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My Trip To Amritsar; Beyond Of Golden Temple.

Streets bustle with markets, people jostling for space; the aroma of food is wafting everywhere and man pooling rickshaws block the way… Amritsar is a town that has won the hearts of many. Although it might seem overwhelming at first, few days here and you would again want to come back to this wonderful place. Here’s my trip to Amritsar; Beyond of Golden Temple.

The roads here are not well maintained and most lampposts do not function after dusk. The locals, however, are hopeful that the city is under development and better roads are just around the corner, some of them are even excited at the prospect of Amritsar turning into a “smart city”.  To roam the place carry a torch, wear comfortable shoes and wrap your nose with a scarf because the burnt diesel smog will suffocate you.

TOP things to do in Amritsar: Here we go!

Shine with prayer at Golden Temple…

Golden Temple located in Amritsar is the most sacred religious centre of the Sikhs. The temple is open to people of all faiths and is also revered by Hindus and Muslims. The temple gets the ‘Golden’ in its name from the gold-plated dome, which can be seen from a distance as you approach this iconic building.

 

Golden Temple at daytime

 

Golden Temple at Early Morning

As against the more popular name ‘Golden temple’, the correct name of the temple is ‘Harmandir Sahib’ or ‘Darbar Sahib’. The formation of the temple, as well as its design, is credited to Guru Arjan Sahib Ji while the foundation of the temple was laid down by a Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir Ji of Lahore.

 

Temple Surrounding- peace

 

Long Queue

 

Colourful fishes in the holy water.

The Golden Temple is a place of immense exquisite and magnificent serenity. The architecture of the temple is based on artistic styles of Hindus and Muslims, yet embodying a unique blend of the two. The holy Sikh scripture Adi Grantha lies on the jewel-studded base within the temple Premises.

 

 

Selfie at Temple.

Muffled across the tranquil lake inside the temple, this intriguingly striking music stimulates a transient yet the influential state of trance in the devotees meandering laid-back around the marble courtyard encompassing the temple and the pool. Right through the day and night, devotees plunge them into the lake. It is a symbol of soul cleansing. Adjacent to the temple is the enormous dining halls and dormitories, where every individual, irrespective of gender, religion or race, are fed and lodged for free of cost.

 

 

Some suggestions:

  1. The best time to visit Golden Temple is in the morning.
  2. You can visit the temple at night also.
  3. Always keep your head covered within the complex. You do not need to buy a cover if you come without it, there are lots of head-covers just at the entrance which you can use free of cost.
  4. Keep your shoes outside of the temple. These are free of cost.
  5. Do not carry backpacks with you, you will be asked to deposit them in the cloakroom. Women can carry handbags though.
  6. Cameras are allowed, but you are not allowed to take pictures everywhere, especially not inside the Sanctum Sanatorium, unless you have already taken permission.
  7. Wash your hands and feet as you enter the temple.
  8. You must try the Langar– the food cooked in the community kitchen and served free of cost to everyone
  9. At each corner of the complex, water is served by volunteers.
  10. The toilets are located in the Dharamshala’s right outside the complex. These are all free to use.

Take a round at Jallianwala Bagh…

Just a few minutes’ walks from Golden Temple is the great Jallianwala Bagh.

 

Jallianwala Bagh…

A place of state-run importance, the garden is associated with the Indian Freedom Movement. Almost 379 people were dead and 1100 were wounded, as per British Raj sources. With the efforts being made to preserve the place for what it was half a century ago, the place is now a full-fledged garden with pathways and has a light and sound show too. It was great to see that our historical heritage being conserved in a visual manner.

 

Garden View

 

Martyr’s Well

When I reached to Jalianwala, I felt goose bumps like witnessing living souls inside the well located on the site.

 

Ah! I later realized that it was the same well where hundreds of martyrs jumped during the famous massacre! The story of this terrible bloodbath is expressed in the Martyr’s Gallery at the place.

 

The Bullet Point

 

 

Do not Skip Wagah Border

The Wagah Border post is located about 29 km from Amritsar. No trip to Amritsar is complete without attending the ‘Lowering of the Flags’ ceremony of the India-Pakistan Attari Border Crossing, popularly known as the Wagah Border.

