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Best Things To Do in Amritsar

Amritsar is the heart and soul of Punjab. Apart from being an important spiritual centre for the Sikh community, the city gives tourists a chance to immerse themselves in the happy-go-lucky, boisterous Punjabi culture that fills all corners of Amritsar. An air of selfless spirituality sanctifies the city while delicious smells of jalebis, kulchas, kebabs, and pakodas tingle the nose appealingly day and night. The painful history that Amritsar has witnessed time and again still lives in the consciousness of the city and makes its presence felt in sundry monuments and cultural displays. Of the best things to do in Amritsar is a visit to the Golden Temple which is undoubtedly the most well-known attraction here. This gurudwara is the stronghold of the Sikh community and offers indescribable serenity and peace to everyone who visits it. The ambience is a blessing in itself, so full is it of spiritual thoughts that know no boundaries of caste or creed. The langar of the Golden Temple symbolises this aspect of the gurudwara- tens of thousands are daily fed here free of cost regardless of who it is that visits. The grand talau that surrounds the gurudwara is a beautiful spectacle too. Early morning visits to the gurudwara and the best, though it is also most crowded at this time. Other religious monuments around Amritsar also attract attention and two of the most important ones are Durgiana Temple dedicated to Durga and Akal Takht, one of Sikhism’s most sacred sites. Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi Mandir, an eclectic temple, is also worth a visit.

Few cities in India have seen the kind of violence and bloodshed that Amritsar has witnessed in the past. The wounds from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre are still open, only eclipsed perhaps by the horrors of Partition. Monuments and museums dedicated to the two events fill the city. You can visit the Jallianwala Bagh itself and gaze upon the marks of the massacre that took place almost 98 years ago. The bullet marks are still visible and the Martyrs Well, where thousands jumped to try and escape the horrors, still stands in the courtyard. Jallianwala Bagh Museum further documents the event. Since the city is very close to the border, it witnessed the worst calamities of the Partition, and the memories of that time are alive in the Partition Museum in Amritsar. And only 28 kilometres away, the daily display of arms at the Wagah Border is another reminder. This display is a popular attraction and also included in the best things to do in Amritsar.

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