Where People Love to Laugh and Live to Eat
The city of mustard fields and narrow lanes, stuffed kulcha and bhangra, Amritsar is every bit vibrant and fun. The warmth of Punjabi culture and the goodness of natives of Punjab stays in your memory for long. You will ask someone for directions, they will drop you to the place, such is the vibe of the city. People of Punjab are patriotic and brave. Fought against Mughals, Pathans, and Britishers, even today the maximum number of soldiers in the Indian Army is from Amritsar.
The essence of the city is not only found in its Gurdwaras and Temples but also in museums and gardens. A place rich in culture and traditions contributes to folk dances and festivals. Bhangra, Gidda and folk songs of Punjab are sure to make you groove with the melodies. The bustling markets of Amritsar are a delight for shopaholics and the lip-smacking cuisines satiate the taste buds of foodies. The colors of Phulkari fill the thronging streets and the humor in folks bring broad smiles even to the strangers. Overall, I see Amritsar as a complete package. If you are still thinking about planning your trip to the city where the nectar flows, my suggestion is to pack your bags right away.
I am sure by now you want to know everything about Amritsar and I will guide you. Below, is the travel guide that can help you in making the most out of your Amritsar excursion.
Places to visit in Amritsar
Golden Temple. The most significant shrine in Sikhism, Golden Temple is also famous by the name Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib which means ‘abode of God.’ The sedating presence and the tranquility of the shrine is the most divine experience for the devotees as well as for the tourists. The two-storied structure, pure gold covering the top storey, showcases the brilliance of architecture and opulence of India. The man-made water body called ‘Amrit Sarovar,’ which means the pool of nectar surrounds the temple, giving it a breathtaking view. It is believed that the water in the pool has healing powers that can cure diseases of the people who take a holy dip in the pool. Also, the temple offers ‘Guru ka Langar’ (meal) that is served 24*7 and is open for all.
Jallianwala Bagh. The garden preserved in the memory of people who lost their lives in a massacre that happened in Jallianwala Bagh on 13 April 1919 is a must-visit place in Amritsar for its historical significance. A well inside Jallianwala Bagh is where many people and children jumped to save their lives in the open firing by the Britishers. The brutality of Britishers is registered even today in the bullet marks on the walls of the lane that leads to the well. That certainly shook me from inside and I could feel the enduring pain the city dwellers carry. You can also attend a light and sound show in the evening that depicts the grievest incident in the history of India.
Durgiana Mandir. Built in 1921, the temple of Hindu Goddess Durga is a replica of GoldenTemple when it comes to architecture, hence, making them look alike. Only the religion is distinct, however, the vibe is just the same. The temple has exquisitely carved gates made in pure silver due to which it is famous as Silver Temple. The main shrine as in Golden temple rises amidst the pool. It is also known as Laxmi Narayan temple as the major section depicts the images of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu.
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib Ji. A short walk away from the famous Golden Temple is the tallest building in Amritsar, Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib Ji. The nine-storey Gurudwara was built in the memory of Baba Atal Rai, who was blessed with extraordinary powers. At the age of nine, he went into a meditative trance to bring back to life his dearest friend Mohan, after his demise. In the process of bringing the dead to life, he lost his own life, hence the nine-storied monument signifies his short span of life which was 9 years precisely. One of the sentimental yet sacred shrines of Sikhism is definitely a must-visit, not only it reflects a poignant past but also the architectural marvel.
Gobindgarh Fort. The heritage site in the heart of Amritsar city, Gobindgarh Fort is also famous by the name Bhangian Da Quila. The fort made of bricks and lime was earlier occupied by the Army but after 2017 it was refurbished and made open for the public. Fort turned museum displays the history and culture of Punjab. Many attractions have been added to the fort by Amritsar Tourism Department like 7D show to display the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Coin Museum where rarest of rare coins can be spotted, Ancient Warfare Museum, Spirit of Punjab-a stage where you can see live performances by the artists of Punjab, Whispering Walls- a laser light show, Haat Bazar- a market and Amritsari Zaika for your famished stomach. I can say, it is Amritsar under one roof.