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Places to Visit in amritsar

Amritsar is a historical city of Punjab and it is also known as the home of holiest shrine of Sikhism - the Golden Temple. The place is located about 28 km from the border of neighbouring state Pakistan. Amritsar has its own historical and religious significance that’s why most of the people call it ‘the holiest city of Punjab’. Notably, most of the places in Amritsar tell tales of Indian Independence. Along with this, Amritsar is famous for numerous shrines, bazaars, theatre traditions, colourful festivals, finest Punjabi food, and textiles including shawls and carpets.

This is the place which witnessed the deadliest Jallianwala Bagh massacre and Operation Blue Star but even after all these years Amritsar today stands in full glory and pride. There are several tourist places in Amritsar which are evidence of its historical and religious relevance.

From Islamic culture to Hinduism to Sikhism, Amritsar has seen it all and it would not be wrong to say Amritsar is one such state that truly depicts the meaning of ‘Unity in Diversity.’

Although you can visit the city anytime of the year, but the best time to visit Amritsar is between November and March. During this time period, you can enjoy the weather in Amritsar as it remains pleasant. You can also explore some of the popular destinations during this time. Some of the places to visit in Amritsar are:

• The Golden Temple
• Jallianwala Bagh
• Chand Baori
• Wagah Border
• Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
• Akal Takth
• Kaiser Bagh Park

For an inclusive Amritsar travel guide and several interesting Amritsar packages, tourists can access the official website of Yatra, which is a key aggregator for online ticketing.

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  • Best Time To Visit
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  • Altitude 764 ft. above sea level
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Attractions in amritsar

Dukh Bhanjani Beri Tree

Dukh Bhanjani Beri Tree

Religious

Spend approx 1 hour

Dukh Bhanjani Beri Tree is an old jujube tree that is considered ...
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Dera Baba Jaimal Singh Ji

Dera Baba Jaimal Singh Ji

Religious

Spend approx 2 hours

Dera Baba Jaimal Singh Ji is an important religious site in Amrit...
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Shree Durgiana Tirath

Shree Durgiana Tirath

Religious

Spend approx 2 hours

Also called as Sitla Mandir, Lakshmi Narayan temple, and Durga Ti...
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Golden Temple- Harmandir Sahib

Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib

Religious

Spend approx 3 hours

Sri Harmandir Sahib meaning The Abode of God, informally called a...
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Places to eat in amritsar

Surjit Food Plaza

Surjit Food Plaza

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 1000

This restaurant started as a tiny shop many years ago. It soon tr...
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Charming Chicken

Charming Chicken

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 300

As the name aptly suggests about the restaurant, Charming Chicken...
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Brother's Dhaba

Brother's Dhaba

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 100

One of the award-winning dhabas situated very close to the Golden...
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Kesar Da Dhaba

Kesar Da Dhaba

Dhaba

Cost for Two - INR 350

Kesar Da Dhaba is one of the most renowned restaurants in the cit...
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Nightlife in amritsar

Stars N Bars

Stars N Bars

Pubs

Cost for Two - INR 1500

Stars ‘N’ Bars is a venture of an internationally famous restaura...
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Places to stay in amritsar

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Popular Flights To amritsar

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Amrtisar Places to Visit

Top Tourist Places to visit in Amritsar:

Among several famous places in Amritsar, some of the best places to visit in Amritsar are as follows:

● The Golden Temple: Also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple is the holiest Sikh temple in the world. It was constructed during the 16th century but later finished in 1764. The dome of the temple is covered with gold, making it unique from the others. The inner walls of the temple are covered with semi-precious stones, glasswork and Meenakari work. The architecture of the temple shows both Hindu and Islamic style. The holy book, the Granth Sahib, is placed in the main temple and the book has numerous collections of holy poems and hymns.

● Jallianwala Bagh: Spread over an area over 6.5 acres, Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden that features a memorial of the famous (read: notorious) Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It is dedicated to the martyrs of the massacre. The garden also has a Martyr’s Gallery, which exhibits portraits of some freedom fighters. There is also a wall which has bullet marks till today and a well where a large number of people jumped in an attempt to save them from the bullets. It is managed by the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust and is the best place to revisit the history.

● Chand Baori: Constructed around 800 AD, Chand Baori is a stepwell made to provide convenience to the people who are in search of water. It is one of the most spectacular stepwells of Amritsar. Having 13 stories and approx 3500 steps, Chand Baori is one of the largest stepwells of India. The depth of the well is astonishing 30 metres. It is also quite popular among tourists because the air at the bottom of the well is a few degrees cooler than that on top. The place flawlessly depicts the astounding symmetry, magnificent architecture and the ancient history of India.

