Amritsar: A Journey to Explore, Things to do!

When I first read about the Golden Temple in Amritsar in my school books, I was so amazed that I always wanted to visit this holy place. When my friends mentioned the famous glass full of lassi (buttermilk or sweetened milk) in the Punjab state, I was so eager to taste that.

With all this excitement, finally, we made a plan to explore our journey to Amritsar.

About Amritsar: 

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Streets of Amritsar

Amritsar is the iconic city in the Punjab state of northwestern India. This city is the spiritual center of the Sikh Religion. The peaceful Amritsar is famous for religious and cultural prayers from gurudwaras. Being home to the magnificent Golden Temple, Amritsar has become a famous spot for travel and tourism.

We took a direct flight from Delhi to Amritsar. The city view is seen through the window when the plane lands are one of the most beautiful city views.

How to reach Amritsar:

By Air – Regular flights are available to the Raja Sansi International Airport in Amritsar throughout the day. Several important cities of India as well as other countries are well connected to Amritsar.

By Road –   All major cities are connected to the Amritsar railway station. Also, many bus services are available from many cities. 

Best Time to Visit Amritsar :

The months from September to December and January to March are the best times to tour the city. 

The pleasant weather during these months gives you stunning enthusiasm for sightseeing Amritsar. The city remains too hot during the summer months i.e. May and June and too cold during winter months ie Nov – Dec. Also, the city is humid during July and August because of monsoons. 

The start of the Journey:

We had hired a private car to tour the city. The city ride was surely going to be very interesting. 

We started our journey by taking blessings from the holiest shire in Sikhism – The Golden Temple or The Harmandir Sahib

Golden Temple

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Golden Temple, Amritsar

Considered one of the holiest places in India, is the heart of Amritsar. You have to remove your shoes at the entrance and need to cover your heads. If you don’t have anything to cover up your head, don’t worry! The headscarves can be borrowed at the entrance. The area is too vast and the golden temple architecture is brilliant that left me awestruck looking at its beauty. 

We entered the place and washed our legs at the entrance. You can take a dip into the holy waters of the temple too. The man-made tank, the Amrit Sarovar, surrounds the glittering central shrine. The tank waters reflect the temple, a splendid view to watch. 

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Amrit Sarovar in Golden Temple, Amritsar

The queue to enter the Golden temple is too long, it almost takes 1 to 2 hours. During those times, the fishes in the water, and the pleasant breeze grabed my attention and kept me entertained.

(The floor remains very hot during summers, although mat along the way protect your feet. It is advised to wear socks during summer visit. )

You can capture glazing pictures outside the temple but can’t click pictures inside the golden temple. The intricate and detailed artwork inside is captured in the eyes and in memories. I still remember the beautiful designs on the wall of the Golden temple, left me completely mesmerized.

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The gateway to Golden Temple, Amritsar

Proceed to delicious Langar in Golden Temple:

The aura was very pure. After seeking blessings from the shrine, we proceeded to relish the delicious “langar” at the community kitchen with hundreds of people sitting in the long rows. The food offered in the langar is the most scrumptious food I ever had. 

The most special thing about the langar is, everything is managed by common people like us. We can volunteer in preparing the food, serving it to people, and even washing the utensils. This is considered a very holy practice for the local people. 

Even I volunteered in the process, and I must say it was a great satisfaction to my soul. 

The Golden temple is beautiful at night and the atmosphere is very delightful. You can also groove into the evening ceremony – Palki Sahib ceremony to enjoy the complete tour to the holy Golden Temple.

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Golden Temple Night View

Jallianwala Bagh

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Jallianwala Bagh Entrance

This place has a terrifying history that revolves around the Independence era of India – the Amritsar Massacre/ Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. The place very near to Golden temple is a public garden that is built to commemorate the innocent Indians who were brutally massacred by the Britishers. The peaceful protest by the Indians was turned into a tragic incident when these people were killed by the orders of General Dyre on 13th April 1919.

While entering the place, I felt those vibes. Many people visiting Amritsar make it a point to visit this place to pay their respect to those people.

The picture below shows the bullet marks on the wall of Jallianwala Bagh.

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Bullet marks on the wall of Jallianwala Bagh

Wandering into the market:

This place is close to the market, and thus you can wander the local shops. Exploring the street is fun while enjoying the full glass lassi

The famous Lassi in Punjab is one thing I am very crazy about. When you are in Punjab, Lassi is a must! It’s very sweet and one full glass is enough for like Amrit (heavenly).

Next we visited to the most popular place for chat in Amritsar – Brijwasi Chat. The food items were very tasty.

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Paani Puri at Brijwasi Chat, Amritsar

Wagah Border

Later we moved to the Wagah border which marks as the boundary between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border Ceremony or the retreat ceremony held every evening for 45 minutes is a prime attraction. Amritsar trip is incomplete without visiting the Wagah border. The show starts at 4:45 pm in summers and at 5:15 in winters. 

