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Travelling to Amritsar, Punjab?

Updated on October 9, 2014

Amritsar - The City Of Sikhs

Are you planning to visit Amritsar, Punjab, India for the first time in your life?

This Hub page is about the Holy City of Amritsar and what to do in Amritsar. Amritsar is a magical city (especially the old area with small streets). I will tell you about my favorite places and things to do. I will include the best links on the web, photos and blogs.

Please leave comments about your favorite places in Amritsar

Golden Temple

1. Visit Golden Temple (Harmandar Sahib). This place is of significant importance for Sikhs. It is a holy place of Sikhs and it is one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras.

Did you know that Golden Temple attracts more visitors than Taj Mahal? Harmandar Sahib is a heart of Sikhism. As soon as you enter the Golden Temple, feeling of peace and tranquility will be with you. There is something about this place I can't describe... you have to feel it. This place is open to all religions and races.

You need to try Langar

Fascinating

2. "The Langar or free kitchen was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of Langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind." Definition taken from Sikhi Wiki.

My suggestion is to experience and observe the Langar. You can have langar in any gurudwara in any part of the world. Why? I'm fascinated by the idea of free meals for all classes of people. It's not that I'm interested in food...

Experience the old streets of Amritsar.

Old Amritsar...Please have a gprs with you

3. Experience the narrow streets of Old Amritsar but be careful... you might be lost. Even Amritsar people get lost there.

These part of the city is untouched for many centuries...experience the history of city... If you are architecture lover there are a lot of beautiful buildings.

As well it's a place for your shopping. Visit Guru bazar (Gold market), steel, chana, masala markets... Good time pass!

Experience the traffic of the city...

4. Experience the traffic of the city... Experience the hustle and bustle of Amritsar.

Hire auto rickshaw or pedal rickshaw (I prefer second)...It's amazing the way the drive those things... You will have a chance to see the busy life of Amritsar...

Nihang Singhs

The warriors of Punjab

5. Nihang Singhs... When I look at the them, it's liked I went throught star gate to the old times of Punjab. (Please see photo on the left side...)

"Nihang Singhs belong to a martial tradition begun by the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. Their way of life, style of dress, and weaponry has remained little changed since the Guru's lifetime, three hundred years ago. Today, some Punjabis see them as a relic of a time long past, but others recognize Nihangs as a colourful and important part of Punjabi heritage." Definition from Sikhnet.

Sweets

My friends started calling me Kaju Monster after I tried Kaju Barfi

6. Kaju Barfi is an Indian dessert. Kaju means Cashew nuts and Barfi is a type of Indian sweet. Barfi is often but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients. It is then spread in a flat, shallow dish and cut into bite-sized pieces. These pieces are sometimes decorated with edible silver foil.

Best Kaju you can buy in Bikaner Sweets Shop. Yummy!

Author's words

If you like my lens, you should visit my other sites like Desi Legend Blog for Sikhi news, Desi Legend Gift Shop for Sikh gifts and my latest blog Gora Sikh. Thank you! Please leave comments on the bottom of lens. Yours truly.

Amritsar Pictures - with my camera

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Golden Temple in Amritsar, PunjabGolden Temple's reflectionOld streets od Amritsar near Golden templeKhalsa CollegeBillu the BarberSugar cane juice in AmritsarNear Golden Temple. Busy streets of Amritsar
Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab
Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab
Golden Temple's reflection
Golden Temple's reflection
Old streets od Amritsar near Golden temple
Old streets od Amritsar near Golden temple
Khalsa College
Khalsa College
Billu the Barber
Billu the Barber
Sugar cane juice in Amritsar
Sugar cane juice in Amritsar
Near Golden Temple. Busy streets of Amritsar
Near Golden Temple. Busy streets of Amritsar

Have you been to Amritsar?

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      Nice Lens.

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      SeleneMathew 6 years ago

      Golden temple at Amritsar is one of the most important pilgrim centers of Sikhs. Guru Nanaks birth day is celebrated by large number of people here.

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      desilegend 6 years ago

      @ajgodinho: Thanks a lot!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never been to Amritsar, but would love to visit some day. Great job on this lens...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      No, I've never been to Amritsar but have heard of it. It has a romantic sounding name, I think! It also looks like an amazing place to visit.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      @delia-delia: Thanks for comment. India is full of colors. When I come back home, I always feel that the only color we wear is black.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      very interesting lens...well put together...5*... I had a friend just return from there with great photographs...love the colors.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      @moonstruckmommy1: Thanks for the comment. I can't live without Kaju Barfi. I should be arrested on the airport because my bags are always full of it.

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      moonstruckmommy1 8 years ago

      My husband LOVES Kaju Barfi. He has called them diamonds since childhood. Great lens!