Amritsar is the largest city in Punjab is probably most well-known as the home to the holiest shrine of Sikhism — the spectacular Golden Temple. It’s well worth spending some time exploring the sprawling complex, but don’t stop there. Amritsar isn’t just about sacred sites (although there are many to explore). The holy city is also a must-stop street food destination, and home to plenty of museums, forts, and bustling bazaars and markets. Get better acquainted and feel like a local before you go with this complete guide to Amritsar.
How to Reach Amritsar
Located around 11 km away from the city-centre, the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport of Amritsar has more than 160 domestic and international flights. There are daily direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, London, Doha, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
Being located on the National Highway 1, Amritsar is well connected by road. Daily bus services, including both government and private run, to and from Ambala, Patiala, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu. For transportation within the city, you can take rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis or buses.
The Amritsar Railway Station connects the city to almost all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. A train journey from Delhi to Amritsar takes about 6 hours.
Getting to and from Amritsar Airport
Taking a pre-paid taxi is the best and most efficient means of getting to and from Amritsar airport. Taxi service is available outside the terminal building. You can also choose to travel via autorickshaw. A prepaid taxi counter can be found in the arrivals area. The journey into town takes around 20 minutes and a taxi will run you between INR 300 and 400, and an autorickshaw should be about INR 150. Ola/Uber services are also available in Amritsar one side will approximately charge you INR 90-160.
Getting around Amritsar
The most convenient experience of getting around in Amritsar can be through using the apps like Uber or the local car sharing app Ola.
Using an autorickshaw is your second best option for getting around in Amritsar but this can sure go expensive than the first one. Agree on a price before you hop on.
For Golden Temple, there are free yellow shuttle buses that run between the train station and the Golden Temple from 4am to 9pm.
Things to do in Amritsar
For an awe-inspiring experience, visit Amritsar’s stunning Golden Temple, the holiest place of worship for Sikhs the world over. Open 24 hours a day, the massive golden palace rising out of a man-made lake is a truly impressive sight to behold and it’ll be tough to stop snapping photos from every angle. Take a dip in the holy Sarovar (holy pond) and explore the site, visited by millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Note that inside the temple, it’s mandatory to cover your head at all times. The temple welcomes everyone, regardless of cast, creed, or race.
If you have time and you’re hungry, don’t miss a meal at the langar, the largest free community kitchen in the world, which feeds upwards of 100,000 people a day. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.