Amritsar is the largest city in Punjab is probably most well-known as the home to the holiest shrine of Sikhism. Profound in culture and traditions, and history to narrate the city of ‘Amritsar’ is an epitome of sacredness and heroism. Founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Dass, the fourth Sikh Guru, the city has evolved over the centuries that it is on the world map for being home to the spectacular The Golden Temple, Sikhism holiest shrine and one of the most serene sight. The city falls in the state of Punjab, northwestern India and is a major commercial, cultural and transportation hub. ‘Amritsar’ the name derives from two words ‘Amrit’ and ‘Sar’ meaning the holy pool of nectar, basically the pool surrounding the temple. It is estimated that 100,000 people visit the temple every day making the Harmandir Sahib amongst the top-visited shrines in the world and this number doubles during festivals such as Gurpurab or Baisakhi. The best to visit Golden Temple is early morning and late-night as the temple is open 24 hours to avoid long queues. Another captivating sight is the community kitchen serving langar to the pilgrims, truly a sign of kindness and service above self.
Home to One of the Best Foods in the World
The striking, holy city takes pride in housing a cornucopia of natural beauty, historical marvels, religious sites, lively streets and mouth-watering Punjabi cuisines, which makes it one of the must-see destinations for both the local and foreign traveler. The significant sites include the Jallianwala Bagh (site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre, turned into a park memorial), Wagah Border, Bathinda Fort, Durgiana Temple, and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum.
The city is famed for its textiles especially shawls, carpets, phulkari, jewelry and handicrafts and one can buy from the old bazaar, Guru Bazaar and Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar. The gastronomy of the city is highly talked about as in addition to restaurants there are roadside eateries (Dhabas) serving lip-smacking dishes like Amritsari Kulcha, Lassi, Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tikka, Channa Batura and Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti. One should also grab the chance of visiting the very famous ‘Sarhad Restaurant’ kilometer away from the Attari-Wagah border, offering a true culinary experience with food from both India and Pakistan. Castle & King your Indian Luxury tour Operator or travel partner pledges a safe and comfortable stay at Amritsar, which will be a real discovery to the sacred site full of memorable experiences.
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