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The holy city of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond into a spiritual temporal centre of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from the pool-Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth religious preceptor of the Sikh faith. It also lies on the Asian Highway.
It is also the city where Jaliyan-wala-bagh, the garden where scores of innocent Indian men, women, children were massacred by the British. Events of such magnitude catalysed the struggle for Indian independence.
Places to See :
Golden Temple : It is the main attraction that draws people from all over the country and abroad. In the centre of the temple complex is the Harimandir Sahib, built in marble and has a golden dome. The temple came to be known as the Golden Temple when Maharaja Ranjit Singh rebuilt it after its destruction by Ahmed Shah Abdali, and embellished it with marble, copper and gold leaf. The complex has four entrances, which signify open nature of the site and that travelers from all directions are welcome.
The Golden Temple is surrounded by a pool of water known as Sarovar, which is believed to have amrit (holy water) due to its healing powers. This is how the city got its name- Amrit-Sar. At the first floor of the temple the Akhand Path (continuous reading of the Granth Sahib) is conducted. The famous Sheesh Mahal is located on the top floor. Soulful notes sing by raggis flow in the air from here.
Harimandir Sahib : Perched at the center of the pool is the Golden Temple known as the Harimandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. The foundation of the Harmandir Sahib was laid by Pir Mian Mir of Lahore on the request of Arjan Dev. Adi Granth Sahib was first installed here on August 16, 1604.
Akal Takht : The place where Guru Granth Sahib is put to bed every night after an elaborate (see what to do) procession brings the holy book on beautifully decorated Palki. Built by Guru Hargobind, the Akal Takht is also the place where Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) meets.
Durgiani Temple Complex : Not too far from the Golden Temple is the Durgiani Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is quite similar to the Golden Temple with the temple located in the centre the pool. The complex also has a Bhairon Mandir and Hanuman Mandir.
Jalianwallah Bagh : Just 10 minutes walking distance from the Golden Temple is the Jallianwallah Bagh. The well is now covered and the bullet marks on nearby walls are outlined to give visitors an idea about the dastardly massacre by General Dywer. Maharana Ranjit Singh Museum: Housed in the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh - the museum is a must visit. It has a large collection of guns, swords, paintings, and some rare letters written to Maharaja Ranjit Singh by various English officers. The letters are in urdu, which makes it difficult to find out what exactly is written and no caretakers in the museum knows Urdu. There is also a replica of Kohinoor crown in the museum. Photography inside the museum is strictly probihibited.
Wagah Border : I am not very sure if it should be included in the Sightseeing section as it is more of an experience but nevertheless, Wagah is roughly 30 km from Amritsar and a must visit to see the passion and spirit among people for their country. It’s like a cricket match between India and Pakistan. It is about beating the retreat ceremony when flags are removed on both sides (India & Pakistan) at dusk among much fanfare with patriotic songs and slogans. On any given day you’ll see large number of people turning up to see and experience the event. Gurdwara, Punjab Tours & travelsHow to Reach Amritsar:
How to Reach :
By Air : Amritsar is connected by air with Delhi and Srinagar.
By Rail : Amritsar is connected by rail with Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Varanasi, Wagah (Attari Border) and some other places in India.
By Road : Amritsar is connected by bus with Ambala, Chandigarh, Delhi, Ferozepur, Jammu etc. Some of the road distances are as follows : Jammu 216 kms, Ferozepur 160 kms, Chandigarh 235 kms, Delhi 435 kms and Wagah 29 kms.