History of Amritsar is rich with many millennia of anecdotes. The city was once called Ramdaspur and later Ambarsar. Located in western Punjab, the city is the seat of the Sikh Religion and the headquarters of the Amritsar District. Located very close to the Pakistan border, the city is surrounded by lush green fields on all sides and is famous across the world for its traditional cuisine.
In the heart of the city is the Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple) which is the most important shrine of the sikh religion and attract more than 100,000 pilgrims every day. It makes it one of the busiest shrines across the world. The temple stands up to the teachings of the Sikh Religion which advocates the equality of all men and is open to people from all religions.
The memorial to the martyrs of the infamous Jallianwala Bagh Massacre stands in close proximity to the Golden Temple & stands testimony to the violent colonial past of the city and to the valour of the Sikhs.
The border to Pakistan is just 28 kms from the city centre and is a major cetre of tourist attraction. Apart from religion & tourism, Amritsar is also famous for various commercial activities including, trading in carpets and fabrics, handicrafts, farm produce and light engineering products.
Places To See
The Golden Temple, formally known as the 'Harmandir Sahib' is the most prominent sikh gurudwara in the world and is located in the heart of the city. The temple as it is today was built in 1764 and has seen constant improvements to its structure. Apart from religious importance this famous temple has been witness to the development of many historic moments in the history of India.
The ancient grand trunk road ends its journey in India here at Wagah which is approx 28 kms from the Amritsar city. The place is known for the elaborate gate closing ceremony executed by the Border Police of both the countries, which pumps up the patriotic feelings across people assembled on both sides of the gates & a spectacle worth watching many times over.
Dedicated to goddess Durga, this famous temple is located in the centre of the town and is also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. It is one of the premier places of worships for the hindus of the city.
Located on Lawrence Road, this former summer palace of Majaraja Ranjit Singh, also known as the LION OF PUNJAB was his chosen place of stay during his visits to the holy city. The palace was converted into a museum to honor the great man. Artifacts of that time & the maharajas personal belongings are the treasured displays of theism museum.
Located at a walk able distance from the Golden Temple, the Jallianwala Bagh used to be a maidan for public congregation which was later converted into a memorial park by the Government of India in memory of the hundreds of people who were brutally massacred here by the British Army for defying a curfew order in 1919. The memorial is a solemn reminder of the atrocities of the colonial powers on the local populace and the incident was condemned by world leaders across the globe.
How To ReachBY ROAD:
While State operated public buses and private buses are aplenty to move in and out from Amritsar, the Grand Trunk Road connecting Delhi to Amritsar is a popular mode of personal commute of travellers to the city. Luxury buses are also available for travel between Delhi & Amritsar.BY TRAIN:
The Amritsar Railway Station is linked to other major railway stations across India and has many trains running in on a daily basis. Direct trains for Amritsar are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bhopal.BY AIR:
Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport (Amritsar Airport) is aprrox 12 km and a short 15-20 minutes drive from the hotel. Whole most domestic flights are to Delhi, which is merely an hour away, there are many international flights coming into Amritsar as well.
Weather & ClimateSummer (April to June):
with temperatures soaring to above 49 degrees at its peak, the summers in Amritsar can be harsh & light cotton is recommended for the same.Monsoon (July to October):
mild to heavy showers are expected during this period and is pleasant. The lush green fields are a sight during this period and we recommend light cottons again.Winter (November to March):
this is when tourism is at its peak, however temperatures can dip to sub zero levels at the peak of winters. We recommend light to heavy woolens.