A city steeped in history and vibrant mix of colourful culture, Amristsar is one of the best places for a weekend getaway. This package takes you to all the historical and famous landmarks in Amritsar like the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Durgiana Mandir. You will have the opportunity to witness the retreat march of the soldiers posted at the Wagah border. In just a couple of days, you would come to know Amritsar like your own town!
- Volvo Bus/Train Tickets from Chandigarh or Delhi
- Accommodation for 2 Nights 3 Days in a deluxe room in respective hotel.
- Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) on arrival.
- Cookies once in the room during stay
- Daily Bed Tea /Coffee
- 10% discount on additional food bills.
- Pick-up & Drop to resort
- One day Local Sightseeing
The land of the Golden Temple and the Mecca of Sikhs all over the world, Amritsar derives its name from the pool surrounding Golden Temple called Harmandir Saheb, which means the ‘pool of nectar’. Amritsar is home to many temples – Durgiana Mandirand Mata Mandir, which draws an ardent lot of Hindu devotees. Also seeped in history, Amritsar’s Jallianwala Bagh, is a famous place where hundreds of Indians lost their lives during India’s war of independence .
Places to See
Most of the places in Amritsar hold religious or historical importance. Golden Temple, the prime attraction of Amritsar has beautifully decorated shrines in terms of art and architecture and is characterised by its four entrances or deoris. The striking sanctum is always filled with readings from the Guru Granth Sahib, marble pathways and pavements and the shimmering water of the lake makes the temple look gorgeous, especially in the evenings. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Durgiana Mandir was built around the 16th century AD and stands in the centre of a small lake, painting a beautiful picture.
Baba Atal Rai Tower is believed to be the place where Guru Har Gobind took his last breath. Nine storeys high, Baba Atal Rai Tower offers a panoramic view of the surrounding city. The first floor houses a museum, where relics of Guru Nanak are kept. The historic Jallianwallah Bagh is the historic site where General Dyer from the British Army massacred a peaceful meeting for independence in 1919. This historic site has now been converted into a beautiful garden and a memorial erected for the martyrs of the incident. Interestingly, the wall with the bullet holes and the well, where the women and children jumped at the time of the shoot out exists till today.
Places to Eat
The galis of Amritsar are redolent with the aromas of dhabas serving tandoori chicken, pakodas, lassi, namkeen and mithais. The bazaar around the Gurdwara is famous for the Amritsari Kulche, Vadiyan and Phirni. More than anything else, the langar/ kadi prashad offered at the Golden Temple is the most delicious thing in the world and no matter how much you eat it, it just leaves you craving for more.
Things to Do
Here’s a chance to absolve your sins. On your visit to the Golden Temple, take a dip in the holy Harmandir Saheb, do the usual rounds around the lake and participate in kar seva – work in the temple complex. Choose from sweeping the pavements, to cooking and serving food to washing the utensils served in the langar. It is a beautiful feeling and you should not let go of this golden opportunity. Shopping and eating are pretty much the other things that you can do here.
Celebrated a fortnight after Diwali at Ram Tirath about 11 kilometres from Amritsar, is the Ram Tirath Fair. Pilgrims visit the temple and plunge in the sacred tank of the Temple in the early hours of the Puranmashi (full moon night) amidst incantations. Earthen diyas afloat leaf plates light up the tank as the air is redolent with songs and hymns. Basant Panchami at Chheharta Sahib is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the month of Magh or Maghi (end of January or beginning of February). The celebrations commence early in the morning and ends in the afternoon of the next day. The sacrosanct night is spent doing kirtan darbar (chanting hymns, poems from Sikh literature). Kite flying competitions are held on the eve of Basant Panchami. Baisakhi orFestival of Harvest is celebrated on 13th April with a lot of excitement and zeal. Guru Purb or Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated with full fervour on the first day of Kartik month (October/ November).
The best and the most popular excursion from Amritsar is the Wagah Border, between India and Pakistan some 28 kilometres away. Visit Wagah to see the change-of-guards ceremony and the flag hoisting and lowering activities which are done with great skill and precision by the border security forces of both the countries. Located 25 kilometres from Amritsar is the picturesque pilgrimage centre called Tran Taran. The sacred tank here is said to have curative properties. Another important thing to see here is a highly revered Gurudwara built by Guru Arjan Dev in AD 1768 in memory of Guru Ram Das.
Gobindwal Sahib, about 30 kilometres from Amritsar has the resting place of Guru Angad Devji. Baba Balaka, 45 kilometres from Amritsar is famous for the magnificent Gurudwara dedicated to the ninth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur. About 38 kilometres from Amritsar, Amanat Khan Serai is famous for its ornate gateway and glassy tile decorations. Dharamshala, about 200 kilometres from Amritsar is a quiet hill getaway in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Besides being the seat of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is lined with magnificent deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills.
Jootis is the thing to buy when in Amritsar. The beautifully embroidered, curled toe slip-ons remain the perennial favourite of the visitors to the city. The Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar has shops full of the special Amritsari embroidered textiles. It’s a field day for women who buy salwar suit lengths and sarees in large numbers. Insist on thePhoolkari dupattas – beautiful colourful thread and glass work dupattas, a speciality of the region. The kadas or the metal bangles worn by all Sikhs are also a must buy from Amritsar. Coming from the factories in and around Amritsar, the export quality hosiery goods are cheap buys from here .