A Glimpse of Amritsar

If we talk about Punjab, the very first place comes to mind is Amritsar. Historically, Amritsar was known as Ramdaspur. This city is known for the famous Golden temple, Historical Wagah border and undoubtedly for its food culture. The meaning of Amritsar is Pool of the Nectar of Immortality.

It is said that food is best celebrated here. Not just that, people of Amritsar are one of its kinds. They are genuine, warm and religious in their nature. Founded by Guru Ram Das, Amritsar city is divided into two parts – Old Amritsar and New Amritsar. The holy place “Golden Temple”, and many historical sites, markets are in Old Amritsar whereas if I talk about New Amritsar, this part is full of chaos, traffic, and a true glimpse of the adopted new lifestyle. The very first market of Amritsar was “Hall Bazaar“, named after the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Mr C.G Hall.

It was 1574, Guru Ram Das excavated a tank, which is known as Amritsar ( Amrit Sarovar) and after which the city got its famous name “Amritsar”. According to the history, Guru Arjan conceived the idea of creating one place of worship for the Sikh people. It is said that he designed the architecture of Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple. The land for this shrine was acquired by the Guru Sahibs from Zamindars of native villages. It was 1574 when the construction of this holy shrine started and it completed in 1601. Guru Granth Sahib Ji was installed in Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1604.

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During the visionary king Ranjit Singh’s reign, the lower part of the temple was decorated with marble while the entire upper half was copper covered over by gold plate.

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One of the most remarkable things of the Golden Temple is its Holy Kitchen which is open 24*7. This is considered as the Busiest Kitchen in the world. No one returns to home hungry from The Golden Temple. They serve food which is popularly known as Langar to each devotee every single day. The most incredible thing is that everyone is treated the same irrespective of the cast, class and creed. There is no hierarchy. It is a statement that says “All Men may not be equal outside the temple in terms of status, but they all are same in the eyes of God”.

 Wagah Border is only road border crossing two historic cities Amritsar in India and Lahor in Pakistan.

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Historically the village Wagah was divided at the time of Independence in 1947 , as a result of which eastern part of the village Wagah still remains in India and the western part of Wagah remains in Pakinstan .If you turn the pages of  history , a lot of painful tragedies along with terrified partition stories are still attached to the village called Wagah.


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4 Replies to “A Glimpse of Amritsar”

  1. There are various Tourist Places in Amritsar for the interest of tourists. It is an essential city in the History of Sikh religion. Golden Temple is a pilgrimage for Sikh community. Jallianwala Bagh is a historical landmark situated in the heart of the city Amritsar. Summer place of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is placed in the heart of the garden called Ram Bagh.

  2. I completely agree with u
    Here what I was trying to say is when you say Amritsar ..its always Golden temple which comes to anyone's mind. As a traveller also I was only interested to see the Golden Temple , Wagah Border and wanted to have great food in Amaritsar…So in my Travel list I made these things on top priority …..and I covered it well through my Journey.

  3. I recently visited Golden Temple. Actually we had a whole planned trip where we visited Kashmir and Punjab. It was a family trip so we were looking for something cheap and best. Finally we came across Makemytrip Coupons and Offers and believe me we save up to 40% on the trip and I could use that money for my shopping 😛

  4. That 'market' photo is so lively!!

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