Amritsar is a welcoming home away from home. Amidst all the divinity and activities, you will find yourself truly in awe of this simplistic yet enriching way of life. Being home to some of the most religious centers in the entire world, you’re sure to get a glimpse of the utter devotion and dedication that this city thrives from – and setting your eyes on the Golden Temple is guaranteed to blow your mind!
Amritsar is named after the rich, pure water that surrounds the Golden Temple itself, and translates to “Holy pool of Nectar.” The pride and joy emitting from this touching, spiritual city will leave an everlasting impact on you. Travel here today, and you will find yourself pleasantly lost in a historical world!
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
Jallianwala Bagh -
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.
Wagah Border -
About 28 kms from Amritsar, the Wagah Border is an army outpost on India and Pakistan border between the cities of Amritsar and Lahore.
Rambagh Garden –
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.
Tarn Taran –
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.
Travel within city
There are bus services, auto rickshaw services and cycle rickshaw services available in the city of Amritsar for tourists to take up. Cabs are also available, and you can opt for a cab in case you are travelling in a group.
Buses are the preferred mode of transport in Amritsar and buses that are run by the government normally charge around Rs 4 to 10 for a trip. However, Amritsar has a free bus service that you can avail in order to get to the Golden Temple from the local railway station. You can opt for this service in case you are looking to make a quick visit and travel back home from the city. Buses are well maintained and moderately crowded in Amritsar.
Auto rickshaws are also present in Amritsar and these are a faster mode of travel. By taking an auto rickshaw, you can reach your destinations easily while under a time crunch. Auto rickshaws do not run on meter and will cost you anywhere around Rs 20 to 40. A ride from the railway station to the Golden Temple will cost you Rs 40.
Cycle rickshaws ply from the railway station to the Golden Temple too, and a ride in a cycle rickshaw will cost you around Rs 20.
You can also opt for cabs in order to travel around Amritsar. Cabs will cost you more than Rs 200, and these can be taken up at the following agencies.
Jawala Taxi Service- Ph: 0183 2532500
Punjab Taxi Service- Ph: 0183 2553761