Amritsar - Tourist Attractions
Amritsar, the city of Golden Temple earns its fame mostly as a Sikh pilgrimage with numerous holy places of the Sikh religion in and around the city. The city owes its name to the holy lake inside the Harmander Sahib (Amrit = nectar, Sar = lake)
Apart from those, the monument of Jaliwanwala Bag and the evening Change of Guard at Wagah Border feature among the tourist attractions in Amritsar.
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Places to Visit
Constructed by Guru Ram Das during 14th century, the Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is considered as one of the most hallowed sites of Sikh religion. Exuding both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, it flaunts a huge dome made of pure gold. Its architectural genius attracts the interest of one and all around the globe. Although primarily a sacred pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs, it is also visited by travelers from various parts of the world. This temple arranges for Bundara (Lunch/Dinner) through out the year for the visitors. The Jalianwala Bagh is a memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by the British General Dyer. The Durgiana Mandir is a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Baba Atal Rai Tower, just a few kilometers from the main town, is believed to be the spot where Guru Har Gobind died. Wagah (28 km) is on the Indo-Pakistan border where tourists throng to see the change of guards ceremony by the border security forces of both the countries
Located near the Golden Temple, it is a witness of the tragedy called Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. General Dyer opened fire at the venue where thousands of Punjabis gathered from nearby places to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi Day, on 13 April 1919.
About 28 kms from Amritsar, the Wagah Border is an army outpost on India and Pakistan border between the cities of Amritsar and Lahore.
A new age garden, which houses Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s palace. Presently it serves as a museum.
Ram Tirath Temple
Situated on the Amritsar-Chogawan road, where Valmiki Maharaj is supposed to have composed Ramayana, it is another of the tourist attractions in Amritsar.
At about 25 kms to the south of Amritsar is situated the Tarn Taran – a lake which bears holy as well as medical associations attached to it. Built by Ranjit Singh, it has fairs being celebrated on every ‘Amavas’ night. The water of the tank is said to have healing effect for skin diseases.
Raja Sansi International Airport is about 11 km and a 15-20 minutes drive from the city center. It's one of the modern airports in India and quite adequate if not exactly exciting.
Amritsar (IR station code : ASR) is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains. Onward/return trains can be booked online, at the train station or, most conveniently, at the small booking office in the Golden Temple Complex.
It's advisable to book your return train ticket as soon as you arrive in Amritsar, or before if you know the exact date, as trains are often heavily booked
Long-distance taxis are available from most places. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Delhi via NH-1.
Amritsar is well-connected by bus to most major cities and the northern areas within a days drive. Pathankot is about 2.5 hours away, and there are daily direct buses to New Delhi, Jammu, Katra, Chandigarh, Dharamsala (once daily, ~6 hours), etc.You can find Volvo buses from Chandigarh, Delhi And Katra to Amritsar.