Amritsar

AMRITSAR

Amritsar: The City of Immortality


Amritsar is the city of the turbans and where spirituality is breathed in every corner, besides being one of the main cities of the Punjab state. Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh community.

It was founded in 1577 by one of Sikhism's gurus. The great majority of its inhabitants professes this religion. They are differentiated by their picturesque turbans.

Named after the holy tank of Amrit Sarovar, the caity of Amritsar was founded in the 16th century by the 4th Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das Ji.

This part of India is often evoked for its culture that combines joy and colors. Despite the stormy history known and still known in the region of Punjab and Haryana, particularly because of its conflicting relations with Pakistan, the culture is rich and varied.

Amritsar, is the core of Punjab, displays everything that the nation has come to adore about Punjabi culture – friendly individuals, unparalleled neighborliness, beautiful and colourful accessories, and finger-licking food.

Despite the fact that nothing can beat the excellence and the beauty of Golden Temple, however, this city is a Foodies Paradise as well!

Discover the city of Amritsar, where the Sikh religion was born, and its Golden Temple, the sacred shrine of the Sikhs remains a highlight of a trip to Punjab. On the monument side, these states may not be the richest in India, but they hold the richest hearts and the warmest smiles.


This Article will give you all the information you need to plan your trip to Amritsar.


How many days to dedicate to Amritsar:

Now of course it depends as to how many days you want to spend in the city itself, but the right planning, it is possible to see all the attractions of Amritsar in just two days, although we warn you that there is a risk of falling in love with the city, its environment, and wanting to extend the stay a little longer.


Now we enter the subject, here we will explain everything about the main tourist points, about transport, accommodation, and food, so let's get started.


Best time to visit Amritsar: 

Although you can visit Amritsar all 12 months in an year, but most visitors go to Amritsar during the coldest and driest months of winter, between October and April, when temperatures range between 21 and 32 ºC.



Where to eat in Amritsar:


Guru ka langar: Everyone who has Golden Temple visit in their list needs to have langar which is served in the premises of the temple. The food (also known as langar) will take you to an alternate world inside and out. The adoration with which they serve and the blessings of God in the food can be felt with each chomp. Langar is served 24hours a day and can be appreciated whenever you visit the temple. Meals served on Guru Purab have a few more additional delights.


Kesar Da Dhaba: This dhaba is over 100 years of age and has been included in different shows on Discovery and many other channels. The food served in Kesar Da Dhaba is amazing. My most loved foods are stuffed parantha, dal makhani, paneer dishes and firni with a glass of lassi to add the cherry on top. Food represents itself with no issue as it is finger licking and delightful. This dhaba is close to Golden Temple and should be visited without a second thought!


All India famous Amritsari Kulcha: The name justifies itself and yes Amritsar is unquestionably Kulcha heaven. Where every other shop is selling Kulcha, this place unquestionably has a unique place as it serves incredibly fresh, chatpata and classy Kulchas. The chole (chickpeas) served along with it adds to the flawlessness. The costs are low and reasonable. The stylistic theme is nill as it is a straightforward dhaba yet the hot Kulchas are not to be missed. It is situated in Basant Avenue, Maqbool street. Among locals, it is called as Chungi ke Kulche. (A Kulcha is a type of mildly leavened fluffy, soft and spongy flatbread/naan bread.)

Ahuja Milk Bhandar: How can a trip to Amritsar come to an end without having a glass of fresh lassi. This place is extremely famous for it's sweet lassi.The glass of lassi is massive with a major dallop of fluffy whipped cream or butter over it. Sweet lassi or Mithi Lassi around here is absolutely an unquestionable try to experience passionate feelings for the Punjabi culture. 


 A One Kulfa:  A One Kulfa is a Kulfi and faluda shop close to Crystal Chowk. The little plate served by them is a full feast in itself. It is a faluda plate which they serve and contains Kulfi with rabri and faluda (Ice cream with noodles and creamy rabri). It is incredibly yummy and an absolute satisfying dessert. It has the local flavor which the big known ice creams shops does not have! I always visit this place at least once everytime I visit Amritsar. 


Novel Sweets: Lawrence roads has a lot of cafes, street food stalls and restaurants to eat at, but the place I keep going back to is the well known sweet shop called Novel Sweets, which offers an extensive assortment of imported chocolates, chocolates, frozen yogurts and celebration desserts for your sweet tooth.



