Golden Temple And Much More To Do In Amritsar
I went to Amritsar with my husband in winters to celebrate my 1st Anniversary. Believe me, The Golden Temple was the perfect place for the celebration.
I had shifted to Delhi one year back and was desperately waiting to visit The Golden Temple. Finally, on a special day, I opened my eyes in a beautiful Amritsar City.
Amritsar, a Sikhs’ holiest city in the world, is situated in the northwest of India in Punjab, close to the border with Pakistan. The city was founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru, by a bathing pool with healing power.
A Statue Of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Best Time To Visit Amritsar:
Winters is the best time to visit Amritsar. From the month of November to March the climate is pleasant to visit Amritsar and places nearby.
However, you can visit in other seasons also, but in summers Amritsar is super hot (40+ degree celsius) so I would recommend avoid your trip to Amritsar in summers.
In summers I would suggest you all do visit cool places like Dharamshala or Lansdowne.
The Sikh men wear beards and colourful turbans covering their hair that they never cut. For a Sikh, wearing a turban asserts a public commitment to maintain the values and ethics of the tradition, including service, equality, compassion, and honesty. Sikh women wear either a turban or cover their head with a scarf.
For Tasting The Best Food In Amritsar, Check The Link Below
Sarson ka saag and Makki di roti in Amritsar.
How To Reach Amritsar:
We have all the 3 ways to travel to Amritsar, via Flight, Train, and Bus or Car.
I usually prefer a night journey, that saves my time and I can sleep in the bus or train.
We went from Delhi to Amritsar by sleeper bus. It’s just a one night journey for Delhi people to reach Amritsar. Friday night we left from Delhi and reached Saturday early morning to Amritsar.
Amritsar has its own Airport which is 12km from Golden Temple. We get a taxi, cab, and auto outside the airport to come directly to the Golden temple.
Almost all the metro cities have connectivity to Amritsar railway station. To travel by train to Amritsar is also a good option. Its a one night journey from Delhi to Amritsar by train.
We get share auto outside the railway station to go to the market place to book a hotel.
The roads are in nice condition for travelling from Delhi to Amritsar. I had a good road trip from Delhi to Amritsar via sleeper bus.
Before we move forward to the Itinerary Of Amritsar, let’s check out the tips and tricks for travellers. The TO-DO list for BackPackers.
Itinerary Of Amritsar for 2 Days / 1 Night
As I said, we travelled from Delhi to Amritsar on Friday night and reached Amritsar Saturday morning.
Day 1 in Amritsar:
Usually, when we decide to do a night journey we reach early morning in Amritsar. Even if we reach early morning at a railway station or bus stand we have autos available to reach our hotel.
Make sure you book a hotel with an early check-in option. As you will arrive at Amritsar before 11 am. Early morning we took a cycle auto and went near The Golden Temple and then searched the hotel just near to the temple.
Mostly we prefer a good Oyo Hotel, which is in our budget and is clean. We got one at a walkable distance from the temple. In the same hotel, we had an option for free early check-in, which we needed.
Quickly we got freshen up, had breakfast and went to The Golden Temple at around 10-10.30am. When we took a walk from our hotel to the temple on the way we found many cab drivers asking for the booking of Wagah Border.
Wagah Border is one of the places to cover when we visit Amritsar. We checked with 3-4 drivers and observed the rates are same so we made the shared cab booking in advance for Wagah Border.
Cab booking for Wagah Border:
The cab charged us 200 INR per head, for both pickup and drop. We paid 50% in advance and the remaining 50% after we completed our trip.
We also have buses to go to Wagah Border from The Golden Temple, they charge you 100-150 INR per head.
Heading towards the Golden Temple lets share some information about Sikhs.
There are 27 million Sikhs in the world; the majority live in the Indian state of Punjab and a few million of the Sikhs live in Asia, the UK, the USA, and Canada.
Sikhism is an independent religion, the 5th biggest religion in the world.
Sikhism was founded in 1469 by Guru Nanak in the Indian region of Punjab. Guru Nanak and his nine successors shaped the core beliefs of the religion during the 16th and 17th centuries.
As we entered the premises of the temple the holy vibes were there. The devotional crowd of people surrounded by the temple. I was super excited to move in.
Things to do before entering the temple.
We have to remove our shoes outside. Wash our legs before entering the temple. And most important we have to cover our head with a scarf.
We can carry our own scarf or we get them outside the temple we can use them. Lots of scarfs are kept in the basket for the visitors who don’t know abt this, so no need to worry about it.
When I was entering and moving towards the Golden Temple, there was a rush at the entrance. People were entering the temple, so was I. But I couldn’t put down my eyes to look down at the steps, was just waiting to view the gleams of the Golden Temple. I missed a step and was about to fall but my husband was beside me to hold my hand.
I was just overwhelmed when I saw the Golden Temple. We couldn’t take our eye off from the temple. It was just looking astonishing.
