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Amritsar
Travel Guide

Golden Temple showing bird life, a lake or waterhole and heritage elements

In India’s Punjab state, this lively city is the home of Sikhism’s holiest shrine, glorious temples, animated bazaars and an extraordinary border ceremony.

Centuries-old monuments, shopping, delicious cuisine and festivals make Amritsar one of Punjab’s most appealing cities. Amritsar is named for Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar), the sacred pool of the Golden Temple, the city’s centrepiece attraction. This magnificent temple is the Sikh’s holiest site, a fascinating mix of spiritual serenity and architectural grandeur. Learn about Sikhism at the Central Sikh Museum and dine with pilgrims at Guru-Ka-Langar dining hall.

The Golden Temple dominates Amritsar’s old city, a maze-like historic district filled with colourful temples and energetic bazaars. Don’t miss the Durgiana Temple and Mata Lal Devi Mandir. Hathi Gate and Lahori Gate are two of 12 gates marking the ancient city wall. Relive infamous events of the 1919 Jallianwala Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh memorial garden.

Sidestep cyclists and rickshaws as you explore teeming streets in the old city’s shopping quarters. Browse for handicrafts at Hall Bazar and gold and silver ornaments at Guru Bazar. Find stores packed with pashminas, saris and suits at Katra Jaimal Singh Market and Shastri Market. Sample traditional Punjabi cuisine from street vendors and dhabas (snack bars). Chicken tandoori and kulcha (stuffed flatbread) are local specialties.

Take an auto-rickshaw or cycle rickshaw to Amritsar’s modern northern district. Here restaurants, malls and entertainment centres line wide boulevards such as Lawrence Road and Mall Road. Relax amid the pristine Rambagh Gardens and spot displays of Sikh artefacts at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama.

Be sure to visit Attari for the flamboyant Indian-Pakistan border-closing and changing-of-the-guard ceremony. It’s about a 40-minute drive from the city centre; minibuses depart regularly. Alternatively, experience Punjab’s fun-loving culture at extravagant festivals. April’s Vaisakhi is a harvest celebration accompanied with Bhangra music and dance.

Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport or catch a train to Amritsar Junction station. Visit the area year-round; however, expect extreme temperatures and monsoonal rain from June to September. The city is a great base for exploring destinations in India’s northern reaches, including Dharamsala and Ladakh.

Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar
Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar
4 out of 5
The price is AU$44 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mata Lal Devi Temple and Katra Jaimal Singh Market. Golden Temple and Mall of Amritsar are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (252 reviews)
"We had a quick one day stay but it was pleasant . Would really appreciate Mr. Tiwari, hotel manager of Fairfield, for his help. Rest everything was nice ."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar
Hyatt Regency Amritsar
Hyatt Regency Amritsar
4.5 out of 5
The price is AU$64 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in the heart of Amritsar, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Mall of Amritsar, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hall Bazar and Jallianwala Bagh Monument. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (466 reviews)
"I visited this in February and it was unforgettable experience for me . The hotel staff was so courteous and helpful in every way possible . Especially Sukhmanak . The rooms are spacious, The bathrooms were neat and clean. Coming to the food quality , it was superb and delicious"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2021

Hyatt Regency Amritsar
Taj Swarna
Taj Swarna
5 out of 5
Plot No. C-3, Opposite Basant Avenue, Outer Circular Road, Amritsar, Punjab
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$101 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in the heart of Amritsar, this luxury hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golden Temple and 20.2 mi (32.6 km) from Wagah Border.
4.4/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"The Staff, cleanliness, attention to detail, food."

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2021

Taj Swarna
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Homestay Near Golden Temple for Group Travellers
Homestay Near Golden Temple for Group Travellers
The price is AU$139 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Situated in Amritsar, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib, Golden Temple, and Katra Jaimal Singh Market. Mall of Amritsar is 1.6 ...
Homestay Near Golden Temple for Group Travellers
OYO 16379 Hotel LivInn Hub
OYO 16379 Hotel LivInn Hub
Located in the heart of Amritsar, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mall of Amritsar, Golden Temple and Katra Jaimal Singh Market. Hall Bazar ...
OYO 16379 Hotel LivInn Hub
Homestay Near Golden Temple
Homestay Near Golden Temple
The price is AU$165 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Situated in Amritsar, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib and Golden Temple. Katra Jaimal Singh Market and Mall of Amritsar ...
Homestay Near Golden Temple
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