20 Things to Do in Amritsar 2020 (Starting from ₹875 Only)

Amritsar is a city which is so rich in its cultural, historical and religious significance that tourists flock in from every part of the country as well as the world to get a glimpse of its resplendent face. There are so many things to do in Amritsar for a visitor that it is difficult to create a comprehensive itinerary that can accommodate everything. The second largest city in Punjab and most important city from trade and tourism perspective, Amritsar holds a prominent place in the list of most visited Indian cities 

The prime attraction for Amritsar remains the gold gilded temple - The Golden Temple. The Harmandir Sahib, as the temple is also known, is the most sacred place for the Sikhs but visitors of all religions are welcomed there. The exalted gurdwara built with 750 kilos of pure gold is the main attraction of the city. Certainly no one leaves Amritsar without seeking blessings at this holy place. There are many other gurdwaras in Amritsar which are revered almost equally by all, such as- Gurudwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib,  Gurudwara Kaulsar Sahib, to name just a few.  

Not only are there many gurdwara-s to see, there is a place which is mythologically very important for the Hindus. Tourists must visit the Ram Tirath Temple where Rishi Valmiki is believed to have hosted Devi Sita and she gave birth to her sons - Lava and Kusha

Tourists get overwhelmed by the multitude of attractive, economical and artistic products sold in the colourful markets here and shopping by market-hopping is definitely an offbeat thing to do in Amritsar. 

Amritsar results in bringing this vibrancy and uniqueness to the markets which a tourist is not likely to find elsewhere. Amritsar is not just a place for shopper's fantasies, it is the seat for experiencing culinary delight. The streets lined with eateries offer the yummiest kulcha-s, butter chicken, Amritsari fish etc. Nevertheless, Once in Golden Temple, one should stay back for the langar served at the gurdwara. If possible do look into the kitchen of the gurdwara where everyday, untiringly the devouts cook meals, clean dishes, serve food to thousands of visitors. It is easy to be spoilt for choice with the many things to do in Amritsar in 1 day.

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Partition Museum Tour, Amritsar Best Seller
Partition Museum Tour, Amritsar

3H

Amritsar

About Amritsar:Founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs, Amritsar is the largest and most important city in Punjab. Being a commercial, cultural, and transportation centre, the city of Punjab is worth a visit. The city’s name is derived from Amrita Saras (Pool of Nectar); Ram Das ordered the excavation of this sacred tank or pool. Partition Museum tour in the city of Amritsar will allow you to explore the recently opened museum at Town Hall in Amritsar. About Partition Museum Tour:With an aim to be a central repository of the documents, archives, stories and history of the tragic partition, Partition Museum is developed by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT). It is the first-ever museum in the world to focus on the stories and trauma of the millions of people that suffered from the bloody consequences of a merciless partition. Partition Museum tour will let you explore the rich reserve of artefacts donated by those that survived the partition. Partition Museum tour is the gateway to view newspaper clippings, photographs as well as personal items of partition witnessers. Book your package now and learn all about the museum with the guide and hotel pick-up and drop.Available Time Slots: 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pmDuration: 3 HoursNote:Children aged 0-2 can participate in the tour free of cost
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Airport to Hotel Transfer in Amritsar Flat 16% off Best Seller
Airport to Hotel Transfer in Amritsar Flat 16% off

2H

Amritsar

Starting point & Endpoint: Amritsar (Your hotel or airport within the city limits)Starting time: According to customer's preferenceIf you are planning to visit Amritsar and not booked for transfers yet, then you should book this airport to hotel transfer in the Amritsar package. Forget about the hassle of public transportation and book this airport to hotel transfer in Amritsar. Enjoy your transfer from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International airport to your hotel or any desired location in Amritsar.Key highlights:Enjoy the convenient and comfortable transfer to your hotel in Amritsar with the English speaking driver. The driver is friendly and knows the area very well. He will take you through the shortest distance and you will reach your destination on time. The package offers you to select the one best-suited car from the two different cars according to your group size or the amount of luggage you have with you. You can choose the Sedan car or SUV car according to your preference. Just sit back and relax as an expert driver takes you quickly from your hotel to the airport or airport to the hotel. The airport to hotel transfer in Amritsar package includes all toll tax, fuel and driver charges. Vehicle Types:Sedan car-Etios, DzireSuitable for 2-4 passengersSUV car-InnovaSuitable for 4-6 passengers
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Amritsar Walking Tour Flat 10% off Featured
Amritsar Walking Tour Flat 10% off

