Top 15 Amritsar Tourist Places
Amritsar is a world famous religious place for Sikhs from all over the world. The city got its name from the holy pond around the Golden Temple. It is one of the most ancient cities of India and its existence dates back to the 15th century. Guru Ram Das has built the city in 1574 on the plot of land bought with Rs 700 from the owners of the village of Tung.
Top 15 Places:-
1. Golden Temple:
The Golden Temple is the most sacred pilgrimage destination for all Sikhs. The name of the temple is so, due to the dome which is made completely out of Gold. The temple had been built on marble and is a two storied structure. Guru Ram Das who was the fourth Guru of Sikhs had at first built a pool here and the pool housed the Temple. The architecture has been followed out of Hindu and Muslim styles. The temple has four entrances from all four sides which signify openness and acceptance.
2. Jalianwala Bagh:
Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It had been built in 1951. It holds a tragic historical background. The spot marks a black day for the country due to the incident that took place in April 13, 1919. Thousands of innocent Indians were mercilessly killed by the British General Dyer. The garden houses the Jallianwala Bagh Martyr’s Memorial built in the memory of all those who lost their lives.
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3. Wagah Border:
The Wagah Border is an international road border which crosses India and Pakistan. It lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar and Lahore. People come here mainly in the evening when the retreat ceremony of “Lowering of the Flags” takes place. This is a regular practice since 1959. The place is an army outpost on the international border and has structured complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides.
4. Summer Palace:
The Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is situated amidst the beautiful garden called Ram Bagh. This garden is modeled according to the Shalimar Bagh at Lahore. The ‘darshani deorhi’, is the only distinct architecture which remained intact. There is also a museum named after the Maharaja, which exhibits oil paintings, miniatures, coins, weapons relating to the Sikh period.
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5. Harike Wetland:
Harike Wetland is a lake which was formed at the point of confluence of rivers Beas and Sutlej. It is located at the Harika ford and it falls between the Amritsar and Ferozepur. It has been claimed to be a national wildlife sanctuary in 1982. The winters are welcome with 350 odd species of birds who migrate from lands of China, Siberia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
6. Baba Bakala:
Baba Bakala is situated about 45 kilometers east of Amritsar. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadurji had revealed himself to a Sikh devotee, Makhan Shah Labana, here. The Gurudwara is amazingly beautiful. People come here in no moon nights due to some sacred ritual.
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7. Ram Bagh:
Ram Bagh is a garden inside the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, built during his kingdom. The palace has a cooling system which needs no maintenance due an architectural marvel. It attracts a lot of tourists every year. The garden has a statue of the ruler with his horse, in a heroic posture.
8. Baba Atal Sahib Gurudwara:
Baba Atal Sahib Gurudwara is one of the most renowned Gurudwara of Amritsar. It had been built from 1778 to 1784 and gives a vivid description of the rich culture and tradition of Punjab. It is one of the important tourist spots of Amritsar, especially for all Punjabis. It is made on an octagonal shape with a height of forty meters approximately.
9. Dugiana Temple:
The Durgiana Temple in Amritsaris a dedication to Goddess Durga. The structural design resembles the Golden Temple. It had been built in the 16th century with descriptively carved paintings of the Goddess with her different incarnations displayed in this shrine. There are some more deities who have been found in the interiors of the temple. The temple has an elegant look which makes it stand out from the rest.
10. Sri Akal Takht Sahib:
Sri Akal Takht Sahi is another famous pilgrim place for the Sikhs. It is an altar for Sikh political assembly who holds regular meetings here. The word Akal Takht means the Eternal Throne. It is a significant part of the Golden Temple complex, located on the other end of the causeway which connects the Harmandir Sahib.
Giondwal is located a few kilometers away from Tarn Taran. Guru Amar Das had established a new centre for preaching Sikhism here. There is a ‘Baoli’ well paved with 84 steps constructed here. The devotees believe that by reciting the divine ‘Word’ revealed Guru Nanak Dev Ji at each step after taking a bath in the Baoli and it provides ‘Moksh’, which is freeing from 84,000 cycles of life of this world.
12. Faridkot Fort:
Faridkot Fort is situated in a wonderful location. It is situated in the city of Ferozepur. The fort draws an attention of both local and global travelers. According to the history of the Punjab tourist places, Faridkot Fort was founded 700 years back and it claims a distinct exposure among the heritage destinations of Punjab.
13. Samadhi of Guru Angad Dev Ji:
The Samadhi of Guru Angad Dev Ji was built by the great Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1815 AD. It is about 30 km away from the main city. Guru Angad was the second Guru of Sikhs and the follower of Guru Nanak.
14. Banyan Tree:
The historical Banyan tree is located outside the Ram Bagh Garden. It reminds us of the British rule and all the brave fighters who gave their life up for the Nation. Four Namdharis were hung to death in 1871 as they had objected against the hawking of beef near the Golden Temple.
15. Mata Temple:
It is one of Hindu cave temple is dedicated to the female saint, Lal Devi. Women who desire to be pregnant visit the temple and pray. The shrine surpasses a twisted route through low tunnels, shallow waterways, walkways, staircases and the cave.