Best of Amritsar in Three Days


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The excitement was at its peak as I was off to the land of Punjab for the first time in my life. This trip was a special one, to pay respects at the most visited place of Amritsar Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib, it’s official name. Because of it being gold plated, devotees lovingly call it the Golden Temple.

Airplane View
View of Amritsar from above

Air travel from Mumbai to Amritsar is nearly two and a half hours and I was wondering how I was going to deal with turbulence during the flight. Nonetheless, mentally prepared me to deal with it. What awaited me at Amritsar was totally worth it.

Things to do in Amritsar

Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Gorgeous Golden Temple

Were three days enough in Amritsar? I wanted to experience the whole city in totality. But my main aim was very clear. I wanted to spend maximum time at the Golden Temple absorbing the divine, religious vibes.

View of Golden Temple
The Golden Temple at dusk

The Golden Temple

We visited in the evening on the first day itself. The sun was setting, the first glimpse was magnificent, my eyes got moist with happiness. I kept staring in disbelief, was I really there?

Selfie at Golden Temple
The divine Golden Temple and me

Listening to the soft chants of Guru Granth Sahib. A sudden calm came over me, I sat by the lake looking at the temple and soaking up the positivity in the air. Despite the crowd, you tend to feel a connection with them, everyone walking with their head covered, bare feet, taking a parikrama around the temple.

parikrama around the temple
Young devotees just entered the temple compound, bow their heads in respect

The entire complex is so clean. The Sevaks who sweep the floors, serve water, cook for the langar is all volunteers here. Offering services to mankind get them closer to God. It’s doing good deeds and attaining salvation. Each one having their own reasons to do so.

Inside Golden Temple
Photography though not permitted inside but with special permission, I took this picture.
Golden Temple night view
Golden Temple at night is mesmerizing

Once was not enough so we visited again on the third day to pay our last respects. Just wanted to be there and never leave.

Heritage Walk with tea
Sipping tea during Heritage Walk

Heritage Walk Around The Temple

The roads are broad with shops on both sides. The walk to the temple is a beautiful one with bright lamp posts, statues and fountains in the backdrop. The entire 1-km stretch is a walking street. Benches in the middle for people to relax and enjoy the ambience.Traditional Phulkari, Jutti shops, souvenirs and eateries lined across.

Traditional Punjabi Thali
Delicious Thali costs just Rs 200/
Culinary Feast

Amritsar is a food lovers paradise. Even at the Ramada hotel I skipped the eggs and went for the kulchas and stuffed parathas with curd and pickle. We visited the famous century-old Kesar da Dhabha.

Shared a thali served with chole, maa ki daal, salad, Punjabi pickle, raita,  soft kulchas and a tall glass of Lassi. In spite of asking for less butter, the kulchas came soaked in it.

Punjabi Food
Finger licking yum

Another interesting place for Dhabha style non-vegetarian food is Beera Chicken. We ordered the Roast chicken, butter chicken, fish  Amritsari and kheema naan. It was truly outstanding and I suggest to relish it with all your sense.  A must visit when in Amritsar.

 

Jalian Wala Bagh
The monument outside the Jalian Walla Bagh
Jalian Walla Bagh

Our history books stand witness to the bloody massacre that took place at Jalianwala Bagh.  This garden is a tourist spot now with well-kept lawns, a  museum and the Martyrs Well.

Historic Jalian wala Bagh Wall
The bullet marks on the Jalian walla bagh wall

But the sentiments of the place has to be felt. The garden still has the walls with bullet marks, the well which drowned the people who tried to escape from the bullets still exists. It is a landmark in India’s struggle for freedom.

Cycle Rickshaw ride
Took a cycle rickshaw to the gates of the border.
Attari-Wagah Border

The Attari- Wagah border is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and is located 30 km from Amritsar. It was an hour’s drive from Ramada hotel and considering the large crowds that visit we started as early as 3 pm to get good seats to view the parade starting at 5 pm.

Wagha Border

As the sun started to set on the border of both the countries the Beating Retreat Ceremony started. Soldiers from both Nations marched enthusiastically in a parade till the line of the two gates. What I saw during this half an hour ceremony cannot be described in simple words.

A roadside thelewalla
A roadside thelewalla
Durgiana Temple

This is a Hindu temple and is similar to the Golden Temple architecture, situated in a Holi lake. We visited the Durgiana Temple the next day.

DURGIANA TEMPLE
The entrance to the Durgiana temple

It felt peaceful inside the premises. The melodious chants and sound of flowing water added to the serenity and piety of the place. There is an ancient temple of Hanuman Ji and Shitla Devi in the same vicinity. Worth a visit for religious minded people.

Amritsar Tour Diary

Gobindgarh Fort

Gobindgarh Fort is a Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singhji that has recently been opened for the general public after 200 years. The place is a sprawling property, with many attractions within the fort including Punjabi Folk Dances, historic buildings, museums, restaurants, children’s rides etc.

But best of all we enjoyed was the 7-D show on the history of Ranjeet Singh, the King of Punjab.

Brothers da Dhabha
Brothers da Dhabha since 1912

Then relished the Dhaba style stuffed kulchas, chole with curd and lassi at Brothers da Dhabha on the premises.

phulkari dupattas
Beautiful phulkari dupattas
Shopping

Not to miss the shopping of phulkari dupattas and outfits in the cloth market. The shopkeepers tailor Patiala shalwars and kurti in less than 24 hours. You can shop for glittering juttis, mithai, farsan in Amritsar.

Thus concluded our power packed, a memorable holiday of Amritsar. Hoping to visit in the near future again because one trip was not enough.

Jo bole so nihaal. Sat sri akal

22 thoughts on “The best of Amritsar in three days”

  1. Beautifully written.I re-lived the entire journey thru ur eyes yet again.Gobindgarh fort was completely mesmerizing,as they follow me on twitter too,i had shared my pic by tagging them,me and my little antics.The jalianwala baug had me teary-eyed too and we did put in some money inthe well,so all the little ones who died with their parents hitting their head hard on the ground as the well was dry as a bone,wht a brutal death.The phulkari work on dupattas also is very pretty.Yes in 24hours the tailor who is tied up with the shop does deliver it without a flaw.All places of food were enticing.Be it kesar da dhabha which we ran to on day1,bharwan da dhabha which is close proximity to the golden temple,so even after eating holy langar food we still went to binge(greedy us)Surjan lals kulcha.Gyanchand lassi was more sour & ahuja lassi was less on cream on tht day.I even enjoyed my morning walks in the garden daily.So yes u made me re-live my amritsar trip.Btw we too went twice for darahan as tht place just keeps calling ur name back for more.

    1. Yes, I am definitely going back. Just want to listen to the chants. And gaze at the magnificent Golden Temple endlessly.

  2. Wonderful, I have been there a couple of times and trust me the Golden Temple is one of the places where I could spend an entire day. Pure Bliss. Loved the post and the photos.

    1. Thanks Meera. Glad you liked my post. I feel the same way. Now I feel a connection with the place. Once is not enough.

  3. There is also a place called Sada Pind which is built like a small village to show Punjabi culture. They have mock huts and living arrangements as in Olden days. Also games and activities. Lives dancing and music shows are there too. Also there is a restaurant that serves tasty local cuisine. Everything is included in the entry ticket. Our taxi driver suggested we visit here on our way back from Wagah border. It was a great experience. In fact it’s very close to the railway station. About 10-15 minutes.

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