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Amritsar

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One of the sacred cities of India and the center of the Sikh religion, the colorful Amritsar is located in the northwestern state of Punjab, very close to the Pakistani border. For tourists, the city is interesting primarily for the main monument of Sikhism - the magnificent Golden Temple - standing in the middle of the picturesque reservoir of immortality, in which the followers of this religion constantly bathe in order to purify themselves and touch the divine.

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In Amritsar and the surrounding area, there are many other interesting temples, ashrams and palaces, and the main tourist attraction is the nightly closing ceremony of the state border between India and Pakistan, which can rightfully be called the apotheosis of the absurd, albeit colorful.

 

Attractions in Amritsar:-

Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple):- The main attraction of the city is, of course, the magnificent Golden Temple, located on an island in the middle of the Pond of Immortality, to which there are white-marble gates, which in themselves are a separate building. The temple holds the sacred scroll Adi Grant, and throughout the day it is constantly read in the chant. The building is two-story, everywhere you can see sculptures of saints and magnificent interior decorations. On the second floor is the Museum of Sikhism, which exhibited paintings depicting the lives of saints, and their personal items.

Jallyavallah Bagh: - Jallianwala Gardens are a five-minute walk from Golden Temple. The place is picturesque but sad: it was here in 1919 that a peaceful demonstration of the Indians was shot by British troops. In memory of this event, a memorial was erected in the gardens.

Durgiana Temple (Silver Temple):- The Temple of Durgiana is better known as the Silver Temple, and it is this name (Silver Temple) that should be spoken to taxi drivers and rickshaws, they have never heard of any Durgiana. The temple is open from 6:00 to 20:00. It could be a cherry on a cake of interesting temples of Amritsar.

The Temple of Durgiana was not dedicated at all to Durga, as the name might suggest, but to several divine couples: Sita-Rama, Lakshmi-Narayana, and Radha-Krishna. The temple is also known as Lakshmi-Narayan Temple.

India-Pakistan Daily Border Closing Ceremony: - A curious, hilarious and absurd, but extremely colorful event takes place every evening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (at sunset) in the border town of Attari Wagha, 32 km from Amritsar. Accompanied by a militant march of ceremonially dressed military men from both sides, the ceremony essentially boils down to lowering national flags and locking the cast-iron gates with a bolt.

Gobindgarh Fortress: - Gobindgarh Fort is a historic fort located in the center of Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab. The fort was previously occupied by the army but is now open to the public from February 10, 2017. Today Fort is being developed as a unique living museum, as a repository of the history of Punjab.

Ram Tirath:- It will be interesting to get out of Amritsar on a short trip to the town of Ram Tirth (11 km from the city), where, according to popular beliefs, the beautiful Sita-Devi gave birth to the god Rama the sons of Luva and Kush. Pay attention to the well: the legend ascribes its “authorship” to the mischievous Hanuman. Later, the ashram of St. Balmiki, known for writing many important mystical texts, was located here, and until now you can see its hut.

Rambagh Gardens: - The picturesque Ram Bagh Garden, located in the new part of the city, was once the summer residence of the former Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) - “Leo Punjab”. Formerly known as the company's garden, it was later renamed by the king to Ram Bagh in honor of Guru Ram Das, the founder of Amritsar. Ram Bagh was built according to the layout of the Shalimar Garden in Lahore. It includes a collection of rare conifers, medicinal plants and water channels with fountains and goldfish. At one end of the garden, a famous monument was erected in honor of the king saddling a horse.

 

Foods in Amritsar:-

In Amritsar, restaurants are located at every step. You can eat on a budget in the shareware dining room at the temple, designed for pilgrims. For those who can’t imagine life without fast food, we recommend going to Pizza Hut. For the rest, there are establishments both quite inexpensive and refined.

Do not miss the chance to try the traditional Punjabi yogurt-based lassi drink.

 

Shopping in Amritsar:-

Amritsar is a great place to buy interesting souvenirs with Sikh symbols: hand crescents, Karas bracelets, traditional swords, daggers, etc. They are sold in abundance in the store at the Golden Temple. You can also buy records with Sikh music, as well as the musical heritage of entire Punjab. The souvenirs of the region are colorful Punjabi jutti shoes that are not only attractive in appearance, but also comfortable, and multi-colored shawls and saris embroidered manually in the traditional Fulkaari technique. Amritsar's edible souvenirs are seasoned "variant" beans.

 

Best Time to Travel Amritsar:-

High season in Amritsar in December, February, January with excellent weather + 20.2 ° C ... + 22.9 ° C. At this time, the city has the least rainfall, about 2 days a month, from 6.5 to 36.7 mm of precipitation falls. The number of clear days is from 22 to 29 days. The climate by months and temperature in Amritsar are calculated on the basis of recent years.

 

How to Reach Amritsar:-

By Air: Amritsar has an airport and you can fly here from Delhi without any problems.

By Road: Bus connections with Amritsar are very well developed. Amritsar can be easily reached from Delhi, Dharamsala, Manali and other tourist cities of India.

By Train: This is probably the easiest and most comfortable way to get to Amritsar.

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