 

(image: Google)

Over 5000 people converge on the Indian side alone to watch the ceremony known as Beating Retreat.

Foodies Paradise

If you are in Amritsar & haven’t tried out various famous eating joints; your trip has been wasted.  Right from the Golden Temple Langar to famous “dhabas” – some more than the century-old; the city has various eating options for veg & nonveg and definitely for sugary lovers!

We tried lots of options there, some of them are very famous like Puri Launji Thali at Kanha sweets, Amritsari kulcha at Barhwan da Dhaba, having kulfi followed by huge glasses of Ahuja’s lassi!!

Stop counting calories and open your mouth for a treat!

Kesar da Dhaba is a legendary eat out, which opened in 1916 in Lahore and shifted to Amritsar during partition, they prepare and serve food the same way since they opened and it’s a big hit!!

Where to Stay

You can stay within the Dharamshala’s outside the temple complex, but these are extremely crowded and often you would not find a bed to sleep on. Alternatively, you can also stay in the city. There are many hotels within the budget and pocket-friendly. I stayed at The Holiday Inn, which is about 30 minutes from the temple. It’s located in the centre of the city and offers all facilities.

How to reach Amritsar

Travelling to Amritsar is simple just buying a ticket in any of the Shatabdi trains that depart from New Delhi or alternatively book an overnight bus online. Most of these buses depart from the Red Fort/Kashmiri Gate ISBT depot. You could also drive its 6 to7 hours from New Delhi. It is extremely well connected by air also.

 

 

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46 thoughts on “My Trip To Amritsar; Beyond Of Golden Temple.

    1. Jaliwanwala Bagh has great historical importance. A century ago, almost 379 people were dead and 1100 were wounded, as per British Raj sources. Whenever you will plan to visit India again, must see the place. 🙂

  1. Amritsar is indeed a beautiful place to visit. When I had been to Amritsar I went to Golden Temple both in the morning and evening and to be honest I loved it in the evening with all the lights. It had a different charm to it altogether!

    1. Yes, even I too visited the place twice, still wish to go there again. The charm and peace of the temple simply amazing, specially the langar and the calm atmosphere… simply awesome 🙂

  2. gud yea ,u described the three most important edifices that the city of Amritsar associates with .. took me back memory lane to Harminder Sahb ji way back .. i think i need to go once again

  3. Just one suggestion….you used JI with mian mir’s name but not used it with guru arjan dev(ji)’ s name…..

  4. When we think of Amritsar, it’s not beyond the golden temple.
    Your posts gives a real insight into what’s beyond, for nomads and foodies alike.

  5. Looking at your beautiful travel photos it is very difficult for me to concentrate on work. Feel like hitting the road again.

  6. The jallianwala bagh pictures gave me goosebumps! I have never been to Amritsar, but I would love to visit someday!

  7. I had recently being to Amritsar and your blog made me relive all the memories. Though when I went Jallianwala Bagh wala was under construction. This looks great

  8. Wow thats a great list of places to see in Amritsar. Never been there and am waiting to tour punjab once things are normal

  9. Amritsar looks incredible place to visit. It looks so beautiful. Love the temples and all the natural beauty. And I’m dying to try some street food. It’s my favorite part of traveling. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I visited Amritsar way back and feel like visiting it again. I missed out on Jaliawala Bagh during my last trip. Amritsar is heaven for clothes lovers, you can get the best quality cloth at a reasonable price. I did a lot of shopping, probably will visit it sometime again.

  11. Thanks for taking us beyond golden Temple in amritsar. I visited amritsar just once for few hours and all I could see was the golden Temple. I must surely plan a visit again when this pandemic settles. Love punjabi good as well.

  12. I have been to Amritsar only once and that was a very long time ago. I would want to visit it again. I did go to Wagah Border and visit the Golden temple. But I missed going to Jalianwala Bagh. I am sure visiting that place would have been a very emotional one.

  13. Such a quintessential Amritsar guide, I love it! Having done all these as a little girl with my parents, your post brought back fond memories. I remembered being stunned at the Jallianwala Bagh looking at all the paintings and learning about the unforgivable massacre that took place their. Still gives me goosebumps

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