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#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 2 km from Amritsar Junction, Golden Temple is most sacred Sikh pilgrimage site situated in Amritsar town of Punjab state. Popularly known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple is acclaimed as one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India.

Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, 4th Sikh Guru, started the digging of Amrit Sarovar in 1577 AD on the orders of 3rd Sikh guru Sri Guru Amar Das Ji. Which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the 5th Sikh Guru, in 1588 and he also started the construction of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib was first installed at Harmandir Sahib in 1604 AD. The temple had to be substantially rebuilt after it was destroyed in fire accident in the 1760s. In the early 19th century, 100 kg of gold were applied to the inverted lotus-shaped dome and decorative marble work took place under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Fondly known as Swarn Mandir, Sri Harmandir Sahib is built on 67 feet square platform in .....

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#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 3 km from Amritsar Junction and 1 km from Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh is a memorial garden located in Amritsar town of Punjab. Situated near Harmandir Sahib, it is one of the top places to visit in Amritsar.

Jallianwala Bagh is the unfortunate site where thousands of innocents were brutally killed by British troops on 13th April 1919, which was the day of Baisakhi festival for the people of Sikh religion. In order to celebrate this festival, a big crowd of many villagers had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh to celebrate the day that Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699, and also known as the 'Birth of Khalsa.' On hearing that a meeting had assembled, Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer with his army of 150 troops ordered open fire at the crowd. According to British Raj sources, around 379 people were dead and 1500 wounded people were left to die in the well within the garden.

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#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 30 km from Amritsar Junction, Wagah Border is the only road border between India and Pakistan. The border lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan. Also known as 'Berlin Wall of China', Wagah Border is the only open border which is officially accessible by both the nations and also one of the top places to visit in Amritsar.

The border has a huge arch named 'Swarn Jayanti Dwar', and gates of both the countries. Also known as Attari, Wagah is mainly known for its 'Beating Retreat Ceremony'. The Beating Retreat Ceremony was started in 1959 and it was agreed by the government of both the countries. It is a symbol of the rivalry between the two countries. The flag ceremony is conducted by the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers. Women guards of BSF have also been a part of this ceremony from July 2011. Almost 5,000 people visit the border to see the ceremony with great patriotism.

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#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Amritsar Junction, Durgiana Temple is Hindu temple situated near Lohgarh gate of Amritsar, Punjab. It is a Hindu version of the Amritsar Golden Temple and also one of the top pilgrimage places to visit in Amritsar.

Durgiana Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath and Sitla Mandir. The original temple was built in 16th century and was rebuilt by Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor in the architectural style of the Sikh Golden Temple in 1921 CE. The newly built temple was inaugurated by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The temple is also called the Silver Temple due to its carved silver doors.

The temple stands on middle of the sacred lake known as Durgiana and a bridge connects easily to the temple. The dome of the temple is gilded and marble is extensively used in the temple's features. Its dome and canopies are similar to that of the Golden temple of Amritsar. There is a huge collection of Hindu scriptures .....

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#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 22 km from Amritsar Junction, Tarn Taran is a Sikh pilgrimage town and also the district headquarters of Tarn Taran district in Punjab. It is one among the most popular Sikh pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the top places to visit in Amritsar.

Tarn Taran is an ancient and Historical town closely related with Sikhs. This town was founded in 1590 CE by the 5th Sikh Guru, Sri Arjan Dev Ji and he laid the foundation of Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib in the heart of the town. Tarn Taran was ruled by the strong Sikh Family of Dhillon Clan and was the part of Bhangi Sikh Dynasty. Tarn Taran was well-known as a center of the Sikh revolution and it was believed to be the capital of Khalistan, the proposed Sikh independent nation.

Tarn Taran is well known for Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib, also known as Gurudwara Tarn Taran. The shrine is an elegantly designed 3 storeyed structure which resembles the Amritsar Golden Temple. The temple's entrance is through a double .....