                             Shall we talk about some non-veg food now? 


Crystal Restaurant: This is an extremely well-known eatery in Amritsar and furthermore has a Chowk named after it. Crystal Restaurant is rated classy in Amritsar and serves both Indian as well as other cuisine. I would recommend the non-veg dishes at this restaurant and the Chinese is something worth giving a try as well.


Chawlas 2: Set up since 1960, Chawlas has served a great many foodies who can swear for its special and perfect taste. The innovator of Cream Chicken, Late S. Attar Singh Chawla cooked the Chicken in milk and cream and carefully seasoned with black pepper and green cardamom. The same recipe has been followed from that point forward with the goal that the chicken is light, delectable and simple to digest.

Within excess of 80 outlets in India and a couple of abroad, the restaurant has specialities like Cream Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Teranga Chicken, Reshmi Kebab and Amritsari Fish. 


Makhan Fish: Makhan Fish is set up since 1962, it is the most looked for after place for the rich and delicious Amritsari Fried Fish in the city. It serves mouth-watering Indian and Punjabi dishes with a warm welcome and good service. The Fish specialities like Fish Fried, Fish Tandoori and Fish Chilly are made in 100% pure Mustard oil while the Chicken specialities like Butter Chicken, Karahi Chicken, Curry Chicken, Masala Chicken and Lemon Chicken are made in 100% pure Desi Ghee.


Prakash Meat: Prakash Meat is a paradise for Mutton lovers. Directly from Dry Mutton to Mutton Tikka, their non-veggie lover arrangements are basically powerful. It is famous to the point that you may need to sit tight for at some time in order to be able to try out their delicious food, yet clearly, the wait is worth it.


Bubby Fish and Chicken Corner: On the off chance that you have been longing for a meaty, zesty and spicy pleasures, you basically can't pass up this place, which is one more well known joint serving some astonishing fish and chicken dishes. From dry rich barbecues to smooth flavors, Bubby Fish and chicken corner is known among foodies for its dry and fry meat as well as delicious and juicy grills.


Bheera: Who does not like tandoori chicken? In business since 1970 on a stall the owner of Bheera, Balbir Singh Bheera, took in the recipe from his dad when he was just a kid. He is viewed as the ace culinary specialist in Tandoori Chicken to the degree that Chefs from five star lodgings come to him for culinary tips. He hand picks every chicken, marinates it and after that roasts them perfectly. You just cannot miss the tandoori chicken and keema naan served at this place.


Don't be afraid to try new restaurants, cafes and street food. Do be careful about hygiene and do not drink tap water.


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What to see in Amritsar - What you cannot miss:

Amritsar is divided into two large areas: the old city "Old city", where all the tourist attractions are located, and the "modern" area where you can find all kinds of shops and the activity is frenetic.


The Golden Temple of Amritsar:

The main attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple.

The surroundings of the temple are incredibly clean, which makes it earn points to this city.

It is a little difficult to explain in words the great beauty of this complex and all the environment that surrounds it: turbans of a thousand colors, overwhelming mantras by the megaphone, guardians the temple with its lances and swords.

To those of you who are a bit scrupulous, we will tell you that the interior of the room is quite clean.

Outside the temple but in the same area (you have to go down some stairs), you can enter the Sikh Museum. Admission is free. The museum explains the history of the persecution suffered by the Sikhs.

Considered one of the least known wonders of India, the golden temple of Amritsar, or Harmandir Sahib, immediately steals the attention of those who visit it, not only for its ostentatious architecture but for the magic that surrounds it and the moving solidarity of those who inhabit it. Free accommodation and food for all visitors, regardless of social status, gender, religion or race, are just some of the features that make this incredible place completely different from the others.

Attributes that are also part of Sikhism, religion that built the temple to make it its most sacred place and that was born with the aim of bringing together in one faith the best of the most important religions in the world. In this way they believe in the existence of a single god with a will that must always be accepted, in valuing and respecting ideals such as truth, joy, humility or love, while suppressing lust, anger, greed, material attachment and selfishness, and intolerance and racism are repudiated, always contributing selflessly to society.

