Things to do in Amritsar
Home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the majestic Golden Temple, Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. A great city of worship and pilgrimage, a visit to Amritsar is believed to cleanse the soul of the pilgrim. The gold plated Gurdwara, a place of worship in the Sikh religion, sits majestically in its ‘holy pool of nectar’, a unique site that rivals the majesty of the Taj Mahal. The surrounding city consists of busy lanes full of friendly locals selling folk arts and exceptional cuisine. In addition to the city’s number one attraction, there re a number of other sacred monuments, temples and shrines worth visiting.
The Golden Temple
The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrine in all of Sikhism. Located right in the heart of Amritsar, the stunning golden architecture of the temple and the daily Langar (community kitchen) attract a large number of visitors and devotees each day. They feed over 100,000 people for free, everyday.
Wagah Border Ceremony
Wagah Border (between India & Pakistan) is around 30 km from Amritsar’s city centre, Crowds gather in large numbers at the Wagah Border to see this enthusiastic and patriotic sight which includes a parade, Beating the Retreat ceremony, change of guards, and lowering of the national flag at the end of the day.
The Jallianwala Bagh is located at a walking distance from the Golden Temple, on a recently renovated stretch called Heritage Street. The place is of importance because during the British rule, locals present in the Bagh, were open fired at. Around 10,000 people had gathered there for Baisakhi when the incident took place.
Heritage Old City Walk
A guided tour deep inside the narrow lanes of the 400 year old city of Amritsar. One gets to see Katras, Akharas Bungas, Havelis and Hatties. The walk takes you back in the time as you witness town planning , traditional trade and crafts being practiced in the same place and in the same manner as has been done for centuries.
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