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Location : Punjab
Attractions : Golden Temple, Jaliwanwala Bagh, Ram Bagh and Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing Amritsar
Golden TempleOne 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.
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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 of Pakistan.

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 : Ranjit's Svaasa

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 Singh (1780-1839).

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.
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Tourist Attractions Around Amritsar
Wagah BorderTarn Taran : 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 ceremonial parade.

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 (traditional embroidery).

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