What is the first thing that pops up into your mind when you think of Amritsar? I guess it is the Golden Temple, right. But hold on! Besides this golden beauty you the town holds ages of history and rich culture that will blow your mind.
Amritsar is one of Punjab’s principal cities and home of the majestic Golden temple. Earlier known as Ramdaspur, this place is known for its tourism, fabrics, hand produces and obviously the Punjabi food. Hinduism and Sikhism are the two major religions followed. This cluster of beliefs was the major reason behind the cultural reform of almost entire Punjab. From a historical perspective, this city has been a part of very massive incidents and events in the past decades. Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919 under British Rule, Partition of 1947, Operation Blue Star are some of the popular events that brings a blast from past to this place. The modernization hasn’t struck the place with the known intensity and when you feel the vintage scent in the air. The lifestyle of people over here has a grungy touch to it as everything is organic, from the farm produce to household materials such as clothes.
Before setting off to explore the town, make sure you pick up one of their hottest delicacies – THE Amritsari Naan from around the street. And here are 5 things to do in the land of royals – AMRITSAR
- First things first, The Golden Temple
You’ve seen it on TV, heard about it, read about it and now that you’re in Amritsar it should be the first thing to see. The Harmandir Sahib which is famous in the world as the Golden Temple, is Sikhism’s holiest shrine, visited by millions of believers and tourists from all over the world. The architecture will surely blow your mind and don’t forget to stay for the ‘langar’ which is the typical meal organized for people above religion, caste, gender where everyone becomes a family and echoes unity in diversity. You can feed the fishes, take a walk around shops and buy yourself a souvenir.
- Next Up, The Jallianwala Bagh
It is a public garden in Amritsar which is famous for one of the most tragic yet memorable events in the history of India. This is the place where the Amritsar Massacre of 1919 took place. The British Army soldiers after receiving orders from General Dyer opened fire on a unarmed gathering of men, women and children on April 13, 1919. Sounds terrible right?
This memorial is just around the corner of Golden Temple and is one of the most visited landmark. Be sure to check it out. The entry is free and it is open from 9AM to 5PM.
- The coming together – The Wagha Border
Take the local transport out and take off for this amazing observance that screams out traditions of Punjab. The main street outskirt going amongst India and Pakistan, Wagah lies between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan, and is found around 29 kilometers far from the city. It is home to the Radcliffe Line, which is the boundary amongst India and Pakistan and was drawn amid the segment of India in 1947. The renowned bringing down of the banners function happens here at the Wagah Border; an everyday military practice taken after by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, since 1959.
- Set up a Picnic Table at Gobindgarh Fort
It is a historical site few kilometers away from the central bus terminal and serves as a family hotspot. Take out your picnic baskets, organize a feast of Punjabi food and make a stay there till the evening to experience the relaxed outskirts of the city.
- Time for some shopping at The Alpha One Mall
If you are a true traveler, you must shop. It is a healthy way to easy out and just complete your trip by splurging on things you may not need. But I definitely suggest it. Alpha One Mall is a very famous hotspot for shoppers and you can shop till you drop before you make your way back home. Probably with an extra suitcase, though!
So, if you want to concur the North on your next vacation and plan to visit this city make sure you indulge in the above activities. And make the best out of Amritsar!