Top Tourist Attractions in Amritsar
1. GOLDEN TEMPLE
0300 hrs – 2200 hrs
Also known as Harmandir Sahib & Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple is the holiest Gurudwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. The temple is built in marble and copper, overlaid the sanctum with gold foil. The shrine is built around a man made pool (sarovar).
2. WAGAH BORDER
1615 hrs (winter)
1715 hrs (summers)
The daily military practice held at this Indo-Pak border is characterized by elaborate and rapid manoeuvres, raising legs as high as possible and a beating retreat. The process is a symbol of rivalry, brotherhood and co-operation between the two nations.
3. JALLIANWALA BAGH
0630 hrs – 1930 hrs
The memorial at Jallianwala Bagh preserves the dark memories of the massacre that occurred on 13 April 1919. The Martyr’s Well, a museum, gallery and memorial structures are spread over the garden now. Paintings of the massacre, political leaders, Udham Singh and Gurkhas can be observed. Newspapers clippings and letters from prominent personalities are on display too. Udham Singh’s ashes are kept here.
4. AKAL TAKHT
0230 hrs – 2200 hrs
Akal Takht meaning “Throne of The Timeless One” is one of the five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikhs. It is located withing the premises of Golden Temple. Originally known as Akal Bunga, the biulding was founded by sixth Sikh Guru – Guru Hargovind as a symbol of political sovereignty to address the concerns of Sikh people. Apart from the rich historical and cultural significance, the Sikh style architecture of the site is worth observing.
5. RAM TIRATH
0600 hrs – 2100 hrs
The temple is built at the place where Maharishi Valmiki gave shelter to Mata Sita. This is where the sons of Lord Rama – Luv & Kush – were born. They even fought the force of Lord Ramachandra at this place.
The temple is marked by 8 feet tall, 800 kg gold plated idol of Lord Valmiki in main section. It is believed that he wrote the epic of Ramayana at his ashram located here.
6. MAHARAJA RANJIT SINGH MUSEUM
1000 hrs – 1700 hrs
Located in the beautiful Rambagh Garden of Amritsar, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is one of the best museums in the state of Punjab. Originally, the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the building was converted into a museum 1977. The museum displays the arms & armour, outstanding paintings, coins & manuscripts, providing insight into the life of the Sikh
7. GOBINDGARH FORT
1000 hrs – 2200 hrs
Rs 180 to Rs 650
Spread over an area of 43 acres, Gobindgarh Fort was built by Gujar Singh & completed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The fort was built to protect Amritsar (specially Harmindar Sahib) from invasion. The fort is built of bricks and lime and has 25 canons mounted on its ramparts. After the independence, the fort remained under the control of military of India, but was later opened for tourist visits.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Amritsar
NEAREST RAIL HEAD: Amritsar
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