2H

Amritsar

Location: AmritsarStarting point: Partition Museum, AmritsarEndpoint: Golden temple, AmritsarStarting time: 09.00 am & 04.00 pmEndtime: 11.00 am & 06.00 pmBoasting to have places like The Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border, Amritsar is a city that will leave you awestruck with all the places it has to offer. Visit the best attractions in the city with this Amritsar walking tour. The tour offers a friendly and professional English and Hindi speaking guide. Start your Amritsar walking tour from The Partition museum and explore the museum. Later visit Chowk Phowara, Jallianwala Bagh, Gurdwara Baba Atal, Sikh Reference Library and Golden Temple with our guide. The place has many sacred & historic point to visit inside the campus, which a traveler itself cannot explore unless accompanied by a guideHow to reach:You can easily reach the Partition Museum by public or private transport. Distance from Amritsar Railway station - 2 kmDistance from Amritsar Airport -12 kmPlaces you will visit:The Partition Museum - A central repository of stories, materials to Indo-Pak post-partition riots.Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh- The Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple) was completely renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.Jallianwala Bagh - A memorial of national importance to commemorate the Amritsar massacre.Gurdwara Baba Atal - One of Amritsar’s finest architectural marvels and the nine-story octagonal tower is the tallest building in Amritsar.Sikh Reference Library - Central Sikh Museum and Akal Takht- one of five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikhs.The Golden Temple - The holiest temple of the Sikh shrines.
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Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh Morning Tour Best Seller
Golden Temple and Jalianwala Bagh Morning Tour

4H

Amritsar

Location: Amritsar Duration: 4 hoursStarting time: 07.00 amEndtime: 11:00 amStarting point & Endpoint: Amritsar Hotel / Residence Pickup and DropAmritsar- home of the Golden temple and world's largest community kitchen and famous for the Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh. You will be going to visit the most famous Golden temple and Jallianwala Bagh with this morning tour. Book this amazing tour and get to know about the history of Amritsar. Key highlights: Start your trip from the hotel and reach the Golden Temple and offer prayers. Visit the mega kitchen that caters to over 100,000 people every day at free of cost. After that, visit the Golden Temple museum and then head to visit the Jallianwala Bagh. Jallianwala Bagh is a historic garden and built in the memory of those people who died while protesting for freedom. Walk around the bagh and explore the history of the bagh. After that, visit the Jallianwala Bagh Museum. Visit the Kairon market and then start the journey to your hotel. The package offers you to select the one best-suited car from the two different cars, Sedan and SUV. You can choose the Sedan car or SUV car according to your group size or the amount of luggage you have with you. Available Vehicles:Hatchbacks:Alto, Indica, SwiftSedans:Swift Dzire, EtiosSuitable for 2-4 passengersSUVs:Etios, Tavera, Xylo, and InnovaSuitable for 4-7 passengers
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Amritsar Local Sightseeing Tour Best Seller
Amritsar Local Sightseeing Tour

