- Golden Temple
- Akal Takht
- Hall Bazaar
- Jallianwala Bagh
- Wagah Border
- Gobindgarh Fort
- The Partition Museum
- Durgiana Temple
- Guru Ke Mahal
- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
One of the most prominent spiritual sites in the country, The Golden Temple is a Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar. The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
The Temple was built around the man-made pool, called Sarovar. In 1589, Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, requested Sai Mir Mian Mohammad to lay its foundation stone. In 1604, Guru Arjan placed a copy of the Adi Granth in Harmandir Sahib.
The Golden Temple became the center of the Singh Sabha movement between 1883 and 1920. The temple is a two-story structure with the top half covered in pure gold and the rest made of white marble, with precious color stones.
Located in the Golden Temple complex of Amritsar, Akal Takht was founded by Sri Guru Hargobind Ji on June 15, 1606. One of the Five Takhts of the Sikhs, Akal Takhat means the ‘Throne of the Immortal’ and is the most important political institution of the Sikhs.
Originally known as Akal Bunga, During the June 1984 assault on the Golden Temple by the Indian Army, the Akal Takht was severely damaged. Guru Hargobind used the Akal Takht to hear the suffering of the people and organize the court.
One of the busiest shopping complexes in Amritsar, Hall Bazaar is situated in the heart of Amritsar. A wide range of products such as jewelry, electronics items, books, readymade, and handicraft handicrafts are available in Hall Bazaar.
Hall Bazaar is home to some of the best restaurants and food stalls. Hall Bazar is also famous for its Mughal style entry gate, called the ‘Gandhi Gate’.
Jallianwala Bagh is a historical park and monument of national importance, which is preserved in the memory of those injured and killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, that occurred on 13 April 1919. Here the British Army massacred hundreds of unarmed Indian men, women, and children on the orders of General Dyer.
Spread over 6.5 acres of land, it is one of the most visited historical places in Amritsar. The massacre memorial was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 13th April 1961. The place has now become a beautiful park and is managed by the Jallianwala Bagh National memorial trust. It also houses a museum, gallery, and several memorial structures.
Situated 22 kilometers from Lahore and 28 kilometers from Amritsar, Wagah Border, or Wagah-Attari Border is the geographical boundary separating India and Pakistan. Every single day, a special retreat ceremony is held at the border and hundreds of civilians and tourists visit the Border to witness it.
The Wagah Border Ceremony, popularly known as Beating Retreat Ceremony, starts with a parade by the soldiers from both sides. The Border Ceremony was started in 1959 and since July 2011, BSF women guards are also becoming a part of the event.
Popularly known as the Bhangian da Killa (fort of the Bhangis), Gobindgarh Fort is a historic fort located in the heart of the city of Amritsar. The fort was known as the fort of Gujjar Singh Bhangi during 1808, according to historians. Built-in 1760, currently the fort is developed as a unique live museum as a repository of the history of Punjab.
Gobindgarh Fort was previously occupied by the army, but now it has been opened to the public from 10 February 2017. Located at a distance of 2 km from Golden Temple, Gobindgarh Fort was handed over to the Indian Army in October 1948. The fort had 25 cannons mounted on its walls.
World’s first Museum dedicated to the Partition of 1947, The Partition Museum was first inaugurated on August 25, 2017. It is a public museum located in the town hall in Amritsar. The museum aimed to become a central repository of stories, materials, and documents related to the post-Partition riots.
The Punjab government established the museum with The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust of the United Kingdom as a way to remember those affected by the partition.
One of the most popular temples in Amritsar, Durgiana Temple was built in the 16th century. Situated near the Lohgarh gate, The Durgiana temple was rebuilt in the 20th century. Durgiana Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple derives its name from the Goddess Durga.
Idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu are also deified here and worshipped. Because of its silver doors, the temple is sometimes called the Silver Temple. Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, who is also an educationist and founded the Benaras Hindu University, laid the foundation stone of the temple.
One of the popular pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh community, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573. Guru Ke Mahal is famous for the sacred book of Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib. There is a meditation hall in the basement in which Sikh Gurus meditate and compose sacred hymns.
Located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Golden Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amritsar. The Ranjit Singh Museum was the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which was converted into a museum in 1977.
Situated in the middle of a Ram Bagh Garden, the Ranjit Singh Museum is one of the best museums in Punjab. There is a statue of Ranjit Singh near the museum.