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Amritsar is home to the Golden Temple a famous building important to Sikhs.. Amritsar is an institution by itself and the Golden Temple is the cradle of Amritsar with the city growing around it nurtured by its divine sanctity. Amritsar is one of the most sacred sikh religious sites in India.
Places To Visit
The Golden Temple :
Located in the heart of the city is the Golden Temple , the most visited tourist attraction of Amritsar . Characterised by its four entrance doors (called deoris) in all four directions and the tastefully decorated shrines, in terms of art and architecture, the Golden Temple welcomes everyone regardless of the religion or faith one follows. The stunning sanctum, shimmering in the water of the holy tank, flanked by spotlessly clean marble walkways and pavements makes it breathtakingly beautiful.
Jalianwala Bagh :
A historical monument that tells the sad story of mass killing during the independence movement in India , Jalianwallah Bagh is another must visit in Amritsar . Here lies the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 massacre by British General Dyer. Presently the place also has a park. The Martyr’s Gallery is open from 9 am to 5 pm in summers and from 10 am to 4 pm during winters.
Durgiana Mandir :
Amritsar also houses a wonderful temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Easily accessible from the Golden Temple , the Durgiana Mandir also offers puja to deities of Lakshmi and Narayana. Supposedly built during the 16th century AD, the temple lies in the middle of a medium sized lake giving it a wonderful overall view. The temple, a massive structure, was built on the style of the nearby Golden Temple . Worth a visit.
Baba Atal Rai Tower :
Located at a distance of few kilometres from the main town, Baba Atal Rai Tower is also a site worth visiting. It is believed that Guru Har Gobind died at this spot. Named after the son of Guru Har Gobind, this nine-storied building is an important landmark of the place. Climbing on to the top gives you a panoramic view of the entire area. The first floor of the tower houses some of the miniatures related to Guru Nanak’s life and his preaching. Makes a must visit.
Wagah Border :
One of the many nearby places to visit from Amritsar is the Wagah Border. Located on the Indo-Pakistan border, Wagah is 28 kilometres from the Amritsar main town. A good number of visitors come to this place to see the change of guards ceremony and the flag hoisting and lowering activities which are done with great skill and precision by the border security forces of both the countries. A site you cannot afford to miss..
How To Reach
The ever-improving infrastructure in the city is making it easier for visitors to reach it from different parts of the country.
By Air : The Rajasansi International airport at Amritsar is well linked by flights from all over India. It has international flights between UK & Canada.
By Rail : Besides 2 superfast trains there are a lot of trains from Delhi to Amritsar. It is an 6-8 hour journey.
By Road : Buses also ply regularly between the two cities.
* Jammu – 216 kms
* Ferozepur – 160 kms
* Chandigarh – 235 kms
* Delhi – 435 kms
* Wagah – 29 kms