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Museum

#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Amritsar Junction and 4 km from Amritsar Golden Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a popular museum situated in the middle of a beautiful Ram Bagh Garden in Amritsar, Punjab. It is one of the best museums in Punjab and also one of the top tourist attractions in Amritsar.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was originally the summer palace of first king of Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Later, it was converted in to museum in 1977 CE. It is a treasure house of the history, art and architecture of the Sikhs of the 18th and the 19th century AD.

The museum offers insights into the life of the Sikh monarch Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Museum displays objects connecting to Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armour, outstanding paintings and centuries old coins and manuscripts. The paintings displayed in the galleries of the museum showcase the court and camp of the king. Among all the paintings, one that depicts the city of Lahore is most famous. .....

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#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Amritsar Junction and 2 km from Harmandir Sahib, Gobindgarh Fort is a historical fort located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab. Initially known as 'Bhangian Da Qila', Gobindgarh Fort is one of the famous places to visit in Amritsar.

Gobindgarh Fort was built by the army of Gujjar Singh Bhangi of Sikh Misls in 1760 CE. This fort was reconstructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh between 1805 and 1809 CE. The British authorities occupied it in 1849 CE and it was in the army's possession for nearly 150 years. The Darbar Hall, Hawa Mahal and the Phansi Ghar were added to the fort during British rule only. After the Indian Independence, Indian army took control over the fort and was used to provide temporary shelter to a large number of refugees from Pakistan during India-Pakistan partition.

Gobindgarh Fort was constructed with brick and lime on a square pattern with a parameter of 1500 square meter with two strong gates, four large bastions and well-defined .....

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#19 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 9 km from Amritsar Junction, Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum is situated in Amritsar - Attari Road on the outskirts of the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Since, it is located on the NH-1, and near to Wagah border makes it a prominent landmark and source of attraction for the tourists.

Built at the cost of Rs 130 crore, the Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum was inaugurated in October 2016, by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal. The memorial museum is directed to showcase the fabulous gallantry deeds of the brave hearts of Punjab. It is planned to immortalize the deeds of brave soldiers and to inspire and infuse the spirit of patriotism in the youth. It is designed by an Indian architectural firm 'Kapoor and Associates' of New Delhi.

The beautiful structure has 45 m high stainless steel sword on the central edifice, representing the strength and courage of the people of Punjab while defending the nation in the hour of .....

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#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 60 km from Amritsar Junction, Harike is one of the largest man-made wetlands of northern India, located in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. Also known as Hari-ke-pattan, Harike Wetland is a famous destination for bird watchers and also one of the best places to visit near Amritsar.

Harike Wetland came into existence in 1953 after the construction of barrage near the confluence of rivers Sutlej and Beas. The popular Harike Lake lies deep within the park. It occupies an area of 4100 hectares and spreads into three districts of Punjab namely Amritsar, Ferozpur and Kapurthala. It is also a water source for the Indira Gandhi Canal, situated in Rajasthan. The area was declared as a sanctuary in 1982 and was declared a Ramsar site by the International Body of Wetlands under the UNDP in 1990.

The sanctuary is a bird watchers paradise and attracts thousands of migratory birds during winter. Around 375 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. The lake is particularly .....

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#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 35 km from Amritsar Junction and 5 km from Wagah Border, Pul Kanjari is a historical village situated on Amritsar-Lahore road, near the villages of Daoka and Dhanoa Kalan in Punjab. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and also one of the top heritage places to visit in Amritsar.

Pul Kanjari was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, used to take rest while travelling to distant lands with his officials and army. It was one of the important trade centres at that time. The village was named after a pul (bridge) that was built by the king for a dancer Moran who was of Kanjari caste. According to legend, once a dancer named 'Moran' was passing through the pool located in Pul Kanjari to perform at the king's palace. Suddenly her shoe slipped into the pool and she refused to perform until her shoe was retrieved. Hearing the news, Maharaja ordered to construct the bridge on the canal and named as 'Pul Kanjari'.

