Amritsar in Punjab is world famous for being the home to Harmandir Sahib – Golden Temple, the spiritual & cultural centre of Sikhism. Devotees and visitors of all faiths from around the world visit Amritsar and it is one of the most important cities in the state of Punjab. I have visited the city twice and both times it has been a spiritual, cultural and gastronomic delight. Amritsar is a historic city with a rich spiritual & cultural living heritage of ‘Punjabiyat’ – spirit of being Punjabi. Here are the must do things or things to do when in Amritsar, Punjab:
- Visiting Golden Temple – The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib is the spiritual core of the holy city of Amritsar and every time I visit here, it is an uplifting spiritual feeling. A visit to Amritsar is incomplete without visiting the Golden Temple.
Read my experience of visiting Golden Temple here.
- Eating out – Amritsar is a foodie’s delight and it has some of the best street food and regional punjabi cuisine. The options are many, from the fantastic Kesar Da Dhaba to the legendary jalebis of Gurdass Ram Jalebi wala in the walled city. Read about my completely food focused long weekend trip to Amritsar here (yes we just ate, ate and ate on this trip).
- Shopping for Phulkar, Juttis and other textiles – The shops of walled city in Amritsar offer a variety of Phulkari and other Punjabi style textiles and the popular punjabi ‘juttis’ . Although, I found the prices here much higher than in other cities of Punjab, the sheer variety of the garments and textiles available, especially Phulkari, make it worth buying for a visitor to Amritsar.
- Shopping for papads and dry fruits – There are many shops in Amritsar selling papad-vadiyan, i.e. Papads & dry-fruits. The papads here are a bit different from those of Gujarat and south India, and may not be to everyone’s taste. However, one can buy the dry-fruits, which are available in many varieties.
- Sightseeing at the Heritage Street – The Heritage Street in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab is a beautiful example of thoughtful urban redevelopment in making public spaces accessible & more enjoyable. Thousands of visitors come here everyday and on my recent visit to Amritsar, I could experience the difference in walking around in this old part of the city connecting to the Golden Temple.
Read about my experience of visiting The heritage Street in Amritsar here.
- Visiting Jallianwala Bagh – Jallianwala Bagh is a famous memorial & public garden inside the walled city of Amritsar in Punjab (India). This place marks a bloody day in the history of Indian Independence struggle, when on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year (Baisakhi) on April 13, 1919 , peaceful group of protesters were fired at in this very garden, on the on the orders of Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer of the British Colonial Army. Today it marks a poignant memorial to Indian freedom struggle.
Read about my Jallianwala Bagh visit experience here.
- Visiting partition museum – The partition museum is located in the Heritage Street in Amritsar and showcases the saga of India-Pakistan Partition.
- Day trip to Wagah Border – Wagah Border, in Punjab, India, is the fully operative border through which people and cargo move between the two countries of India and Pakistan. Lying on the historic Grand Trunk Road, near the holy city of sikhism, Amritsar. Every evening, before sunset, the armed forces of the respective countries take part in a joint and elaborate ‘lowering of the flag ceremony. It is sight to watch and makes for around 3-4 hours of trip from Amritsar city.
Read about my Wagah Border visit experience here.