Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which means the pool of nectar, is derived from the pool that surrounds the Golden Temple. Though the city is quite congested, it has an air of spirituality and a heart to it. The stunning complex of the Golden Temple, with the Central Sikh Museum, will surround you with a spiritual energy that is hard to shake off. The gurdwara is located at the nucleus of the lake, which glitters like gold after the sun goes down. At every corner you’ll find devotees who have volunteered for either cooking or cleaning the premise. Eat a free meal at the dining hall and make sure you don’t waste any food. The Jallianwala Bagh, from the pages of history, comes to life here. The complex, where around 1500 people were massacred, still has bullet marks all over it. A peek into the well, inside which hundreds jumped to save their lives, is sure to leave you feeling uncomfortable. An hour away from the city is the Wagah Border, where the gates divide Pakistan and India. An evening parade, held before sunset every day, is an experience worth savouring. Amritsar remains incomplete without the lassi with heaps of malai, available almost everywhere. There are endless options to stay in the city but if you want to splurge, consider the Green Acres Haveli and Country Inn Hotels and Resorts.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Amritsar is from October to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
The Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib is the holiest Gurdwara situated in Amritsar. A Sikh guru named Guru Arjan designed the golden temple and installed the Adi Granth (Holy Scripture of Sikhism) in the temple. In 19th Century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over Punjab and defended it from the attacks of the neighbouring regions. This was when he covered the top floors of the Gurdwara with Gold which helped the temple to make a distinct place in itself, and also it got the English name. The Gurdwara is surrounded by a lake, which consists the Holy Water and three Holy trees. Many memorial slab and plaques are placed inside the Gurdwara, which commemorates the past events.
This is a public Park in Amritsar, Punjab and is a symbol of Independence and tragedies related to it. Once it so happened that a British Lady named Marshella was cornered by an Indian mob and beaten up. She was rescued by a man who was the father of her pupil. Hearing this General Dyer issued an order that every Indian had to cover the distance by crawling and the English officers could shoot and hit any Indian whom they saw. To protest against this, around 15000 men, women and children gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh and were protesting peacefully. After around an hour General Dyer and his army blocked all the exit ways of the park and ordered random shooting resulting which thousands of men and women died. This was one of the most tragic massacres of the Indian History. A memorial to honor those who died in this incident is made over here with a lamp which burns 24 hours. There is lush greenery in this park with a number of flowering plants as well.
Kesar Da Dhaba
The pride of the Amritsar Cantonment, this small dhaba serves delicious Punjabi food at low costs. The dhaba is inside a small lane and so it is better that you park your vehicle outside the lane. The servings are huge and one plate is enough for two people even if you are starving. Their authentic spicy, Punjabi taste with the sweetness of the thick, creamy lassi is just superb. Their specialties are their stuffed parantha thali and lassi. Desi Ghee is what they put in most of their food and so be prepared to let your diet regime go for a toss and eat here to enjoy real Indian food.
Bharawan da Dhaba
Located near the Amritsar Municipal Corporation, the Bharawan da Dhaba is a very renowned restaurant serving North Indian and fast food. It is among the most famous places to eat in Amritsar. The place has a very pleasant ambience and is fully Air-Conditioned which makes it more comfortable. This place is famous for Amritsari Kulcha, Daal Makhani, Makki Di Roti & Sarson ka Saag. The service is very fast as the customers come in large chunks.
Constructed along the lines of the Golden temple, the temple is also called the Silver temple due to its carved silver doors. The temple has slowly gained prominence over the years, with pilgrims visiting the temple form both India and abroad. It is also known as the Durgiana, its name derived from the Hindu Goddess Durga. In close proximity to the Railway station and the Bus stand, the Durgiana Mandir owes its existence to Guru Shai Mal Kapoor, a religious leader who proposed the idea of the temple. It is his statue in a sitting position that stands immortalised outside the main temple entrance, also called the Darshani Deori. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya laid the foundation stone of the temple in the year 1924, on the occasion of Ganga Dashmi.
Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner
Situated near Madaan Hospital , Majitha Road, Amritsar, The Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner is a must visit outlet while your stay in Amritsar. A very efficient and well maintained restaurant serving mouth watering food at lightining speed, just at the walking distance from the Golden temple. Best place to unwind after all the sightseeing in Amritsar. The place is very famous for its Fish and chicken dishes. The place is always filled with travelers and they have a very helping and effective team of workers to manage the huge demand.
When I visited the Golden temple, I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace and serene. I did not want to come back. I wanted to take a holy dip in the water. I wanted to sit and sing bhajans the entire day. I wanted to watch the long line of people patiently waiting for their turn to get inside the main temple. No one was in a hurry. Tip: Keep your head covered all the time - men, women, and children. If you don't have anything, you will find something to buy outside the temple.
Dry Fruit Corner
Do not confuse this shop with New Dry Fruit Corner. The original shop is walking distance from Jalianwallah Bagh and the Golden Temple. Do stop here for different varieties of "papad", "Vadi" , "Churans" etc. They're famous all over and a pretty major food landmark of Amritsar.
This is pretty happening place. There's an array of eating joints here and you will be spoilt for choice. I went to Kulcha Land (Read: NOT Kulcha Lord) to grab some authentic Amritsari kulcha and I loved it. they're a pretty small dhaba style place but the service is quick and the food delicious. A limited menu but that really stops mattering after you've ordered the first kulcha.
Being really fond of ancient structures and all the antique heritage and items that come with them, I visited the Gobind Garh Fort which was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the early 18th century. The structure has still been kept entirely intact and proves it's durable build. The construction and design of the fort was to defend against the attacks of the Afghans. The fort is not open to public now and has been taken over by the Indian security forces, but one can peek a view from the outside.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Located in the largest city of Punjab, Ludhiana, this is a war museum named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maharaja is known as the "Lion of Punjab" and this museum was opened to the public in the year 1999. The museum has a simple design and is circled by a pretty garden with colorful flowering plants. The war museum is mainly dedicated to all those bravehearts who have laid their lives in the various battles fought so far. The items displayed in the museum also make all citizens and visitors aware of the importance of defense in everyones' lives. there are displays of tanks, canons and other weapons along with the model of the INS Vikrant. The sense of nationality is wonderful that each visitor feels over here. The light and sound show which is held here regularly is an attraction as well. In this show you get to know about the Independence Movement in which Punjab took part whole- heartedly.
Surjit Food Plaza
6. Amritsari fish Do not, I repeat, do not leave Amritsar without tasting its “world famous” fish. The batter-fried Amritsari fish fry melts in your mouth like ‘makhan’ (butter). At least, that is what the claim is. Pay a visit to Surjit food plaza at Lawrence Road for some finger-licking good fish and mutton tikkas and curry.
2. Amritsari Naan Savor these potato-stuffed naans with butter and chhole and feel like heaven. These huge mouthwatering naans are famous across the country but in no corner of India have they tasted the same like in Amritsar. Try chungi Ka Kulcha at Maqbool Road or Kulcha Land in Ranjit Avenue.