8H

Amritsar

Amritsar is the best place to discover the history and culture of India. The place is famous for Golden Temple, Wagah border, Jallianwala Bagh and Akal Takht. Book this Amritsar day tour of Amritsar and visit the all famous sites of Amritsar in a day. The driver will be there for the pick up at your hotel in Amritsar city at 9:30 AM. Included Attractions:The Golden TempleThis temple serves as a glowing symbol of brotherhood and equality that Sikhism so ardently preaches. Offer prayers at the temple and visit the mega kitchen that caters to over 100,000 people every day for free of cost.Jallianwala Baghit the place where British General Dyer Opened fire on the innocents and killed more than 400. A wall still bears the marks of the bullets that were flung carelessly at the celebrators and a well in which the people jumped to save themselves from the bullets.Durgiana TempleAny unspecified photograph of this temple will lead to confusing it for the famous Golden Temple. By visiting both the Golden Temple and the Durgiana Temple, you are covering two of the most beautiful pilgrimage sights of India. Do take a careful look at the dome and the walls, as they have beautiful carvings.Maharaja Ranjit Singh MuseumThis museum served as the summer palace of the first king of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The conversion of the palace into a museum happened in 1977. The painting depicting the old city of Lahore is the most famous painting kept in the museum.Wagah BorderThe Wagah Border is located at a distance of 28 km from Amritsar. The Beating Retreat Ceremony starts at 4:15 PM in winter and 5:15 PM in summer. This 45 minute ceremony includes the closing of the international gates and lowering the flags of both the countries. Remember to arrive at the spot one hour early to secure good seats.Vehicle Types:You can choose the vehicle according to your group size or travelling needs. Sedan car-Alto, Indica, Swift Dzire, and EtiosSuitable for up to 4 passengersSUV car-Tavera, Xylo, and InnovaSuitable for up to 6 passengers
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Golden Temple Tour: Walk of Divinity Best Seller
Golden Temple Tour: Walk of Divinity

2H

Amritsar

Starting time: 08.00 amEndtime: 10.00 amStarting point: Entrance gate of Varah Temple, AmritsarEndpoint: Savitri Mata Temple, AmritsarAmritsar is the best place to discover Indian history and culture. The place has a lot to offer from history to cuisine. With this walking tour visit the famous Golden temple.The golden temple is also known as the Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar. The temple is built around a man-made pool and was completed by Guru Ram Das in 1577. The temple is a symbol of human brotherhood. Meet your guide at the entrance gate of Varah Temple and start your walking tour. The guide is English speaking and will tell you the history of the temple. Explore the huge gurdwara complex and after that Amrit Sarovar, a tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine. Take a visit to the Guru-Ka-Langar, an enormous dining room where almost 10,000 pilgrims come to eat every day for free. After that visit the octagonal Baba Atal Tower and Akal Takhat, the temporal seat of the Khalsa brotherhood. Go through the Sikh Reference Library and Sikh Museum and get to know about the history of Sikhs. How to reach:The temple is not too far from the Amritsar bus stand and you can easily reach here by private cab or any vehicle. 
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Pub Crawl, Amritsar Flat 10% off Best Seller
Pub Crawl, Amritsar Flat 10% off

3H

Amritsar

Location: AmritsarStarting point: The Beer Cafe, Ranjit Avenue, AmritsarEnd Point: Underdoggs Bar & Kitchen, Ranjit Avenue, AmritsarTiming: 07.00 pm to 10.00 pmAmritsar is famous for its temples and culture but its nightlife is energetic and thrilling. Try the booze, meet the locals and lose yourself in the nightlife of Amritsar with this pub crawl package. Feel the energy of the city's pubs and bars, make new friends and experience the nightlife of Amritsar. Book this 3-hours pub crawl package and head for an amazing night out with the English speaking guide. The tour will start from Beer Cafe, Ranjit Avenue and takes you to the famous 3 pubs. You will be going to enjoy drinks at each pub. Spend your evening with your guide sharing unique stories about the city and indulge in unlimited fun with Ice Breaker and Dance. How to reach:You can reach the starting point by taking any private cabs or local transport. It is approx 9 km from Amritsar airport.
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Experiential Punjabi Village Stay with Activities Best Seller
Experiential Punjabi Village Stay with Activities

