Amritsar (Punjab): List of tourist places
India is a huge country and within its physical confinements there are several places to visit and find your peace when the monotone of routine gets on your nerve. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari each state and city has its own charms, a voluptuous history and something so particularly unique that it binds your heart to that place instantly. Here is a list of tourist places in Amritsar you should Visit:
Golden temple aka Sri Harmindar Sahib aka Swarna Mandir
When we think about Amritsar tourist attractions, the first thing that pops in mind is the golden temple. The massive Sikh shrine is a symbol of the grandeur of the city, considered to be the most sacred shrine in Sikhism; the temple has a certain sense of unmatched tranquility. People from all over the world visit this vast historic architecture to seek religious solace, the key focus is the tank called Amrit Sarovar surrounding the central shrine. The interesting fact is that the city got its name from this very sarovar.
The second chief place for Amritsar sightseeing is this historic place- a symbol of tragedy. Now a garden and a monument landmark; never fails to stir the souls of the visitor for the cruel massacre that took place in 1919, when the soldiers in the British Indian army open fired, following the command of General Dyer, on the mass gathered to celebrate the Indian new year; killing over a thousand men. The place holds evidence of the brutality as the marks of the bullets hurled upon the mass. The memorial was established in remembrance of the assault and is now turned into a park.
The grand road border between India and Pakistan is yet another reason for tourist attraction in Amritsar. Visit here to witness the Beating Retreat ceremony, conducted by the Border Security Force (India) and Pakistan Rangers. An everyday event (since 1959), that displays the entertaining sides of our military forces to fill the hearts of visitors with pride and patriotism. This 30-minute ceremony includes chanting of national anthem, closing of international gates to call it a night, some bollywood style dancing and lowering the flags of both the countries.
Punjab state war heroes memorial and museum
When in Amritsar, this memorial serves as yet another attraction in the city’s sightseeing list. A patriotic construction, in close proximity of the Indo-Pak border, houses the stories of the brave hearts of Punjab; in the form of illustrations, photographs, paintings, artifacts, weapons and interactive panels. The main fascination of this museum is the 45-meter stainless steel sword which represents the valor of the people who defend the country in the hour of the need.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh museum
A tourist’s checklist for Amritsar sightseeing is incomplete without paying a visit to this royal palace turned museum. It beholds within the lifestyle of the then maharaja- Ranjit Singh; such as arms and armor, paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts. The major attraction of this place is the statue of the legendary king with his horse surrounded by the famous rambagh gardens.
Durgiana temple aka Laxmi Narayan temple
Founded by Guru Shai Mak Kapoor, it resembles the golden temple in structure. This place is famous for the beautiful sarovar where you can find the floating idols of Laxmi and Vishnu. Another attraction of this sacred site includes the famous sitting idol of hanuman and a fountain show outside the main gate of the temple conducted every evening. There are several other small temples within the premises as well.
Architectural step-well amazement was constructed by Guru Amar Das on the banks of river Beas in the 16th century. Goindwal is said to be the birthplace of Guru Arjan Singh thus, holds a religious significance. The 84 stair step-well was constructed to meet the water demand when the Sikhs were denied access to the river Beas.
Other tourist places to visit in the city are ram teerath, hall bazaar, gurudwara mata kaulan, guru ke mahal. The city is full of holy places and historical monuments dating way back to the times of Ramayana thus, it is a must visit for all those who enjoy a full volume of history in their vacations.