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amritsar

INTRODUCTION

Amritsar is the largest and most important city in Punjab. It is considered a holy city, because of the large number of religious centers (temples, gurudwaras, etc.) that are present in it. In fact, it is known to be a major center of Sikhism (a religion predominant in the north Indian states – especially Punjab).

Amritsar’s name is derived from “Amrit Sarovar” which is a religious center built by a saint Guru Ram Das in the village of Tung near it.

ATTRACTIONS

Amritsar has many incredible spiritual centers, places of historical significance like Indo-Pak Wagah Border - Jallianwala Bagh. But besides these, the city is a center for the textile and chemical industries, and also has beautiful gardens, parks and great food to savor.

HISTORICAL PLACES

RELIGIOUS PLACES

PARKS & GARDENS

SHOPPING

Amritsar has many colourful, buzzing shopping spots selling traditional handicrafts, funky accessories and jewellery, “Phulkari” clothes (a variety of textile which the place is famous for), lacquered woodwork.

MALLS

CUISINE

Amritsar’s food, like the city, is rich and “desi”, giving out an authentic Indian feel with its spicy, savory and sweet dishes laden with pure ghee (clarified butter) and cream.

Some of Amritsar’s popular foods include:

RESTAURANTS

Below are some popular restaurants in Amritsar to try the aforementioned dishes and a lot more at:

  • Kesar Da Dhaba
  • Crystal restaurant
  • Beera Chicken House
  • Kulcha Land
  • Guru Ka Langar at Golden Temple

NIGHTLIFE

Amritsar’s night life scene is also quite trippy and enjoyable. The city has some great night clubs that you could check out, such as:

  • Underdoggs Bar and Kitchen
  • Peddlers
  • Proof
  • Irish Beach
  • Stars N Bars
  • The Peg
  • The Beer Cafe
  • Fuelstop
  • The BrewMaster

FESTIVALS

Amritsar celebrates some of the most colourful and unique festivals and fairs that attracts visitors from all over the world. Some of the best festivals and fairs that the city celebrates are:

  • Ram Tirth Fair
  • Baisakhi
  • Basant Panchami
  • Hola Mohalla
  • Lohri
  • Diwali and Bandi Chor Diwas

MUSEUMS

Amritsar is a beautiful city that was founded by fourth Sikh Guru Ramdas Ji in the year 1577. The city has a number of museums that are worth a visit. Some of them are:

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum (The museum consists of old paintings, arms, armor, old coins, etc.)
  • Historic museum
  • Sikh museum
  • Punjab state war hero’s memorial and museum (The museum demonstrates the bravery of Punjabi Martyrs and soldiers)
  • Jallianwala Bagh museum

HOTELS

Amritsar is the holiest city for Sikhs around the world and is home to the Golden Temple. If you are planning to visit this city, below listed hotels can be considered for staying:

  • Ramada by Wyndham Amritsar (From INR 3000 Onwards)
  • Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar (From INR 2500 Onwards)
  • Park Inn by Radisson Amritsar Airport (From INR 2000 Onwards)
  • The Landmark Amritsar (From INR 2500 Onwards)

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Police - 100
  • Fire - 101
  • Ambulance - 108
  • Power - 1912
  • Women - 1091
  • Child - 1098
  • Flood Control - 0183-2229125

LANGUAGE

Punjabi is the most spoken language in Amritsar but languages like Urdu, English and Hindi are spoken as well.

Punjabi:

  • Hello - Sat sri akaal
  • How are you? - Tussi kiwen ho?
  • I am fine - Main theek haan
  • What is your name? - Tuhada naan ki hai?
  • My name is - Mera naan haga
  • Where are you from? - Tusi kithe dey ho?

Hindi:

  • Welcome - Svagat
  • How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
  • What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
  • I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
  • I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
  • Thank you - Dhanyavad

Urdu:

  • Hello - Asalam u alaikum
  • How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
  • Goodbye - Khuda hafiz
  • How old are you? – Aap ki umr kya hai?
  • Congratulations – Mubarak ho
  • What is this? – Yeh kya hai?