Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. The city is well connected with most of the important cities of India and Amritsar is one of the most agriculturally productive cities of India too.
The city was founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs. Amritsar literally means 'Pool of Nectar', derives its name from the sacred pool, Amrit Sarovar that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. During the turmoil of the Partition of India in 1948, Amritsar was a flash point for the terrible events that shook the Punjab. Amritsar has various historical and religious sites.
Amritsar has a lot to offer the Tourist, let’s have a look on the city and surroundings.
Golden Temple - The Golden Temple or Har Mandir Saheb is the holiest shrine for the people of Sikh religion. The temple was the main centre of the old Amritsar city, Built between 1588 and 1601, the temple architecture is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles.
Jallianwala Bagh : The Jallianwala Bagh is situated close to the Golden Temple, Established by the Government of India in 1951. It is now turned into public garden that also houses a memorial to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators by the British forces. Spread over 6.5 acres of land, Jalianwala Bagh is associated with of the saddest days in Indian History when thousands of innocent people were killed.
Wagah Border : Wagah Border, the final frontier is located about 47 kms from Amritsar. This is the only border crossing between India and neighbour country Pakistan. Every evening at sunset the parade takes place between the soldiers of India and Pakistan. It is a great moment to see the soldiers of both the countries in high enthusiasm and respect for each other.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum : Summer palace turned into museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a lovely building which archives the Royal Heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armour, outstanding paintings and century old coins and manuscripts. The palace is surrounded by the famous Rambagh Gardens popular for its statue of the legendary king with his horse.
Partition Museum : The Partition Museum, to focus on the stories and trauma of the millions who had to suffer from the bloody consequences of a ruthless partition, was recently opened up at Town Hall in Amritsar. It is developed by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT). This museum is a part of the newly inaugurated Heritage Street at Amritsar, and street begins from the Golden Temple and ends at the Town Hall. You will see the newspaper clippings, photographs as a collection of this Museum. You will see the personal items that were donated by people who had witnessed and lived during the Partition.
Village Tour : Let’s go on Half day village tour and we ensure you will love it. This is best way to feel the most agriculture oriented cities of India. You will go through traditional villages of Amritsar, where you will be welcomed with a traditional drink Lassi. Yes it is fresh and healthy Lassi. In this tour you will interact with the families and locals and enjoy by talking and collecting information of their routine life.
Shopping in Amritsar : The markets in Amritsar are considered to be the heart of the city . There are so many shopping places in Amritsar, some famous market of Amritsar are Hall Bazaar, Guru Bazaar, and Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar.
Hall Bazaar : It is one of the oldest marketplaces in Amritsar. Due to its immense variety of stuff, it is considered as one of the best places to shop in Amritsar. It is located on the way of Golden Temple and thus can easily be found and visited by the people. You will find varieties of clothing, footwear, food items, handicrafts etc.
Guru Bazaar : This bazaar has an immense collection of jewellery which can attract your attention. Many tourists from around the world visit the guru bazaar of Amritsar for finding some amazing jewellery pieces. If you are a jewellery lover and are looking for a complete range then visit guru bazaar for sure.
Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar : This market is famous for offering its visitors for some amazing quality of clothing within a wide range. You will find Phulkari designs very commonly in this market as it was originated from Amritsar.
Street Food of Amritsar : Amritsar is foodie paradise of Punjab. This city is very famous city among food lovers. While visiting Amritsar one should taste the street food of Amritsar. The Famous food in Amritsar – Amrisari Kulcha, Saron Da Saag & Makke Ki Roti, Amritsari Lassi, Jalebi etc.
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