The city of Amritsar located in the north of Punjab is a vibrant city, a hub for commerce, culture and tourism in the state. Amritsar is etched in history for political events such Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and Operation Blue Star.
It is also the world’s centre for Sikhism and home to the iconic Golden Temple, the most revered spiritual destination of Sikhism. Apart from popular tourist sites within the city, there are many interesting places around Amritsar where you can enjoy a wholesome picnic. Find below the best picnic spots near Amritsar.
Best Picnic Spots Near Amritsar: Within 50 kilometres
1. Tarn Taran Sahib
A holy Sikh town founded in 16th century, Tarn Taran Sahib is a historical spot to visit for a short but memorable picnic. You can check out the famous Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, shop at some local markets, and relax near the Sikh holy tank called the Sarovar.
Also, check out the historical landmarks Y-Point and Mandi Wala Chowk. There are many little eateries and dhabas to enjoy authentic Punjabi food or you can eat at one of the langars in its many gurdwaras.
- Distance from Amritsar: 30 kilometres
2. Wagah Border
Wagah Border is a celebrated landmark between India and Pakistan, around 45 minutes away from Amritsar. The daily gate-closing ceremony by the Border Security Force in the evening is a spectacle worth watching. Get a VIP pass to get a good view of the soldiers marching.
The spot is usually crowded with tourists and the atmosphere is lively and full of energy. Eat at Sarhad – Pakistani Indian border restaurant and feel the patriotic fervour in the air. Also visit the Samadhi of Sham Singh Attariwala nearby.
- Distance from Amritsar: 32 kilometres
A small town near Amritsar, Batala is home to Hazira Park which is an ideal spot to go on a short outing. The park is perfect for walking, jogging, doing yoga and meditation or simply lazing around in manicured gardens. There is a Domino’s Pizza nearby for a quick bite.
The park houses the tomb of ancient Mughal Emperor Shamsher Khan. Other points of interest to check out in Batala are Jal Mahal, Gurudwara Kandh Sahib, and Kali Dwara Mandir.
- Distance from Amritsar: 42 kilometres
Best Picnic Spots Near Amritsar: Within 50 to 100 kilometres
4. Kanjli Wetlands
An ideal picnic spot close to Amritsar, Kanjli Wetlands are a birdwatcher’s haven. Located near the Kanjli Lake, the man-made wetlands are a great spot to enjoy the variety of aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna.
Carry your own snacks if you do not wish to eat at nearby dhabas. Sit by the flowing Kali Bein stream and spend quality time in nature and spot birds like Kingfisher, Wigeon and Northern Pintail.
- Distance from Amritsar: 64 kilometres
5. Harike Wetland & Bird Sanctuary
Harike Wetland is the largest wetland in northern India and is also known as Hari-ke-pattan. Apart from lush foliage, flora and fauna, the wetland is a good place to check out water hyacinths.
Spot otter, Testudines Turtle, Indus Dolphins and Gharials and a variety of migratory birds in the wetlands. Inside the park, sit by the Harike Lake and enjoy the joys of a true picnic. There are many dhabas enroute you can eat at.
- Distance from Amritsar: 95 kilometres
6. Rangla Punjab Haveli
A traditional Punjabi theme village, Rangla Punjab is the most exciting way to spend a curated picnic. At the village, you can enjoy Bhangra performances, puppet shows and magic tricks.
Enjoy mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine and marvel at the realistic decor.
Buy handmade Punjabi artefacts, souvenirs and accessories like ‘juttis’. A great place for family recreation and the best way to enjoy the authentic culture of Punjab.
- Distance from Amritsar: 92 kilometres
Best Picnic Spots Near Amritsar: Over 100 kilometres away
7. Bajwara Fort – Hoshiarpur
Check out the captivating ruins of historic Bajwara Fort near the town of Hoshiarpur. Spend the afternoon exploring the small fort and enjoy a picnic spread in the secluded vicinity of the fort.
A few kilometres up north of the fort is the Takhni Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary which can be the second half of your picnic. Spot deer, jungle cats, leopards, mongoose and snakes.
- Distance from Amritsar: 120 kilometres
The main attraction of the town of Faridkot, Quilla Mubarak is a historical monument with grand architecture and a well-maintained garden within the building complex. Buildings to check out here are Treasury Building, Tosha Khana and Modi Khana.
Other points of interest in Faridkot are Raj Mahal Palace and Gurudwara Tilla Baba Farid where you can pay your respects and eat at the langar.
- Distance from Amritsar: 131 kilometres
9. Nurpur Fort
Located a few kilometres away from the town of Pathankot, Nurpur Fort is an amazing historical picnic spot. Nurpur is a town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Nurpur Fort is a 16th-century fort and although a little dilapidated, its glory is intact as its carvings and decor still look magnificent.
The highlight is the Krishna temple built inside. Carry your own snacks as there are no eateries nearby, except once you hit the highway.
- Distance from Amritsar: 141 kilometres
Spend a relaxing day in Phillaur where you can have a fun picnic. There are two places to pick from, Phillaur Fort and Tiger Safari.
Built 200 years ago under Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Phillaur Fort was built by French and Italian designers. Now converted into a police academy, the fort has a good exhibit of artefacts.
Tiger Safari located between Ludhiana and Phillaur, this is a modest zoo with wildlife and tigers. You can take a short safari here.
Distance from Amritsar: 135 kilometres
11. Hardy’s World – Ludhiana
The best picnic spot to visit with family and friends, Hardy’s World in Ludhiana has multiple entertainment options with around 20 water and dry park rides including merry-go-rounds and roller coasters. The park has great food outlets and shopping options.
Other places to go picnicking in Ludhiana are Rakh Bagh Park which has a toy train and Lodhi Fort where you can stroll around and spend some ‘me time’.
- Distance from Amritsar: 142 kilometres
12. Bathinda Lake
Located in the middle of Bathinda city, the Bathinda Lake is a calm and quiet way to spend a picnic. You can enjoy quiet strolls around the lake and go boating in the waters. The lake is famous for its thermal plant.
There are also camel rides and parasailing facilities in Bathinda Lake along with decent restaurants to eat at, making this a wholesome picnic spot.
- Distance from Amritsar: 191 kilometres
Break away from the mundaneness of daily routine by embarking on a fun picnic to any or all destinations listed in our guide. To share your experience with us, write to us in the comment box below.