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Weekend trip to Amritsar, Punjab

Famous for

  • Pilgrim
  • Gurudwaras
  • Temples
  • Gardens

Weather

Summer 24 to 45°C

Winter 4 to 27°C

Distance / Traveling Time

From Delhi: 450 kilometers / 6 h ,59 m

Best Time To Visit

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Overview

Historically known as Ramdaspur, Amritsar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Punjab. It is every year visited by a large number of tourists from all around the world. Being home to the world-popular Golden temple or the

Harmandir Sahib, it is one of the spiritual centres of the followers of the Sikh religion. This Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than UNESCO World Heritage Site-the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors during weekdays alone (Source: Wikipedia). This vivacious and bustling city is also known for historical importance. This multi-cultural city is a must-visit during weekends, if you stay in Delhi. Amritsar is quite popular for its food such as Amritsart Kulche and chole, Kulfi and lassi and colourful markets selling some amazing stuff including traditional Juttis, parandis, phulkari dupattas and more. Visiting Amritsar and its nearby villages is a real cultural delight.

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How to Reach Amritsar

By Train

Reaching Amritsar by train is the best way. The Amritsar railway station is well- linked to the other rail heads and thus, is also well-connected to most of the cities in India including Delhi, through daily trains.

By Air

The Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport of Amritsar is around 11 km, towards the northwest of the city. It is located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road. Regular flights ply between Delhi and Amritsar, two of the most important cities in India.

By Road

Amritsar city is well-linked to Delhi by Grand Trunk Road. Hiring a private taxi is a suitable option. Then, there is an option of state- run buses and private buses, which are available to and from Delhi. You can also go for a luxury bus from Delhi.


Attractions in Amritsar

Wagah Border

Wagah Border, the international borderline between Indian and Pakistan, is a major attraction of both the countries. ‘Beating The Retreat’ Ceremony is attended by locals and tourists of both the sides. The Swarna Jayanthi gate is the popular entry gate.

 

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh is the site of the popular India’s worst massacre that took place in 1919 during the freedom struggle. This garden of 6.5 acres, still has preserves of the memory of that incident. It is quite close to the Golden temple and is taken care of by the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust.

 

Golden Temple

The most popular religious site for the Sikhs all around the world, Sri Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, is visited by devotees of all religions. Its foundation was laid in 1588 by a Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir ji of Lahore. The structure of the temple was himself designed by Guru Arjan Dev ji.

 

Rambagh Gardens

Ran Bagh, the summer palace of the erstwhile Raja of Punjab, Ranjith Singh is a beautiful garden that also houses the palace, which now has been turned into a museum. The design of this garden, which was made in the memory of Guru Ram Das, has been inspired from the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore.

 

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

Maharana Ranjit Sing Museum was the summer palace of erstwhile King Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which has now been converted into a museum. This museum houses a collection of King’s personal belongings, armoury, several paintings, centuries-old manuscripts and coins and more.



Hotels in Amritsar

3*
Hotel Suncity Towers

84, Queen's Road

3*
Hotel Grand

Opp. Railway Station, Queen's Road

3*
Ranjit's Svaasa

47A, The Mall

3*
Hotel Royal Castle

309, Albert Road