Amritsar remains one of the most visited cities in the province of Punjab, India. The city’s main claim to fame is perhaps the holiest shrine of Sikhism, the Golden Temple, but there is much more in this city that tourists can explore.
Read on to learn more about the Golden Temple and other attractions in Amritsar.
Also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple is a place of true beauty and serenity. It is a two storied structure layered in around 400kg of gold and surrounded by a lake called sarovar. Travellers, from around the world, irrespective of their religion, visit this holy site and take delight in its eternal bliss. Harike Wetland and Bathinda Fort or Pul Kajari are two popular tourist attractions to explore around the Golden Temple.
A major attraction of the city, Wagah Border is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. This border town is located between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan. Soldiers from both countries take part in an energetic, well-orchestrated flag-lowering act; generating intense displays of patriotism in the crowds present. If you are visiting the Golden Temple, you wouldn’t want to miss this spectacle that’s much loved by the locals. It a half-an-hour drive from the temple.
Just a kilometre from the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh is a famous public garden in the city. It commemorates one of the most terrible yet important events in the Indian Independence Movement – the Amritsar Massacre which took place in 1919. Fenced by high walls on all sides and featuring a 30-feet high pillar layered by stone lanterns on all sides, this garden is a must visit. Do explore the Martyr’s Gallery and attend a light and sound show in the evening.
Spreading across 43 acres, Gobindgarh Fort is one of the major historical attractions in the city. It served as the camp for immigrants from Pakistan during the time of India-Pakistan partition and was open for public in 2006. The rich construction of brick and lime in a square pattern makes this architectural wonder a treat for eyes. While Nalwa Gate is the main entrance of this fort, Keelar Gate is another entrance that is believed to connect to a tunnel in Lahore.
Loved for their beauty, Rambagh Gardens used to be the summer palace of the founder of Sikh Empire in Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The palace has now been converted into a museum and is surrounded by gardens with water channels teeming with fish. The garden features a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on his horse.