● Wagah Border: The famous border between India and Pakistan, Wagah Border lies here in Amritsar too. It is prominent for its closing ceremony which is also known as the ‘lowering of the flags ceremony’ or the ‘Beating Retreat.’ The border is located 32 km from Amritsar. The famous ceremony takes place every evening before sunset and the security forces of both India (BSF) and Pakistan (Pakistani Rangers) perform here since 1959. As soon as the sun sets, the border keepers bring down their respective national flags. Notably, the ceremony ends with a handshake between the soldiers of both nations.

● Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: Situated in the midst of beautiful Ram Bagh garden, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a famous museum of Amritsar. It is one of the best museums in Punjab and also one of the top tourist attractions in Amritsar. It was originally the summer Palace for great Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh during 18th and 19th century but later in 1977 it was converted into a museum. The museum displays the life of Sikh ruler and along with this, it also shows the objects like arms and armours, paintings, old coins and manuscript which are related to the Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s era.

● Akal Takth: One of the five sacred seats of power in Sikh religion, Akal Takth means ‘throne of the timeless one.’ The seat is inside the Golden Temple and the holy book - Granth Sahib is kept here during the night. It is a main part of the Golden Temple and was built by Guru Hargobind Singh Ji who was the sixth guru of Sikhs. Akal Takth means ‘symbol of political sovereignty.’ The original seat was 3.5 metres tall but the present structure is a five storey building with marble walls and a gold-coated dome.

● Kaiser Bagh Park: Also known as Ceaser's Park, Kaiser Bagh is the most exciting and fun place in Amritsar. It was built around 1845-1850. The quadrangular shaped park features a pavilion, bordered by yellow painted forms on the three sides. Kaiser Bagh is a combination of Gothic and Mughal style architecture. The entrance of the park is quite famous among tourists because it has a flight of stairs that guide to the main floor which is somewhat similar to a bridge. A small temple is also built here.

Amritsar Sightseeing by bus:

If you do not want to spend big bucks while travelling then the bus is the most convenient and cheaper way of transportation and in bonus, it also helps you to connect with locals of the city. The best way to explore the city by bus is to book a daily tour organised by Punjab Roadways for Amritsar sightseeing. The tour bus passes through many religious and historical sites, old bazaars and food points providing you a quick glance of the city iconic structures.

Amritsar Sightseeing by Car:

The car serves as a convenient approach to enjoy Amritsar sightseeing. It provides the freedom to explore every nook and corner of the city at own pace and it also provides enough space for luggage. Further, it gives opportunities to halt at places of your choice and explore their beauty and historicity. So, do not miss the chance to drive your car through lanes of Amritsar. In addition, tourists can reach distant areas which are otherwise not reachable by public transport. Tourists can also opt for cab and car rental services as per their own convenience. There are several agencies that provide such services for Amritsar sightseeing and cover most of the key attractions of the city on their route. So, for a better and pocket-friendly experience, this serves as a perfect alternative for tourists.

Weekend Getaways from Amritsar:

Apart from Amritsar points of interest, there are numerous popular tourist destinations which can be explored near the city as well.

Tourist places near Amritsar within 100 km
Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur in Punjab are the two prominent places to visit near Amritsar within 100 km.

• Jalandhar: Located between Beas and Sutlej River, Jalandhar is one of the wealthiest districts of Punjab. It is once declared as ‘Smart City’ of Punjab as it has undergone massive urbanization and industrialization. The entrance to the city is clean and beautiful making it worth visiting. St. Mary Cathedral Church, the Devi Talab, Nur Mahal, the tomb of Hazi Jamal and the Gurudwara Chhevin Padshahi are few attractions of the city.

• Hoshiarpur: Also known as the city of Saints, Hoshiarpur is famous for dams, dense forests, lush green areas, temples, food and clean environment. It is situated at National Highway no. 71. And, the place is well-known for its woodworks, and art and craft. The people of Hoshiarpur are friendly and helpful to the tourists making it the favourite tourist spot. Some of the best attractions of Hoshiarpur are Damsel Dam, Gurudwara Harian Velan, Kamahi Devi Temple and Pushpa Gujral Science City.

Tourist places near Amritsar within 200 km
Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir and Dharamshala in Himachal are the two prominent places to visit near Amritsar within 200 km.

• Jammu: Land of grand ancient temples and beautiful palaces, Jammu is the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This 'City of Temples' always has something to offer to everyone from fabulous cuisine to the snow- capped mountains that promise adventure and action. Vaishno Devi temple, Mansar Lake, Shivkhori and Bahu Fort are some of the popular places in Jammu.