2D/1N

Amritsar

Check-in time: 01.00 pmCheck-out time: 11.00 amStart point & Endpoint:  Village Rajewal, Manawala, NH-1, G.T Road, AmritsarHome to the unique history and culture Amritsar is an amazing place to visit. Experience staying in the haveli which s surrounded by lush green fields. Grab a chance to visit and staying at this amazing place and fill your day with fun and activities.Stay in fully furnished AC rooms with attached washroom. All rooms are fulfilled with refrigerators and TV. Take a chill dip in the swimming pool and spend your evening with activities like Camel ride, Horse-ride, etc. The package comes with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can grab some Chinese, Indian and tandoori Punjabi Food and many more to relish. Book this tour and head for a fun day out.  How to Reach:The location is nearly 14 km far from the famous Golden Temple, Amritsar. You can easily reach the location by your private vehicles or rented cabs. How to Reach:The site is approximately 15 km and 30 minutes driving distance from the Amritsar bus stand. You can easily reach the destination on a private cab or public transport.
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Day Tour of Wagah Border with Ceremony Flat 15% off Best Seller
Day Tour of Wagah Border with Ceremony Flat 15% off

6H

Amritsar

Duration: 6-hoursStart point & Endpoint: Hotel or any desired location in Amritsar within the city limitsWagah Border is a border between India and Pakistan and also known as the Wagah-Attari border. A ceremony every day held here and this ceremony makes this place one of the most visited tourist attractions in Amritsar. The ceremony where the soldiers of India’s Border Security Force and Pakistan’s Pakistan Rangers march. Book this tour and make your Amritsar trip memorable. Key highlights:Start your trip to Wagah Border from the Hotel with a guide. The guide is professional and friendly and can speak in English and Hindi. Firstly, visit the Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara and then head towards the Wagah Border. Enjoy the ceremony at the Wagah border and see Grand Trunk Road, the only link between India and Pakistan. This 45- minutes ceremony starts in the afternoon and it held daily.See the soldiers of two nations put on a show of sorts. Be a witness of the handshake between the two nations. Get to know about the history of India. After the ceremony leave for Amritsar and you can enjoy dinner at the restaurant on your own expenses. End your trip at the hotel with great memories.The package offers you to choose a vehicle according to your group size or traveling needs. You can choose a Sedan car or SUV car according to your group preference. The Sedan car is suitable for 2-4 travelers and SUV car is suitable for 4-6 travelers. Vehicle Options:Sedan car- Alto, Indica, Swift Dzire, and EtiosSuitable for 2-4 passengersSUV car-Innova and XyloSuitable for 4-6 passengers
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Amritsar Car Rental Flat 15% off Best Seller
Amritsar Car Rental Flat 15% off

4H

Amritsar

Starting time: According to customer's preferenceIf you are visiting Amritsar city and planning to explore the attractions on your own, Amritsar car rental with a driver is the best choice. Explore the city of Amritsar at the pace you like and be the boss of your own itinerary with Amritsar car rental. Key highlights:There are so many places to visit in the city of Amritsar and exploring them at the pace you like will make it convenient and an unforgettable experience for you. It is like owning a car in the city you do not live in. You get a professional driver with the service so as to have an unmatched experience. The driver is professional, friendly and English speaking. You can choose the vehicle according to your group size or traveling needs. You can choose a Sedan car or SUV car according to your preference. You have an option to choose a car for 4 hours or 8 hours. This Amritsar car rental package inclusive of toll taxes, parking fees, fuel and driver fees. You just need to pay once and enjoy your journey. Vehicle Types:Sedan car-Etios, DzireSuitable for 2-4 passengersSUV car-InnovaSuitable for 4-6 passengersPackage Types:Sedan car ( For 4 Hours and 40 Km)Sedan car ( For 8 Hours and 80 Km)SUV car ( For 4 Hours and 40 Km)SUV car ( For 8 Hours and 80 Km)Places you can visit:Gurudwara Goindwal & Baoli SahibIskcon TempleMata Lal Devi MandirGurudwara Bir Baba Budha SahibKhairuddin MasjidGurudwara Guru Ka MahalGurudwara Mata Kaulan
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Amritsar Food Walk Flat 10% off Featured
Amritsar Food Walk Flat 10% off

