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Discovering the Golden City: A Guide to Amritsar
Amritsar is synonymous with the Golden temple and this is the first place that hovers the mind when one thinks of visiting Amritsar. There is more to Amritsar than just Golden temple and here is an itinerary guide that would help you plan your upcoming Amritsar holiday to the fullest.
Top attractions in Amritsar
Travelers must definitely visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar to seek divine blessings. Golden temple is primarily the most revered site in Sikhism. It is generally advised to pay two visits to the Golden temple; one during the day and the other at night. The temple stands in the old Amritsar city and the entire city was named after the holy water pool- Amritsar (the pool of immortality). The Golden temple houses the holy book of Sikhism. One should not miss the chance to taste the ‘Langar’ distributed every day on the temple premises as a part of ‘Seva’ (one of the pivotal philosophies in Sikhism). Travelers are required to dress modestly while visiting the temple premises.
Apart from visiting the Golden temple, the landmark site in Amritsar, travelers must plan their itinerary in a way that must include a visit to the Jallianwala bagh. This historical monument holds great significance in India’s independence. Many unarmed Indians were brutally massacred here upon the order of the then General, Reginald Dyer. The bullet holes stand afresh on the walls of Jallianwala Bagh.
Yet another place in Amritsar that one may visit is the Partition Museum. It is a memoir of the saddest time in the history of the Indian subcontinent. The Indian partition remains the most upsetting and largest migration crisis in human history. One is recommended to attend the Attari Wagah border ceremony that takes place daily to mark the closing of the border gates between India and Pakistan. The Partition museum houses stories of families that got separated as a result of the partition, tales of heroic survival and loss, audio tours along with an array of various and diverse exhibits.
Top places to eat in Amritsar
Amritsar is a paradise for food lovers, there is no dearth of variety in Amritsari food and the things that you must savor for a delectable food experience in Amritsar are as follows: rich lassi, food at the famous Kesar da dhaba, Amritsari Kulcha, chole puri, paneer curries, etc.
Best time to Tripify
The best time to visit Amritsar is from November to March. This time of the year is considered to be the most pleasant for Amritsar sightseeing as one remains guarded against the scorchingly sweltering heat.
Amritsar is a magnetic city in Punjab and is highly revered for its Golden temple across the nation. The city is safe for solo female travelers and holds great historical significance as far as the Indian war of independence is concerned. Don’t forget to eat and indulge in the holy langar distributed at Golden temple.