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'''Amritsar''' (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ) is a holy city in the state of [[Punjab (India)|Punjab]], [[India]].
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'''Amritsar''' (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ) is a holy city in the state of [[Punjab (India)|Punjab]] in [[India]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
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The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib) and means "holy pool of nectar" (''Amrit:'' elixir; ''Sar:'' (short for ''sarovar'') lake). It is the spiritual and cultural centre 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 hub.
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.
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
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Best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March.
Best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March  
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===Airport===
 
===Airport===
'''Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport''' ({{IATA|ATQ}}) [http://www.airportsindia.org.in/allAirports/amritsar_generalinfo.jsp] is about 11 km and a 15-20 minutes drive from the city center. It's one of the modern airports in India and quite adequate if not exactly exciting. Most flights are to [[Delhi]], an hour away, but there are an increasing number of international connections: British Midland International (bmi) flies to [[London]] via [[Almaty]] [http://www.flybmi.com/bmi/flights/amritsar.aspx], Jet flies to [[London]], Air India flies to [[Toronto]] via [[London]] and Air Slovakia flies to [[Bergamo]], [[Barcelona]] and [[Birmingham]] via [[Bratislava]]. There are also surprising numbers of flights to [[Central Asia]] (eg. [[Turkmenistan]], [[Kazakhstan]]). Qatar Airways now flies to Doha.
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[http://www.amritsar.com/airport.shtml '''Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport'''] ({{IATA|ATQ}}) is about 11km and a 15-20 minutes drive from the city centre. It's one of the modern airports in India and quite adequate if not exactly exciting. Most flights are to [[Delhi]], an hour away, but there are an increasing number of international connections: Air India flies to [[London]], [[Birmingham]], [[Melbourne]] and [[Sydney]] via [[Delhi]]. Air Slovakia used to fly to [[Bergamo]], [[Barcelona]] and [[Birmingham]] via [[Bratislava]] but the flights have been discontinued since the airline ceased operations in 2010. There are also surprising numbers of flights to [[Central Asia]] (eg. [[Turkmenistan]], [[Kazakhstan]]). Qatar Airways now flies to [[Doha]]. Besides, there are daily connections to [[Mumbai]] and [[Srinagar]].
  
According to the airport website [http://www.amritsar.com/airport.shtml], the transportation service availability is the following:
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According to the airport website, both city buses and car rentals are available.  
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Even the prepaid taxi can be bargained down with the drivers to ₹300 from an initially ridiculous price of ₹550 a person (Mar 2014) before you pay, but there is a significant dearth of official taxis or even auto-rickshaws, so prepare for a hard time.
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Also, be aware that if you are staying near the Golden Temple, there is a zone around it which prohibits motorised vehicles. Though not stringently applied, the streets do get very narrow, and you may have to make the last ten minutes of the trip on foot.
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===By train===
 
===By train===
Amritsar ('''IR station code : ASR''') is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains.
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Amritsar (IR station code: '''ASR''') is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains.
Trains can be booked online [http://www.irctc.co.in/], at the train station or, most conveniently, at the small booking office in the Golden Temple Complex.
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Trains can be booked [http://www.irctc.co.in/ online], at the train station or, most conveniently, at the small booking office in the Golden Temple Complex.
  
 
Here are some useful trains to get to Amritsar:
 
Here are some useful trains to get to Amritsar:
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It's advisable to book your return train ticket as soon as you arrive in Amritsar, or before if you know the exact date, as trains are often heavily booked.
 
It's advisable to book your return train ticket as soon as you arrive in Amritsar, or before if you know the exact date, as trains are often heavily booked.
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When you are back to railway station make sure you're dropped on the right side of the station. Suppose you have a train from Platform No 1, then the rickshaw driver has to cross the bridge and come across the other part of station, otherwise they will drop you at their convenient place and you have to cross the footbridge with all your baggage.
  
 
''Also see [[Rail travel in India]]''
 
''Also see [[Rail travel in India]]''
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
 
 
Long-distance taxis are available from most places. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Delhi via NH-1.
 
