Amritsar is known for two things majorly, Wagah Border and Golden Temple. Even though there are few more Places like Jallianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple. All of this worth getting someone’s attraction. In this Amritsar tourism guide, we will discuss sightseeing, food, stay, transportation and suggested itineraries.
If you are in Amritsar for a complete day, you may book your transport to visit these places. Although there are few more temples and museums you may want to explore on the second day.
I will discuss details of four main attractions first, followed by food, stay, transport options, and a suitable itinerary.
Amritsar Tour Sightseeing
One of the biggest massacres happened in this place, hundreds of people were killed as per colonel Reginald Dyer’s instruction. Official British Indian sources gave a figure of 379 identified dead, with approximately 1,100 wounded (Source: Jallianwala Bagh Massacre). Amar Jyoti holds a continuously burning flame to pay utmost respect to the martyrs. Jallianwala Bagh Memorial park was made in the memory of the pilgrims and festival-goers who lost their lives during the notorious massacre. Bullet marks are clearly visible because of highlighting in different walls, just imagine 1100 rounds of bullets. Martyrs well where people throw coins to pray. Finally, Jallianwalabagh museum to showcase history in front of you.
If you are an Indian, visiting this place is just for you. This is the only India-Pakistan border, where we can go almost at the edge.
This flag lowering ceremony will portray a different atmosphere altogether. Everyone will feel Patriotism from the inner soul. Witnessing, the respect given to our flag, you will definitely get goosebumps. Everyone has to sit or stand at a designated place in the stadium. Only ladies can dance beyond the barricade. Seats can be pre-booked by visiting the local office. You will be thoroughly checked while entering the border premises. You will hold this few hours in heart forever.
The Golden Temple, also known as Darbar Sahib or Sri Harmandir Sahib is a Gurdwara. It was overlaid with gold in 1830. This place has a very good positive vibe inside. There is one stall where we can keep our shoes, those guys take all shoes, keep those in shelves and return while collecting, so nice of them. Similar to other gurdwara everyone has to cover his/her head and clean their feet before entering the premises. A waterbody surrounded the main sanctum. It looks great at night due to the reflection of the sanctum.
It derives its name from the goddess Durga, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Architecture wise it is similar to the Golden temple and surrounded by a sacred lake.
Where to Stay in Amritsar?
Staying near the Golden temple is best according to me. This will help you to cover a few interesting places by walk, also has a lot of varieties too. A typical room should cost somewhere between Rs. 900-2000/- based on amenities and its location. We stayed at Hotel Mercury Inn. The clean AC room was small but worth every penny we had paid. I will recommend this place any day for their great hospitality too.
Transportation preference is always a variable, although all mode of transportation is available. One can book cars from hotel or nearby travels, another side for Rs. 100 per person one can visit Wagah Border. Local autos are also available for reservation, cheap and best.
Suggested Itinerary for Amritsar Tour
- Visit Gurudwara around 9 AM.
- Have breakfast in nearby stalls
- Visit Jallianwala Bagh – 10 AM
- Return to Hotel if nearby – 11 AM
- Visit Durgiana Temple & Wagah Border – 1 PM
- Visit Gurudwara to see its glory at dark. Shop at nearby stores – 7 PM
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Did you feel the same emotion in Wagah Border?