The story tells that in order to build the sanctuary it was necessary to dig the artificial lake on which it is elegantly reflected today. This work began in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, who gave it the name of Amrit Sarovar, which in the Sikh language means "pond of the nectar of immortality", waters full of golden fish that must be visited by all the Sikhs at least one time in life to purify. But it would not be before 1589 that the structure, made of marble and covered with gold plates, would begin to be erected to become the home of the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred writing of Sikhism.

Located in the city of Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, northwest India and half an hour from the border with Pakistan, the temple has four ornate doors that symbolize, among other things, the opening of the Sikhs to all visitors who wish to enter, once inside it is easy to find dozens of volunteers who play instruments and sing, as well as hundreds of worshipers who spend praying, bowing and even offering all kinds of gifts.

In addition, there is food and clean water, in which voluntary offer free bread and lentil soup to around 40,000 people per day and the number increases on religious holidays and weekends. To achieve this, as well as its maintenance in general, the temple is financed from the donations of the nearly 25 million faithful people in the world; however, anyone who wants to help with cooking or washing dishes is welcome and will receive a delicious chai tea in return.

Of course, you cannot enter without fulfilling certain conditions, including covering the head and shoulders, not wearing shoes or socks-there are stitches to keep them-, dressing modestly, without showing your legs, taking pictures or videos and be willing to sit on the floor as a sign of respect. It is also advisable to be careful when eating at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), because although there is no limit on the portions, it is not allowed to leave any food on the plate.

and if you want to experience a different night/s, there are some rooms for foreigners to sleep at the temple for up to 3 days. The rooms are for free; however, you can offer tips if you want to. There are simple mattresses on the floor, but it is worth the peace your mind and soul receive. Awesome, right?

Or if you are looking to stay near the temple then it is worth spending at least one night in the inns near the temple, where comfortable beds in shared dormitories and hot showers wait for travelers.

We warn you that you will not have enough with just one visit to the temple, you will want to go back and we recommend a night visit to see the illuminated temple.


Dukh Bhanjani Sahib: Holding a spiritual significance in the lives of the devotees., the Dukh Bhanjani Sahib (a jujube tree) is a standout amongst the most visited and discussed sacred places in Amritsar. Situated in the Golden Temple Complex, the Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree remains on the eastern side of the Amrit sarovar. Legend has it that Bibi Rajani's significant other was restored of disease by taking a plunge in the lake close to the tree. The tree was renamed as Dukh Bhanjini which truly means 'eradicator of suffering'.


Some additional information:

You can carry scarves with yourself to cover your heads inside the temple if you want to, however you can find scarves and handkerchiefs in the temple itself to cover your heads (they are free).  It is compulsory for the two people to cover their head while in the Gurdwara.

Even though the temple allows entry to visitors of all religions and nationalities, do make sure to dress appropriately and discreetly.

You have to leave your shoes in the lock for free and take them back when you are leaving.

While in Golden Temple stroll on the mats/carpets gave to shield your feet from getting burnt as the marble underneath will, in general, get exceptionally hot. 

Photography is not allowed in a few sections of the Gurdwara. 

Switch off your cell phones inside the temple.

Entry is free.


Visit Golden Temple and experience one of the best days of your life.


Jallianwala Bagh Park:

Situated close to the well known Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Jallianwala Bagh is an open garden which houses a memorial to remember the massacre of peace celebrators by the British forces. As a part of our visit to the city, we entered the Jallianwala Bagh park where the aforementioned massacre took place, on the part of the British in 1919, where we can observe various memorials as well as ligustrines shaped like armed soldiers in position of attack, plus the marks of the bullets in the wall, proof of these events. The awful incident had left a profound scar on the nation, and a memorial was constructed post the independence for the innocents who lost their lives in this staggering occurrence. Set up by the government of India in 1951, the massacre memorial was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad the then president of the country on thirteenth April 1961. The place has been turned into a lovely park and is overseen by the Jallianwala Bagh National memorial trust. 

Spread over 6.5 acres of land, Jallianwala Bagh is related to one of the saddest days in Indian History when a large number of honest individuals were killed on the orders of General Dyer. There is a thin path between the houses which lead to the lawn of the park. There is a memorial tablet at the passage which fills in as a record of history. Various structures are available inside the premises which reverberate of the outrages that happened here. These incorporate a divider which still bears the marks of the bullets that were heaved aimlessly at the regular citizens and a well in which numerous individuals bounced to spare themselves from the assault of the shots. It is assessed that over a 1000 Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs lost their lives in this merciless attack. A memorial in their rememberance has been introduced here too.


