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About Amritsar

Immerse yourself in centuries of history at Amritsar. Home to the beautiful Golden Temple and the Jallianwalla Bagh monument, Amritsar is recognised as the spiritual centre of the Sikh community. This beautiful city was also an important hub of the freedom movement in India.

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Sight Seeing

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Golden Temple

The magnificent Golden Temple, known by locals as Harmandir Sahib, is surrounded by the holy waters of the Amrit Sarovar. The holy texts of the Guru Granth Sahib are recited daily in the sanctum within this temple. The pool of water is said to have curative properties, and devotees travel here from across the world to bathe in its sacred waters.
Time : 3 AM
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Jallianwala Bagh

This park, near the Golden Temple, is a poignant memorial to the many lives lost when a British officer and the soldiers under his command opened fire on the peaceful protestors that had gathered here in 1919. An eternal flame burns here in memoriam, and you can still see some bullet holes in the walls symbolic of this very tragic incident. An exhibit that tells the story of that day is not to be missed.
Time : 6:30 AM
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Ram Bagh Gardens

The serene grounds of the Summer Palace of the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh deserve a visit. Do look out for the huge fortified gate, which was the original entryway to the gardens.
Time : 9 AM

Activities To Do

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Glimpse into history

Pay a visit to the Central Sikh Museum, located within the Golden Temple complex. This museum documents the tumultuous history of the Sikh community, and also has an intriguing collection of ancient manuscripts, coins, weaponry and paintings. The library here is a good place to delve into the history of this community.
Time : 9 AM - 5 PM
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Experience an incredible meal

Dining in the Guru-ka-Langar is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as is volunteering to help out with the preparation and clean-up. The langar is a wholesome meal served by the kitchens of the Golden Temple as a service to the community. The kitchen feeds devotees at no cost, and donations and assistance are always appreciated.
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Visit the Wagah Border

The Wagah Border, which separates India from Pakistan, is about 30 kilometres from Amritsar. Seeing the spectacular beating retreat ceremony that is held here daily is an absolute must. Watch in awe as the Indian and Pakistani soldiers put on a theatrical show of strength as they parade, before lowering the flags and shutting the gates as the sun sets.

Shopping

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Treat yourself to traditional footwear

Traditional Punjabi jootis are a must-buy, and the colourful Mochi Bazar in Amritsar is one of the best places to pick up the perfect pair for yourself. These embroidered leather shoes are made for both men and women, and can be paired with Indian as well as western wear.
taj holidays

Indulge in beautiful jewellery

Beautifully-crafted jewellery is another Amritsari trademark, and some of the best options are available at the bustling Guru Bazar. This area is known for the quality of work of its traditional artisans and goldsmiths, and you are sure to find something here, that you will cherish forever.
taj holidays

Bdeck yourself in colours

From traditional phulkari embroidery to stunning satin stoles and brightly-coloured Patiala pants, you will find it all in the bazars of Amritsar. Be prepared to bargain as you walk down the streets of Kapra Bazar and Katra Jaimal Singh Bazar, where you can pick up souvenirs that you will not find anywhere else.
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