Long-distance taxis are available from most places. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Delhi via NH-1.
  
Amritsar is well-connected by bus to most major cities and the northern areas within a days drive. [[PATHANKOT]] is about 2.5 hours away and about 100 kms away,
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Amritsar is well-connected by bus to most major cities and the northern areas within a days drive. [[Pathankot]] is about 2.5 hours away and about 100km away,
JALANDHAR is about 80 kms from here,
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Jalandhar is about 80km from here,
KAPURTHALA (royal city) is about 65 kms from here and there are daily direct buses to [[New Delhi]], [[Jammu]], [[Katra]], [[Chandigarh]], [[Dharamsala]] (once daily, ~6 hours), etc.You can find Volvo buses from [[Chandigarh]] , [[Delhi]] and [[Katra]] to [[Amritsar]].
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Kapurthala (royal city) is about 65km from here and there are daily direct buses to [[New Delhi]], [[Jammu]], [[Katra]], [[Chandigarh]], [[Dharamsala]] (once daily, c. 6 hours), etc.You can find Volvo buses from [[Chandigarh]] , [[Delhi]] and [[Katra]] to [[Amritsar]].
  
 
===From Pakistan===
 
===From Pakistan===
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If coming from [[Wagah]] at the [[Pakistan]]i border, take a cycle-rickshaw (₹15, 3km) to the Attari station, where you can catch a '''local bus''' to Amritsar (₹20, 25km).
  
If coming from [[Wagah]] at the [[Pakistan]]i border, take a cycle-rickshaw (Rs 15, 3km) to the Attari station, where you can catch a '''local bus''' to Amritsar (Rs 20, 25 km).
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'''Taxis''' also use this route and charge around ₹1,500 for the entire vehicle.
 
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'''Taxis''' also use this route and charge around Rs 1500 for the entire vehicle.
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
* An '''auto-rickshaw''' from the train station to the temple should cost around Rs 20, while a '''cycle-rickshaw''' will run about Rs 30.
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* An '''auto-rickshaw''' from the train station to the temple should cost around INR20, while a '''cycle-rickshaw''' will run about INR30.
  
* There is a free bus service from the train station to the golden temple run by Golden Temple trust. It drops you right at the accommodation booking office of the Golden Temple where you can get double bed room for Rs. 1000 per day.
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* There is a free bus service from the train station to the golden temple run by Golden Temple trust. It drops you right at the accommodation booking office of the Golden Temple where you can get double bed room for INR1000 per day.
  
 
===By car ===
 
===By car ===
 
 
You can easily visit Amritsar by car. There are many car rental companies available.
 
You can easily visit Amritsar by car. There are many car rental companies available.
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* <listing name="taxiGUIDE.in" alt="Amritsar Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 023 4455" url="http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Amritsar_Car_Rental.aspx" hours="Inquiry: 07:00-23:00" price="Fares start from INR1400 for full day local &amp; INR9.5/km for Outstation" lat="" long="" email="support@taxiguide.in" fax="">Amritsar Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental service in 75 Cities in India.</listing>
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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[[File:Jallianwala Bagh Entrance.jpg|upright=1.3|thumb|Jallianwala Bagh Entrance]]
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*''' Jallianwala Bagh''' (Garden) is a short 5-minute walk from the Golden Temple, and is the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. On 13 April of that year, British Indian Army soldiers opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The firing lasted about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired, killing 1579 people. A memorial was built on the site and inaugurated by the then-President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on 13 April 1961. to this day the bullet holes can be seen on the walls and adjoining buildings. The well into which many people jumped and drowned attempting to save themselves from the hail of bullets is also a protected monument inside the park.
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*'''Mata Temple''' is a labyrinthine like Hindu cave temple devoted to the female saint Lal Devi. Traditionally, women wishing to become pregnant come here to pray. The roundabout path to the main temple passes through low tunnels, caves full of ankle-deep water, inclined walkways, and mirrored hallways that make the experience seem more like a fun house than a place of worship. The colours, wide variety of deities, and elaborate mirrored image make this a psychedelically unique temple. Highly recommended! This is called Sheesh Mahal, and some people also seem to call it "Lal Devi."
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*'''Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh''' is in the Ram Bagh park. Now the palace houses a museum, exhibiting oil paintings, miniatures, coins and weapons from the Sikh period. In this park is the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, so ask, if you are at the right museum.
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*'''Ram Tirth''' is a short distance of 11km outside the city. Consecrated by the appearance of Devi Sita, Ram Tirth had been a witness to the birth of the sons of King Rama. Making a special place in the holy scripts of ancient religions, the place was once the ashrama of saint Valmiki. The saint is believed to have scripted many of his sacred manuscripts at this place. A hut of Rishi Balmiki is still found at Ram Tirth where he once lived. After giving birth to Luv and Kush, Devi Sita used to stay at this place for a considerable period of time. The evidence of her stay still exists in the form a well which, it is believed, was dug by Hanuman. Devotees of King Rama and Devi Sita flock to this place every year to offer their prayers to the respected deities. As the locational position of the Ram Tirth is facilitated by easy accessibility, hence, the visitors conveniently reach this place of worship without any extra hassles.
  