Some additional information: 

 Jallianwala Bagh Park, free admission.

You can visit all 7 days a week from 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM.


Visit Jallianwala Bagh Park for yourself and see what we are talking about.


Attari - Wagah Border: 

Closing Ceremony between India and Pakistan.

The province of Punjab borders Pakistan to the west, and Amritsar is only about 10 kilometers from the border. Here is a unique phenomenon in the world, and undoubtedly one of the main attractions to see in Amritsar: a quite peculiar border closing ceremony, which for us was something like a spectacle pulling coarse, but at the same time curious and fun.

This border is symbolic, although we have seen a bus passing by here that left India and entered Pakistan, it is not the official border, but a symbolic one, prepared for the show. At each end an arch can be observed, both with the country's own flag, military on duty and two photos of representative characters. In the case of India, they have Mahatma Gandhi and in the case of Pakistan they have Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the country.

Such is the show, that on the Indian and Pakistani side stands have been installed where the fans of each one contemplate the ceremony and encourage their respective armies every day at the same time.

Once the people in the corresponding stands (there is a popular platform, a VIP and one for tourists), the speakers or presenters of each country, begin the ritual while the audience applauds and shouts out loud. In the distance, one can hear the same on the Pakistani side.

The soldiers march to the rhythm of drums played by a soldier girl. In this march, the soldiers raise their leg so much that they touch their hats and at the end of the march they have to accommodate it.

Upon reaching the gate, the soldiers shout and signal to each other on the other side. The crowd does not stop screaming. The guards at the border, who find themselves with the open separation grid, are side by side and do not take their eyes off, both armed.


Some additional information:

Border closing ceremony, free admission. To go to the border, we have taken a tuk-tuk for INR 250 for 3 people, when normally they ask for INR 100 per person. The tuk tuk waits for you at the exit. Beware of the taxi drivers, who have seen how they charged 20 additional rupees per person, claiming that it was the price of the ticket when it was free.

For this ceremony, requirements: carry a passport, carry a camera, but not a bag.  Do not carry a backpack. You can buy water inside and outside and enter with it as long as the bottle is made of plastic almost gets messed up by the fanny pack (eye with ladies' handbags).


A never seen ceremony before, experience it for yourself.


Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum:

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was the past summer royal residence/palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first leader of the Sikh Empire. The museum hall shows articles identified with Maharaja Ranjit Singh, old artistic creations, manuscripts, and coins, which are centuries old. The museum makes for a captivating visit particularly for those inspired by history.


Some additional information:

The museum is opened from 10 AM - 5 PM.

Entry is free.


Durgiana Temple:

An important Hindu temple in Amritsar, Durgiana Temple is devoted to Goddess Durga. It is otherwise called the Lakshmi Narayan Temple and was built amid the sixteenth century. Like the sarovar in Golden Temple, there is additionally a water tank or lake encompassing the main temple development. 


Travel Tip: Try to visit amid the aarti also known as prayer ceremony for a really great experience at the wonderful Durgiana Temple.


Explore all that you can as you may find some new interesting places to explore all by yourself while exploring the city.


Interesting neighbourhoods in Amritsar:

1. Lawrence road is a dream come true for individuals of Amritsar where they find everything from branded clothes stores, traditional clothes, present day products of floor carpets to bangles, shawls, woolen materials and stationery shops.

Aside from these, there is additionally fast food eating joints and cafés where you can fulfill your cravings for food amidst your shopping binge. With everything found so close directly from spots to shop to eateries, sweet shops, and cafes, Lawrence Road turns into a noteworthy fascination for visitors to take multi-day out and enjoy some genuine shopping..

2. INA Colony is an exclusive area of ​​the city, which includes many restaurants and hotels, as well as attractions such as Gobindgarh Fort and Amritsar Bus Depot.

3. Old City is a centennial historical district, in which the Golden Temple and many of the most famous attractions of the city are located.

4. Gagan Colony is the neighborhood in which the Celebration Mall is located and other good modern shopping alternatives.


Shopping in Amritsar:

Shopping in Amritsar's vivid by paths can be a significant joy. 