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#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 25 km from Tarn Taran and 48 km from Amritsar Junction, Gurudwara Goindwal Sahib is a Sikh shrine situated at Goindwal Sahib town in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. It is one of the major pilgrimage places in Punjab and also one of the best Amritsar tourist places.

The Goindwal Baoli is the first Sikh pilgrimage which was set under the supervision of Shri Guru Amar Das Ji in 16th Century. Guru Amar Das, the 3rd Sikh Guru, stayed in Goindwal for 33 years. Here, he constructed a Baoli or a well with 84 steps. The entrance to the Baoli has been artistically decorated. There is a row of frescoes, depicting scenes from Sikh history. It is said that someone who takes a bath in the well and recites the Japji Sahib, attains Moksh. Goindwal is the place where Guru Amar Das met Guru Ram Das and is also the birth place of Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

Adjoining the Baoli, a magnificent Gurdwara has been built. The Gurdwara is an example of typical Sikh architecture with a large .....

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#11 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1 km from Golden Temple and 5 km from Amritsar Junction, ISKCON Temple, also known as Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Mandir, is a prominent Hindu temple situated in the heart of Amritsar, Punjab.

ISKCON Temple in Amritsar is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was founded by The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami (Shrila Prabhupada) in the West in 1966. ISKCON belongs to Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Bhagwad Gita is the principal scripture of The Hare Krishna Movement Organization.

The temple houses the idols of many Hindu gods and goddesses with Sri Krishna and Goddess Radha being the most important. The ISKCON temple is open to all. There are regular prayers conducted here and all the visitors are given Prasad free of cost. One can buy spiritual books, pictures of gods, and other items from the stalls put .....

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#12 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 4 km from Amritsar Junction, Khalsa College is an historic educational institution located on the Amritsar-Lahore highway adjoining Guru Nanak Dev University campus in Amritsar. It is one of the ancient and top colleges of education in India and also one of the popular attractions in Amritsar.

Khalsa College was established by the leaders of the Singh Sabha Movement in 1892 AD. It was built as an educational institute during the British Raj in India when Sikh scholars thought about providing higher education to Sikhs and Punjabis within Punjab. Sprawling over 300 acre campus, Khalsa College has the honour to be recognized by N.C.T.E. and accepted as a Nodal Institution of India.

The main building is a glorious example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, with an imposing domed red-sandstone facade fronted by grassy fields. The college was designed by Bhai Ram Singh, principal of the Mayo School of Arts, Lahore, with the help of engineer Dharam Singh .....

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#13 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1 km from Amritsar Junction and 3.5 km from Harmandir Sahib, Mata Lal Devi Mandir is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Rani Ka Bagh, Amritsar. Popularly known as Pujya Mata Ji, Lal Devi Mandir is one of the top religious places to visit in Amritsar.

Lal Devi Mandir is dedicated to a 20th-century female saint, Lal Devi and was built in 1989. Mata Lal Devi ji was born in 1923 at Kasoor in Lahore district of Pakistan. A brahmacharni, belongs to Marwaha Khatri Family lived on fruits and milk. After Partition, she came to Amritsar, attained nirvana in 1994. Mata Lal Devi Temple is a replica of the Vaishno Devi Shrine situated in Jammu and Kashmir.

Often referred to as the Mother India Temple, Lal Devi Temple is considered to be full of miraculous powers and is visited by large number of devotees from far and near specially by women wishing to have children. The temple houses many statues of gods and goddesses with the sacred seat of Pujya Mata Ji in the center. .....

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#14 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 20 km from Amritsar Junction, Gurdwara Beerh Baba Buddha Sahib is situated on Chabaal - Amritsar road near Chabaal Khalan village in Amritsar district of Punjab, India.

Gurdwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib popularly known as Bir Sahib is the place where Baba Budha Ji spent much part of his life (1506 - 1631). This is also the place where Guru Arjan Dev Ji and his wife Mata Ganga were blessed with the son, Sri Hargobind Sahib. According to the legend, Baba Buddha used to live here in the jungle outside Amritsar. Being without a child for many years Guru Arjan Dev's wife Ganga Devi became anxious. Ganga Devi went to seek the blessings of Baba Buddha. She presented Baba Buddha with many delicacies to eat but Baba refused to take the food. Later Mata Ji herself prepared missi roti and an onion and visited Baba. Baba blessed Mata Ji with a son Guru Hargobind Singh Ji.

