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Amritsar

  • The Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, India
The Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple)
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The capital and main city of the Indian state of Punjab. Within this city of Sikhs is one of the most revered temples in India: the Harmandir - the Golden Temple. Most tourists and travellers come to this city to see this temple, and to make a day excursion 25 km to the town of Wagah, on the border with Pakistan, to witness the daily border ceremony that is unlike any other in the world.

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Wikipedia - Amritsar

A typical chilly Amritsar morning
A typical chilly Amritsar morning

Amritsar (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ, translation: The Pool Of Immortality) (Golden City ) is a city in the northwestern part of India and is the administrative headquarters of Amritsar district Langar in the state of Punjab, India. The 2001 Indian census reported the population of the city to be over 1,500,000, with that of the entire district numbering just over 3,695,077. Amritsar is situated 217 kilometres (135 mi) northwest of state capital Chandigarh and is 32 kilometres (20 mi) east of Lahore, Pakistan and therefore, very close to India's western border with Pakistan.
Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal in Agra as it has more than 100,000 visitors on week days alone and is the number one destination for non-resident-Indians (NRI) in the whole of India. The city boasts of being the main centre of Sikhs' cultural, religious and political history. Amritsar is also known for the incidents of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919 under British Rule and Operation Bluestar in 1984 under the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The main commercial activities include tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce, handicrafts, service trades and light engineering. The city is known for its food and culture. Amritsar is also home to Central Khalsa Orphanage, which was once a home for Shaheed Udham Singh, a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement. ... read more

Wikitravel - Amritsar

The Golden Temple at night, Amritsar
The Golden Temple at night

Amritsar (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ) is a holy city in the state of Punjab, India.
The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib) and means "holy pool of nectar" (Amrit: elixir; Sar: (short for sarovar) lake). It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion, and they are rightfully very proud of the city and their very beautiful and unique Gurdwara (place of worship). The Golden Temple was initiated by Guru Ramdaas Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. It is now a major pilgrimage and tourism center.
Best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March. ... read more

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