Amritsar is in north-west India in the Punjab region. Best known as the heart of the Sikh religion, it’s also 20 miles east of Lahore on the border of Pakistan. Many visitors travel to Amritsar to visit Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple, which is a Sikh gurdwara (place of worship) that is said to attract more visitors annually than the stately Taj Mahal in Agra.
Amritsar is also one of the most popular destinations for international visitors in the whole of India, making it a special city indeed. Browse flights to Amritsar to explore one of India’s most culturally colourful, warm and attractive cities.
About Golden City Amritsar
Harmandir Sahib can be translated as Temple of God, although when water was excavated around the site in the late 16th Century, it came to be known as ‘Pool of the Nectar of Immortality’, giving the city its name. Although the temple is said to have been built for the worship of men and women from all walks of life and religions, devoted Sikhs volunteer to work there as part of their religious duties.
The city has a rich history that has been influenced by the relationship between Hindus and Sikhs, and many sacred shrines can be found in and around Amritsar. In Hindu Cosmology, Ram Tirath, a sacred site 7 miles out of the city, is where it is believed the twin sons of King Rama spent their early childhood. Visitors can visit a well where the twins’ mother, Devi Sita, drank water, and visit a hut where the saint Rishi Balmiki later scripted many of his sacred manuscripts.
For those with knowledge of Indian history, Jallianwala Bagh near the Golden Temple is the site of a massacre that took place in 1919 on orders of the British Indian Army. Many historians believe this event may have been the beginning of the end of British occupation in India. A memorial is built on the site and it is still possible to see bullet marks on a preserved wall in the park. Visitors are welcome to wander through this garden that was established in 1951 to commemorate the deaths of those who died while celebrating Punjabi New Year nearly a century ago.
A richly spiritual and historic city, Amritsar has also earned the accolade as a culinary centre of the Punjab region. Well-known for the quality of its milk products, Amritsar also specialises in stuffed parathas (flat breads) and sarson da saag (traditional mustard seed curry). Rich and spicy meat and vegetable dishes of many varieties are a particular attraction for visitors of varying palettes, while the hotels blend traditional and contemporary foods to suit visitors from all over the world.
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