The present complex of the gurudwara was built by Baba Kharak Singh, a follower of Sant Gurmukh Singh .....

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#15 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 49 km from Amritsar Junction, Dera Baba Jaimal Singh Ji is a village located on the banks of the Beas River in Baba Bakala tehsil of Amritsar district in Punjab. It is an important religious center in Amritsar and also one of the most visited sites in Amritsar.

The pilgrimage site is dedicated to Dera Baba, who studied the holy book Guru Granth Sahib and realized that the sacred text rejected rituals like fasting, temple worship and bathing on pilgrimages. Baba Jaimal Singh, popularly called Baba Ji Maharaj, was a Punjabi who became a disciple of Soami Shiv Dayal. He joined the army and retired from the army On June 7, 1889. He came back to his village and started living in a small hut on the banks of River Beas. One of his devotees donated three beeghas of land for establishment of Dera. Hence, Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji was established.

Dera Baba Jaimal Singh Ji is the world center of Radha Soami Sastang Beas Organization. Baba Jaimal Singh was the first chief .....

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#16 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Amritsar Junction and 1.5 km from Amritsar Golden Temple, Khairuddin Masjid is situated in the Hall Bazar of Amritsar. It is one of the most admired religious centres in Amritsar for both locals as well as tourists.

Khairuddin Masjid, also known as Jama Masjid, is a beautiful mosque built by Muhammad Khairuddin in 1876 CE. The mosque holds great importance in India's freedom struggle. It was from this mosque that Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari, called upon the people to wage war against the British rulers.

Renowned for its architectural beauty, the Jama Masjid reflects traditional Islamic architecture with beautiful calligraphy adorning its walls. The mosque is built of white marble and is decorated with miniature green color paintings. The place looks magical beneath the blue skies. The Masjid is frequented by a sizeable patronage for the daily namaz.

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#17 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 1.5 km from Amritsar Junction, Gurudwara Sri Guru Ka Mahal is situated near Golden Temple across the main street known as Guru Bazar in the holy town of Amritsar. It is one of prominent gurudwaras in Amritsar and also one of the popular places to visit in Amritsar.

Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal was built as a humble hut in 1573 CE by Guru Ram Das Ji, the 4th Sikh Guru. It was the residential house of Sri Guru Ram Das, the founder of Amritsar. Guru Arjan Dev got married as well as appointed as a Guru in this Mahal. Baba Atal Rai and Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur were born at this place and Sri Guru Hargobind Singh was also lived here for some time. Later, it was enlarged and modified by Guru Arjan Dev and his son, Guru Hargobind. Now it has been converted into a gurudwara.

Guru Ka Mahal is famous for the sacred book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib and is placed on a platform raised on the ground floor inside this three storeyed shrine. The basement has a meditation room .....

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#18 of 19 Places to Visit in Amritsar

At a distance of 2 km from Amritsar Junction, Gurudwara Mata Kaulan or Gurudwara Kaulsar Sahib is a sacred Sikh shrine situated on the back side of Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple in Amritsar town of Punjab. It is one of the historical gurudwaras in Punjab and also one of the top places to visit in Amritsar.

Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is dedicated to Bibi Kaulan, a spiritual Muslim Lady, daughter of Qazi of Lahore. Her father had pronounced her death, due to her devotion to Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Saint Main Mir ji who was living in the same village rescued her and brought her in the protection of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. Bibi Kaulan spent her rest of life devoting to service of mankind and meditation. The Samadhi of Mata Kaulan lies at the western end of the Kaulsar Gurdwara.

The sarovar lies next to the Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is known as Kaulsar Sahib or Kaulsar Sarovar. Kaulsar is one of the five holy tanks in the holy city of Amritsar and was got excavated on the orders .....

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