2H

Amritsar

Location: AmritsarStarting point: Kanha Sweet, Opp. BBK DAV College, Dayanand Nagar, AmritsarStarting time: 12.00 pm & 06.00 pmEnd time: 02.00 pm & 08.00 Amritsar, known as the home city of Golden temple but the city is also known for its tangy food. The place offers delicious and spicy local Punjabi food. Stroll in the local streets and taste a variety of local dishes, chaats, and pani-puri. Key highlights:You shall be trying out 6+ dishes in this tour!Try out some of the city's famous dishes, including Chole (spicy chick peas) , Bhel (a mixture of puffed rice, crispy chickpea noodles, vegetables -such as onion and potato and savory sauce), Dabeli, and the spicy samosa and famous Amritsari lassi - a sweetened yogurt drink with this lip-smacking food walk.Your English speaking guide will take you to the hand-picked outlets in the allies of Amritsar.How to reach:You can reach Kanha Sweet, Dayanand Nagar by any local or private transport. 
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Village Tour of Sadda Pind Amritsar Flat 20% off Best Seller
Village Tour of Sadda Pind Amritsar Flat 20% off

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Amritsar

Location: Sadda Pind Village, Amritsar, Guru Nanak Dev University bye-pass Atari border road Amritsar.Duration: 11 hrs 30 minutesStarting time: 10.30 amEndtime: 10.00 pmTicket Costing Criteria:Ticket price above 4 ft will be considered as an adult ticketTicket price below 4 ft will be considered as a child ticket. Amritsar is the important city in Punjab and the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh Religion. Sadda Pind Village tour is a gateway to get a glimpse of traditional Punjabi culture right in the heart of Amritsar. Learn about traditional Punjab culture in Sadda Pind and enjoy an authentic Punjabi dinner and shows. Key highlights:This Sadda Pind Village tour lets you exploring, learning about the local culture in different areas of the village and activities that you will love. Get welcomed by the traditional culture with tilak, aarti, and dhol. Make your own Phulkari Juttis, clay toys, utensils, and even farming tools and implements with Sadda Pind Village tour. Indulge in activities like Mehndi, Antakshri, Pind da Cinema, etc and live shows like Maut Ka Kuan, Kikli, Rassi ka Khel, Gidda, Bhangra, women's’ sangeet and more. See performances, magic shows, and handmade crafting activities. The traditional north Indian cuisine is ready to let your tongues dance and will leave you with an everlasting taste. Eat Punjabi food like Kadhi Chawal, Amritsari Naan, Makki Di Roti, Sarso ka saag, kulfi, and rabri. Book your Sadda Pind Village tour now and be left with a lot of memories to cherish for a lifetime. How to reach:The Sadda Pind village is 11 km away from the Amritsar bus stand and railway station and you can easily reach here by public or private transport. 
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Adventurous Tour of North India For 13 Days
Adventurous Tour of North India For 13 Days

13D/12N

About the Activity:Is the Himalayan adventure tour your dream? Are you finding it difficult to plan an extensive tour to capture the maximum of this beautiful region?Then check this sightseeing cum adventure activity package which gives you the exotic opportunity to experience the life of adventure junkies.Indulge in a 13 day long trip starting from Delhi and pass the major cities like Rishikesh, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Bir etc.The extended forest areas, dhabas, rough roads, the mighty Ganges, shopping centres, naturally blessed regions, blissfully lying mountain ranges etc will make your tour incomparable.This enthralling tour has umpteen number of pulsating activities like river rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh, trekking, paragliding in Bir and camping under the stars listening to the ubiquitous noises of the hill forests.The package includes food, accommodation in hotels and tents and all the transportation during the tour.There are two variants available: 1) For a Group of Minimum 10 or 14 PAX and 2) For a Group of Minimum 6 PAX.
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Sightseeing Tour and Adventure Activities in North India
Sightseeing Tour and Adventure Activities in North India

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About the Activity:Himalayan adventure activities are anyone's dream, from time immemorial, as the location lying near the lofty snow-clad peaks are hardy, glistening and breathtakingly amazing.But the unpredictable climatic conditions, the lesser number of days etc act as villains to your dreams to fulfill the bucket list of adventure activities you have been carrying for a while.Here is a stop to your longing. This is an opportunity to enter the cult of adventure junkies keeping Himalayas as their motherland. A sightseeing tour starting from Chandigarh has everything which satiates the word adventure, very well.An 8 day long trip keeps its targets as Chandigarh, Amritsar, Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Bir etc.From trekking to paragliding, the trip offers a package of adventure cum laid-back, a tailor made vacation to all those chaotic minds.There are two variants available: 1) For a Group of Minimum 10 or 14 PAX and 2) For a Group of Minimum 6 PAX.The package includes food, accommodation in hotels and tents and all the transportation during the trip.
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North Indian City Tour with Paragliding
North Indian City Tour with Paragliding

