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The Sikh Guru, Guru Ram
Das, founded Amritsar, meaning 'a pool of nectar'. It has grown from a
sacred village pond into a spiritual temporal centre of Sikh culture.
Amritsar is the soul of Punjab and today it is India’s important
distribution centre of dry-fruits. It is one of the most ancient and
fascinating cities of India. It is also the city where Jallianwala Bagh, the
garden where scores of innocent Indian people were massacred by the British.
Amritsar is an institution by itself.
General Information :-
Major Attractions of Amritsar
Mata Mandir Temple : A grand old pious lady developed this Hindu temple situated at Rani ka Bagh, on the lines of holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi at Katra (Jammu), the temple draws crowds of devotees from far and near. Festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. An evening visit to the temple gives an opportunity to the visitors to observe the life styles of Hindu families..
Location: This temple is to the northwest of the railway station. It is notable for a Disneyesque series of grottoes and shrines featuring Hindu deities
Ram Tirth : On the outskirts of Amritsar is this significant historic birthplace of Lav and Kush. It is the spot where sage Valmiki's ashram stood and this is a sacred place for the Hindus where we get a glimpse of statues illustrating scenes from the Ramayana. The place gets a special mention in the great Hindu epic "Ramayana". It was here that Sita came after Rama deserted her. It was here that the great saint Maharishi Valmiki gave her shelter and protection. Mata Sita gave birth to twins "Luv"and "Kush" the great sons of Lord Rama. Maharishi Valmiki conducted them to highest levels in education in the realms of religious and social life besides intricacies of warfare.
Golden Temple : Also called Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple was laid by Guru Ram Das in the 14th century. It is acclaimed as one of the holiest sites of the Sikhs. It has four doorways and gorgeously decorated arches. Reflecting influences of both Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the temple standing in the middle of a tank, exudes tremendous architectural brilliance which draws the attention of numerous tourists around the globe. Although principally a pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs, it is visited by people of all religions and proves to be one of the greatest tourist attractions in Amritsar on your tour to India.
Jalianwala Bagh : Sited near the Golden Temple, it bears testimony to the disaster called Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at the time of the rule of the British Raj. A congregation, attended by several Punjabis on the occasion of Baisakhi (New Year) celebrations on 13 April 1919 was set on fire by General Dyer. Till date it serves as one of the greatest tourist attractions in Amritsar.
Durgiana Mandir : Located close to the Golden Temple, this temple, modeled in the style of the Golden Temple, is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. However, it also offers prayers to deities of Lakshmi and Narayana. Believed to have been built in the 16th century AD, the temple stands in the center of a lake
Baba Atal Rai Tower : Situated not far from the main town, Baba Atal Rai Tower is believed to have been the place where Guru Har Gobind died. Christened after the son of Guru Har Gobind, this nine-storey building gives you a panoramic view from the top. The first floor of the tower preserves some of the trinkets that bear associations to Guru Nanak’s life and his teachings
Wagah Border : Literally defining the Indo-Pakistan border, Wagah is just 28 km from the main town of Amritsar. The ‘change of guards ceremony’ at sunset draws a good many spectators
Tarn Taran : Situated at 25 km from Amritsar, Tarn Taran houses a
sacred tank which is believed to have healing powers. It has a Gurudwara as
well which was built by Guru Arjan Dev in AD 1768.
Photos of Amritsar
By Air - Your query of transportation access to Amritsar by air is duly answered by the accessibility of various air services to and from the Raja Sansi Airport which is hardly 10 km from the main city. You can avail of connecting flights from Amritsar to Delhi - London and Delhi - New York. Lately, plane services to and from the Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) have gained popularity. Taxis are easily accessible to and from the airport.
By Rail - Well
connected by excellent rail routes, reaching Amritsar is very easy. Direct
train services are provided to important cities like Delhi, Calcutta,
Bombay, Puri and other places. The Samjhauta Express also connects Amritsar
to Lahore in Pakistan.
Accommodation in Amritsar
Where to Eat in Amritsar
Shopping in Amritsar
Visit the Pakistan border at Wagah to see the border closing ceremony. Indian and Pakistani soldiers do a march-off every evening, a popular and fun event. Taxis leave from the backside of the Golden Temple. It's a 45 minute ride, and you should leave Amritsar by around 3:30PM.