There are regular flights, but if you wanna save some money then the Shatabdi Express is brilliant, I have traveled on it many times without any problems (Amritsar is my ancestral town n I am of Indian descent), it takes around 6 hrs with 5 halts. Get details here
http://indiarailinfo.com/search/344/664 n official site - www.indianrail.gov.in
In Golden Temple the early morning rituals n prayers are quite blissful,
Very early in the morning you can experience the daily ceremony of bringing in the Holy Book into the Golden Temple in a gilded palanquin, after which the morning prayers, ardas are sung out by the priests from the book, these are quite soothing n pleasant to listen to, as are the Shabads n Kirtans Prayers throughout the day (till 10 pm, when the book goes back in the same kinda ceremony),
it’s an idea to keep along an English translation of the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib with you (avlb in the temple’s Lib, probably not so early), n read along the verses being sung
you can even do some volunteer work here for a few hours, cleaning or cooking in the community kitchen, as many devotees also do regularly
the free langar meals here cooked by the volunteers is quite delicious, wholesome, do try it
The Wagah Border ceremony by the Indian n Pak troops is not everybody’s cup of tea, though for a westerner who read so much about the tensions n animosity between these 2 brother countries, the atmospherics, n seeing the camaraderie amongst the respective citizens in the backdrop to its marching guards (involved with the flag ceremony) trying to out macho each other v interesting,
You should also visit Amritsar’s main temple, Durgiana Mandir, to the Mother Goddess, it’s from the late medieval period, n it’s design is modeled on the Golden Temple, n also in the center of manmade “sacred” pond
as in other temples the morning n evening rituals n prayers r best,
another temple in Amritsar worth visiting is Ram Tirath Temple
These apart, by Indian standards Amritsar is a prosperous, as also a lively city, n the Punjabis are known around the world as people who work hard, n play harder,
a large part, (much larger than its % in India’s pop) of India’s successful Diaspora are from Punjab, as are many of the superstar NRIs (Non Resident Indians)
So it’s an interesting city to walk through, where religion, culture n commerce mix together
n there are many other activities here, inc Malls, Cultural n Folk Festivals etc, its Bhangra music (n energetic dance, on which a large part of the song n dance seen in ‘Bollywood’ films has been based) has fans all around the world
n the food, oh the Food, it’s amongst the best in India, esply in its famous Dhabas (traditional restaurants), an amalgamation of the best of North Indian, Frontier (Pak-Afghan) n Mughlai styles
in fact there are many now pop North Indian dishes originated here n r named after the city, inc the fish n nan (baked tandoori bread with filling)
but of course you’ll have to watch the spices n make spl request
There are a few late medieval Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples like the Golden) outside Amritsar worth the excursions, esply the 18th century one at Tarn Taran, just 25 km away
As in Golden Templ n Durgiana check if any spl religious n/or cultural festivals would be going on, these are exceptionally good experiences
Many Hill Stations n Resorts of Himachal Pradesh are also close by
N do keep in mind the winters in Amritsar are more severe than in other parts of the North Indian plains
Lemme know if you need 2 know anything at all about Amritsar or India
Favorite thing: Giddha is a very vigorous folk dance of the women of Punjab performed during family and festive occasions. It has almost the same intensity as Bhangra. In Giddha, women translate bolian-verses (light-hearted satirical verse) into gestures. The folk poetry satirizes politics, the in-laws, loneliness of a young bride, evils of society and almost any other subject. The dance rhythm is set by the dhols and the distinctive hand claps of the dancers. So quick is the movement of the feet as the tempo rises that it is difficult for the spectator even to wink till the tempo falls again. The embroidered 'duppattas' and heavy jewellery of the participants further exaggerate the movements.
Favorite thing: Originated in the Western Punjab, Bhangra reflects the vigour and the cheerfulness infused among the rural folk by the promise of a bumper crop. The Bhangra season starts with the wheat sowing. On every full moon day young men, in every village, dance for hours in open fields. The dancers move around the 'dhol' drummer in a circle. As the tempo increases, their hands, their feet and their whole bodies comes into action. They whirl round and round bending and straightening their bodies alternatively, hopping on one leg, raising their hands and clapping with their handkerchiefs. Colourful clothes comprised of the flowing turbans, chadra (covering for the lower body) and long kurtas (shirts) and waistcoats make this a very attractive dance to watch. The Bhangra season concludes with the Baisakhi fair when the wheat is harvested.
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Favorite thing: Don't ask me to give detail info on each of my photo tips, I am just a tourists of sightseeing, not much yet into archeological researches in Amritsar. I build tips based on what I see beautiful and also for my own personal record.
Favorite thing: Heatness is our bus was a good experience, I uploaded another picture to show tourists how we sweat that long night without sleep well. It was not just heatness, somehow the bus driver's way of driving was too crazy. He can put his hand on the honk to do it every 3 to 10 minutes. The voice of their honk was not normal, they actually modified it to sound like some latest digital audio effect of wave sound, and we can hear it all the night. So it was sweat and weird honks that cultural shocked me.
Favorite thing: 41 is average for June. Too hot to me, eventough I came from tropical country, still felt uncomfortable, dry especially. Picture is our bus overnight from New Delhi where my partner Andy complaint for no air-con. It was cheated by the travel agent in New Delhi that they told us better to take fan bus, and we believed their story. Anyway, a good experience to sweat all night long.
Favorite thing: Generality is a way of seeing using our sight organs to capture the generality in the generality itself to bring out the...the true generalitivity. The picture we have here is the generality of Amritsar.
Favorite thing: My Amritsar general tip contained not just that, you know, this tip involved ecological movement of ambulating. Consequently, readers of my tip shall gained a surplus of full comprehend of ambulating, ecological ambulating.
Favorite thing: Golden Temples is not just Golden Temple or Golden Temple only but it was a Golden Temple without shoes. Yes the Golden is a Golden Temple and a Golden Temple is a world without shoes. So before entering Golden Temple, please remember they have a locker room for your shoes.
Favorite thing: When they say it is a baggage room, they really meant a baggage room. We put our baggage here before entering the temple. This is the first thing to do when I come here. So please write it down, a baggage room is for baggage. The next step is....is all in my next tip, please continue to the next tip.
People in Punjab is handsom and hard worker, in the size is tol and use turban for religious.Always cover the head.
Fondest memory: I have seen this Milk saler on the way to Amritsar.
Favorite thing: I find it so beautiful while strolling here. Not much about architectural knowledge, just use my general aesthetical point of view to capture it and build as a tip to share.
Favorite thing: When we see a street, we recognized it as a street to be able to tell others it is a street. A street is a tip built by me to let you know that the picture here is a street recognizable by all of us.
Favorite thing: Basic tip of Amritsar is talking about the basic of the city in the way of generality to bring out the significance of the basicness.