Amritsar Travel Guide

  • Golden Temple Complex
    Golden Temple Complex
    by Donna_in_India
  • Amritsar Local Custom
    Amritsar Local Custom
    by MikeySoft
  • Indian / Pakistan Border
    Indian / Pakistan Border
    by MikeySoft

Amritsar Things to Do

  • Visit India- Pakistan Wagah Border...

    Wagah Border is the only open crossing border of India and PakistanThe Beating Retreat ceremony is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959The ceremony starts with a blustering parade by the soldiers from both the sides, done with fascinating...

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  • Guru-ka-Langar (Free food)

    Langar is a free sanctified meal which is prepared daily and served at the temple. There is a huge kitchens ( has a chapati machine) prepare Dhal, rice and chapatis in Golden temple. food is available around 10,000 to 20.000 thousands pilgrims who visit daily to temple.All are welcome to join the masses eating on the floor in Golden temple All...

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  • The Golden temple

    The Golden Temple is situated in Amritsar, India, which is close to the border of Pakistan. It is the central gurdwara, or worship place, for all Sikhs in the world. Its proper name is Harmandir, which means "Temple of God" and is resepctfully referred to as Darbar (meaning "court") Sahib (meaning" Lord"). Darbar Harmandir Sahib is known as the...

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  • Visit to Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

    On Sunday(3-3-2013) strolled around the Golden Complex area and made my way towards the "Jallianwala Bagh". situated in the same vicinity. As a student of History had read and memorized the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy and its association to the Indian freedom movement since school days .Here i was in person visiting this modern historical site for the...

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  • Wagah Border Ceremony (Pakistan/India...

    About 30 kms outside of Amritsar is the only road crossing to Pakistan. It is known by the Pakistan name, Wagah Border. The Indian name is Attari. Although traffic between the two countries has stopped a couple of hours prior, each day around sunset thousands of Indians, Pakistanis, and foreigners gather to watch the changing of the guards and the...

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  • An Emotional Visit to Jallianwala Bagh

    Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most historical spots of India. April 13, 1919 was Baisakhi when Sikhs celebrated both the first day of the new year and the anniversary of the founding of the khalsa in 1699. Some 20,000 Indians had gathered to peacefully protest the Rowlatt Act, a British legislation that allowed British authorities to arrest any...

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Amritsar Hotels

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Amritsar Restaurants

  • Lassi with makkhan and malai

    To begin with Lassi is a yogurt-based drink from India and Pakistan. It is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes, fruit. For a variety in taste you can try endless number of minor ingredients too like I do at home (for ex. Roohafza, different combos of spices like cardomom, saffron, pista, cashewnut, walnuts etc.)Ahuja Lassi, S. Surjan...

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  • You won't get better Continental food &...

    I happened to visit Amritsar and had food at Temptation Restaurant. The ambience was good and restaurant was clean although construction was going on for a basement and an extension. Staff was cordial and the knew the menu thoroughly as they could answer the questions regarding the dishes/cuisines. Even on a hot summer afternoon in week days, the...

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  • Langar (Free Meal) in the Golden Temple...

    Do not miss the Langar when you are at the Golden Temple.I wasn't sure if I should put this under Restaurants, Things to Do, or Local Customs. I decided to put it under Local Customs because it is more then a place to eat or a thing to do, it is a custom of the Sikhs to feed anyone who wants to eat. I later also decided to put it under this...

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  • Bread and check the Kitchen

    There are lots of small restaurants throughout India with wonderful breads. This restaurants is next to our Amritsar hotel and we ate there as we arrived late. The hotel was past the train station so I don't think they get too many tourist. They usually allow you to look in the kitchen and even take photos. As our trip went on, we made it a point...

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  • Tandoori Chicken

    The food was great and the service was speedy as I was the only in there -- but by the time I had finished eating the place was packed. Tandoori Chicken was just scrumptious. Unfortunately the beer was overpriced and not too cold.

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  • Free sit down food

    Part of the Sikh religion is the fact that everyone is welcome to take a meal which consists of dahl (rather bland bean curry), rice and a chipati. The dining hall, which has signs over the entrance such as "The lord himself is the farm, himself is the farmer, himself he grows & grinds the corn", was packed with people when I visited, (even though...

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Amritsar Nightlife

  • The Gold Temple at Night.

    Be sure to visit the Gold Temple after night, It is a different atmosphere and less crowded.You can go after you return from the Pakistan Border flags lowering ceremony if you have limited time.Please rate this tip and my others if you find them interesting, useful, or like the photos. Thanks

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  • All lit up

    I arrived in Amritsar at about 5pm from McLeod Ganj after taking two buses. My first view of the Golden Temple was from my hotel roof and that night I went inside the complex and took these photo's. The Golden Temple itself is lit up at night and the gold reflects into the pool. For some reason the whole complex was packed with people wrapped in...

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  • Eat, Drink n Play

    Amritsar is not a city for night owls.... Amritsaris only love to eat, drink and sleep... You can go to Balle Bowl where there is a small food court (4 counters - Dominos, Dim Sum (for Chinese / Thai / Indian and Continental food), Nexus Nizam (for Kathi Kababs) and for drinks you can have Beer, Breezer, Wine, Juices, Soft Drinks and Mocktails). If...

