Golden Temple, the iconic landmark of Amritsar

Golden Temple, the iconic landmark of Amritsar

Revisit history at the jallianwala bagh

Revisit history at the jallianwala bagh | Photo credit: Sychonet/Wikimedia

Try the mouthwatering <i>langar</i> at a <i>gurudwara</i> in Amritsar

Try the mouthwatering langar at a gurudwara in Amritsar

The Golden Temple glistens under the night sky

The Golden Temple glistens under the night sky | Photo credit: Arian Zwegers/Flickr

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
    • Language

      Punjabi, Hindi, English
    • Altitude

      234 metres above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5:30)
    • Theme

      Heritage, Religious

A fascinating city immersed in history and culture, Amritsar is home to some of world’s most intriguing sites like the Golden Temple and the Jallianwala Bagh. So go on, visit Ambarsar and come back enchanted.

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  • Golden Temple

    One of the most important Sikh shrines in the world, Golden Temple is magnificence personified. Pray, eat or simply choose a corner to sit and watch the day go by at the Golden Temple.

  • Food

    From delicious meals in dhabas to a fulfilling langar experience at the Golden Temple; food in Amritsar is a delight in every way.

  • Shopping

    From Phulkari dress materials to Punjabi Jootis shopping in Amritsar is a truly fascinating experience, especially for the ladies!

  • Wagah Border

    Witnessing the lowering of the flags ceremony at the India-Pakistan Wagah border is a must-do, when in Amritsar, especially if visiting for the first time.

Be prepared

  • Crowds

    Home to the one of the biggest pilgrimage centers in the world and other attractions like the Wagah Border, Amritsar is packed with tourists for most part of the year. The Golden Temple, streets, restaurants and other attractions are always crowded.

Describing It

Sat Sri Akaal from Ambarsar! Home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, Harmandir Sahib, better known to the world as the Golden Temple, Amritsar is a city steeped in history, culture and religion, which leaves every single one of its visitors in absolute awe. The glorious Golden Temple, also known as Darbar Sahib, is famous all over the world and not without reason. The sprawling temple complex houses the beautiful gurudwara and the placid sarovar; the lake with the holy water. The upper section of the Golden Temple is crowned with a dome which is shaped like an inverted lotus. This dome is gilded with about 100 kgs of pure gold, hence the name ‘Golden Temple’. The entrance to Harmandir Sahib is through an archway adorned with beautiful, intricate work. One can offer prayers inside the temple, where the sacred Guru Granth Sahib is placed, take a dip in the sarovar and ‘purify’ oneself or simply pick a corner; watch people go by and take in the splendid scenes and the divine atmosphere.

Apart from the Golden Temple, other landmarks of the city include the tragic yet significant Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border, the only road border between India and Pakistan. Both sites evoke fascinating emotions of passion and patriotism. While the former takes you back in time to India’s struggle for freedom, the latter displays its present day camaraderie with a controversial neighbour. From delicious, hearty meals at Bharawan Da Dhaba to shopping for beautiful traditional Indian wear with Phulkari designs; food and shopping are essentials to any visit to Amritsar. Amritsar is a rich city; rich in culture, history and everything else to woo tourists from across the globe. If you do not believe hearsay, then go ahead and pay a visit to this charming city. You’ll be enchanted, for sure.