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Amritsar Tourism And Travel Guide
16° C / 60.8° F
October to March
3 to 4 Days
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (11 kms)
Amritsar Junction Railway Station (2 kms)
The sacred town of Amritsar allows devotees as well as tourists to feel the warm-hearted presence of the Sikh guru throughout its vicinity. Separated from the neighboring country of Pakistan by approximately 25 km, Amritsar is one of the prime transportation, cultural, and merchandising hubs of Punjab. If there were one place that defines the rise of Sikhism as a robust community, it would be the sacred Golden Temple of Amritsar. The rich historical, cultural, and religious roots of Amritsar fascinate every section of tourists that pay a visit to this incredible town. Visitors can pick and choose whether they want to explore the majestic monuments or the sacred gurudwaras around town. Let us dig into this travel guide to understand how tourism prospers in Amritsar.
How to Reach
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport lies nearest to Amritsar's central region, around 11 km away. Several domestic, as well as international air carriers, ply to this airport from metropolitans such as Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, and Birmingham. Some of the major airlines that move in and out of Amritsar regularly include Turkmenistan Airlines, Air India Express, Uzbekistan Airways, Air India, and Malindo Air.
Amritsar Junction Railway Station is the most prominent railway head in Amritsar, with trains coming in other top metropolitans such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Agra, and Chennai. Comfortable express trains like New Delhi Amritsar Swarna Shatabdi Express, Amritsar Shatabdi Express, and Amritsar Chandigarh Superfast Express move in and out of the city regularly. Once at Amritsar Junction Railway Station, visitors can rent a cab or book an auto-rickshaw to get to their desired destination.
Beautifully placed along the flanks of the National Highway 1, Amritsar is blessed with excellent connectivity to other North Indian cities like Chandigarh, Jammu, Ambala, Patiala, and Delhi. Other national highways that make their way into the city include NH 44, NH 7, NH 9, and NH 54. Several state-operated or private vehicles help passengers coming from Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Shimla, and Kashmir get into Amritsar conveniently.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Amritsar experiences pleasant and welcoming weather between October and February. With temperatures dropping down to about 5°C at times, tourists can load in their warm clothes and prepare for an entertaining holiday. Let us take a look at how the different seasons attract tourists to Amritsar.
Summer (March to May):
Amritsar experiences damp and hot weather during the summer season, with the climate, continually alternating between 27°C and 40°C. At times, the temperatures even climb to around 49°C. Tourists who visit during summer would be lucky enough to engage in the splendid celebrations of the festival of Baisakhi, which occurs in April.
Monsoon (June to September):
Amritsar's monsoon season experiences substantial rainfall, with the climate usually hovering between 23°C and 35°C. Amritsar receives an average annual rainfall of around 780 mm. The heavy monsoon fall of rain transforms the city into a lush paradise and encourages tourists who love adventure.
Winter (October to February):
The winter season is the best time of the year to wander into some of the exciting tourist destinations, such as the Wagah Border, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Golden Temple, and Akal Takht. The weather remains chilling, and temperatures keep hovering between 4°C and 21°. Tourists can also indulge in the cultural celebrations of festivals such as Basant Panchami, Lohri, and Ram Tirth Fair.
Things to Do
Land of Sikh Shrines:
Amritsar has been emanating a religious tradition based on Sikhism since the Sikh gurus took over the city's reins in the 15th century. The town acquired its name from the sacred pools that surround its temples, "Amrit Sarovar." Some of the holy Sikh shrines that are a must-visit on a tour of Amritsar include the Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, Akal Takht, Mata Lal Devi Temple, Gurudwara Mata Kaulan, and Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai.
Prime Partition Destination:
Amritsar is situated just about 25 km away from Pakistan, which made it one of the areas that faced the major brunt of atrocities committed by opposing parties during the partition with India. Several brave Indian civilians and soldiers lost their lives during this mass migration that would change the structure of the subcontinent. Some of the tourist spots that help liven up the controlled patriotic fever within you include the Jallianwala Bagh, the Partition Museum, and the Wagah Border.
Cultural Fervor of Sikhism:
Cultural villages such as Sadda Pind breathe into the tourists and locals that visit Amritsar, a splendid Punjabi passion through their display of folk dance and other art forms. Right from dance performances such as bhangra, gidda, jhumar, and kikli, the permanent ocaless even hosts engaging musical productions such as tumbla, gidda, and nagara. The unique open-air art gallery provides tourists with a never-seen-before cultural experience of the Sikh community.
What to Eat
Amritsar's local cuisine exuberates the spicy nature of Indian food, with dishes such as Chicken Tandoori, Amritsari Fish, and Chicken Tikka taking special mention. These tasty dishes perfectly go hand in hand with the ghee-enamored Amritsari Kulcha. Post a spicy lunch or dinner; tourists can always satiate their taste buds with popular Indian desserts like Gulab Jamun. Punjabi Dhabas have garnered popularity across the whole of India, providing tourists with an unforgettable roadside dhaba experience. Chhole Batura, Rajma Chawal, Dal Makhani, Channa Batura, Parathe, and Paneer. A great combination of delectables among the local inhabitants is the amalgamation of Sarson Da Saag and Makai ki Roti.
Amritsar is blessed with a wide array of shopping hubs within its vicinity, including Lahori Gate Market, Guru Bazaar, Hall Bazaar, and Shastri Market. These shopping centers offer tourists with excit5sblen traditional clothing like juttis or footwear and accessories to take back home. Tourists who visit Amritsar must not miss purchasing from its broad collection of carpets, handicrafts, and shawls. The city's shopping hubs provide women with an exceptional opportunity to gift themselves with intricately designed Phulkari dress materials. To remember the trip to Amritsar, tourists can make sure to take back exquisite customary ornaments, sweaters, woollen attire, and the famous Pashmina shawls.