We moved around the temple for some time, the temple is surrounded by the manual lake. The reflection of the Golden Temple in the lake looks just breathtaking. There are fishes in the manual lake and the water is very clean. People take bath in the water before they go for worship.
We went to the Central Sikh Museum in the Golden Temple. Do not forget to visit this museum.
Central Sikh Museum:
Central Sikh Museum was established in 1958 at Amritsar. This Museum displays the pictures of the Sikh Gurus, describes the history of Sikhs. It also exhibits the historical musical instruments, coins, weapons, etc
Lunger in the Golden Temple is something which no one should miss. However, we had planned for Wagah Border so we had to rush. Yes, but we had one more day and on the 2nd day, we planned to take a meal at Lunger.
Wagah Border is approximately 30km from the Golden Temple (Amritsar), it takes around 45 min to reach by cab. And it is at a distance of 29 km from Lahore (Pakistan).
The ceremony taking place at Wagah Border is known as Beating Retreat Ceremony and is started from 1959.
During this ceremony both the countries formally fold the flag of their nation and close the gate for the night. On both the sides of the gate, we have a huge audience. National Anthem is played, slogans of patriotism and dance are also performed.
At the time of the retreat, the border looks like a battleground. The soldiers on both sides of the gate perform a march with loud shouts and heavy foot-stomping (Goose Marching).
The Beating Retreat Ceremony starts at 5:15 PM in summer and 4:15 PM in winter.
Very limited seats are available for the audience. So you need to reach early at Wagah border, it is “first come first serve basis”. I would suggest you be at Wagha border at around 2.30-3.00pm. Make sure you get in before 4.00 pm and get the seat.
The most important thing, you are not allowed to take any bag inside, no purse, no handbag, nothing. Mobiles are allowed. So, keep the belongings in the cab or at the hotel itself.
Never miss this ceremony when you visit Amritsar.
The cab driver dropped us near the Golden Temple at around 7 Pm. We went to the hotel took some rest and went for dinner.
Night Lights in Amritsar:
As we took accommodation at center location everything was walkable. After dinner, we again went to the Golden Temple to enjoy the dark hours at the temple. The view of the Golden temple in the dark was just eye-opening. We sat in silence and just enjoyed the moment peacefully.
Day 2 in Amritsar:
It was a freezing morning in Amritsar. The temperature was around 6-degree celcius, this made us difficult to wake up early and come out of the blanket.
However, we woke up late and then went to visit Jallianwala Bagh, which was left from our to-do list. It is a very important historical place in India, how can we miss it.
Jallianwala Bagh is open from 6.30 am to 7.30 pm. We have no entry fee for Jallianwala Bagh. We can visit the place free of cost. There is a small hall which displays all about Jallianwala Bagh history.
The Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, took place on 13 April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Acting Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer fired rifles into a crowd of unarmed Indian civilians who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab.
The food at the Golden Temple Langar was still left. We went once again to the Golden Temple for visiting Langar. Visit Amritsar and not been to Langar is impossible.
The Golden Temple is open for 24hrs and Guru ka Langar (Langar Hall) is open for all people, irrespective of caste, creed, and race. Langar meal is served at ALL HOURS. Around 40,000 people are served in the langar every day for free.
Meals in the langar are vegetarian and are simple, nourishing and nutritious. They usually consist of rotis(bread), rice, daal (lentils), a vegetable dish, and kheer(dessert).
Shopping at Heritage Street
Shopping is must when we Visit Amritsar, and Heritage Street is the best place for this.
After the meal, did some street shopping at Heritage Street which is just outside the Golden Temple. We have some statuses of traditional people near the Heritage street outside the temple.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Museum dedicated to the Sikh Empire founder displaying armour, paintings & other historical objects.
It is one of the best museums in Punjab and also one of the top tourist attractions in Amritsar. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was originally the summer palace of the first king of Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Later, it was converted into a museum in 1977 CE.
We headed toward the Amritsar railway station and went via train from Amritsar to Delhi.
We had a wonderful time in Amritsar and would recommend everyone to visit Amritsar once in your lifetime.
Budget Of My Amritsar Trip:
I make sure to share my budget on my blog post for all the locations I have visited. This helps my readers to plan their trip to the desired location.
We approximately spend 6000INR on this 1st Anniversary celebration in Amritsar.
To elaborate the expenses, our journey cost was around 3000INR for 2 people travelling from Delhi to Amritsar via sleeper bus, and return from Amritsar to Delhi by train.
Stay in OYO hotel was around 800-1000INR for 1 night. And the rest amount was travelling from Golden Temple to Wagah Border and eating all yummy food in Amritsar.
I like to keep transparency with my readers to make our relationship strong.
The Major Thing To Do In Amritsar, is to Eat Delicious Food.
Click on the link below to know about the best places to eat food in Amritsar.