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Amritsar

This north-western city of India, renowned for the Sikh shrine and Wagah border, is much more than a mere border town. A city of many flavours, Amritsar is loved as much for its temples and food as for its people. There's no trip to Amritsar that doesn't have atleast half a day dedicated to the Golden Temple. Don't miss feasting on the langar here that is fed to around 1,00,000 visitors everyday. Pay your respects at Jallianwala Bagh, where British Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered the killing of hundreds of non-violent Indian protestors. Visit the Wagah border to witness the elaborate 'lowering of the flags ceremony' also known as the Beating Retreat.

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Things to do

Amritsar Day tour- This north-western city of India, renowned for the Sikh shrine and Wagah border, is much more than the Golden Temple and Jallianwallah Bagh. A city of many flavours, Amritsar is loved as much for its temples and food as for its people. Begin your day with a visit to Sri Harmandir Sahib, popularly called the Golden Temple because of its gold-plated walls.

Amritsar Heritage Walk- Falling on major trade routes, Amritsar has a long history and everyone who lived or ruled here have left their mark on the city. This heritage walk of Amritsar takes you down the memory lane and introduces you to this multi-faceted city. The walk starts from the town hall and moves through small lanes and alleys where old structures still remain in use. Exquisite woodwork and paintings are remnants of the British era buildings.

Trip to Wagah border- Apart from the holy Golden Temple, Amritsar is known for the Wagah Border. The border is around 32 kilometres from the city and serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between India and Pakistan. The closest city on the Pakistan side is Lahore, which is around 22 kilometres from the border. In the afternoon, we head to the Wagah border to witness the elaborate 'lowering of the flags ceremony'.

Punjab Farm Day Tour- Punjab is known as the 'Bread Basket of India' and it rightly deserves this title. The 'land of five rivers' is very fertile and the harvest id abundant. Life here revolves around agriculture. The folk songs, movies and the postcards, all speak of the mustard blooms and the rice fields. A day tour of a farm is the best way to enjoy and immerse in the culture of Punjab.

Related Trips

  • The home of the Golden Temple, Amritsar is much more than a city near the border. Pilgrims from across the world, of all caste, creed and religion, throng here to seek blessings at the Golden Temple. The adrenaline is set high during the beating retreat at the Wagah Border. Amritsar is a city that offers heritage, spirituality and culinary delight to whoever comes seeking for an experience.

    3 Days | INR 8,823 per person
  • Whether you love history or food, culture or architecture, Amritsar doesn't disappoint you. The streets of Amritsar are filled with great eateries that dole out some finger-licking good food. A dip in the pool of Golden Temple gives you a sense of connection to the almighty. A walk around the temple teaches you about spirituality and the volunteers teach you to care for the community around you.

    3 Days | INR 5,932 per person
  • Of religion, heritage and food, Amritsar is a city that is rich in culture. Pilgrims from far and wide come to seek blessings at the revered Golden Temple. Here is the country's largest kitchen that serves food to thousands of pilgrims, day in and day out. The streets here are dotted with tasty eateries that serve out delicious food and snacks. The historic Wagah Border hosts the beating retreat ceremony which is a treat to watch.

    3 Days | INR 8,823 per person

Best time to visit October to June

This border town experiences its best climate from October to April. After the rains have halted, October sees clear skies. The months of December and January are peak winter months and it gets pretty cold. But it is a great time to be outdoors, soaking up the winter sun. The best months to spend an entire day at the Golden Temple here. Hot winds blow starting the end of April and lasts until the end of June. These months are hot and dry with scanty rainfall. The rains arrive by July and bring the temperatures down while there's a spike in the humidity.

How to reach

Air

  • Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport also known as Raja Sansi International Airport is located on outskirts of Amritsar. It is 11 kilometre away from city centre. You can take cab to reach your destination in Amritsar. Raja Sansi International Airport is well connected to International as well as domestic destination. You will find daily flights to and from Chandigarh, Srinagar, Delhi, London, Toronto, Dubai and many more cities.

Rail

  • Amritsar has its own railway station which lies in main city. Amritsar Railway Station is well connected to almost every major city in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Agra, Chandigarh, etc. A train from Delhi to Amritsar will take around 6-7 hour.

Road

  • The Grand Trunk Road connects Amritsar to Ludhiana, Kurukshetra, Delhi, Kanpur, Varanasi, and Howrah. You can use cab service to reach Amritsar. You can also find buses in regular interval of time leaving for Amritsar.