Amritsar, A city also known as Ambarsar in the NorthWestern Indian state of Punjab, the Spiritual and Cultural center of Sikhism all over the world is here. One of the most Ancient and Fascinating cities of India grounded with History of Indian Freedom Struggle. Historically known as Ramdaspur. As the famed Golden Temple was initiated by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of the city, He completed his revolutionary effort in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Amritsar, a pool of Nectar derives its name from Amrit Sarovar. People from each corner of the World, Travel here to visit Harmandir Sahib Ji (Golden Temple).
Amritsar has developed into a major attraction includes Tourism, Carpets and Fabrics, Farm Jallianwala BaghProduce, Handicrafts, Service Trades, and Light Engineering. The city is known for its rich Cuisine, and Culture, and for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 under British Rule. It’s home to Central Khalsa Orphanage, which was once home to Udham Singh, a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement. Gandhi Ground is the main sports complex in the city which is home to the Amritsar Games Association, (AGA).
Operation Blue Star (3rd – 6th June 1984) was an Indian military operation ordered by Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India to curb and remove Sikh militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The operation was carried out by Indian army troops with tanks and armoured vehicles. Militarily successful, the operation aroused immense controversy, and the government’s justification for the timing and style of the attack are hotly debated. Operation Blue Star was included in the Top 10 Political Disgraces by India Today magazine.
Amritsar has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India. Being Tourist spot now-a-days, with a lot of hotels and lodges for all the pocket. Mainly, Amritsar is a place for Shopoholics, Food Lovers and full of sprituality. City offers lots of varaities in both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food potpourri !!! As the city tagged as a Food Lover’s Delight. So when Food came in Mind, One can begin a Journey towards Amritsar…!!
The most beautiful place, The Golden Temple is the signature of Excellence in Amritsar. The City was built around the Golden Temple. Originally named Sri Harmandir Sahib, the entrance at there is under a Victorian clock tower known as the Darshani Deori. The Golden Temple is in the centre of the Amrit Sarovar. It is surrounded by a white marble corridor, through which pilgrims visiting the shrine walk, circumnavigating the temple where pilgrims do Prikarma around the temple. It is very attractive and peaceful to visit the temple in early morning or late night. It is believed that the Jubi tree, at the corner of the Amrit Sarovar, was planted some 450 years ago by the temple’s first head Priest. It is believed to have special powers that the childless women tie strips of cloth on it to be blessed with sons. The dip in the holy water purifies all the sins and it is said that years ago a Leper took a dip in the holy water and got cured of his Leprosy. It is one of the most famous visited places in Amritsar.
Jallianwala Bagh is a beautiful public garden located close to the Golden Temple. This place was a popular ground for holding meetings and protests during the freedom struggle in India. On 13th April, 1919, on the occasion of Baisakhi, a large crowd of around 20,000 people had assembled at Jallianwala Bagh to protest against the arrest of two Indian Freedom Leaders. But today, this ground has been changed to a beautiful public park. Jallianwala Bagh is one of the major tourist attractions of Amritsar.
Wagah Border, also known as ‘Lowering of the Flags’ ceremony, is a daily martial custom that the security forces of India and Pakistan have mutually followed since 1959. This interesting ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah Border. The Wagah Border is also referred to as the ‘Berlin Wall of Asia’. The six-seven feet tall soldiers at the Wagah Border are well dressed in their uniforms with colorful turbans. The Indian ‘Border Security Force’ soldiers are dressed in khaki, and the Pakistani ‘Sutlej Rangers’ soldiers are dressed in black. It is one of the most visiting spot while having a visit to Amritsar.
The Akal Takht is one of five Takhts of the Sikh religion. It is located in the premises of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar. The Akal Takht was built by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji as a symbol of political sovereignty and where spiritual and temporal concerns of the Sikh people could be solved. The current Jathedar of Akal Takht is Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh Khalsa.
Famous for Salwar Suits, Bangles, Punjabi Juttis, Steel Kadas, Dry Fruits, Woolens Shawls, Sweaters and Mufflers, Gold Jewellery, Sandalwood Carvings and many more. And of course you cannot leave Amritsar without buying some of the famous Amritsari Papads and Wadiyans.
Dance and Sing around a Bonfire by throwing in Popcorn, Peanuts and Puffed Rice, This is how People here celebrates ‘Lohri’ in mid of January. The Khalsa Panth was founded by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Locals celebrate this day as a Baisaakhi every year in the month of April. A Religious special events of Guru Purabs are celebrated by all Sikhs in Amritsar.
The famous food of Amritsar is Chhole Kulche, Phirnis, Lassi, Amritsari Fish and the most famous Restaurant Bharawan da dhaba where Amritsari Cusine served.
-Kesar da dhaba is a legendary eat out which opened in 1916 in Lahore and shifted to Amritsar during partition, they prepare and serve food the same way since they opened and it’s a big hit!! Thali @ Kesar da dhaba at Chowk Passian – totally wonderful dinner, and the Dal fry is to die for!!
-Roasted Spicy Corn @ Wagah Border – Simple n Delicious!!
-Chole Puri @ Kanha’s Restaurant, Lawrence Road Amritsar,
-A huge glass of Lassi at Punjabi Lassi house
-Malpuwe (an indian sweet dish) at a local confectionery in chowk Passian.
-Mouth smacking Jalebis ( sweet dish ) @ Gurudas Ram Jalebiwala, Katra Ahluwalia
-Wonderful finger licking Chicken @ Parkash Meat Shop, behind Choongi Kulchewala shop at Lawrence Road and Beera Chicken.
Thats why, Amritsar is recommended for all food lovers!!..
So Go there now!!!!..to eat eat n eat some more!!!!!!
Situated around 11 km away from the city-centre, the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport of Amritsar has more than 160 domestic and international flights. There are daily direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, London, Doha, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
Amritsar is well connected by road. Regular bus services, including both Government and Private run, to and from Ambala, Patiala, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu. For transportation within the city, you can take rickshaws, auto rickshaws, taxis or buses.
Amritsar Railway Station connects the city to almost all major Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Agra, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. A train journey from Delhi to Amritsar takes about 6 hours.