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Amritsar

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Amritsar

Golden Temple:

Also referred to as the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara, the Golden Temple is a world famous shrine of Sikhs. Devotees across the globe visit this holy shrine every year. Built in the 18th century, the temple has a golden dome and hence known as the Golden Temple. Akal Takht, the marbled five storied building surrounding the golden dome has great historical importance for Sikhs.

 

According to estimates, over two hundred thousand people visit the Golden Temple each day. The temple has a beautiful garden on its south and a museum atop its Clock Tower. Every day over 20,000 visitors here are provided with free food here irrespective of caste.

 

Jallianwala Bagh:

Jallianwala Bagh located near Golden Temple is a national monument of great historical importance. This national memorial tells the story of a mass massacre by the British. Over 2000 Indians were shot here in 1919, which is a major incident in the Indian freedom struggle. The walls of Jallianwala Bagh preserve the bullet marks. There is a memorial well to which some people jumped to escape.

 

Khalsa College:

Khalsa College is a majestic educational institution in Amritsar which is a must see. It is located on the Amritsar-Lahore highway and is spread over 300 acres. The college is a castle like structure and the red brick building gives it an enchanting look particularly in the night time when the lights are on. The building is an amalgamation of old Indian and British architecture.

 

Wagah Border:

The Wagah Border in Amritsar is the India-Pakistan border that runs a road between India and Pakistan. The Army outpost here between Lahore and Amritsar has a magnificent building, landscaped roads and barriers. The major attraction here is the evening flag down ceremony. Soldiers of India and Pakistan perform march past and drill in the 40 minutes ceremony before bringing down their respective national flags.  Patriotism soars high at this time as about 5000 people shriek at the top of their voice making a thunderous applause. This pageantry and the Change of Guard by the Indian and Pakistani forces is a charming spectacle.

The border is open from 10:00 hrs to 17:00hrs and the ceremony starts at 16:00hrs.

 

Durgiana Temple:

Also renowned as the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, the Durgiana Temple located in Amritsar near Lohgarh Gate is a famous temple of Goddess Durga. The beauty of this temple is that it was built exactly on the lines of the Golden Temple. The doors of the temple are made of silver for which it is known as Silver Temple. The temple complex is of high religious importance in connection with the great Indian epic-Ramayana.  

 

Mandir Mata Lal Devi:

This temple is and its surroundings are very calm and quite. There are caves and waterfalls surrounding the temple. Tourists with a bent for spirituality would love the place for the calmness and peace it gives. It looks small from outside but its interiors are elaborate with several depictions of Hindu Deities.

 

Ram Tirth:

Ram Tirth is an important religious town located about 11 km away from the city of Amritsar on Chogawan road. The significance of this place is that it is the birth place of the sons of Lord Rama, a Hindu deity. The accessibility to this place is quite easy and hence it invites a good crowd. The ancient well here with steps, the many shrines and a hut known as the great Indian sage Rishi Valmiki’s ashram lends the place with a mystic aura.

 

Khoo Kalyanwala:

This is another historically important place in connection with India’s freedom struggle.  About 400 Indian soldiers who initiated a rebellion against the British were locked in a small room here. Many of them died of suffocation and they who left behind were shot dead. The bodies of the dead were thrown into the well located here called Khoo Kalyanwala. 

 

Pul Kanjari:

This is a heritage sight with several tales and legends woven around. Pul Kanjari is about 35 kms from the Indo-Pak border and was the previous resting place of Kings. There is a ruined fort and few shrines here now which depicts a number of scenes from the Hindu scriptures.

 

Ram Bagh:

Ram Bagh houses a beautiful summer palace turned museum and its fascinating garden.  The natural cooling system in the palace is an architectural marvel. The museum has on display are several weapons of Mughal times, portraits and a replica of the world’s largest diamond-Kohinoor.