Amritsar is situated in north-western part of India mostly famous for its role in the Indian history. Amritsar is a city situated in the state of Punjab having a number of places to explore. Not much away from Delhi, the city can be covered in a day or two depending upon the places that are prioritized. Here’s a full itinerary for those who are planning to visit the heritage city.
I would suggest one to go by Train (Swarn Shatabdi) as one would be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the villages that would fall in between the journey as well as the food that is served in the train is amazing. It is a slow and relaxing journey and would take around 6 hours to reach there but worth the time!
For those who love to drive can go by car as it is just 452 km (approx) away! The route would be: Sonipat, Panipat, Ambala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and there you reach Amritsar.
Where to Stay
My suggestion would be to book a hotel in advance as this would save a whole lot of time but if not there are plenty of options to choose from.
Hotel Golden Tower (where I was staying), is a nice and decent budget accommodation. The plus point is that the Jallianwala Bagh and Golden Temple were both at a walking distance from the hotel. The Amritsar railway station was also in close proximity as the distance was close to 3 Kilometres.
Must See Attractions
1. Wagah Border
The border that separates India and Pakistan, situated near the last village of India i.e. Atari village. The place is famous for the Wagah Border Ceremony that is held every day before the sunset where both Indian and Pakistani soldiers greet each other. A beating retreat ceremony and lowering the flag ceremony that happens every day and is viewed by thousands of tourist and local people.
The entry starts from 3:00 pm and the ceremony starts before the sunset so the time depends upon the season. In winters it starts around 5:30 pm while during summers it can start till 6:00 pm.
2. Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
The Golden Temple is one of the main destinations of Amritsar. Thousands of devotees come on a daily basis to visit the Holy Shrine. The temple is purely built of gold and situated in the middle of the Sarovar (Holy Water). The main temple is open from 4:00 am in the morning to 11:00 pm in the night, but the premises remain open 24X7.
One can sit by the lake and enjoy the golden beauty as well as play with the fishes. Listen to the divine music played and get mesmerized by the holy and peaceful atmosphere around.
3. Jallianwala Bagh
One of the most important places in our Indian history. It is a memorial of national importance that was established in 1951 by the Government of India, to commemorate the massacre by British occupying forces of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children, on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919.
You can see the walls carved with bullet marks and the well where thousands of people gave their lives. The well is also known as the “Shaheedi Kuan”. The place would give you chills and would take you back to the time when India fought for its independence. There is also a museum in the memory of the martyrs. A must visit place and is very close to the Golden Temple.
4. Mata Lal Devi Mandir
A Hindu temple situated in Amritsar built in the memory of Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi. The temple is beautifully built and has caves, stairs and pathways that will take you to some different dimension.
5. Durgiana Temple
Another Hindu temple near the Lohgarh Gate in Amritsar. The structure is similar to that of Golden Temple and is situated in the middle of the holy lake. The temple is named after the Goddess Durga. The main gods worshipped here are Goddess Laksmi (goddess of wealth) and Vishnu (the protector of the world).
Other places that can be covered are:
-Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
-The old city bazaar
What not to miss?
1. The Amritsari Naan – it’s a must try delicacy that needs to be tasted if you’re at Amritsar. It is a special type of naan (Indian Flatbread) that is stuffed with mashed potatoes and onions. Amazing in taste and can be easily found in any local food outlet.
2. Amritsari Jutti – a type of shoe that is famous for its style and design and can be easily found in decent price at the Old city bazaar.
3. Lassi – A special kind of drink made out of fermented milk (Dahi) and can be found in variety of flavours. From sweet, salty to almond and cardamom.
4. Kadha from the Golden Temple – it is a metal bangle that is considered holy and is worn by the people for good luck and health. Can be easily found in the shops near or at the Golden Temple.
Hope this helps you well in planning your trip to Amritsar. Have a great trip and do share your views and experience here!
Bon voyage 😀