Things to do in Amritsar
Home to the famous Golden Temple the historical city of Amritsar is a famous pilgrim centre. This famous city, is the largest in Punjab and has been the cradle of many historical events like Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Operation Blue Star, etc. to be visited around Chandigarh. Visiting this predominantly sikh and hindu populated city over a weekend, will surely give you an excellent experience of secular India. The distance from Chandigarh to Amritsar is 229 kms and is a perfect place to visit near Chandigarh with a lot of things to do over a weekend trip.
Places to visit in Amritsar
Bibeksar Sahib lying on the banks of Bibeksar Sarovar was constructed by Maharaja Ranjith Singh. The place is famous as the congregation site of followers of 6th Sikh Guru, Hargobind Singh ji and must be visited near Chandigarh.
Also called as Swarna Mandir, this shrine was designed by Guru Arjan Sahib and its foundation was laid by Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mirji of Lahore on 1st December, 1588. This temple was ransacked and destroyed many times earlier by Muslim invaders. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. The temple’s dome itself is gilded with 750 kgs of gold. This place certainly lives upto the hype and is a perfect place to visit near Chandigarh for both religious people and travellers.
Guru Ke Mahal
Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs. Besides the daily services, a special divan and Guru ka Langar are held on every Sunday following the first of a Bikrami month.
Gurudwara Mata Kaulan
Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is located on the edge of Kaulan reservoir. It is named after Kaulan, a believer who was severely punished by the patriarchs, yet it failed to dissuade her.
Witness to the colonial massacre of Indians in 1919, the Jallianwala Bagh is a memorial spread over 6.5 acres. The memorial also preserves the portion of the wall with pellet marks along with the well. Site of perhaps the most horrifying incident under the british rule, Jallianwala Bagh attracts many tourists from across the world.
Famous for its architecture, Khair-ud-Din Masjid was established by Mohd. Khairuddin. It was the place from where the great call for waging war against the looting British was announced by Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Summer palace turned into museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a lovely building which archives the Royal Heritage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh(founder of Sikh empire) such as arms and armor, outstanding paintings and century old coins and manuscripts. The Kargill Gallery and the Historic Gallery are a major draw,and are sure to leave history-enthusiasts well satisfied. Another attraction is the the light and sound show that brilliantly articulates the role of Punjabis in the Indian war of independence.
Punjab – Special cuisine
Punjab is synonymous to its mouthwatering delicacies which are rich in color, ingredients, spices and the most elaborate and grand cooking styles. The food here represents the a certain festivity, vibrance and cultural richness in the everyday, a big part of which revolves around having good and rich food. There is also an almost perfect balance between the vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, the options being equally irresistible for both. Onion, ginger, garlic and strong spice leave strong and distinct flavors in the food here. Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Shahi Paneer, Chole Bhature, Makki di roti, Sarson da Saag, Dal fry, Amritsari fish, Aloo gobhi, Rajama Chawal, Punjabi Kadhi, Lassi are the dishes that define the food here and the list is almost infinite. Gajar ka Halwa, Jalebi, Kulfi, Rabri, Gulab Jamun, Barfi, Motichoor Laddo are also equally tempting traditional sweets in the area.
What to Eat in Amritsar
Local Food and Cuisine
Amritsar houses some of the finest, richest and most finger-licious food in the country. The food here is as popular and essential as any of the other tourist spots in the area. With a variety of things to do near Chandigarh like Amritsari Kulcha, Lassi, Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken and a hot Gulab Jamun are some of Amritsar’s of Amritsar’s delectable choices. The city is home to the finest restaurants as well as the most colorful Dhabas that will keep you coming back. For non-vegetarians, Punjabi cuisine is a delight with various varieties of chicken.