 
===Golden Temple===
 
===Golden Temple===
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[[File:Goldentemplenight.JPG|thumb|upright=1.3|The Golden Temple at night]]
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[[File:AmritSarovar Bathers Gate.JPG|thumb|upright=1.3|Pilgrims bathing in the Amrit Sarovar]]
  
[[Image:Goldentemplenight.JPG|thumb|300px|The Golden Temple at night]]
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The [http://www.sgpc.net '''Golden Temple'''] is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It's a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television. The excitement to be here is infectious, and many people will be more than happy to tell you all about their religion and customs, and show you around the temple itself. Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India. The complex is open almost 24 hours (06:00-02:00 the next day) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it's beautifully lit up.
[[Image:AmritSarovar Bathers Gate.JPG|thumb|Pilgrims bathing in the Amrit Sarovar]]
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The '''Golden Temple''' [http://www.sgpc.net] is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It's a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television. The excitement to be here is infectious, and many people will be more than happy to tell you all about their religion and customs, and show you around the temple itself. Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India.  The complex is open almost 24 hours (from 6AM until 2AM) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it's beautifully lit up.
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As you arrive near the complex, you will more likely than not be accosted by hawkers trying to sell you bandanna's to cover your head. It's not a bad souvenir for INR10, but there's also a big barrel of free ones to choose from at the entrance itself.  Deposit your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entrance, wash your feet at the entrance and head in.
 
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As you arrive near the complex, you will more likely than not be accosted by hawkers trying to sell you bandannas to cover your head. It's not a bad souvenir for Rs.10, but there's also a big barrel of free ones to choose from at the entrance itself.  Deposit your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entrance, wash your feet at the entrance and head in.
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* ''"Ghanta Ghar"''.  This is the main entrance, sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower. Wash your feet in the water at the entrance in order to keep the temple clean.  
 
* ''"Ghanta Ghar"''.  This is the main entrance, sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower. Wash your feet in the water at the entrance in order to keep the temple clean.  
 
* '''Amrit Sarovar'''.  The giant pool of water that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple.  Sections (marked off by ropes) are set aside for (male) pilgrims wishing to bathe.
 
