Golden Temple, Jaliwanwala Bagh, Ram Bagh
and Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Best Time To Visit :
October to March
of the most important city for Sikhs, Amritsar is second largest city of
Punjab after Chandigarh. In fact, you can consider Amritsar second capital
of Punjab because of being the hub of commercial activities. For tourists,
Amristar is an important tourist destination of North India. Despite the
politico-religious turbulences time and again, the intrinsic charm of the
city continues to lure the visitors in large numbers every year.
Since last few centuries, Amritsar has remained an important seat of Sikh
history and rich culture. Golden temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhism is
the main attraction for tourists and devotees. Besides, there are a number
of Sikh shrines and historical sites in and around the city that equally
attract the visitors. Amritsar's exotic food and warm hospitality are other
things to make your travel to Amritsar memorable.
So, plan a trip to the enchanting city of Amritsar this vacation, visit the
holy shrines, historic sites and savour delectable cuisines. You will surely
remember the visit to Amritsar for a long time.
How to Reach Amritsar
By Air :
Amritsar has its own airport, which is an
important airport of North India. Recently the airport has been upgraded to
an international airport. A number of Airlines operate flights to and from
Amristar to major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
By Train :
Amritsar railway station is
served by several express and mail trains. Trains are available to Amritsar
from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other important parts of the country.
Amritsar is also connected to Lahore railway station in neighbouring country
By Road :
Amritsar is on the G.T. Road (Grand Trunk Road,
NH1) so it is well-connect with major cities of North India. Amritsar is
easily accessible by road from Delhi. The city also makes the ideal base for
exploring further in the northern India by road. Road distances of some of
the important places from Amritsar are Wagah (29 kms), Ferozepur (160 kms),
Jammu (216 kms), Chandigarh (235 kms) and Delhi (435 kms).
Local Tranport :
Tourist taxis, buses, rickshaws and
auto-rickshaw are modes of local transport in Amritsar.
Places Where You Can Stay
Amritsar is dotted with a good number of hotels ranging from luxurious to
budget hotels. Equipped with the modern amenities and well-appointed rooms,
the luxurious hotels of Amritsar provide a pleasant stay to guests. Budget
and economic hotels of the city also offer comfortable stay alongwith warm
hospitality. Some of the famous hotels of Amritsar are :
Luxury Hotels :
Hotel Ritz Plaza, Mohan International
Hotel, Hotel Swarn House and M K Hotel
Heritage Hotels :
Economic Hotels :
Hotel Royal Castle, Hotel Grand Legacy
and Hotel Kumar International
Budget Hotels :
Hotel Astoria, Grand Hotel, Hotel Suncity
Towers and C J International Hotel
Tourist Attractions in Amritsar
Golden Temple :
Golden Temple also called Harmander Sahib
is the most popular attraction of Amritsar. An important shrine for Sikhs,
the temple drawing lakhs of pilgrims from far and near every year.
Jaliwanwala Bagh :
Amritsar has played an important role
in India's struggle for independence. Jaliwanwala Bagh of the town is always
remembered for a tragic incident of freedom struggle.
Ram Bagh :
A beautiful garden, Ram Bagh is named after
Guru Ram Das, the founder of the city. Laid out on the pattern of Shalimar
Bagh at Lahore, the garden houses the summer palace of Sikh Maharaja Ranjit
Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh :
Situated in the
middle of Ram bagh, the summer palace is now a museum. In the museum you can
see the weapons dating back to Mughal times.
Tourist Attractions Around Amritsar
Just 22 km south of Amritsar, Tarn Taran is a town founded by
Sri Guru Arjan Dev in 1590. Tarn Taran is home to an important Sikh shrine
built in honor of Guru Ram Das.
Wagah Border :
Wagah Border, the famous army post on
Indo-Pak border is situated at a distance of 29 kms from Amritsar. Everyday
in the evening, large number of people reach the Wagah border to watch the
Baba Bakala :
Baba Bakala is located 45 kms east of
Amritsar on the Batala road. A magnificent Gurdwara lies at Baba Bakala,
which is visited by thousands of devotees on every amavas (moonless night).
Harike Wetland :
Harike Wetland is situated mid way
between Amritsar and Ferozepur. The wetland formed at the point of
confluence of rivers Beas and Sutlej.
Shopping in Amritsar
For the avid shoppers, Amristar is a paradise. Punjab is famous for rich
tradition of handicrafts and handlooms, you will find these items in markets
of Amritsar. You may check out beautiful handicraft items like phulkari