Amritsar, the home to the world famous Golden Temple is one of the most historically valuable cities of India. It is 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan.
Despite being marred by a few ghastly incidents such as the 1919 massacre and Operation Blue Star of 1984 , the city manages to attract people from across the world.
The city derives it name from the pool around the Golden Temple - which means "holy pool of nectar" (Amrit) + Sar (short for sarovar/ lake).
Best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March.
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The Golden Temple
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The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism and the main attraction in the city. It is built in the center of the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe.
Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India. The complex is open almost 24 hours (06:00-02:00 the next day) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it's beautifully lit up.
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The place is a short 5-minute walk from the Golden Temple and known for being the site of the 1919 massacre. On April 13 of that year, British Indian Army soldiers opened fire on an unarmed huge gathering of men, women and children killing 1579 people.
The bullet holes can be seen on the walls and adjacent buildings to this day.
The well into which many people jumped and drowned attempting to save themselves from the hail of bullets is also a protected monument inside the park.
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Mata Temple also known as Sheesh Mahal or Lal Devi - is a Hindu cave temple devoted to the female saint Lal Devi. The roundabout path to the main temple passes through low tunnels, caves full of ankle-deep water, inclined walkways, and mirrored hallways that make the experience seem more like a fun house than a place of worship.
Wagah border with Pakistan
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India–Pakistan border closing ceremony (Attari-Wagah), (32km from Amritsar) happens between 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Where Indian and Pakistani soldiers do a march-off every evening, it is a popular and fun event.
Amritsar airport (Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport) has adequate flights.
Most flights come via Delhi, which an hour away.
Amritsar (ASR) railway station is well connected with major cities in India through daily trains.
Amritsar is well-connected by bus to most neighbouring cities.
It takes around 6-7 hours drive from New Delhi via NH-1.
Chandigarh to Amritsar - 230 kms
Delhi to Amritsar - 450 kms