8D/7N

Chandigarh

North India is the home to some of the most brilliant sights in the country. Home to the Himalayas and the plains that follow after them, this north Indian tour takes you through some of the best sights in the many cities of the region. Starting from Chandigarh, the tour takes you to the holy and spiritual city of Amritsar for an experience of the Golden Temple and the Wagah Border. After Shopping, you will get a transfer from there to the amazing hill town of Mcleodganj to enjoy the sights of the city and for a camping and trekking experience at the famous Triund trek.Post this, you will get a transfer to the 2nd highest paragliding station of the world, Bir in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh, where you will experience an unbeatable experience of Paragliding in the valley. The tour will then proceed to Chandigarh to end the trip there. Route- Chandigarh - Amritsar - Mcleodganj - Triund - Mcleodganj - Bir - Chandigarh*Note- The package cost displayed here is for a minimum of 6 people. For options on more or lesser people, you can drop us an inquiry regarding the same.
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Stay at Ranjit Svaasa in Amritsar
Stay at Ranjit Svaasa in Amritsar

3D/2N

Amritsar

About the Activity:Ranjit Svaasa is a heaven of old world charm for all visiting Amritsar, the Sikh holy city of the Golden Temple. It offers heritage accommodation, spa treatments, yoga, meditation and organic cuisines. Uniquely designed with traditional Indian fabrics and warm colour tones, rooms have all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. The Spa at this place is renowned for its Ayurveda and universal therapies. Experience peaceful morning/evening Ardas at Harminder Sahib or enjoy 'Beating Retreat' ceremony at the Wagah border. Accommodation Types: Savassa Suite on Double Occupancy Meal Types: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian-Breakfast Activities: Spa, Yoga, Tanga ride, Piano, etc. Difficulty Level: Easy
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  1. Which are the famous things to do in Amritsar?

    1. A stay at the holy Golden Temple: There is no one who does not associate the Golden Temple with Amritsar. But apart from paying a day visit to the temple, it is possible to stay here for the night, in special accommodations known as serai-s, built especially for the visitors. The langar or the free food served at the gurdwara remains open 24/7 even though the main temple remains closed between 10pm to 3am.

    It is another experience to watch hundreds of people at this humble service working so hard at the kitchen to feed the hungry visitors. The palki ceremony everyday to bring the holy Guru Granth Sahib to the Harmandir Sahib from the Akal Takht Sahib is a ritual not missed by many devotees.

    2. Take a dip in the holy water around Shri Durgiana Temple: The Shri Durgiana Temple is believed to be the next most visited temple in Amritsar after the Golden Temple and the two temples look similar. The golden done, silver doors and the bridge over the pool to enter the temple are aspects to admire about the architecture of this pious shrine.

    A dip in the holy water of the pool on which this temple stands, is believed to purify the soul and cleanse sins from past lives and is a must-do while in Amritsar.

    3. A solemn walk through the Jalianwalah Bagh: The place is a sad testimony to the ruthless firing opened by Gen. Dyer on the peaceful gathering of Indians at this garden in April 1919. Even today the bullet marks of the incessant firing can be seen on the brick walls of the closed garden.

    The well inside the park where people jumped in can also be seen. For those who are interested to know more about the incident, there is a small museum inside this memorial park where the artefacts related to this horrific event are preserved. The park is situated just 200 feet away from the Golden Temple and is open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. 

    4. Pay homage to those affected during the Partition: The Partition Museum was set up by the Punjab government in 2017 and it houses all documents related to the partition of India in 1947.  Visitors to this institution can glimpse through all records and documents related to the incident that affected the lives of  1.4 million people. There are photos and other artefacts that can be seen here which chronicles the tragic event and memorialize those who traded their lives for India's independence.