Many of you may know Amritsar for being the home of Golden Temple, the authentic Wagah Border, and Sikhism. Be that as it may, there's much more to this city than what meets the eye and its shopping destinations demonstrate only that. From shopping centers to the well-known street shops, here are the absolute best places to encounter shopping in Amritsar simply like a local.

A decent to know fact about the city is that the vast majority of the world markets source wooden Chess Sets (sheets and pieces) are manufactured in Amritsar. Presently, that can be a significant thing to shop from Amritsar, wouldn't you say?


Clothes:

Amritsar spreads out countless options for the women. Salwar suits, juttis, gems, and knickknacks are found in bounty in the shops of Amritsar, but especially the Phulkari Dupattas and clothes are a must. The traditional work of Phulkari is one of the famous things in Amritsar, Punjab.

The phulkari embroidered materials are extremely well known in this district. It is a bloom/floral/flower design woven with beautiful, colourful and bright threads that is a vital piece of the Punjabi culture. This traditional work is typically worked out on a coarse, cotton texture base known as khaddar. Depending on what kind of phulkari you choose to buy, it can be extremely expensive or affordable. On the off chance that you purchase the 'bagh' style of phulkari, you will see that the whole material is covered with the well known and famous phulkari embroidery.

Woolens are also an important part and so Amritsar is exceptionally known for woolen pieces of clothing like shawls, sweaters, and mufflers. These are excellent, high-quality woolen things and they are found in Hall Bazaar. Covers and blankets woven by the rural ladies of Punjab are likewise sold in Amritsar.


Footwear:

Amritsari 'juttis' are slip-on shoes, frequently made of calfskin/leather. With designs on the top front, they are worn by all genders . Be it for a festive event or just to add to your swag-remainder, get a couple of Amritsari 'juttis' amid your visit to the city. Go to shops like the Raunak Punjabi Jutti at Hall Gate. This sort of footwear is accessible only in this piece of the nation. 


Food:

You can't in any way, shape or form leave Amritsar without getting the lip-smackin Amritsari papads and wadiyaas from here. Besides, the rural ladies of the district make an assortment of pickles, jellies and jams are additionally a few things that you can take back home with you.


Apart from these things, you can also buy many other items which are displayed in the market depending on your choices.



Best places to shop in Amritsar:


Outside Golden Temple: 

Outside the temple there is much to buy at bargain prices; You can take numerous as a souvenir or to give as a gift. To buy you have to leave the complex, in the vicinity there are hundreds of stalls and stores in which to buy different objects very different from the souvenirs we find in other cities and countries. That there are also as portraits, key rings, mobile accessories, wooden boxes type chests, etc. But, there are others like for example you can buy a kirpan, it is a sword that is used in the ritual of christening of the Sikh.

The sale of chess games is typical of the site, it is one of the most important in the world; in regard to religious items you can find khandas, Karas (religious Sikh bracelet), swords, daggers and Sikh symbols made of metals. Rural women of Punjab (the state in which Amritsar is located) make pickles, jams, and jelly and also make wool garments that are well known for their quality, blankets, carpets, tapestries, shawls, sweaters and scarves are some of the things they sell and you can find it in the  stalls and the stores surrounding the Golden Temple. 


Hall Bazaar:

Hall Bazaar without a doubt qualifies as one of the busiest markets in the city of Amritsar, Hall Bazaar is situated at just 1 km from the railway station and It is arranged while in transit to Golden Temple and therefore can be found without hassle. Be it a local or an explorer, this is the one-stop shopping goal for all. You can find a variety of clothing, footwear, handiworks, and so much more. Some of the best eating places such as restaurants and stalls are seen in this market and are located at an easy distance from attractions like Gandhi Gate, Town Hall, and Company Bagh. 

It can without much of a stretch be come to by walking or by the neighborhood auto rickshaws accessible all through the city.


Hall Bazaar is an extremely crowded market so make sure to look after your children as well as your valuables.


Lahori Gate Market:

In Lahori Gate Market, there are a lot of shops, showrooms and eating places and this guarantees that the visitors will have a celebration time in the midst of bunches of choices and things. 

variety of well known Pashmina Shawls of Kashmir, cotton suits, footwear, and a lot more can be found in Lahori Gate Market. Likewise, every one of the items are accessible at a moderate value which can likewise be purchased at a much affordable price after bargaining.This place houses a lot of hotels and so this place is constantly frequented by explorers as much as local people. There are a couple of shops here that are gigantically well known for cotton suits for women and juttis. A well-known fabric market in Amritsar, Lahori Gate Market is especially known for pashmina shawls.


