Travel Diaries: I Went To Amritsar, And Here’s My Experience

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If you’ve never thought of going beyond your city – in and around, we say now is the time. Because you only live once, and there’s no weekend to waste. And now when you’ve probably made your mind, let me tell you about a beautiful city where food, religion, culture, history, and shopping, all come together to mesmerise you, AMRITSAR.

The city has everything you need, no matter what your choice is. It is a definite heaven for you whether you’re a foodie, a believer, a shopaholic, a wanderer, or just another traveller. And the best thing is that if you love to go there, it’s not farther than a 4 hour flight from Mumbai, and 1 hour from Delhi. So you can conveniently go there, spend a weekend and be back before the Monday blues begin!

1. For the morning beauty of Golden Temple

If you’ve not been to this place, you’ve missed out on a lot. In the morning time, the sun shines on the top of Harmandir sahib, in all it’s glory, and it’s a completely magical experience, especially with the sacred pond a. You need to do nothing, but just sit back, and look at the beauty. That’s it! Ahh, Peace…

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Here’s a 360 degree panorama of the stunningly beautiful temple for you:

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2. For the brilliantly lit Golden Temple at night

The lights make it all the more beautiful during night-time. You won’t be able to help it but stare at the beautiful piece of art that it is. And your biggest foe will be the person who asks you to leave from the gorgeous spectacle.

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3. For the uncontainable excitement at Wagah Border

This is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, where you can see a daily flag lowering ceremony. But believe me, it’s more than just a ceremony, it’s a powerful show, a celebration. It’s dance, it’s music, it’s a lot of emotions, and it’s an unforgettable experience. Just take care to get seats on the front, or VIP seating, or your visit can fail.

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4. For Durgiyana temple

This Maata rani temple looks like almost a replica of the Golden Temple! And on weekend when Golden temple is crowded, you can find peace here at Durgiyana temple. :)

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5. For the memorial of Jalianwala Bagh

One of the most important and mesmerising places of this city is the jallianwala bagh. You’ll not see just the garden, but a lot of old monuments, and the real bullet marks of the jallianwala bagh massacré!

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6. For the hundred emotions attached

You will find feelings of Religious sentiments, smiles, happiness, fun, satisfaction, confusion, childhood memories, belief, content, and everything good in this city. The city has a lot to offer and if you’re into photography, there’s a lot for you to capture in the city.

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7. Just for the garlic naan and chhole kulchhe

You will find these specialties of Amritsar at any street food corner of the city, and regardless of how small the stall is, or how it is handled single-handedly by the shopkeeper, the taste will always be unbelievably good in the city of food. :)

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8. For the yummy firni at Kesar da Dhaba

If you’re a foodie, this place is heaven for you! Kesar da dhaba has some of the most amazing food you will ever taste. The best way to go would be beginning with aaloo paratha platter and ending it with the famous firni. You will thank me when you actually get this meal. :-)

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9. For all the food at Bharawan da dhaba

Dinner must be at bharawan da dhaba without a doubt. If you’re someone with a great appetite, begin with their farm house pizza, proceed to a kulchha or garlic naan with chhole and curd, and end it with… No l, don’t end it here. Let’s go to Ahuja’s lassi.

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10. For Lassi at Ahuja’s and Gian chand

Gian Chand’s and Ahuja’s lassi are the best places for lassi on the globe. Your lassi will be prepared in a washing machine, exclusively used for the purpose. It will have loads of butter and unbelievable taste. Make sure you walk up to these places to make some space in your stomach for the divine lassi. But be prepared to not be able to walk back to your hotel after having it. ;-)

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11. For the cycle-rickshaw experience

If you’re at all an emotional person, you will feel two things at the same time while you ride the rickshaw on the streets of Amritsar – one, sorry for the old man riding the cycle with people as heavy as you, and two, the wish to get a chance to ride that rickshaw yourself, how much fun would it be! :)

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12. For all the shopping at Gandhi Gate Hall Bazar, and Lawrence Road

If you’re a shopaholic, this is your chance to experience the best shopping spree. And if you’re not a shopaholic, this place is great for you to become one. The fulkari dupatta and salwaar kameezes are capable of being your best buys ever. If you’re looking for ethnics, this is the best place for you.

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13. Especially for the beautiful fulkari

You will find a lot of shops with thousands of designs in Fulkari pattern of embroidery. All you need to do is choose wisely and not bargain too much, and there you go, your best shopping experience ever! :)

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14. And for the Punjabbi Jutti (Indian traditional footwear)

If you’re in Punjab, you must get yourself a pair of nice looking punjabbi juttis. They’re available in a really, really wide range of colours and designs here. If you’re really looking for a suggestion here, then Raunak Punjabi Jutti is one of the most famous jutti shops in Amritsar. Do bargain, but not too much.

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15. For the excellent architecture of Khalsa College

Visit the Khalsa College just for the beautiful architecture of you would. It is an excellent example of well designed and created architecture and if you’re into such places, you must not miss out on this one.

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16. For Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

This is the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first ever ruler of the Sikh Empire. There are antiques, old articles that belong to the Maharaja, really beautiful old paintings, and everything fascinating that needs to be a part of a good old palace. This is the best place for those interested in historical monuments and old architecture.

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So if you’re more than just impressed with this wonderful city of food, religion and history, go for it the next weekend. Because life is too short to sit back, plan, and wait for long weekends! You must do what you have to do almost immediately. :)

Let us know your experience of the golden city. And if you haven’t visited yet, just think about all the fun and food you’ve missed! Ciao and happy journey! :)

Photo Courtesy: Photography by Amritansh

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