Is Amritsar really worth visiting?

Tripoto
22nd Oct 2019
Day 1

Wagah border, aka the Wagah -Attari border which is the Indo-Pak border accessible from Amritsar, Punjab in India is highly recommended as a must-do. But, is it really worth the hype?

Everyone who visits Amritsar is told of but these 3 places as a must see:
1. The wagah-Attari border to see the beating retreat ceremony
2. The holy Shri Harmandir Sahib aka the Golden temple
3. The Jallian wala bagh

While these places have their respective importance in the culture and history of the country, its just a nightmare to get to these places. The traffic is shear chaos, no one follows the rules, no one drives with patience or respects others on the road. During the #beatingretreat ceremony at the border, despite several requests from the BSF officers, people simply get trampled upon, people keep standing up to take the best shot and after the ceremony you are either the first one out or good luck getting out at all.

Similar was the case at the holy Shri Harmandir Sahib. Getting into the main Gurudwara can take upto 2 hrs and if you are claustrophobic, it will be your worst nightmare. Jallianwala bagh isnt too great either with dust suspended in the air and the government turning a blind eye towards a place like this. There are simply walls with bullet holes marked on them. For what its worth, this place has a very deep message and right now the architecture and the upkeep dont do justice to this place.

After having been there and having faced all the hustle, it started to make more sense to simply watch these places on #Youtube. Amritsar is simply an #overrateddestination and I would rather prefer going to some remote village with no internet no cars and no noise but that of nature.

The Attari border side (India)

Photo of India-Pakistan Wagah Border Stadium 1, Wagah, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Kshitij Tiwari

Jallianwala bagh

Photo of India-Pakistan Wagah Border Stadium 1, Wagah, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Kshitij Tiwari

Golden temple

Photo of India-Pakistan Wagah Border Stadium 1, Wagah, Hardo Rattan, Punjab, India by Kshitij Tiwari