Amritsar is very well known for it's gurudwara called Golden Temple. Golden Temple is a spiritual & cultural place for Sikh religion people but every day lots of other religious people visits this place too. Amritsar has been one of the historic city of Punjab.
Places to Visit in Amritsar
Below are the top tourist attractions in Amritsar that are a must to be explored when taking a trip to Amritsar:
1. The Golden Temple
The major attraction and the soul of the holy city is the Harmindar Sahib Gurudwara. Harminder Sahib is the reason why millions of tourists visit Amritsar every year. The Golden Temple is a holy Sikh Shrine that is a major pilgrimage for the Sikh community from around the world. The Gold decked shrine in the middle of a man-made lake is as spectacular to look at as it is spiritually enthralling. Do visit early morning and stay for as long as you can for a memorable experience here. You will gain immense spiritual delight while reveling in this marvelous place.
2. Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony
Wagah is at the border of India and Pakistan about 31 km from Amritsar city. This is one of the famous places in Amritsar. It is a must-visit for all patriots for a memorable and thrilling experience. Every evening a 45-minute border closing ceremony takes place here called beating the Retreat and this is one of the best ways to witness the valor and courage of our Border Security Force personal. The stadium-like seating gives a great view of the parade. You will get a vibe of patriotism and the parade by the BSF guards is enjoyed with full enthusiasm by the huge crowd. Do visit Wagah Border early to grab good seats and get a better view of the retreat ceremony. The ceremony starts 30 minutes before sunset.
3. Mandir Mata Lal Devi
This is a unique temple that is dedicated to the female saint Lal Devi who is the Goddess of fertility. Mata lal devi mandir is decorated for the Hindu Goddess and gives a fun experience with the dark alleys that least to shiny mirror laden walls and animal carvings. You can experience this and have fun too while being spiritual.
4. Jallianwala Bagh
The JallianwalaBagh is a memorial garden that remembers the 1500 people that were killed or injured here during the freedom struggle. In 1919, the British soldiers had opened fire during a peaceful gathering for the freedom struggle. The place still has the bullet holes that people tried to dodge while saving their lives. The Martyrs Gallery laced here signifies the important contributions to India’s Independence. It also has an exhibition that highlights those who lost lives during the incident and also an eternal flame to remember all our freedom fighters. It is open from 6.30 am to 7.30 pm every day.
5. The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
This was the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first emperor of the Sikh Empire. The palace has been now converted to a museum and it is surrounded by spectacular and well-kept garden grounds that are called Ram Bagh. The museum exhibits armors, arms, paintings, and manuscripts belonging to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Many paintings showcase the life and day to day experiences of the king. The entry is free of cost and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 PM every day.
6. Gobindgarh Fort
This fort was built between 1805 and 1809 by Gujjar Singh Bhangi’s army. The Gobindgarh fort was reconstructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in his reign and has been built with brick and lime. The highlights of the fort are its Darbar Hall, the PhansiGhar, and the HawaMahal. The fort has two gates, a rampart with two bastions.
Popular Food Spots in Amritsar
Amritsar is a food lover’s paradise. There is so much to explore in the city when it comes to food. Many tourists stay back in the city just to explore all its food options. Right from its popular Kulchha, its famed Lassi, the authentic Punjabi food including the delicious Puri - Chhole and the most popular Chhole – Bhature, you will never run out of new dishes to try while you are here. You should also explore the popular street food here including the popular Punjabi chats.
Also, explore the food inside the Golden Temple including the Kada Prasad served in the sanctum and also the food served in the langar or the community kitchen, it’s delicious. Thus, if we say in just one line, to explore the places to visit in Punjab is a lifetime experience.