The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of caste, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than an of description. We have developed our hotel near Golden Temple so that the visitors in Amritsar can have the heavenly feel of Golden temple whenever they want.
The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar Massacre was a massacre that happened in Amritsar, in 1919. It is named after the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. On the day of Baisakhi, the main Sikh festival, and many villagers had gathered in the Bagh. On April 13, 1919, British, Indian Army soldiers started shooting an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The massacre was condemned worldwide, and the Indian freedom movement was given an altogether different dimension thereafter. A special memorial at the very spot reminds us about the supreme sacrifice of our forefathers for the independence of our motherland.
Wagah Border in Amritsar between Pakistan and India is the only road border between the two countries. It lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The border is located 22 km from Lahore and 28 km from Amritsar. The highlight is the lowering of the flags of the two countries simultaneously. The flags are folded, and the ceremony ends with a gesture that involves a brusque handshake between soldiers from either side which is followed by the closing of the gates. The ceremony has been filmed and broadcast by Michael Palin for one of his television around-the-world travel programs; he described it as a display of "carefully choreographed contempt. A visit to AMRITSAR is uncourtly incomplete without a visit to Wagah.
The 16th century Durgiana Temple draws Hindu sages and scholars from all over the country as it is a well-known repository of Hindu scriptures. Dedicated to goddess Durga, the temple is modelled on the Golden Temple with its main shrine rising from the midst of a tank, it’s central dome covered with gold, and the rest of the structure clad in marble. Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, as a large section of it is dedicated to the Hindu deities Laxmi and Narayan, the intricate carvings of goddess Durga in her various incarnations, are particularly remarkable. The Durgiana temple was rebuilt in the 20th century, and its foundation stone was laid by the freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, who was also an educationist and founded the Banaras Hindu University.
A history buff or not, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is a wonderful place to visit on your trip to Amritsar. The museum was earlier the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that has been now turned into a marvellous museum. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was called the Lion of Punjab because of his audacity. He is a prominent figure in the history of India. The museum premise is surrounded by a grand garden that is named Ram Bagh, after the great Guru Ram Dass. This summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is now being officially preserved under Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964. It was converted into a Museum during the 400th year celebrations of Amritsar City.
Tarn Taran Sahib is a city that was founded by Shri Guru Anjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru. He had also laid the foundation of Tarn Taran Sahib Temple. The architecture is largely inspired by the Golden temple. Popular belief is that the holy lake inside can heal leprosy.
Harike wetland also known as Hari-ke-Pattan, is situated at the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The wetland ecosystem, covering an area of 4,100 hectares, was created following the construction of the Harike barrage across the Sutlej River and is an internationally recognised Ramsar site. During winters, thousands of migratory birds arrive from the Himalayas, Europe and Siberia, making it the best time of the year to visit it. Some of the regular visitors sighted in the sanctuary include the large cormorant, purple moorhen, bar-headed goose, white-winged tern, tufted duck and the white-eyed pochard. The wetlands are also home to several species of turtles, snakes and fish. The rare Indus River Dolphin can also be seen here. This beautiful aquatic mammal, considered extinct in East Punjab for decades, confirmed its return to Punjab waters. Given its endangered status, it is a privilege to sight these beautiful creatures.
Gobind Garh fort occupies a unique place in the Indian military history. Built in 1760, it was called Bhangian Da Qilla. A symbol of the times when Punjab was forged. Spread across a grand 43 acres, right in the heart of Amritsar city, this magnificent, heritage site has a glorious history of its own, spanning across 257 years – right from the era of the Bhangi Misl to the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh- to The British East India Company to The Indian Army to now, when finally, it opens its gates to the people of Punjab.
The fort was constructed with brick and lime with numerous army bastions and iron gates with 25 cannons on the ramparts, now replaced with modern weaponry.