Guru Bazaar: 

Guru Bazaar being one of the oldest markets in Amritsar has been drawing in individuals of the city for a long time now. Consistent with its name, the market is sandwiched between Guru ka Mahal and Golden Temple. In this way, on the off chance that you are on a visit to any of these spots, remember to drop in here. 

If you are looking for some amazing jewelry pieces then Guru Bazaar is one more one-stop site for all your gems shopping. This bazaar has a gigantic gathering of gems and other than this, you can remain guaranteed of the genuineness of the things acquired from here.

The market is visited by hundreds and hundreds of people, particularly ladies, for the love of gems and jewelry. Guru Bazaar is celebrated for its gold and silver trimmings, and the traditional Indian jewelry known as 'Jadau.' Women run the shops of this market to bring home lovely pendants and hoops/earrings studded with semi-precious stones. The market brags of having more than 2500 shops which don't just move gems yet, in addition, alluring earthen lights, lamps, sparkling silver diyas, hatli, and icons of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi.


Now that we have a few markets listed above for you to shop like the locals, let's have a look at the mall to shop in air-condition.


Alpha One Mall: 

AlphaOne, known as the fashion spot of Amritsar, is a clean and spacious shopping mall. Alpha One Mall offers plenty of national and big international brands. For real Amritsari shopping knowledge, one can stop by at the Amritsari Bazaar that has numerous stores, offering stunning crafted works and claims to be the fame/specialties of Amritsar. 

There are endless options for you to eat at the food court serving a massive variety of cuisines. Aside from the food court, there are restaurants, cafes, and bars for you to enjoy your shopping and dining spot all under just one roof.


The children will enjoy the ambiance of the mall as there are cute little trains and cars they can take a ride in!


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Best time to visit Amritsar: 

Although you can visit Amritsar all 12 months in an year, but most visitors go to Amritsar during the coldest and driest months of winter, between October and April, when temperatures range between 21 and 32 ºC.


How to reach to Amritsar: New Delhi to Amritsar:


By car: One way to go to Amritsar is by a car. Amritsar is connected to New Delhi via the NH-1 motorway. The distance from New Delhi to Amritsar is approximately 451.94 kms. If you choose to go to Amritsar by car, it takes around 6 hours of non-stop driving to reach Amritsar from New Delhi.

By bus: Another way to get to Amritsar would be to take a bus. It takes around 8 hours and 30 minutes on a bus to reach Amritsar from New Delhi. You can easily get a bus ticket for the price of ₹  550.

Amritsar is connected by bus to most of the major centers in the region, including Delhi, New Delhi, and Chandigarh.

By train: Another option would be to sit on a train to Amritsar. You can reach Amritsar Junctions (ASR) from New Delhi (NDLS) by traveling in a train. The train journey would take around 6 hours. You can easily buy a train ticket for just ₹  850 and catch the train.

The Amritsar Junction railway station is an important regional center, with connections available to New Delhi, Delhi and Mumbai, among other Indian towns.

By plane: You can take a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport from New Delhi by traveling from either airport metro (train) or taking a cab. The total flight time would be around 1 hour. You can easily book a ticket ranging anywhere from ₹ 1200-5000+ depending on when you book it and within how much time/days/months you have yet to travel.

The Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (ATQ), Amritsar is located less than 10 kilometers from the city center. To move to it, the best option is to take a taxi that, in principle, should cost around ₹ 300. Get ready to haggle!


Choose any traveling mode according to your comfort and convenience, because either way, you will end up in the heart of Punjab.


How to get around Amritsar (5 ways to travel within Amritsar):


Public transport: There are several bus companies operating in the city, including the Amritsar Bus Rapid Transit system. Rates vary depending on the area, but, as a reference, keep in mind that a trip from the bus station to the train station is usually priced at ₹ 10.


Cab: There are many taxis available in the city, although, yes, negotiation between the traveler and the driver is encouraged. Unless you know how to haggle well, a trip from the train station to the Golden Temple will cost you about ₹ 50.


