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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips should I keep in mind while visiting Amritsar?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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The holy city of Amritsar welcomes you with its open arms. You are sure to enjoy your visit but do keep in mind the following general tips and guidelines.

Best Time

Although you can visit Amritsar any time of the year, but try to plan your trip between the months of October and March as that is the best time to visit.

Amritsar is well connected by flight, rail and road, so you can choose any mode according to your convenience.


Amritsar offers many accommodation options to suit every budget. Do not leave cash or valuable in the hotel room, keep them in the room-safe, if available.


  • Carry loose money for tips or public transportation.
  • Don't hesitate to try the local food of the city but be careful when opting for street food and eat only at hygienic places. Also take care not to drink tap water, try to opt for sealed bottled water.
  • To keep monkeys at bay, do not carry food in the open
  • Keep emergency numbers and contacts handy.
  • Never accept a ride if there's someone accompanying the driver in a taxi or rickshaw.
  • Taking photos is fun and you will find a lot of opportunities for it in Amritsar, but do not take snaps if not allowed for a particular place.
  • Keep a copy of your passport/visa separate from the original.

Tips and Guidelines for visiting Golden Temple.

  • It is mandatory for both men and women to cover their head while in the Gurdwara, so carry a scarf or a handkerchief for the purpose.
  • Leave your shoes outside the temple, even socks are not allowed.
  • Even though the temple allows entry of visitors of all faiths and nationalities, do keep in mind to dress discreetly.
  • While in the Golden Temple complex walk on the mats provided to protect your feet from getting burnt as the marble beneath tends to get very hot.
  • Photography is prohibited in some parts of the Gurdwara.
  • Turn off your mobile phones inside the temple

We hope you enjoy your visit to Amritsar smoothly by keeping in mind the above tips and guidelines.

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