Amritsar is a prosperous city in the state of Punjab, in India. Renowned for historic Jallianwallah Bagh, ancient temples, sumptuous food, etc. Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holy shrine, the Golden Temple. Amritsar derives its significant name from the “holy pool of nectar” which surrounds the revered Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib. The pool is referred to as ‘Amrit Sarovar” by the devotees who take a dip in the holy waters.
Amritsar is rightly regarded as the main spiritual and rich cultural center of the Sikh religion. Jallianwala Bagh is barely a 5-minutes’ walk from the Golden Temple. This is a historical place of the 1919 Amritsar massacre perpetrated by British Indian Army soldiers on the local people. You can enjoy the thrilling laser show at the historical Gobind Garh Fort. Recently, Sada Pind has been erected where you can catch a glimpse of the colorful and rich cultural traditions of the people of Punjab.
There are numerous multiplex shopping malls, food court and excellent local eating joints for tourists.
Some holy places to visit in Amritsar
Harmindar Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple” is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the heart of the city. Revered Guru Ramdaas Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru, initiated the plan and construction of this holy temple. It was finally completed by his successor Guru Arjun Dev Ji in 1601. Golden temple now forms the main fulcrum of pilgrimage and tourism in Amritsar. The people are rightfully proud of their city because of its unique religious and cultural heritage. Central Sikh Museum, ensconced on the second floor, houses a large display of paintings, which exhibit the gruesome atrocities suffered by the Sikhs in the past era. Visit the Pakistan border commonly known as Wagah Border and see the splendid border closing ceremony. Here Indian and Pakistani soldiers do an exciting march-off every evening. This has become an extremely popular and fun event.
This famous temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. Thousands of devotees from everywhere come to pay obeisance to the deities in this ancient Hindu temple
Ram Tirath Mandir
This holy shrine is located on the outskirts of Amritsar. It is the seat of the great saint Valmiki. Here Sita took shelter and gave birth to her twin sons “Luv” and “Kush”. Surrounding the pond, the main temple is constructed where people throng to worship the holy sage.
Gurudwara Shaeed Ganjh Sahib
A lot of people visit this revered gurudwara dedicated to Baba Deep Singh Ji located on the outskirts of the city and get their prayers answered.
Kali Mata Mandir
Located in the heart of the old city, this shrine of Maa Kali attracts pilgrims from far.
Visit Bijli Pehalwan Temple located at Lawrence Road and Mata Lal Devi Mandir located in Model Town.
Best Time to Visit Amritsar
The most conducive time to visit the holy city of Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March.