* '''Amrit Sarovar'''.  The giant pool of water that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple.  Sections (marked off by ropes) are set aside for (male) pilgrims wishing to bathe.
* '''Harmandir Sahib'''.  This is the Golden Temple itself, floating above the Amrit Sarovar, housing the sacred Adi Granth scripture which is recited out loud during the day.  This is the most crowded point, accessible by a bridge from the edge of the pool, and entry here is regulated by traditionally dressed Sikh guards. It's a 2 story structure where Sikh saints are seated on each floor.
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* '''Harmandir Sahib'''.  This is the Golden Temple itself, floating above the Amrit Sarovar, housing the sacred Adi Granth scripture which is recited out loud during the day.  This is the most crowded point, accessible by a bridge from the edge of the pool, and entry here is regulated by traditionally dressed Sikh guards. It's a 2 storey structure where Sikh saints are seated on each floor.
* '''Akal Takht''', directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Meaning "The Timeless", this is where the highest council of Sikhs sits and deliberates.  At night, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to the Akal Takht.
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* '''Akal Takht''', directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Meaning "The Timeless", this is where the highest council of Sikhs sits and deliberates.  At night, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to the Akal Takht.
* '''Central Sikh Museum''', 2nd floor (''entrance on the right side of the main side of the main entrance'').  Devoted to large gallery of paintings, mostly showing the gruesome ways countless Sikhs have been martyred, and various knick-knacks from the gurus. Free.
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* '''Central Sikh Museum''', 2nd floor (''entrance on the right side of the main side of the main entrance'').  Devoted to large gallery of paintings, mostly showing the gruesome ways countless Sikhs have been martyred, and various knick-knacks from the gurus. Free.
 
   
 
   
 
All Sikhs are expected at some point in their lives to volunteer for a week at the temple, and everyone you see working here is fulfilling that duty. It's likely possible that you can join in if you feel so inclined - you could enquire by asking the people outside peeling vegetables, or those washing dishes.
 
All Sikhs are expected at some point in their lives to volunteer for a week at the temple, and everyone you see working here is fulfilling that duty. It's likely possible that you can join in if you feel so inclined - you could enquire by asking the people outside peeling vegetables, or those washing dishes.
 
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[[Image:Jallianwala Bagh Entrance.jpg|right|thumb|Jallianwala Bagh Entrance]]
 
*''' Jallianwala Bagh''' (Garden) is a short 5-minute walk from the Golden Temple, and is the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. On April 13 of that year, British Indian Army soldiers opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The firing lasted about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired, killing 1579 people. A memorial was built on the site and inaugurated by the then-President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on 13 April 1961. to this day the bullet holes can be seen on the walls and adjoining buildings. The well into which many people jumped and drowned attempting to save themselves from the hail of bullets is also a protected monument inside the park.
 
 
*'''Mata Temple''' is a labyrinthine like Hindu cave temple devoted to the female saint Lal Devi. Traditionally, women wishing to become pregnant come here to pray. The roundabout path to the main temple passes through low tunnels, caves full of ankle-deep water, inclined walkways, and mirrored hallways that make the experience seem more like a fun house than a place of worship. The colors, wide variety of deities, and elaborate mirrored image make this a psychedelically unique temple. Highly recommended! This is called Sheesh Mahal, and some people also seem to call it "Lal Devi."
 
 
*'''Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh''' is in the Ram Bagh park. Now the palace houses a museum, exibiting oil paintings, miniatures, coins and weapons from the Sikh period. In this park is the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, so ask, if you are at the right museum.
 
 
*'''Ram Tirth''' is a short distance of 11 kms outside the city. Consecrated by the appearance of Devi Sita, Ram Tirth had been a witness to the birth of the sons of King Rama. Making a special place in the holy scripts of ancient religions, the place was once the ashrama of saint Balmiki. The saint is believed to have scripted many of his sacred manuscripts at this place. A hut of Rishi Balmiki is still found at Ram Tirth where he once lived. After giving birth to Luv and Kush, Devi Sita used to stay at this place for a considerable period of time. The evidence of her stay still exists in the form a well which, it is believed, was dug by Hanuman. Devotees of King Rama and Devi Sita flock to this place every year to offer their prayers to the respected deities. As the locational position of the Ram Tirth is facilitated by easy accessibility, hence, the visitors conveniently reach this place of worship without any extra hassles.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
*<do name="Ram Tirath" alt="" address="Amritsar" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">It is a place where Luv and Kush, the sons of Lord Rama and Sita were born.</do>
 
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
 
 
* The Golden Temple has a massive library where tourists/visitors can get books on Sikhism for free or at very little cost.
 
* The Golden Temple has a massive library where tourists/visitors can get books on Sikhism for free or at very little cost.
  
