site about 35 km from Amritsar where structures like a mosque, temple, and a pond were built under the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Mata Temple is a Hindu cave temple dedicated to the saint named Lal Devi. Durgiana Temple or Sitla Mandir is another place of worship near the Lohgarh gate. Built in the style of Golden Temple, it is also built in the middle of a medium-sized lake. Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Ram Bagh Park, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, Partition Museum, and Ram Tirth are other popular places to visit in Amritsar city.
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.
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Akal Takht in Amritsar
Located in the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, Akal Takht Sahib, is one of the 5 takhts of Sikhs. Akal Takht literally translates into “throne of the timeless one”.
History of Akal Takht Sahib
Its construction was started in 1606 by Shri Guru Hargobind. He was the 6th Sikh Guru who laid down this foundation with a vi...
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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.
The heart-wrenching history of Jallianwala Bagh Amritsar dates back to the year 1919 when India was under British ru...
- Jallian wala Bagh
Tarn Taran Sahib in Amritsar
About Taran Taran Sahib Sarovar
Located in the Majha region of Punjab, Tarn Taran Sahib serves as the headquarters of the Tarn Taran district. Apart from serving as the municipal headquarters is also an important Sikh Pilgrimage site. The circumference of the sarovar (pond) is about 1.5 kilometers, making it larger in size...
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Wagah Border in Amritsar
No trip to Amritsar is complete without a visit to the Wagah Border in Punjab. It is one such place where the vibes of patriotism are so strong that they give goosebumps to a person. One of the most exciting activities in Amritsar for tourists is watching the Wagah Border Parade.
Located close to the Attari Village, Wag...
- Wagah Border
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 distinctive heritage and identity of Sikhs, while glorifying their ideals. After its compilation, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs) was first ins...
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FAQ's of Amritsar
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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.
The ideal time to visit Amritsar is between October and March. Although it’s a little crowded, this time of the year has perfect weather and plenty of festivals.
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ) has direct flights from cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Jammu.
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