The land of Golden Temple and home to the holy shrine of Sikhs, that's Amritsar's description in a line. Amritsar got its name from the holy pool around the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) which means the pool of nectar.
This city is in the north-western part of India, close to Wagah Border and Pakistan. Winter (October to March) is the best season to visit. You can reach here by air, rail, and road. Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is only 20 minutes away from the city-centre.
The city is famous for its historic past. Many residents have tales to tell about India before freedom and during the partition. The Jallianwala Bagh, only five minutes away from the Golden Temple is the site of 1919 Amritsar massacre. The memorial park is another popular place to visit after the Golden temple.
Coming back to the Golden Temple, it's the city's icon and gets more visitors than the Taj Mahal on a regular basis. The devotees are very serious about the temple and its rules. Before you enter the temple, cover your head with a scarf you can buy for ten rupees outside the temple or get it for free at the entrance of the temple. Submit your shoes, leave your cameras behind and stroll around the amazing temple premises.
The joy of being here is infectious and you can visit the temple as many times as you want, just to catch it under different lights and also because it's open since 6 am in the morning to 2 am at night.
Spread your hands for the langar (free meal) prepared and served by the volunteers in the temple and put whatever you want in the donation box before you leave.
Once your visit to the Golden temple is complete, you can step out to the discover the narrow markets that have cascaded from times unknown and sell carpets, fabrics, agricultural products and handicrafts.
You'll get cycle rickshaws around but the quickest way to find your way out of the crowd is to walk on foot. The people around are friendly and anytime happy to help you in and around the city.
The Mata temple, Durgiana temple, Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Ram Tirth are the other places to visit in Amritsar. Ram Tirth is the birthplace of Ram-Sita's sons Luv-Kush and has Saint Valmiki's Ashram also.
When you get tired exploring the city, take a break and reach these places to discover how tasty tastes like in Amritsar. The specialty of the place is Kulche-Chole, lassi, and jalebis. Here is where you'll find them. Brothers Dhaba or Bharawan Dhaba near Townhall, Kesar da Dhaba and Gurdass Ram Jalebi Wale near Golden Temple, Kulcha Chole Dhaba at Maqbool Road and Lassi Wala Chowk at Hall Bazar.
The north Amritsar is bustling with glamorous malls such as Alpha One, Celebration Mall, Nehru shopping complex and five-star hotels such as the Hyatt Amritsar, Ritz Plaza, Green Acres Haveli and much more.
To plan a budget travel and stay comfortable while exploring this city, you can book a stay with Treebo. We are in Amritsar too and two of our properties, Downtown Suites, and DS Regency are within 3 km from the Golden Temple.