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
[[Image:Sikh Khandas.jpg|thumb|right|Sikh khandas displayed prominently on an exaggerated turban]]
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[[Image:Sikh Khandas.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|Sikh khandas displayed prominently on an exaggerated turban]]
* Sikh symbols and religious paraphernalia like khandas, Karas (sikh relegious bangle), swords, daggers etc from the shops close to the Golden Temple.
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* Sikh symbols and religious paraphernalia like khandas, Karas (Sikh religious bangle), swords, daggers, etc, from the shops close to the Golden Temple.
  
 
* Guru Nanak knick-knacks. His face graces all kinds of goodies.
 
* Guru Nanak knick-knacks. His face graces all kinds of goodies.
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* Warian (spicy pulses ground with spices) from Hall Bazaar
 
* Warian (spicy pulses ground with spices) from Hall Bazaar
  
* Phulkaari is a form of embroidery from the state of Punjab in India and certain parts of Pakistan which literally means “flower making”. Brightly colored shawls to sarees to head scarves to salwar-kameez of phulkaari can be found in Hall Bazar and Kapra market. Hand-embroidered ones would be more expensive and are still very much in demand for festivals and other joyous occasions. Bargain your heart out, especially in Kapra market as it’s a whole-sale market for clothes.
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* Phulkaari is a form of embroidery from the state of Punjab in India and certain parts of Pakistan which literally means “flower making”. Brightly coloured shawls to sarees to head scarves to salwar-kameez of phulkaari can be found in Hall Bazar and Kapra market. Hand-embroidered ones would be more expensive and are still very much in demand for festivals and other joyous occasions. Bargain your heart out, especially in Kapra market as it’s a whole-sale market for clothes.
*<buy name="Clock tower" alt="Balmukand Kailash nath, est. 1930" address="new misri bazar" directions="2-3mins walk from golden temple" phone="+919988367620" url="http://www.clocktowerindia.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Murabbas, Pickles, Syrups, Squashes, Sauces and Ketchup & Jams etc.</buy>
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*<buy name="Clock tower" alt="Balmukand Kailash nath, est. 1930" address="new misri bazar" directions="2-3min walk from golden temple" phone="+91 998 836 7620" url="http://www.clocktowerindia.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Murabbas, Pickles, Syrups, Squashes, Sauces and Ketchup & Jams etc.</buy>
 
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*<buy name="Chawla Boutique" alt="" address="A/308-a Ranjeet Avenue, Amritsar" directions="" phone="+91 941 705 6161" url="" hours="10:00-20:00" price="" lat="" long="">Punjabi custom-made salwaar kameez; Readymade Indian dresses; Hand embroidered dresses.</buy>
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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* ''' The Brothers or Bharavan the Dhaba''', is place situated near to Golden Temple where you can eat traditional food or chinese, continental where you can enjoy taste of your choice at affordable prices. However, the food and service takes a plunge during peak times like weekends.
 
* ''' The Brothers or Bharavan the Dhaba''', is place situated near to Golden Temple where you can eat traditional food or chinese, continental where you can enjoy taste of your choice at affordable prices. However, the food and service takes a plunge during peak times like weekends.
  
* '''New Punjabi Rasoi''', around the corner from the temple it's one of the most popular restaurants in town and serves up great Indian food including tasty masala dosas. Meals ~Rs 40-60.
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* '''New Punjabi Rasoi''', around the corner from the temple it's one of the most popular restaurants in town and serves up great Indian food including tasty masala dosas. Meals c. INR40-60.
 
 
* '''Neelam's''', a few doors down from New Punjabi Rasoi, offers pizza and other basics. Meals from Rs 30.
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* '''Neelam's''', a few doors down from New Punjabi Rasoi, offers pizza and other basics. Meals from INR30.
  
* '''Pizza Hut''', Yes, the American chain. about a 30 - 50 Rs Auto-Rickshaw ride from the golden temple. Most auto-rickshaw drivers know where it is, or can get directions. Good if your stomach needs a western meal for a change. Comes with customer service that one would expect in a four-star restaurant in the west.
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* '''Pizza Hut''', Yes, the American chain. about a INR30-50 Auto-Rickshaw ride from the golden temple. Most auto-rickshaw drivers know where it is, or can get directions. Good if your stomach needs a western meal for a change. Comes with customer service that one would expect in a four-star restaurant in the west.
  
