Amritsar – An Important Spiritual, Historic & Cultural Centre of India
Amritsar is a vibrant city in north-western India, home to bustling bazaars, religious mosques and temples, delicious Punjabi cuisines, captivating museums and much more. Amritsar is best known as the spiritual capital of Sikhism, which is due to it being home to the iconic Golden Temple - the most sacred Sikh site in the world, attracting millions of pilgrims and tourists each and every year. This awe-inspiring structure is decorated with shimmering gold and the complex itself is surrounded by a pool containing holy water called Amrit Sarovar, which is believed to be the inspiration of the city’s name. Another important Sikh site in Amritsar is the Akal Takht - ‘throne of the timeless one’ and one of the five takhts of the Sikhs. This impressive structure is set at the causeway which leads to the Golden Temple, so you could visit both of these landmarks in one day. To learn more about Sikhism in Amritsar, visit the Maharajah Ranjit Singh Museum; it’s dedicated to Ranjit Singh, the leader of the Sikh empire and displays his personal items, as well as colourful artworks. Traveasy offers cheap flights to Amritsar, taking you to the centre of this city and its fascinating sacred sites.
Amritsar is a land steeped in rich history; there are various remnants of a bygone era to discover and admire here. Jallianwala Bagh is an important historic attraction of the city, which was where the Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place in 1919 – one of the most tragic events in Indian history. This public garden is home to a memorial of national importance, which commemorates the victims of the massacre. Another excellent heritage site in Amritsar is Sadda Pind, a replica of a historic Punjabi village with sand and stone houses, traditional Punjabi cuisines and colourful cultural performances. Then there’s the historic Gobindgarh Fort, which was built to protect the city from invasion. This stunning red sandstone monument is now a museum depicting the history of Punjab with live shows, exhibits and artefacts. Finally, you just have to visit Wagah, the famous border between India and Pakistan. A ceremony and performance with Indian and Pakistani soldiers takes place here every evening to mark the border’s closure. Secure cheap flight tickets to Amritsar with Traveasy and look forward to exploring and experiencing the gems of this fascinating city.