The first thing which comes to everyone’s mind in the name of Amritsar is The Golden Temple. But, today, Amritsar is not only restricted to a visit to The Golden Temple. There are many beautiful sightseeing attractions for tourists which you can not miss to visit. So, do not think that a one day trip to Amritsar will be enough to explore the city. Plan your trip for 2-3 days and visit top attractions of the city.
Amritsar is one of the largest urban areas of Punjab, and spiritual city. The city has the perfect blend of tradition, culture, history and religion. Ready to explore the miraculous city, Amritsar? Here is our list of top places to visit in Amritsar:-
- The Golden Temple – Undoubtedly, the ultimate top attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib. The gurudwara is built on a sarovar i.e. a water pool and its structure is covered by real gold which is stunning. The beauty and charm of the gurudwara lies in its white and gold architecture and surrounding sarovar. It is a religious shrine in Sikhism. You will find the holy book of Sikhs – the Granth Sahib inside the temple. The Golden Temple has a serene presence and relaxing surroundings. Thousands of devotees come and seek spiritual solace and sacred fulfillment here.
2. Wagah Border – When you are in Amritsar, you cannot simply miss to visit Attari (Wagah) Border, which is approx 32 kilometers drive from the city. The Beating Retreat Ceremony takes place everyday in the evening before sunset. The ceremony starts with a parade of the security forces of India (BSF) and Pakistan jointly and ends up with the lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. It is an amazing experience to be at the geographical border of India and Pakistan and to attend brilliant show done by the well disciplined and well dressed jawans of BSF. The viewers of this ceremony start dancing on the tunes of patriotic songs, the whole stadium swings up in the patriotic feeling.
3. Gobindgarh Fort– One of the best and perfect tourist attractions of the city is the Gobindgarh Fort. This historical fort depicts Punjab bravery and offers an insight into 250 years old history. The fort has museums, food stalls, colorful market, where you can take rides, play exciting games, watch 7D shows and live performances. Do not forget to watch the lights and sound show which takes place in the evening and highlights the memorable past of the fort as well as the city. Shere e Punjab is another excited and enticing 7D show which depicts the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in an interesting way. Apart from these shows, you can enjoy live cultural performances at the Fort throughout the day.
4.Jallianwala Bagh – No one can ever forget the Jallianwala Bagh Mascare which happened on 13th April, 1919 when British troops fired on a large crowd of Indians and killed hundreds of innocent people. You will still find many bullet holes on the walls of the historic garden preserved at the site. The Martyrs well, where several people jumped at the time of fire, is now surrounded by the Martyr’s Memorial. Paintings showing dead people on site are well displayed at the Martyr’s gallery. This place is famous throughout the world as a reflection of tragic event that took place in Amritsar.
5.Durgiana Temple – The structure and design of the temple is very much similar to the Golden Temple with half gold and half white marble design, housed in the middle of the religious lake. People worship goddess Durga, goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu. The silver doors of the temple are beautifully designed which depict holy figures. This is one of the reason, it is also known as Silver Temple also. A visit to Durgiana temple is a sure thing to be on every traveler’s list. Its peaceful and spiritual atmosphere attracts many travelers throughout the world.
6.Partition Museum – As the name suggests, Partition Museum is devoted to the partition of India that was held in the year 1947 when India gained independence from Great Britain. The event of partition of India and Pakistan is one of the unforgettable tragedies in the history of the 20th century. This Museum displays a very good collection of photographs, documents, refugee artefacts, oral histories, art, and newspaper clippings. A visit to this museum will give you a good understanding of the history of rivalry.
7.Sadda Pind – If you want to experience live Punjabi culture, then you must visit Sada Pind. It is a Punjabi village resort which brings you a perfect combination of customs, religion, culture and tradition, showing a true picture of Punjab villages and lives of the villagers. Here, you will enjoy folk dances, live performances, delicious cuisines, handicrafts, and local attractions of Punjab culture.
Enjoy Your Stay at the holy place – Amritsar. I hope this article will be helpful in planning your trip to Amritsar. Do share in comments what places you visited and how was your experience.
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