 
*<eat name="Kesar da Dhaba" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located near the Golden Temple, it offers good Punjabi food made in pure ghee. Daal Makhni is worth trying. Don't forget to try a glass of Lassi after a  meal. </eat>
 
*<eat name="Kesar da Dhaba" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located near the Golden Temple, it offers good Punjabi food made in pure ghee. Daal Makhni is worth trying. Don't forget to try a glass of Lassi after a  meal. </eat>
 
*<eat name="Bubby Dhaba" alt="" address="opposite Golden Temple" directions="Just opposite the main entrance of Golden Temple" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">serves authentic Punjabi food at a very reasonable cost and ideally located, just few metres from the main entrance of the Holy Golden Temple</eat>
 
*<eat name="Bubby Dhaba" alt="" address="opposite Golden Temple" directions="Just opposite the main entrance of Golden Temple" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">serves authentic Punjabi food at a very reasonable cost and ideally located, just few metres from the main entrance of the Holy Golden Temple</eat>
  
* '''Moolchand Fish Shop''', Off of GT Road near Tourist Guesthouse. Find the Christchurch Cathedral (large red-and-green church, pretty conspicuous!) and keep walking, away from GT road. In about 2 minutes, you'll see a little shop selling fish. Open 8 am to 11 pm. This tiny place is the definition of hole-in-the wall. If it looks like it has been there for 50 years, it's because it has! They'll weigh out your fish based on how much you want to pay, fry it, put some delicious spices on it, and serve it with spicy green chutney and raw onions. A little hard to find, but worth it.  About 50 rupees for a good-sized piece of fish, 70 rupees for a serving of chicken.
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* '''Moolchand Fish Shop''', Off of GT Road near Tourist Guesthouse. Find the Christchurch Cathedral (large red-and-green church, pretty conspicuous!) and keep walking, away from GT road. In about 2 minutes, you'll see a little shop selling fish. Open 08:00-23:00. This tiny place is the definition of hole-in-the wall. If it looks like it has been there for 50 years, it's because it has! They'll weigh out your fish based on how much you want to pay, fry it, put some delicious spices on it, and serve it with spicy green chutney and raw onions. A little hard to find, but worth it.  About 50 rupees for a good-sized piece of fish, 70 rupees for a serving of chicken.
  
 
There are very few Decent Non Veg Joints near the temple complex.
 
There are very few Decent Non Veg Joints near the temple complex.
*<eat name="Kanha Sweets" alt="" address="Lawrence Road " directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">They serve fantastic Channa - Batura. Great for breakfast. </eat>
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*<eat name="Kanha Sweets" alt="Pure vegetarian" address="Lawrence Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">They serve fantastic Channa - Battura. Great for breakfast. It is pure vegetarian </eat>
*<eat name="Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale" alt="" address="Ahluwali Katra " directions="very close to the main gate of Golden Temple" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Eat Jalebis
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*<eat name="Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale" alt="Pure vegetarian " address="Ahluwali Katra" directions="very close to the main gate of Golden Temple" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Eat Jalebis.... Only a indie sweet shop</eat>
  
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*<eat name="Kulcha Chole Dhaba" alt="Pure vegetarian " address="No. 1, Maqbool Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Best Kulchas ever. Only a tandoori kulcha joint. No non veg at all </eat>
  