• Dharamshala: Dharamshala is a holy residence of Dalai Lama and is one of the popular tourist destinations. It is situated on the upper hilly land of Kangra Valley. Being a Tibetan hub, Dharamsala is believed to be one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. War Memorial, Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Tea Gardens and St. John in the Wilderness Church are the few best places to visit in Dharamshala.

Tourist places near Amritsar within 500 km
Delhi in New Delhi and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh are two of the popular places that tourists can explore near Amritsar within 500 km.

• Delhi: Delhi is the capital of India and is also one of the most vibrant places to visit. It is among those cities which has both modern high-rise buildings and even ancient historic structures. Delhi’s colourful lifestyle and enthusiastic pace of life make it a fine city to visit. Some of its famous attractions are Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Akshardham Temple and National Gallery of Modern Art.

• Shimla: One of the most visited hill stations; Shimla is always the first choice for holiday destinations. It is surrounded by pine and deodar forests and provides absolutely marvellous views of the hills. The city is situated at a height of 2200 metres, and is one of the aesthetically planned cities in India. Some of the famous attractions are the Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies and Jakhu Temple.

Places to Stay in Amritsar:
Ranging from economical hotels to luxurious hotels, there are numerous accommodation choices available in Amritsar that ensure the convenience of the visitors.

• 5-star accommodations in Amritsar: Le Meridien Amritsar, The Taj Mahal Hotel and The Lodhi are some of the luxurious accommodation options that show signs of impeccable hospitality and efficient facilities.

• 4-star accommodations in Amritsar: The Fern Residency, MK Hotel and Hotel Paras Regency are some of the 4-star hotels in Amritsar that are known for their high- class services.

• 3-star accommodations in Amritsar: Hotel Ritz Plaza, Hotel Namaskar, and Hotel Airlines Amritsar are the 3-star accommodation alternatives that provide spacious rooms which are equipped with all essential stipulations.

Budget accommodations in Amritsar: Country Inn, Hotel Royal Castle and Hotel Venus International are some of the budget hotels in Amritsar that are known for providing the best of services without creating a hole in the pocket.

One cannot afford to miss enjoying holidays in Amritsar when there is no shortage of accommodation options. Also, it is suggested to visit the city between November and March, as it is measured as the best season to visit Amritsar. So, book your tickets in advance and get ready to have an unforgettable experience.

FAQ's

Q. What is the most important thing one needs to keep in mind while travelling to Amritsar?
A. Those who are planning to visit Amritsar in summers should know that the temperature during this time ranges as high as 49 - degrees Celsius.

Q. What are the top 5 popular places in Amritsar?
A. The Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh garden, Akal Takht and Kesari Bagh are the top five must-visit destinations in Amritsar.

Q. What are the places to visit near the Golden Temple?
A. Guru Ke Mahal, Hall Bazar, Bibekar Sahib are few places to visit near the Golden Temple.

Q. Which is the best season that witnesses less rush in Amritsar?
A. In order to explore Amritsar when it is less crowded, December to February is considered to be the best time.

Q. How to make the most of a 2-day trip to Amritsar?
A. To make the most of a 2-day trip to Amritsar, one should visit the Golden Temple to witness the world’s largest gurudwara. Also, one can relish local delicacies like Langar ka Prasad, Amritsari Kulcha, mitthi lassi in the breakfast. Later, visit tourist destinations like Jallianwala Bagh and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum. Next day, explore the old bazaars and visit Wagah Border to witness the flag hoisting. Travellers can also visit Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary as it is the largest wetland in northern India.

Q. What are the places to visit in Amritsar and Chandigarh?
A. Some of the places that people can visit in Chandigarh are Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Sector 17 Market and in Amritsar you can pay your visit at Old Bazaars, the Golden Temple and Wagha Border.

Q. What are some places for shopping in Amritsar?
A. There are lots of places to shop in Amritsar including Hall Bazaar, Old City Bazaar, Guru Bazaar, Alpha One Mall, Shastri Market and Lahori Gate Market.

Q. How many overseas tourists visit Amritsar annually and is the place safe for them?
A. Yes, Amritsar is safe for foreigners. On an average, around 11 lakh overseas tourists visit Amritsar annually. However, please make sure you hire only government approved guides and use the facilities of your hotel travel desk. Be careful of your valuables and pickpockets in the crowded areas.

Q. What are the safe and luxury hotels for solo travellers in Amritsar?
A. The Lodhi, Hotel Ritz Plaza and the Fern Residency are some safe and luxury hotels for solo travellers in Amritsar.

Q. What are the top luxury couple hotels in Amritsar?
A. The top luxury couple hotels in Amritsar are Country Inn, Le Meridien Amritsar and The Taj Mahal Hotel.

Q. Where can one get the best Amritsar sightseeing packages?
A. For the best Amritsar sightseeing packages, one can log in to Yatra.com.

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