Amritsar

The heart and soul of Amritsar is the famous Golden Temple, the most sacred place of pilgrimage for Sikhs. Amritsar, literally meaning Pool of Nectar, derives its name from the Amrit Sarovar that surrounds the Golden Temple. Enter this Gurudwara and you will experience the serenity and calmness born of spirituality despite being situated amidst a maze of narrow lanes and bustling markets. The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The Guru-ka-langar or community canteen is a Sikh institution started by Guru Amar Das in the 16th century. The practice of eating together encouraged the shedding of inhibitions and the principle of equality. The community kitchen feeds up to 10,000 people in a day, free of charge.
Amritsar holds a very significant role in the history and culture of Sikhism in the world. The Jallianwala Bagh, is a small stretch of plain ground now converted into a park. A memorial plaque at the entrance recounts the history of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Inside, a martyrs memorial stands on the eastern end, while the well and bullet-ridden walls remain testimonials to the bloodbath.
Other places of interest in Amritsar are the Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib, Durgiana Temple, the Ram Bagh Gardens with a museum housed in the palace built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Flag lowering ceremony at Wagah Border. The city is well connected by air, road and railways.
Best time to visit: November to March
Languages spoken: Punjabi
Climate: Hot and dry summers and a cold sometimes freezing winter.
Holy Places: Golden Temple, Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib, Dhan Dhan Khalsa, Durgiana Temple
Historical Sites: Jallianwala Bagh
Places of Interest: Ram Bagh Gardens with a museum in Maharaja Ranjit Singhs Palace, Wagah Border

Balle Balle To Amritsar!

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We got more proof of people’s devotion when we saw children happily mopping the marble steps as people left or entered the hall. Then there were volunteers who were continuously cleaning candle wax from the marble pavement, even as new visitors kept lighting more candles.

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5. Naggar (HP) and road back home via Chandigarh-Rothak-Ajmer-Ahmedabad-Mumbai

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Had it not been for the book, Outlook Traveller Gateways (on HP), Naggar would not have happened. Books are still much much superior as compared to host of blogs and websites. Online forums, at best, are good for an “occasional tip” and that too happens cause people speak about the content which is quite recent. Books need to re-published. The Outlook Traveller Gateways (on HP) which I referred to was published in 2008 and two years down the line nothing much had changed….

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हम चले अमृतसर की सैर को

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प्रोग्राम  अमृतसर जाने का तय हुआ, आरक्षण  कराया गया.४ नवम्बर की रात का स्वर्णमंदिर एक्सप्रेस (फ्रोंटिएर मेल) का जाने का तय हुआ, वापसी ६ नवम्बर को छत्तीसगढ़ एक्स्प. से थी. रेलवे स्टेशन पर जल्दी पहुँच कर, वंहा पर बैठ कर चाय वाय पीने का आनंद ही कुछ और होता हैं.

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