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Amritsar Transportation

  • Cycle-Rickshaw travel

    There are numerous "Cycle-Rickshaw" taxis in Amritsar. Some of the cycle-rickshaw peddlers dress themselves in the typical Sikh Khals attire and look majestic in their clothing wwith the traditional sword strapped to their side. Cycle-Rickshaws are the cheapest and most convenient way to sight-see the city of Amritsar.

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  • Walking, Cycle and Auto Rickshaws.

    We walked to many places but also took Auto and cycle rickshaws to several places. Make sure you agree on the price before you go. The normal price is a lot cheaper then the asking price. After a while, you get to know what a fair price is. Please rate this tip and my others if you find them interesting, useful, or like the photos. Thanks

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  • Planes, Trains, or Automobiles

    There are various trains between Amritsar and places like Delhi and Agra. It is best to check irctc.co.in or indianrail.gov.in for train schedulesThe are also flights between Amritsar and Delhi. I originaly want to take a train from Delhi to Amritsar and then a train to Agra and maybe get a car/driver in Agra for Rajasthan. However ended getting a...

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Amritsar Shopping

  • The famous Amritsari Juttis!!

    One of the more famous shops although not the only one in Amritsar that sells the famous Amritsari Jutti. FYI Jutti is a kind of footwear that usually goes well with most Indian traditional wear but can even be matched with other common dresses. This shop is exclusively for the famous Amritsari Juttis that go well with traiditional Indian/Punjabi...

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  • Souvenir shops

    Outside of the main entrance running along the complex wall are several shops selling all kinds of souvenirs such as photo's, paintings, ornaments and even knives, swords and shields which will raise a few eyebrows when going through customs!

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  • Local Bazar

    Shopping in Amritsar is a memorable experience. The market places the lanes, the bazaars, the squares, the plazas-hum with activity. The main shopping areas are the Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh and Lawrence Road. The city offers traditional souvenirs along with modern brandwear at all locations. The main attraction however is the woolens,...

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Amritsar Local Customs

  • Langar (Free Lunch) in the Golden...

    Do not miss the Langar when you are at the Golden Temple.I wasn't sure if I should put this under Restaurants, Things to Do, or Local Customs. I decided to put it under Local Customs because it is more then a place to eat or a thing to do, it is a custom of the Sikhs to feed anyone who wants to eat. A Sikh friend also told me that I could also stay...

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  • Other Customs

    One custom is eating the sweet past inside the Golden Temple Complex. I was offered it several times and finally tried it at the Golden Temple in the center of the pond.An additional custom was to drink some of the water from the pond. I know people swim it in and it may not be the most sanitary thing, but again I did it after several people was...

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  • Helping with the Langar (Free Lunch)

    You are under no obligation to help with the Langar (Free Lunch) but if you want, you can help with the washing or preparation of food. It is a good way to have some fun and meet the people.I also walked through the food preparation area and all the people were smiling very friendly to me. I took some photos and few give me there their address....

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Amritsar Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Matters...

    1. Double-check all hotel and restaurant bills for errors.2. Don't leave cash and valuables in your hotel room. Use room safes where available.3. Keep daily cash in separate pockets.4. Don't flash jewelry or large sums of money.5. Never pay for anything upfront - including drivers.6. Avoid touts!7. Don't exchange money on the black market.8. Get a...

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  • Travelling with Infants/Toddlers...

    Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over - at all times - of the day and night. So your children will be welcomed warmly. But if your infant/toddler is new to travelling or is not a good traveller, India may not be the best place to visit. As difficult as India may be for some first time visitors, it will be much more so...

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  • Mischievous Monkeys...

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you.The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys...

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Amritsar What to Pack

  • Earplugs

    Forget your wife, your husband, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your mother, your father, your sister, your brother or any other travelling companion. These little things will be your best friend throughout your whole time in India. Look after them, nurture them, feed them , water them and by all means don't lose them!

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  • Some must-haves

    Light cotton wear in Summers (April to Sept) and Woolens in Winters (Nov-March) Mosquito Repellent (specially in Monsoons - July and August) and keep a stock of toilet paper as you may not find that in some places (actually you'll have to work hard to find it) Torch and an Army Knife

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Amritsar Off The Beaten Path

  • Meeting local people in the Punjab

    As we drove through Punjab for our next dentations, we stop and started to talk to some friendly local people. They invaded us into there home. This was an unexpected and wonderful experience.This is one of the great advantages of using a car with driver.

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  • Arrive Wagah correct time

    Just returned from India with conflicting information for our trips.We arrived in the heat of the day at Waghar , the actual flag change over commences at Sunset , thus it is not worth the queue in direct sun from 16.00 hrs ,as the arenea is easy to enter once people have seated and guards will ensure you a seat . We booked a room on arrival at the...

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  • Attari-Wagah border ceremony near...

    This ceremony right at the border between India and Pakistan (the only official transit point between the 2 country) can be a highlight of your trip in Punjab (besides the Golden temple). I wouldn't like to repeat the experiences my fellow travelers have written down before me. I can only confirm their correctness and EMPHASIZE that attending the...

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Amritsar Favorites

  • AMRITSAR-GOLDEN TEMPLE N THINGS TO DO

    Hey Melanie, 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 -...

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  • People in Punjab

    People in Punjab is handsom and hard worker, in the size is tol and use turban for religious.Always cover the head. I have seen this Milk saler on the way to Amritsar.

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  • Diddha Dance

    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...

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