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History of amritsar

The history of Amritsar goes back to the sixteenth century. The origin of the city lies in the village of Tung. It was named after the lake founded by the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das in 1574. The walled city and narrow streets were developed in the 17th and 18th century. The city was divided into distinct areas called Katras, which were residential units that provided a defence system against attacks on the city. On 13th April, 1919, the city suffered from the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which involved the killing of hundreds of civilians, ordered by a British military officer named Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. This tragic incident occurred on the sacred festival of Baisakhi, when thousands of people had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh. The site has now been converted into a memorial. The partition of India in 1947 also had a major impact on the city, when the state of Punjab was divided between India and Pakistan. This led to many people being displaced from both sides on the border and led to riots. Between 3rd June and 8th June in 1984, Operation Blue Star was carried out by the military, as ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to remove militants from the Golden Temple. The operation aroused controversy and is hotly debated even today. The city of Amritsar has gone through a lot, throughout history. Today, it has flourished in many ways and plays an important role in the development of Punjab and the country.

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  • Theme of Amritsar [Heritage, Religious]
  • You'll love Amritsar for [Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Shopping, Food]
  • Watchout for [Humidity]
  • Best Time To Visit
    November - March
  • Altitude 764 ft. above sea level

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    Rs.12,750
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    Rs.37,250
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    8 Nights, 9 Days
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Popular Flights To amritsar

    • DELDelhi
      ATQAmritsar
    • Air India
      AI-479
    • 21:15 22:20
      Non Stop
    • 01h 05m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.2,547
    • JAIJaipur
      ATQAmritsar
    • Spicejet
      SG-2982
    • 16:55 18:45
      Non Stop
    • 01h 50m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.3,902
    • LKOLucknow
      ATQAmritsar
    • Indigo
      6E-306
    • 15:10 22:45
      1 Stop
    • 07h 35m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.3,935
    • BOMMumbai
      ATQAmritsar
    • Spicejet
      SG-6371
    • 12:00 14:55
      Non Stop
    • 02h 55m
      Non Stop
    • Rs.5,030
    • PATPatna
      ATQAmritsar
    • Indigo
      6E-191
    • 14:30 22:45
      1 Stop
    • 08h 15m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,204
    • IDRIndore
      ATQAmritsar
    • Indigo
      6E-6409
    • 16:55 22:45
      1 Stop
    • 05h 50m
      1 Stop
    • Rs.5,665
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amritsar Travel Talk Sharing travel experiences - one story at a time

Experience Amritsar’s Rich Folk Song And Dance Forms On Your Next Trip

Experience Amritsar’s Rich Folk Song And Dance Forms On Your Next Trip

Experience the vibrant culture of Amritsar through various kinds of Punjabi folk music and dances.

17 Aug 2018  | 3-minute read
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4 Ways To Have A Blissful Honeymoon In Amritsar!

4 Ways To Have A Blissful Honeymoon In Amritsar!

History, Spirituality, a vibrant culture and delicious street fares conjures up a blissful experience for newlyweds in Amritsar!

14 Aug 2018  | 3-minute read
From Phulkaris To Juttis, What’s Not To Love About Shopping In Amritsar

From Phulkaris To Juttis, What’s Not To Love About Shopping In Amritsar

Amritsar is a binge shopper’s paradise. Make your pick from an array of clothing, footwear, ornaments and handicrafts.

06 Aug 2018  | 3-minute read

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