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Punjab : Amritsar

In the 16th century the fourth Guru of the Sikh community. Guru Ramdas settled down by a pool with miraculous healing powers and that was the founding of Amritsar city which means "Sweet" (Amrit) Lake (Sar).

His son built a temple in the midst of the pool now known as the Golden Temple. The city is most famous for the festival Baisakhi which is also known as the Harvest Festival and is celebrated in April. It is also the day when the Khalsa Panth was founded by Guru Gobind Singh converting the Sikhs into a martial race.

Places of Interest

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The Golden Temple
Also known as Hari Mandir, is the most important shrine of the Sikhs. The glittering domes of the temple, covered with pure gold leaf are reflected in the pool in front of the temple. The petals are inverted, back to the earth, to symbolise the Sikhs' concern with the promblems of this world.

Durgiana Temple
This temple is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The domes of this temple are also covered with gold and silver.

Jalianwala Bagh
Where the British massacred around 2000 Indians attending a meeting in the year 1919. Today, a stone memorial stands in silent remembrance.

Baba Atal Rai Tower
The nine year old son of Guru Hargobind Singh martyred himself at this place.

Taran Taran
Approximately 22 kms from Amritsar is a pool near this shrine which is believed to have healing powers.

Ram Tirath
Is the birth place of Luv and Kush the sons of Lord Rama of the epic Ramayana.


Distance from the Airport 11 kms. Approx time 15 Mins.
The best time to visit Amritsar is between October and March.

Information: Courtesy Government of India

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