When you think about Amritsar, the two things that come to the mind are food and Golden Temple. These are the two primary reasons why tourists all around the world visit this holy city. Amritsar is part of Punjab state in North India and shares border with Pakistan's Lahore. In addition to the delicious food, and the beautiful golden shrine, these are the things to do in Amritsar.
Visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh
Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most historically important landmarks of the country. On April 13, 1919, under the orders of General Dyer (a British officer), the British soldiers opened fire on a group of innocent people(men, women, and children) who had gathered in the garden during the time. With the only way to exit blocked by the soldiers, there was no way to escape the cruel bullets. Jallianwala Bagh is dedicated to the memory of the people that we lost in that tragic incident. You can see the bullet marks on some walls, as well as the well that people jumped into to save themselves from the bullet.
Pay your respects at the Golden Temple
Just a 2-minute walk from the Jallianwala Bagh is the much talked about and famous, Golden Temple. It is a Sikh temple, where devotees from all over the world irrespective of their religion and belief visit and pray. Do experience the concept of free kitchen or langar at the gurudwara, where all the devotees are served food free of cost. Not only that, many devotees help in the smooth running of the gurudwara for nothing in return. Sit by the holy water or Sarovar as you listen to the chanting of prayers.
Watch the flag hoisting ceremony at Wagah Border
As I told above, Amritsar shares a border with Pakistan's Lahore, so every evening you can see both the countries lower their flags as the sun sets down. The whole place is filled with energy and enthusiasm even before the flag hoisting ceremony starts. There are a lot of national slogans on both the countries' sides – people dance, sing, and shout, while the soldiers also perform the march past. Reach early to get a seat in the first view rows so you are able to watch the whole ceremony more clearly and comfortably.
Eat the undeniably tasty food
When you are in Amritsar, you cannot afford to miss its amazing food – from Kulchas to butter chicken, from Ghee paranthas and daal to Suji Ka Halwa, from Sarson ka Saag to Malai Lassi, all of these are a must try. Try all of this food in the interiors of the city, as those places have a little more authentic taste than the big restaurants. All these food items are heavy and very filling so plan your day in a way so that you can try all these foods, and not feel tired or lazy.
There is so much to see and experience in Amritsar, and I hope this guide helps you in planning your trip to this beautiful holy city.