    5. Show Patriotic Solidarity at the Wagah Border: The chanting of "Vande Mataram" takes a different meaning altogether at the Wagah Border, a place 30 kms from Amritsar with Pakistan on the other side of the gate. Since 1986 the lowering of the national flag to symbolise the closure of the gate between India and Pakistan is carried out with great pomp and show by the India BSF and Pakistani Rangers.

    The show is sure to inspire patriotic feelings which one can display flamboyantly along with thousands of other tourists at the Attari national border. The show begins a couple of hours before sun sets and the timings vary between summer and winter. 

    6. Walk through the grandeur in the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum: The famous summer palace at Ram Bagh was converted into a museum to preserve the visual documentation from the life of the great Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh Empire. The garden around the museum has the iconic statue of the brave king and his horse. One must definitely step into this lovely building which houses the archives of the Royal Heritage of Sher-e-Punjab (the Lion of Punjab, as he was known).

    Right next to the main museum building is the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, where one can catch a life-like visual display of the several wars fought and won by this great ruler and his Khalsa army. The museum remains closed on Mondays.  

    7. Experience life in a vibrant Punjabi village at Sadda Pind: Among the many offbeat things to do in Amritsar, a visit to this resort which encapsulates the essence of a typical village in Punjab is a must. Sadda Pind offers many activities for adults and children along with experiencing mouthwatering Punjabi cuisine.

    The authentic feeling of being in Punjab is replicated through the mud hours, charpai-s, churning of buttermilk, clay Craftsmen and performers who break into bhangra jig. Sadda Pind is very close to the Guru Nanak Dev University and it remains open from 11AM to 11PM.
  2. What are the things to do in Amritsar at night?

    1. Catch a glimpse of the sparkling Golden Temple: The night view of the Harmandir Sahib is breathtaking. The 750 kgs gold-gilded dome of the temple sparkles against the night sky like a vision in dreams. It may be easier to stay back at the serai-s within the temple complex which offer free accommodation for a maximum of three days to visitors.

    There are many who also stay back to watch the ritual of carrying the Guru Granth Sahib from the Akal Takht Sahib (the Holy seat in the temple complex) to the Harmandir Sahib at late night and in the early morning. To be able to view this ritual, is one of the perks of being at the Golden Temple at night.

    2. Late night stroll through the markets: The markets in Amritsar remain open pretty late up in the night. A walk through one of these at night can help catch many attractive wares at cheaper prices which were missed in the morning crowds. In the absence of nightclubs rarely a city is as bustling as Amritsar.

    3. Dinner at one of the many Punjabi Dhabas on the streets of Amritsar: Walking through its markets at night and picking up finger licking chicken curries, oven fresh kulchas and Amritsari fish at a late night Punjabi dhaba are certainly some of the offbeat things to do in Amritsar. Amritsar is known for its delicious ensemble of tastes that create magic in its local food.

    The dhabas lining the temple Street remain open till very late in the night and serve hot, freshly prepared food to those who drop in. Whether a gastronome or not, it is a sin to tour Amritsar without tasting their stuffed kulchas, or chicken butter masala, or lassi.
  3. What is famous for shopping in Amritsar?

    Among the multiple things to do in Amritsar, shopping is the most important one. Not only does Amritsar have malls and boutique shops as is found in every other city in India, but also there are multiple roadside shops, flea markets, and traditional mandi-s which are famous and unique for specific items. 

    - Pashmina shawls available here are of very good quality
    - "Phulkari" embroidered textiles which are famous in Punjab
    - Woolen garments 
    - Bridal wear of different variety, color, price range, and design
    - Hand-woven carpets or durries 
    - Punjabi-styled shoes for women or jutti-s
    - Brass, ivory or wooden decorations for the home such as lamps, candle-stands, key holders, chessboard pieces, figurines
    - Silverware
    - Kundan sets of precious and semi-precious stones
    - Unstitched or semi-stitched dress materials for suits, lehengas, sherwani-s
    - Amritsari papads and pickles
    - The secret is to travel light so that there is enough space to bring back everything that ought to be bought from here. Hall bazaar and Guru bazaar are two of the most visited markets in Amritsar.
  4. Which are the famous temples to visit in Amritsar?

