Amritsar is a juxtaposition of two different worlds: the sacred and the commercial. The serenity of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines in the city provides a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of a vibrant mercantile hub. Deriving its name from the Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the famed Golden Temple, Amritsar is the spiritual heart of Punjab and is inextricably linked with the Sikh faith.
The quintessential spirit of Punjab lives on in the city’s labyrinth of buzzing bazaars with narrow alleys and numerous dhabas whose traditional offerings such as the Amritsari kulcha, chole and lassi have put them on the nation’s culinary map.
This 2-day itinerary covers the entire Amritsar, letting you delve into the city’s top experiences, from iconic gurudwaras, forts to museums and shopping.
Head straight to the holiest Sikh shrine- The Golden Temple, surrounded by a pool of water called sarovar. After visiting the main temple, partake in the community meals called langar offered as parshad to all visitors.
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Next, visit Jallianwala Bagh followed by the Partition Museum.
Have lunch at any of the street outlets offering kulche chole, iconic to the city of Amritsar.
Then head to the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama and Museum and catch the sound and light show at Gobindgarh Fort.
The next day, visit the sights around Amritsar. Start with the Punjab State War Heroes’ Memorial and Museum, followed by the historic Pul Kanjari and Sarai Amanat Khan.
Quench your afternoon thirst with a cold glass of fresh lassi from Kesar da Dhaba.
After lunch at Sarhad, witness the pageantry of the Attari border ceremony. It is a spectacular side as the forces from both the countries display valour during the Flag down ceremony. Also known as Beating ceremony it showcases border policemen marching to the beats of the drum.
Complete your trip with some colourful shopping from the local markets.