The name of city is derived from the pool around the Golden Temple which is also known as Harmandir Sahib which means “holy pool of nectar”. It is known as the cultural and spiritual centre of Sikh religion and are rightfully proud of the city due to unique temple. It is one of the largest cities of Punjab and the cities origin lies in the village of Tung. It is peculiar with respect to the introverted planning systems having unique areas mentioned as Katras (they are self styled units which are provided with unique defence systems attacks on the city. The best time for visiting the city is during winter between October and March.
How to reach Amritsar?
It lies on the main Grand trunk road (GT Road) from Delhi to Amritsar via connecting to Lahore in Pakistan. It was built by SherShah Suri which runs through the whole of Northern half of the Indian subcontinent which are connecting Bangladesh, Peshwar and Pakistan to Sonargaon. It is well connected with almost all major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Calcutta and also international cities like Dubai, Toronto, Singapore, London etc.
- Via Air
The International Airport of Amritsar, Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, do have 160 domestic and international flights during the week with regular connections to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Srinagar etc. in India and International flights to Dubai, Toronto, Singapore, London, Sydney etc. It is quite close to Allama Iqbal International Airport on the other side of the border (in city of Lahore- Pakistan).
- Via Train
It is well connected to rail with almost all the major cities in India. It is one of the main terminal stations and there is also a special train mentioned as Samjhota Express which runs to the West of Wagah Border, which is the last station on the border of India before continuing to Pakistan.
- Via Road /Car
It is located on the historic GT road also known as the Highway 1and is quite well connected to the road network. On regular basis the bus services are running from Ambala, Delhi, Patiala, Jammu and Chandigarh. For transportation in Amritsar all kinds of transports are available starting from Rickshaws, taxis and auto rickshaws etc.
Top 10 places to visit in Amritsar
- Durgiana Temple
- Harmandir Sahib
- Gobindgarh fort
- Jallianwala Bagh
- Wagah Border
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Garden
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
- Ram Tirath Temple
- Ram Bagh Garden
- Central Sikh Museum
Where to Eat and Stay?
The locals over here are loving the street food and city is swarming with street-side vendors who are selling the hottest, freshest and richest versions of everything starting from refreshing glass of lassi and sweet halwa, buttery paratha’s and spicy gravy. Some of the best locations for eating are as under- Giani Tea Stall, Makhan Ka Dhaba, Sunder Meat shop, Chawla’s Chicken, Ahuja’s Kesar Wali Lassi etc.
With respect to stay you could be quite comfortable as going to get ample hotels which are having reasonable rates and would be at your budget. Some of the budgeted hotels are-The Golden Temple, Hotel Sita Continental, Tourist guest house etc. With respect to mid range, you could find hotels like Hotel Le Golden, Hotel Sapphire, Hotel Indus, Hotel city heart etc. Photography is allowed on the outside of the ring of the holy lake but not inside the actual temple itself.