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Amritsar – The Land Where the Holy Sikh Vibe Prevails

A place is known for its wonderful architecture and spirituality, Amritsar in many ways is the home of Sikhism – one of the most practiced religion in the world. The city is home to many holy sites and temples and acts as the perfect holiday destination for those who are looking to immerse themselves in a spiritual journey. An Amritsar tour package allows you to visit some of the most popular historical sites in India’s history.

This beautiful city is also home to plenty of eateries that serve traditional Punjabi cuisine that is known for its variety. Head over to Amritsar and have a holiday with your loved ones that you’ll cherish for a long time!

While there are many stories around the founding of the city, Amritsar is generally thought to have been founded by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. Most Amritsar trips will take you to the birthplace of this guru and his role in shaping the city into what it is today. The city was initially known as Ramdaspur before it received its current name.

Amritsar was also home to one of the worst massacres in Indian history, namely the Jallianwala Bagh. Many Amritsar tours are bound to take you around the ruins of the area with educative tours providing a recount of the incident and its impact on the freedom struggle for India.

Places to See in Amritsar:

Most Amritsar tour packages will show you the Golden Temple, which is one of the holiest sites for Sikhs in the world. The beautiful temple is a central worshipping place and is built with marble, overlaid by golden leaf. There is also a lake surrounding the temple, and it has been around since the 16th Century. It is open to men and women from all walks of life and has a collection of buildings that are in and around the building.

These additional buildings include a clock tower, the main offices of the Gurudwara committee, a community-run kitchen as well as museum among other attractions. It has also been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and over 100,000 people visit every day to offer their prayers and visit the beautiful temple.

The Jallianwala Bagh is another place you can visit, with the public garden housing an eternal flame in remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting for India’s freedom struggle. The area is now a dedicated public park with memorabilia and signs commemorating this fateful day in Indian history.

Best Time to Visit Amritsar:

Amritsar generally experiences sub-tropical temperatures, as commonly found in this region and the winter months are slightly cooler. Anywhere from November to March are great times to visit the city as the temperatures are fairly cooler and allow for a fun family experience. You could also visit during the Sikh festival of Baisakhi to see the city turn colorful and celebratory.

Things to Do in Amritsar:

On your Amritsar sightseeing tour, you could head over to the Akal Takt and visit one of the holiest seats of Sikhism. The building made of white marble with golden domes. It is the first “takt” or seat of power in Sikhism and was built by the sixth Sikh on a 9-foot high concrete slab.

The Durgiana Temple is another great place to visit on your Amritsar tour and it is a premier temple dedicated to Hinduism. Its structure is similar to the Golden Temple and the main Goddess of worship here is Lakshmi.

The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is another place that can be visited for those who love history, with many memorabilia dedicated to the founder of the Sikh Empire of the same name. There are paintings, armor and other historical objects that can be viewed here.

The Partition Museum is a sobering reminder of the 1947 partition of India that took place. It chronicles the fateful time with photos, artifacts, and documents and is a great reminder of time many modern Indians can only imagine.

The Wagah-Attari border is a must-visit for anybody looking to make the most of their Amritsar trip. You can experience an atmosphere unlike any other at this India-Pakistan border and there is a military practice that takes place every day, with elaborate marching bands and a lowering of the flags. The ceremony draws lakhs of visitors and is an experience that instills a feeling of patriotism.

How to Reach Amritsar:

You can catch a flight to the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport with flights available from major cities. The city is also home to a railway station with many trains plying to this area.

There are also many buses from cities across the region that operate towards Amritsar, and you’re sure to have a memorable time visiting one of the historical cities in Indian history.

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