The pride and soul of the Sikhs, The Golden Temple has been a centre of lure in the middle of Indians as well as foreign travellers ever since ages. The golden body, mystic pond, delicious halwa desert and on the whole myths construct this religious site a pleasure of religious populace. Believers whichever their religion, caste and gender throng Amritsar in search of everlasting bliss and get astonished seeing the humble nature and profound entrenched beliefs of the Sikhs towards their religion.
Positioned inside a distance of one kilometre from the Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh is the famous public ground where the British Army did the monstrous act of public massacre. The episode took place on 13th April, 1919 which was the Punjabi New Year Day. It is on this promising day that British occupying forces cruelly opened fire on a nonviolent mass and as a result approximately 379 people were left dead and around 1100 people wounded. In 1951 a monument was well-known on this ground to remember the massacre. Today a huge memorial stone is found in Jalianwala Bagh where every traveller in Punjab pays his/herhomage.
Wagah Border is one of the must visit places of tourist Interest around Golden Temple in Amritsar and has constructed itself as a firm favorite among the Indian tourists. It is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and located at a distance of around 30 km from the Golden Temple. The ceremonial of Beating Retreat and Change of Guard make this place extremely appreciated. The soldiers of equally of both the countries display their sincere eagerness for own country and the patriotic feel reach its peak among the viewers present there in the afternoon. This pursuit ceremony involves display of strong patriotic feel of the armies for their own states and people assemble here every day to witness this thrilling activity in either side of the border.
A momentous Hindu Temple in Amritsar, Durgiana is in the region of one and half kilometre from the Golden Temple and looks like a copy of the same, devoted to Goddess Durga, the temple was built in 1908 by Harsai Mal Kapoor. The temple compound encloses the seats of Lord Hanuman, Mata Shitla, along with Lakshmi Narain.
It is a Sikh temple built at the ground of the Golden Temple by Guru Hargobind Sahib as a place of fair dealing and for resolving sequential issues. It is known to be the uppermost seat of earthly power of Khalsa. The literal meaning of Akal Takht is throne of the timeless one and it is a representative of the political sovereignty of the Sikhs.
To be found at a distance of around 22 km from the Golden Temple, Tarn Taran is a Sikh pilgrimage site in the Tarn Taran District of Punjab. The Gurudwara was constructed by the fifth Sikh Guru, Arjan Dev. It is supposed that the Saro pond located in this Gurudwara is the biggest in the middle of all the Sikh Shrines. Tarn Taran is counted among the most well-liked Sikh pilgrimage sites in India and thronged by the devotees every month on the day of Amavas New-Moon Day.
Hari Ke Pattan or Harike Wetland is claimed to be the main wetland in northern India. It is a man-made riverine, lacustrine wetland which spreads across the three district of Punjab namely Amritsar, Ferozepur and Kapurthala. The wetland provides protection to several species of snakes, turtles, amphibians and fishes.
Devoted to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ‘the Lion of Punjab’, who not tied up a major part of Punjab from the manacles of the Mughals, the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is located in Lawrence Road, Company Bagh of Amritsar. The museum displays the chivalric behavior of the Maharaja along with artifacts connected with the greatest battles he fought with his enemies. The light and sound show creates the feel of a real war circumstances with the thriving sound effects taking you to the past.
A chronological fort in Bathinda District of Punjab, Bathinda Fort is around 160km from the Golden Temple and known for its intense association with the history of Sultana Razia’s custody. The fort is situated in the Malwa Region of Punjab. It looks like a sheep in the sea of sand and looks imposing for its architecture. The fort foundation encloses a Gurudwara, which was built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.
Located in Hall Bazar, Amritsar, Jama Masjid Khairuddin is a creatively enriched religious site. It is the same place where Tootie-e-Hind Shah Attaullah Bukhari protested against the British rule. The mosque was built by Mohammad Khairuddin in 1876.