- Best time to visit Amritsar is from November to March.
- If you love eating, then Punjab is the place to be. Make as many stops on the roads as you wish to. Delhi’s go-to-long drive, Murthal, is there which is famous for the paranthas. Then there is Puran Dhaba which is famous for their chicken. And Amritsar is a food lover’s paradise with their scrumptious lassi and jalebi!
- People here are very helpful but this place is a li’l culturally conservative. It is always better to be a tourist and not interfere with the existing order.
Wagah border is the border between Amritsar and Lahore. Pakistan is technically just 28 KM away from Amritsar!
I had no clue that Wagah Border Ceremony was such a huge deal. For the very first time in my life I had seen so much of patriotism flowing around. How much we love to show off!
Wagah Border Ceremony, also known as the Beating Retreat Ceremony, is a military practice which begins with a parade by soldiers and ends with lowering with the flags of both the countries.
Few head up before you go there:
- The ceremony starts at 4.15 PM.
- The place is very crowded and you need to be seated there by 3.30 PM. Reach as early as possible as you might not get seats if you are late
- Be prepared for a flooding crowd
- Mobile services are not available here
- Cameras are allowed but not bags, so make your arrangements accordingly. However, there are lockers available
See what I mean?
After this we went to the Golden Temple area. The hotels in this area are decent and clean. We took a family hotel in that area because we wanted to go to the Golden Temple early in the morning and see the sun rising there.
What a breathtaking place this is! There is this serenity and peace that you get once you go to the Gurudwara. People here have immense faith and witnessing that is beautiful.
The Harmandir Sahib, as this place is referred to, is part of a huge temple complex. The Hindu and Islamic blend of architecture is something for which you should definitely visit this place, if not for any religious reasons.
The temple compound is edged with various other monuments one of which is the Sikh Museum which tells you about the history of Sikh warriors through the modern and medieval times. One interesting fact about this place is that the shrine or the tower where the Akal Takhat (that seat for the Guru Granth Sahib) is situated was destroyed during the Operation Blue Star. However, the people here refused to use a tainted building as such a holy place. And thus, the tower was build again, from scratch. Such is faith, my dearies!
No photos guys because photography is prohibited in this complex.
And now that you are done with the major sightseeing and soul searching in the city of Amritsar, explore around the place. Shop for some amazing phulkari suits. Gorge onto some Amritsari naan and lassi. Breathe in the pious air. Let the history sink in.
I want to go to Amritsar again. And I hope that it happens soon!
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