Car: Driving through Amritsar is not an impossible mission, but you will have to face hectic traffic and lack of parking in popular areas. Car rental is not frequent; although there are local companies, such as Karan Car Rentals Amritsar, that provide this service.

Rikshaw: The roads and the nearby sights of Amritsar will welcome you with colossal warmth on the off chance that you pick rickshaws as a method of transport. The city rickshaw-pullers are friendly ones and won't delay in managing you for your stay in Amritsar.

Autos - Tuk Tuks: On the off chance that you need to save time, then a lot of autos/tuk-tuks running all around will end up being an agreeable and quicker method for traveling inside the city. Do remember that these autos/tuk-tuks don't have a meter introduced in them and subsequently you should settle the charges previously getting in. 

An auto would usually cost you somewhere close to ₹ 20 to ₹ 40 to get to the most parts of the city.


Do not accept a ride if there is anyone accompanying the driver in a taxi, tuk-tuk or a rickshaw. Be careful.

 

So, get going and explore all you want.


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Where to stay in Amritsar:

GoStops Amritsar: (Stops Hostel Amritsar) features a terrace and a shared lounge in Amritsar. The property is situated 1.1 km from Golden Temple. Jallianwala Bagh is 400 m away. Durgiana Temple is 3.5 km from the hostel. The nearest airport is Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, 15 km from the property. A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.


Golden Temple: It is also possible to stay at the Golden Temple for free (We have mentioned it in the "Golden Temple" part of the article). They are common rooms, like a big hostel, that are outside the premises but just opposite one of its doors. They give you locker where you can leave your stuff. You can not stay more than 3 nights in it and it is expected that when you are leaving, leave a tip.


Hotel CJ International: Hotel CJ International is where you should stay If you want to enjoy a high level of modern comfort without sacrificing the native nuances, Hotel CJ International, near the Golden Temple, is a great alternative. On the other hand, the Hotel PR Residency is elegant and modern, with an excellent central location very close to the train station.


However, Amritsar offers many accommodations/places to stay within your budget. Please do not leave your valuables in hotel rooms.


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What to pack:

Clothes:

Scarf: Scarf ought to be carried along which you would require while visiting Temples, Gurudwaras or Mosques and would spare you from the singing warmth of the sun amid Summers. 

T-shirts:  T-shirts look cool and can be worn with anything and everything, be it a couple of pants, jeans, tights or shorts. Ensure the t-shirt's texture is cotton so it is anything but difficult to wash and air dry it. 4 t-shirts should be enough.

Jeans/pants: 2 pairs of jeans/pants should be enough. Jeans literally go with everything and are so easy and stylish. Who doesn't like jeans?!

Comfortable shorts: comfortable knee-length shorts may come handy when you can't choose what to wear. You can wear them while dozing off, climbing, or simply chilling around.

Sweater/sweatshirt/jacket:  A sweater/sweatshirt/jacket must be carried for Fall months of October-November when it's too hot to even consider wearing a coat and too crisp to even wander around in tee shirts.

Fancy clothes: If you have plans to go out on a date or somewhere fancy then carry one of your dress/suit.

Night suit: Carry a loose t-shirt and pajamas to doze off or if you have a night suit set of course.

Undergarments: Of course, who can forget undergarments? You all know what to keep! 

Handkerchief: 2 handkerchiefs should be good.

Socks: 2 pairs of socks should be enough.You can always roll up the socks into a ball and stuff them in your shoes to use the advantage of the space you have.

Towel: 2 towels are more than enough because you need to dry yourself.


Toiletries: 

Shampoo and conditioner (small bottles) for easy carrying.

A small soap could be helpful if you plan on going by car.

Deodorant, because nobody wants to stink and sweating does that to you. 

Moisturizer is a must to keep your skin hydrated, besides water. Make sure to carry a travel-friendly bottle.

Sunscreen to save yourself from sunburns, harsh sun rays, and tan.

Facewash! It is better to sleep with a clean face than an oily one.

Wet wipes to keep yourself fresh through long day outs.

A comb or a hairbrush because who wants tangles in their hair.

Toothbrush and toothpaste for your dental hygiene.

Hair ties, hairpins, and headbands.

Razor and shaving cream or shaving gel.

Make-up! That is your take. Whatever you use. Such as kajal,eye-liner, foundation, lipstick, and eyeshadow.

Tampons/pads for periods you know what I'm talking about ladies.