    1. Harmandir Sahib: The Golden Temple holds the highest position among all sacred gurdwaras of the Sikhs. The temple receives thousands of devotees each day from across the world irrespective of religion, caste, creed and the atmosphere of peace and reverence fills up every visitor's mind. Such is the magic of the place. It was built by the fourth Guru Shri Ram Das in the late sixteenth century. 

    2. Sri Ram Tirath Temple: The Ram Tirath Temple is a sacred place for the Hindus. It is believed that at this place Lord Valmiki had given shelter to Devi Sita where she gave birth to her sons - Lava and Kusha. This temple has a small cottage and a sarovar or tank and is visited by many tourists. 

    3. Durgiana Temple: The Durgiana Temple is an important temple built in the style of The Golden Temple in Amritsar. The golden dome of the temple, the silver doors and the bridge over the holy pool to enter the temple are the key architectural attractions. Lord Rama's sons - Lava and Kusha are believed to have tied Shri Hanuman ji to a tree in this holy site. 

    4. Gurdwara Kaulsar Sahib: This sacred temple for the Sikhs is one of the few holy shrines that was built to commemorate a woman saint. The pious Mata Kaulan who is worshipped by many was a Muslim woman whose religious inclination towards Sikhism made her to seek refuge under Guru Hargobind Singh ji.
  5. What is the best time to visit Amritsar?

    The best time to visit Amritsar is during the winter months. Between October to March, the climate in Amritsar is very welcoming and good for market hopping, crowded queues in the Gurdwara and gastronomic experience. Being in the North-Western part of India's semi-arid belt, Amritsar experiences extremes of temperatures.

    The summers are too hot for the offbeat things to do in Amritsar as the temperature scorches upto 47 degrees Celsius. Tourists should avoid visiting during this time as the hot dust storms prevail in the city. The monsoons between July to September are pleasant but rains can impact sightseeing as most of the things to visit in Amritsar are open air.
  6. Can we visit the Golden Temple at night?

    The Golden Temple is a sight to behold both during the day as well as at night. It is open to visitors throughout the day and even at night, all days of the week. For those who wish to avoid the rush hours and the long queues at the temple must definitely plan to visit during the night. 

    The illumined golden dome of the temple and its reflection in the adjacent pool in the backdrop of starry night sky, is actually breathtaking. Among the many offbeat things to do in Amritsar , admiring the Golden Temple at night is on top of the list.
  7. What is the best time to go to Wagah Border?

    The Wagah Border opens up at 10:00 am in the morning. However the visitors flock there to watch the lowering of the national flag and the retreat ceremony every afternoon. The winter timing for the ceremony is 4:15 pm and during the summers it begins at 5:15 pm. 

    As there are no seat reservations for the gallery to watch the spectacle, the seats are filled on a first come first serve basis. It is advisable to reach there early to avoid crowds and queues. Also the entrance gate is closed once the gallery fills up.
  8. How many days are enough for Amritsar?

    To do justice to this beautiful place, at least 2-3 days are required. Many suggest that a day is enough to visit the city, however with so many things to do in Amritsar in 1 day, a tourist will find it exhausting and may not savour the experience.
  9. What can I buy in Amritsar?

    The markets in Amritsar are a shopper's delight. If there are 100 things to do in Amritsar in one day, shopping should be on top of the list. Jutti-s, beautiful dupattas with the traditional phulkari work, pashmina shawls, trendy woolen garments are not to be missed at any cost. The Amritsari markets also have a wide variety of silver bric-a-brac, decorative pieces made of sandalwood and ivory, chessboard pieces,  electronic devices which are budget friendly.

    A lot of tourists visit the markets here to do wedding shopping. Contemporary as well as traditional kundan-sets of precious and semi precious stones, bridal wears and accessories, gowns of all kinds, sherwani-s are available in different hues, designs and price range. Amritsari papad-s and a wide variety of pickles are culinary souvenirs which are worth buying here.