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Amritsar Tourism

Being a popular city and a Mecca of religious places, Amritsar has given a major boost to the tourism of Punjab. There has been tremendous tourism development in the past, ensuring Amritsar stands out by all means. Be it a visit to the holy shrines, a shopping experience on the streets, an encounter with history or relaxing in a luxurious hotel, this city has it all.


Tourism in Amritsar

The most important factor that attracts tourists to Amritsar is the religious significance it holds. Not just people from nearing states, but from world over come to visit the temples, gurudwaras and mosques here. These pilgrim spots see a large number of devotees who come to seek the blessing of the almighty. Even though the city lies rich in Sikh history, there are no religious boundaries as people from all backgrounds come to visit. Tourists sense a certain quietness and peace in these spots, also learning about the gurus and the culture.

Furthermore, the city is a museum on the whole for the historical sites allow you to understand details from important events of the past. Tourism in Amritsar is thus not limited to fun spots, but those of some relevance and teaching in our lives. The more a traveller explores, the more he/she is bound to experience and share.

Tourism Highlight in Amritsar
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Travel in Amritsar

Travelingin Amritsar is a hassle-free experience. With tourists coming to the city in a large number, and it being a populous one, there are many commuting options to choose from.

Rickshaws in Amritsar

This is probably the best and most fun way to explore the city. Auto and cycle-rickshaws are available at every step and take you to any place you desire. These rickshaw drivers are familiar with the popular spots and the streets, so there is no chance of getting lost finding your way. These rides are best especially for shorter distances with prices mostly below Rs 50.

Taxis in Amritsar

If you want your travel within the city to be a very comfortable, you have an option to either hire a car or make use of the taxi service. These are provided to you on charges based per kilometer. You can either book the same for an entire day or to the places you wish to visit.

Contact for Taxi Booking in Amritsar

Mega Cabs Ltd, SCO- 32, District Shopping Centre,
Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar
Email: info@megacabs.com
Web: www.megacabs.com

Buses in Amritsar

If you are traveling within Amritsar, you can do the same in buses available to take you to the famous spots. The Golden Temple even has a free bus service that picks you right at the Amritsar Railway Station. This bus operates every 30 minutes. There are bus services that can also be availed from the airport.

Address and Location of District Tourist Offices Amritsar

Outer Gate, Railway
Station, Opp. Irrigation, Department, Punjab, Amritsar -143001
Phone: 07837613500
Email: dtoasr@gmail.com

Golden Temple, Outside Ghanta Ghar , Amritsar-143001
Phone: 07837613200

Amritsar ICP,
Attari Boarder, Amritsar, Phone: 08054200393
Email: tovamritsar@gmail.com

Also Read: Transport in Amritsar

Best Time to Visit Amritsar

The period between October and March is the best to visit Amritsar. Since the temperature marks are extreme in summers and winters, this period suits well as it starts from the end of monsoons, up till the end of winters. People often stay away from the city during summers for the temperature may rise to about 48 °C. This period is thus very apt, for the weather remains cool and pleasant.

Tourist Spots in Amritsar

There are many places that one must visit when in Amritsar. While some are important because of their significance in the history and religious aspects, others make for serene locations to relax the mind.

Religious Places in Amritsar

Tourists mostly visit Amritsar to seek blessings at various holy spots, with the Golden Temple being the most popular one. Other than this, there are places of historical relevance and those which are rich in heritage and culture. The must visit religious spots are:

  • Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
  • Akal Takht
  • Durgiana Temple
  • Ram Tirath
  • Mata Temple
  • Jama Masjid Khairuddin
  • Samadhi of Guru Angad Dev Ji
  • Bibeksar Sahib

Religious Places in Amritsar
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Historic Places in Amritsar

A visit to these places of historic importance helps you understand some vital events and their consequences. These places have seen bloodshed, remarkable movements, lives of Kings and much more. Forts too make for a great tourist spot encouraging visitors in huge numbers. Following is a list of such places:

Historic Places in Amritsar
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  • Wagah Border
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Tarn Taran Sahib
  • Faridkot Fort
  • Govind Garh Fort
  • Pul Kanjari
  • Historical Banyan Tree
  • Khoo Kalyanwala
  • Ber Baba Buddha
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

Parks and Gardens in Amritsar

Even though Jallianwala Bagh is a garden, it remains more of a historic spot. But the Rambagh Gardens suffices the need for a complete garden with its soothing and lush presence. 

Shopping in Amritsar

Shopping can be a fun experience in Amritsar for you will find things both old and new to take back with you. Make sure to not only stick to the fancy malls but visit smaller shops and boutiques with give you the best in ethnic wear and handicrafts.

Shopping in Amritsar
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They are as follows:
  • Hall Bazaar
  • Guru Bazaar
  • Katra Jaimal Singh Market
  • Kapda Bazaar
  • Papad-Warian Bazaar
  • Mishri Bazaar

Shopping Malls in Amritsar

Not only have the old bazaars catered to one’s need for shopping in Amritsar, but the shopping malls in the city have added equally to the experience. These two malls give let you splurge on leading brands:  
  • Nexus Amritsar
  • Simran Coconut Center
  • Metro Mall

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Eating Out in Amritsar

Food in its best variety makes Amritsar a food-lover’s land. From lip-smacking bites on the street to a fine dine restaurant, you can get a taste of just about everything.

Eating Out in Amritsar
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The dhabas are equally popular here. Following are the best places to visit:

  • Kesar Da Dhaba (vegetarian only)
  • Bharawan Da Dhaba (vegetarian only)
  • Brother's Dhaba (vegetarian only)
  • All India Famous Amritsari Kulcha (vegetarian only)
  • Kanha Sweets (vegetarian only)
  • Pal Da Dhaba
  • Beera Chicken House
  • Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner
  • Surjit Food Plaza
  • Sharma Ji Ki Dukan

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Hotels in Amritsar

An eventful trip to Amritsar deserves the best stay. The following are some top hotels the city has to offer:
  • Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar 
  • Courtyard by Marriott Amritsar 
  • Hyatt Regency Amritsar

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Weekend Getaways from Amritsar

In case you plan to extend your Amritsar visit further, you can definitely check out these nearby tourist destinations:
  • Ludhiana
  • Bathinda
  • Chandigarh
  • Dharamshala
  • Dalhousie

How to Reach Amritsar

With Amritsar being such a popular tourist destination, reaching the city is very easy for there are comfortable and time-friendly ways available at your service.

Amritsar by Train

The Amritsar Railway Station is well connected with other cities and the national capital. Trains like Shatabadi Express, Golden Temple Mail, Akal Takht Express and Howrah Amritsar Mail, connect Amritsar to cities like New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, along with neighboring cities. The trains can also be booked at Golden Temple Complex.

Amritsar by Train
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Following is the contact detail:

Golden Temple Complex

The Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab, 143001, India
Phone: +91-183-2553957

Amritsar by Air

Not too far from the central part of the city, Shri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport has flights to and from all the major cities of India and some popular countries as well. These flights can be booked based on your requirement and once you land here, commuting is very easy within the city.

Amritsar by Road

There are a number of AC (Air conditioned) and non AC buses which take you to Amritsar. A comfortable Volvo ride from New Delhi, Chandigarh is also possible. If you prefer a family-only ride, then book a taxi from your city to Amritsar.

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