Sightseeing in Amritsar - what to see. Complete travel guide

India is rich in sacred cities, and Amritsar is definitely one of them. Moreover, this city is the holy area of the Sikh religion. It is situated in the northwestern part of the Punjab State, not far from the border with Pakistan. Some tourists may wonder what the main attractions of this region are. Travelers from all over the world visit Amritsar to see the holy temple for all Sikhs – the gilded Golden Temple that is built near a beautiful bathe. According to a legend, bathing in this lake brings a gift of eternal life. Besides this landmark, the region is extremely beautiful and definitely deserves the attention of tourists.
It is hard to call Amritsar a large tourist city – there are not many entertainment centers and mind-blowing amusements here. Take your children to cozy public parks, visit amusement … Open
Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru, bought the village of Tung in 1574. This plot of land was situated near a lake, and so the guru founded a settlement with the same name. Ram Das built his residence in the town in the same year. The construction of the city lasted more than two centuries. Amritsar still has a special city layout called Katras. This is a series of closed quarters that are not easy to enter. The purpose of building the city this way is simple – for invaders, it is much harder to conquer such a city as each quarter is fully independent.
When visiting holy places of Amritsar, tourists need to follow certain rules in order not to get into unpleasant situations. Nowadays, there is only one threat left for tourists – local pickpockets. Other than that, the region is calm and safe for travelers. Don’t forget that once you are in the territory of the Golden Temple, it is prohibited to consume alcoholic drinks. If you break this rule, you might end up at a police station. Copyright
Taking into consideration the unique culture and traditions of Amritsar, it is no wonder why spectacular Harmandir Sahib is the main landmark in this Indian city. Many travelers know this … Open
Just like it was mentioned above, the first thing that tourists need to do when they arrive in Amritsar is to visit the Golden Temple. This is an incredibly gorgeous and enchanting place. The building has two floors decorated with sculptures of saints and sophisticated elements of décor. The temple is open from early in the morning and until late at night. Trust us it is worth visiting the temple twice – in the morning in order to see processions of pilgrims and in the evening when the temple is illuminated by millions of lights. This is a truly mesmerizing view. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a unique and one-of-a-kind architectural landmark.
Jallianwala Bagh is a historic garden located not far from the Golden Temple. This is a picturesque area with cozy pathways and a tranquil atmosphere. It is pleasant to relax here. However, many people feel it uneasy to visit Jallianwala Bagh because they know the sad history of this garden. A tragic event took place here in 1919. The British army violently killed Indians who had a peaceful demonstration in the garden. The event is famous as the Jallianwala Massacre. Nowadays, a memorial in the garden reminds of that tragic day.
Having explored the signature architectural landmarks of the city, many tourists want to relax in picturesque local parks. Some of these parks have an important historic background. … Open
In order to get yourself familiar with traditions of Amritsar, consider visiting a true gem of the region - the Sheesh Mahal that is a temple in a cave. This shrine is dedicated to Mata Lal Devi. However, tourists need to be prepared for quite a long road to the temple. They will walk in long labyrinths inside the cave and cross underground streams. Only after that they will reach the praying hall. Indian women come to this temple in order to get a blessing and conceive a child.
Every evening, a funny and curious event takes place in Amritsar. Local people gather to close the border of India with neighboring Pakistan. The border ceremony is a whole ritual, and so tourists may find it interesting to watch it. For this purpose, they need to go to the town of Attari Wagah before the sunset. This town is situated not far from Amritsar. During this ceremony, soldiers lower the flag and tightly close the big cast-iron gate. After that, they close many small locks. It is important to close the gate as loud as possible. Once the ceremony is over, the town sleeps calmly.
Just like many Indian cities, Amritsar has a selection of picturesque markets and shops. The majority of goods are affordable even for budget tourists. You will have an opportunity to … Open
Guests of Amritsar need to keep in mind one thing that they need to consider when preparing to visit the border closing ceremony. When heading to the ceremony, tourists need to leave all non-transparent bags in their hotel rooms. Women cannot even take clutches and cosmetic bags. Even camera cases are prohibited. A failure to follow this rule increases your chance not to see the interesting ceremony. One last thing – do not forget sunglasses as the sun sets exactly where the public gathers.
It is possible to reach Amritsar by airplane from Delhi. The flight lasts only one hour. In the city, it is comfortable to travel in a taxi. Of course, tourists can arrive in the city by train. Many Indian cities have bus connections with the marvelous city of Amritsar. Naturally, the bus is slower, but it is possible to see the country better during the ride.
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Sights around Amritsar from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Badshahi Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
These relics became a reason of interesting stories. Until nowadays we don’t know about their appearance in the mosque. According to the main theory, they were given by the Conqueror Timur and originally, they were in Sheesh Mahal Palace. In 2002 the mosque has lost one of its relics – sandals of the prophet Muhammad. After this accident, the government wanted to close the museum and take the exponents to the Lahore’s museum but later was decided not to replace the relics. … Read further

Sightseeing in regions nearby Amritsar

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