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iXiGOers Mar 08 2013

What is the best way to experience Amritsar in 1 Day?

Anupriya Bedi Mar 13 2013
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The best way to experience your  day  in Amritsar is firstly by heading to the Golden Temple for an early morning prayer.

This world-famous monument of Sikh devotion and reverence was established by the fifth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ramdas Sahib in the late 16th century, and was later fully built and furnished by the next guru, Guru Arjan Dev Sahib. Surrounded by the lake, Amrit Sarovar, the temple is made up of gold and has white marble used on its corridors. The Adigrantha, the holy book of the Sikhs, is placed on the sanctum of the shrine. Do have a darshan of the famous Jubi tree. The Temple opens at 6 am.

Once you have been to the temple, enjoy a great breakfast of Amritsar's famous Kulcha downed with a glass of thick, frothy lassi at  Kulcha-Chola Dhaba (Maqbool Road,  Kanha's (Lawrence Road) or Kanhaya's (Phullonwala Chowk).

When your tummy is full, get ready for some high voltage shopping! Pick up lip smacking  Amritsari papads and wadiyans, jams, pickles and jellies, Amritsari Jootis or the beautiful Phulkari Stitch garments Punjab is famous for, from markets like Kapra Market and Katra Jaimal Singh Bazaar.

Depending upon the weather, you should head to Wagah Border to enjoy the Closing Ceremony post the afternoon. It usually takes place around 4:30 PM in winters and 5:30 PM in winters. This place is the perfect embodiment of the confluence of Indian and Pakistani military. The friendly exchanges are a sight to behold. The 30-minute military ceremony in the evening  that happens everyday (including weekends) at this international borderline is marked by a very famous Beating the Retreat ceremony.

Soldiers bring down the flags of their respective countries and eventually take their leave at dusk. The huge pomp and enormity associated with the ceremony attracts numerous tourists every day to be a part of this grand ceremony.

Wagah Border is located on the GT Road between the cities of Amritsar and Lahore.

After the ceremony, you should return to Amritsar and spend some time at leisure. Don't forget to try some Butter Chicken at Makhan Da Dhaba (Lawrence Road) for dinner and definitely don't leave Amritsar without a bite of Kesar's famous Gulab Jamun.

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