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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions to see in Amritsar?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Amritsar is a tourist's delight. It has something in store for everyone-be it an archaeologist, a historian, a cultural critic or a casual tourist on a pleasure-trip. Here we are listing for you some of the most important attractions in Amritsar that you must visit while in Amritsar.

  • The Golden Temple

    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.
    The Golden temple is a beautiful complex and almost always crowded with thousands of visitors. 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, which is supposed to be auspicious for its believers. The temple aptly establishes its secular credentials by offering free food and accommodation to one and all irrespective of their caste, religion or gender.
    While inside the temple, you must cover your head with a bandanna and walk bare-footed in the complex. When you enter in the temple, you find a small building on the left side- it is here that you should deposit your shoes against a token.
    The temple opens early in the morning at 6am and remains open to public till as late as 2am the next morning. The temple is beautifully lit up and looks exotic during the night, and therefore it's worth visiting it both during the day as well as night.

  • Jallianwala Bagh

    This place is a grim reminder of the worst massacres that took place on Indian soil during the freedom struggle. It was here that the British General Edward Harry Dyer mercilessly ordered fire on more than 300 innocent civilians.
    Spread over an area of over 6 acres, Jallianwala Bagh is situated almost adjacent to the
    Golden Temple. The memorial is managed by the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust, which was established in 1951. The memorial dedicated to the massacre victims is the most prominent site in the garden. You can still find bullet-marks on the walls, the remaining symbols of General Dyer's tyranny.
    The entry to the temple is a narrow one, and there is no entry fee charged from the visitors.

  • Wagah Border

    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. There is no entry fee, though the border remains open to visitors only during 4pm to 5pm. You do need to scamper for a good seat as the area becomes overcrowded with tourists.

After having read all of this, we are sure, you have made up your mind to get packing and head to Amritsar. And we assure you the visit will be worthwhile and a very memorable one. After all, when it comes to warm reception and imparting cultural tokens, Amritsar leads from the front.

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