Explore India's holy cities: Amritsar


Saturated with history, culture, and rituals, Amritsar has been the holiest habitation of Sikhs for centuries. The city is the religious and cultural focal point of the Sikh religion and is home to the Harmandir Sahib, otherwise called the Golden Temple. Lively bazaars, friendly people, individuals jostling for space, and aromas of local delicacies are the hallmark of the city. In spite of the fact that the city may appear to be overpowering initially, few days here and you will fall in love with it. To explore the city of Amritsar in depth, we recommend you book a Savaari so you can get about the city at your leisure.

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Amritsar is a city with an impressive mix of customs and cultures. The city is traditionally home to the Sikh populace of the nation, yet individuals of different religions live cordially in this cosmopolitan city. The festivals that are widely celebrated in Amritsar include Vaisakhi, Lohri, Guru Parb and Holi. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is celebrated in the sacred memory of the commemoration of Khalsa Panth. If you enjoy being part of local festivities, then these are a few celebrations that you should not miss.

With critical religious focus and authentic destinations, Amritsar uncovers an eminent past and a promising future. The city consists of few chief attractions like Golden Temple, a place whose kitchen and management capabilities will leave you in awe of this place. With over a 100,000 guests sustained each day with nourishment – the administration and their love ensures that nobody in Amritsar goes hungry. In the vicinity of Golden Temple stands the magnificent Akal Takht. It is the place of the highest spokesperson of Sikhs, the Jathedar and the highest seat of Khalsa.

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Only a couple of minute stroll from Golden Temple is the colossal Jallianwala Bagh, a place of national significance and symbol of the Indian freedom movement. No excursion to Amritsar is ever completed without going to the 'Bringing down of the Flags' ceremony at the India-Pakistan Attari Border Crossing, famously known as the Wagah Border. Ram Tirath located at a distance of 11 Km from Amritsar is worth a visit. This place has immense religious significance as it is the birthplace of Luv and Kush. Durgiana Temple which is set close to the Lohgarh Gate of Amritsar is also a must visit destination.

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Apart from the places mentioned above, you can also move to the North side of town that houses upmarket eateries, gleaming towers, present day homes, and other remarkable indications of the city's long journey. Hall Bazaar, situated off Hall Road is the busiest shopping complexes in Amritsar known for the beautiful Phulkari weaving work, gems, and handiworks. The iconic Mughal style gate and a giant clock are sights to behold. If you want to explore the city's vibrant markets, we recommend you book a cab in Amritsar.

Amritsar is a food lover’s paradise. The open-air kitchens and dhabas are some recommended options to taste authentic local cuisine. Kulchas, Chhole Bhature and Lassi at Bharawan Da Dhaba are highly recommended.

The climate in Amritsar is pleasant during the months of November to March. Although you can visit any time of the year, these months are preferable to avoid the scorching heat or torrential downpours. Amritsar is well-connected via air from other metros like Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Likewise, there are trains daily to Amritsar from most major cities. If you love travelling by road, the city is well-connected via scenic highways that offer a memorable journey. Local transport is easily available for touring the city. You can avail rickshaw and cycle rickshaw services for shorter distances, whereas booking a taxi is preferred for long journeys to save time and avoid the hassles.

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