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Wagah Border Entrance

I really suggest getting here early at around 2:30 pm to grab a seat close to the gates to watch the ceremony clearly.VIP seats are available too, it’s just that you have to come here in the morning, show your ID proof, and fill the form for the seats.

We reached the place on time. Hundreds of people were already there, the ceremony was about to start. We could not see anything. But, we managed to fill the space and move forward to view the complete show. 

Although we watched the show standing, that was totally worth it. The show gave me goosebumps. 

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Wagah Border, Amritsar

The soldiers from both countries meet at this border and start the ceremony with a parade. The ceremony includes a patriotic session, some entertainment with Bollywood dance and songs in impressive costumes. Everyone in the spot is with high energy. The environment is filled with cheers and enthusiasm.

The National Anthem is the best part that fills the heart with pride. 

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Indian Flag at Wagah Border

The end of the ceremony is done by opening the border gates and lowering the flags of both nations. The handshake between the infantrymen from both nations and then the closing of the border gates concluded the ceremony.

It feels so good to be a part of this ceremony. 

The Regional Food

The day has to end with a delicious dinner. Punjab is famous for food items – “sarso da sag” (a stew whose main ingredient is mustard greens) and makke di roti (flatbreads made with cornmeal). And I cannot leave Amritsar without having this.

While returning to the city we had dinner at the dhaba with a very special arrangement made for us. We had our dinner under the sky roof on wooden cots (charpai) and a fascinating campfire. Both veg and non-veg meals were so special with the cool windy breeze flowing around. We ended with the special Kulfi and once again the famous lassi. 

Amritsar gave me great memories. The place was worth a visit. I didn’t get to see the lakes or waterfalls, but that day I realized how every place has great significance. The Amritsar history made me remember the sacrifice of so many people in the Independence era. The one day trip to this place gave me a magnificent experience.

The people here are so helpful and really joyous, they enjoy their day with utmost happiness. They live for the nation and serve good for the people. I admire them. I have learned a lot from them to stick with me forever. 

You can read my about my trekking experience at Vaishno Devi to experience a religious trekking adventure.

You can continue to explore the thrill to visit amazing distinct places here.


This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Radhika

    Such lovely travel blog!
    You have written really very well, just feel like going to this place now🖤

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thanks, Radhika. So glad you like this blog!

  2. Samruddhi

    Wow, it’s splendid!
    Yes! The journey to Amritsar is amazing, exploring all those places is wonderful and Langar was the best.
    Mesmerizing this beautiful city through your blog.
    Amazing 👍💯👏

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thanks a lot, Samruddhi. I am so happy that you like this travel blog.

  3. Cedric Noronha

    Very good post. Highly informative for travellers who want to visit Amritsar and Wagah Border. I visited these places 17 years ago. Keep up the good work.

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thanks, Cedric! Your words mean a lot 🙂

      1. Sumit Deshbhratar

        The Golden Temple is a very nice and service-oriented place that concerns us about humanity religion….

        An Janhvi keep exploring the world.. keep writing..

        1. Janhvi Khante

          Thank you so much for ur appreciation 🙂

  4. Pramod Dhurvey

    Waw! What a beautiful blog! You have penned it very nicely! Beauty and splendidness of Amritsar have trickled down on this page through your magical fingers!! Congratulations and keep it up.

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thank you so much! So glad you liked it!

  5. Harsha Namdeo

    Wow I would love to visit this place sometime really nice information about the amazing places and food!! Will try out all these thank you keep up the good work

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thanks a lot, Harsha. Glad that you like my blog!

  6. Ninad Dhurvey

    Wow.. I’ld love to visit this place now.. You’ve written it so well..
    Keep writing such blogs 😃🎉

    1. Rushabh

      Very well written. Keep it up. You are doing great work.

      1. Ravindra Dhurwey

        Very Good compailed information,
        Thanks

    2. Janhvi Khante

      Thank you, Ninad. Your support means a lot!

  7. Jithin

    Great traveling info. Good article

  8. Kalyani Ingle

    Splendid,Janhvi.Good job!!
    Liked it.

      1. Dolly Shyam

        Amazing 🙌

  9. Aishwarya Dhurwey

    You have explained it so well. Feels like going again now to such places.. 👍
    Keep writing Janhvi. 😊 So that we can explore many such places with a proper guidance from you.

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thank you so much Aishwarya, your words mean a lot 🙂

  10. Chetna

    The Golden temple is soo beautiful and peaceful whereas the the Wagah border is sooo full of energy! These two places are definitely a must visit. It was nostalgic to read this. Great work Janhvi.. Keep it up!!!

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thank you so much, Chetna! So glad you like it.

  11. Abhishek Deotale

    Very beautifully described the places in this blog. I was literally imagining as if I am present there and side by side planning for a trip on all these places very soon.
    And I m pretty sure this blog is going to help me as a guide in my tour. Thank you.

    1. Janhvi Khante

      Thank you, Abhishek for your kind words. Mean a lot!

  12. Hairstyles

    whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, many people are looking around for this info, you can aid them greatly.

    1. Janhvi Khante

      So glad you liked my blog! Thanks a lot for appreciating!

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