Mosquito/insect repellent.


Make sure to carry travel-friendly bottles for easy packing and carrying.


Gadgets: 

Your laptop and charger with some sort of 3G or 4G connection if you choose to do some research while traveling, if you don't already have internet data on your phone. It may be helpful.

Camera along with a memory card, because you need to capture those moments.

Mobile phone along with the charger.

A power bank for battery back-up.

Multiple point plug, just in case.

Earphones/Headphones.


Extras:

Small mirror. When aren't mirrors helpful? Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all? 

Sunglasses. Protect your eyes first.

Binoculars. In case you need to see something with much more focus.

Notepad with pens if needed.

Novels/books for reading if you are a reader.

Medical first aid kit. Make sure to carry medicines, because it is better to be safe than sorry. Your health comes first.

Your eyeglasses/eye lenses and an extra case for both.


I would advise you to not pack much and rather purchase stuff while traveling and when it is required.  Always just carry the essentials which you think you won't be able to buy while traveling or do not want to buy again.

Now what you keep in your luggage depends on when you will be going to Amritsar and for how many days.

While traveling, it is always advisable to pack light. 


Information Shared By - Charine Sethi

Getaways from Amritsar:

A not to miss tourist destination in India, Amritsar is a fine place and you can easily find a hill station getaway bouncing as the lovely province of Himachal Pradesh sits close by. Hill stations close to Amritsar for a short and crisp trip such as includes hill stations such as Shimla, Dharamshala, and Palampur.


Shimla:

Other than taking in the excellence of the mountains, here's a rundown of spots to visit in Shimla that will keep you on your feet all through your vacation. From museums, theatres and colonial lodges, to beautiful strolling trails, a clamoring shopping center, Gothic churches, and cute heritage hotels—there are such great amount of places to keep you involved. The hill station takes into account a wide range of interests. So whether you're a sports sweetheart, a history lover, or even a shopaholic searching for a decent retail fix, you will love Shimla!


Dharamshala:

Dharamshala is a beautiful hill station with beautiful temples to visit, the Dal lake, trekking or for just chilling in your hotel room's balcony with an amazing view of the snow peaked mountains. Best known as the base of the Dalai Lama in India, and its solid Tibetan impact, Dharamshala is a little hill station that lies on the goad of the Dhauladhar range high up in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. I personally enjoyed Dharamshala's food. Cheap and delicious and their tea is a must without a doubt. I would go back to Dharamshala anyday just to drink their tea.


Palampur:

Palampur is a short drive from Dharamshala and is a standout amongst the best places for the admirers of quietness. Inexhaustible with tea homes, trekking trails, campsites, and quaint monasteries, it sees lesser crowd of people contrasted with Dharamshala. A waterfall drops into a stream at Bundla Chasm. Saurabh Van Vihar nature park has spots to hang out at and just chill with your family/friends, birdlife and breath-taking views of the snow-topped Dhauladhar go. A forested trail drives northeast to the hill top Birni Devi Temple, with mountain sees. While Tashi Jong Monastery is one of the features of Palampur, you can likewise go climbing in the Dhauladhars, set camp in the pine backwoods around, visit the tea homes, pig out over some hand crafted thukpa and Tibetan sustenance at one of the diners around or do nothing other than stargazing.


Dalhousie:

The small tinsel town Dalhousie concealed in the lap of Himachal Pradesh is a bit of heaven for every one of the travelers. It brags of old world appeal, hypnotizing nature scene, pine-clad valleys, flowers adorned meadows, quick streaming waterways, brilliant misty mountains and probably the most breath-taking views on the planet. The air scents of the Scottish and Victorian design and the feeling helps you to remember the British flavours. 

This hill station was a standout amongst the most loved summer destinations of the ruling Britishers and this is genuinely reflected in the great Victorian style mansions in this district. Places a long way from the humming cities in the nation, this curious town transports you to a pollution free atmosphere in the lap of real nature. Dalhousie felt like a small version of Switzerland to me. A must visit to experience it on your own.


We hope you liked this article and found it helpful for your trip. Enjoy your trip to Amritsar and make sure to take a lot of photos as well as enjoying everything for yourself with your own eyes! Something in you will surely change for good after visiting Amritsar and you will always want to go back again.


Costs mentioned in the article are subject to change.


Information Shared By - Charine Sethi


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