Amritsar, literally translates as “pool of nectar”, is a beautiful city that showcase of diverse traditions & secular culture. This city is of a shining light in the landscape of the northern state of Punjab. It is a flourishing city with important religious centers and historical sites. The city represents a glorious past, incredible present and a hopeful future, which make it a jewel of Punjab. Amritsar attracts a huge of tourists and pilgrims due to the most stunning shrine “Harmandir Sahib”, also informally called ''Golden Temple''. This city is the synonym of the Sikh religion as each devout Sikh wishes to be sacred with a pilgrimage to the city and take a divine bath in the pool of nectar at the Golden Temple. The central power of the city lies in its sparkling monuments, beautiful shrines, revered temples and folk arts. Apart from these, the city of Amritsar is popular for its cuisine or food like Amritsari Kulche, Amritsari Vadiyan (a special type of snack) etc. Also, Amritsari Jutti (a special type of footwear), which is the most sought after souvenir item for its domestic as well as international travelers. So, on next visit to Amritsar, don’t miss any of its charm.
March - late June, Hot and humid
Moderate rainfall, dip in temperature
Annual rainfall -541.9 mm
October - March, Extremely cold, cold waves are common, frosts are common
Top Places to Visit in Amritsar
If you are planning a holiday in Amritsar and wondering which places to visit, then read on to get Amritsar sightseeing details. Here is the list of tourist places in Amritsar that you must pay a visit:
The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
The epitome of nectar city- Amritsar, this iconic Sikh shrine is the spiritual centre for Sikhism. Therefore, it is visited by millions of Sikhs from around the world. Standing unique with its full golden dome (made of pure gold), this famous monument was laid by Sri Guru Das in the 14th century.
As the name suggests, Wagah border is located (just 28 KM from the city centre) at the India-Pakistan border at the northwest regions of India. At every evening, tourist can enjoy the customary change of guards, accompanied by the hoisting and retreat of the respective national flags.
Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden located in Amritsar. This garden is famous for one of the most tragic yet landmark events in the history of India. This is very place where the Amritsar Massacre of 1919 took place. The garden also houses a memorial built in honour of the massacre victims. It is located close to the Golden Temple and one must not miss the light and sound show hosted here every evening.
Durgiana Temple (Lakshmi Narayan Temple)
Durgiana temple is another major pilgrim destination of Amritsar is Shri Durgiana Temple. Also referred to as, ‘Shree Durgiana Tirath’ or ‘Sitla Mandir’, this revered temple is located quiet close to Amritsar railway station as well as bus stand.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was earlier the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first ruler of the Sikh Empire. This museum exhibits articles related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, manuscripts, old paintings and coins that are centuries old.
The Rambagh Gardens are situated within the confines of the summer palace of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh that has now been converted into a museum. These beautifully landscaped gardens were once used to be known as ‘Company Garden’, however, the current name has been given after the great sage ‘Guru Ram Das’. The garden is intersected by water channels fitted with beautiful fountains and golden fish. A huge statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh saddled on his horse also adorns the Rambagh Garden.
Mata Lal Mandir Temple
Mata Lal Devi Temple is a holy pilgrim center of Hindus, which is believed to be full of amazing powers. The temple is dedicated to a female saint named Lal Devi of 20th century. It is built as a miniature of the eminent Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu. The curve path to the shrine crosses through small tunnels, ankle-deep waterways, walkways, stairs and caves. Visit this attraction on your Amritsar tour.
Spread over an area of 240 km, Lalbagh Garden is a beautiful garden and an admired picnic spot in the city. The garden is home to several varieties of plants, a deer park, fountains and a pool that draw a number of visitors.
ISKON Temple Amritsar
ISKCON Amritsar Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple is one of the major attractions of the city, which was founded by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The temple houses the idols of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses with Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.
Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib
Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib is located on the banks of the Bibeksar Sarovar and the holy and serene gurdwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Nearby this holy place, there was a garden where Guru Hargobind Sahib used to relax.
Located close to the Golden Temple, Akal Takht is considered to be the highest seat of the Sikh authority. The sacred place was built by Guru Hargobind Sahib in the year 1609. Akal Takht literally means the ‘Throne of the Immortal’.
Chand Baori is one of the most admired attractions in Amritsar. It is one of the deepest and largest step wells in India, which was built around 800 A.D. The well features 3500 narrow steps that take you 13 stories down. The depth of the well is 30 meters.
Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib
Gracefully located close to the Ramsar sarovar, Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib is prime tourist spot to be visited in Amritsar. The place has a special significance for its devotees.
Built in the year 1706, Gobindgarh Fort is an important heritage site in Amritsar. It was restored by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Half part of the fort is Toshkhana, which was used for storing the huge amount of grains and provisions for an army of 12,000 soldiers. There are many other tourist attractions in Amritsar like Gurudwara Ramsar Sahib, Gurudwara Saragrahi Sahib, Kaiser Bagh Park, Khair ud Din Masjid and more. Explore these places to see in Amritsar during your trip.
Tourist places near Amritsar
Tarn Taran (25 KM), Amanat Khan Serai (38 KM), Gurdwara Ber Sahib (60 KM), Baba Bakala (45 KM), Anandpur Sahib and Hari-Ke-Pattan Sanctuary are some of the popular places to visit near Amritsar.