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*<eat name="Cafe Oz" alt="" address="SCO 120, Distt Shopping Center, Ranjit Avenue" directions="" phone="9888694633" url="www.cafeozindia.com" hours="11:30am" price="" lat="" long="">The finest Australian joint in Amritsar with Vittoria Coffee and T2 Tea imported exclusively from Australia, 5 star multi cuisine meals, inovative mocktails all at great prices</eat>
*<eat name="Kulcha Chole Dhaba" alt="" address="No. 1, Maqbool Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Best Kulchas ever.</eat>
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*<eat name="Bakes & Beans " alt="Bakes and beans" address="SCO 24, district shopping complex, ranjit avenue, b block, Amritsar " directions="Opp. Ajit hospital on old jail road." phone="01835099888" url="" hours="11:00 to 11:00" price="250-600" lat="" long="">Bakes and beans is an Italian cafe situated in the upmarket area of Amritsar. It is the only Italian restaurant with an in house bakery and confectionary. The most happening hangout in Amritsar.</eat>
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*<eat name="Crystal Restaurant" alt="" address="Crystal Chownk, Cooper Raod" directions="" phone="01832229999" url="" hours="12 am to 11 pm" price="499 rs. per person approx." lat="" long="">One of the old restaurant in the holy city serving wonderful delicacies e.g Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine. </eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Lassi is the good Yoghurt(Curd) Drink there in Amritsar.   
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Lassi is the good yoghurt (curd) drink here in Amritsar.   
  
All indian and imported alcoholic drinks are available at the omnipresent licenced liquor stores with prices ranging from Rs 100 for a local english whisky to Rs 1000 for good scotch whisky like teachers.
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All Indian and imported alcoholic drinks are available at the omnipresent licenced liquor stores with prices ranging from INR100 for a local whiskey to INR1000 for a good Scotch like ''Teachers''.
  
 
*<drink name="Food & Beverages" alt="" address="" directions="near Hotel Mohan International" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Imported wines, beers and other liquors.</drink>
 
*<drink name="Food & Beverages" alt="" address="" directions="near Hotel Mohan International" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Imported wines, beers and other liquors.</drink>
*<drink name="Lassi wala chownk" alt="" address="Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk" directions="Opposite Regent cinema" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>
 
*<drink name="PASHMINA SHAWLS" alt="" address="CIRCULAR ROAD" directions="" phone="7696922109" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Buy Authenticated pure Pashmina shawls made from special wool of himalyan goats embroidered in kashmir</drink>
 
  
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*<drink name="Lassi wala chownk" alt="" address="Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk" directions="Amritsar" phone="09417319497" url="gianchandlassiwale.thakur.pw" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">gian chand lassi wale (gian di lassi)</drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
===Budget===
 
  
* <sleep name="The Golden Temple" alt="multiple accomodations around town" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="While free, donations are expected (Rs 50-100 minimum per person per night is appropriate)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Free accommodation for pilgrims and tourists in very basic dorms or 3-bed rooms in Guru Ram Das Niwas, behind the temple. You should remain quiet and respectful of the surroundings, keeping in mind that this is a holy place of pilgrimage more than a tourist attraction. Alcohol and smoking are ''strictly forbidden'', not only within the temple complex but anywhere within sight of the temple complex. If you can handle that, then this is arguably the best place to stay - watching people go about their routine, talking to the pilgrims, and absorbing the gorgeous atmosphere. Put your donations in the donation box near the entrance to Ram Das Niwas, as opposed to the guards who may ask you for it when checking out.
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===Budget===
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* <sleep name="The Golden Temple" alt="multiple accomodations around town" address="VPO SEVANA DIST JHAJJAR HARYANA" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="12/4/13" checkout="13/4/13" price="While free, donations are expected (Rs 50-100 minimum per person per night is appropriate)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Free accommodation for pilgrims and tourists in very basic dorms or 3-bed rooms in Guru Ram Das Niwas, behind the temple. You should remain quiet and respectful of the surroundings, keeping in mind that this is a holy place of pilgrimage more than a tourist attraction. Alcohol and smoking are ''strictly forbidden'', not only within the temple complex but anywhere within sight of the temple complex. If you can handle that, then this is arguably the best place to stay - watching people go about their routine, talking to the pilgrims, and absorbing the gorgeous atmosphere. Put your donations in the donation box near the entrance to Ram Das Niwas, as opposed to the guards who may ask you for it when checking out.
 
The temple also offers neat rooms (AC 500Rs, non-AC 200Rs) in a multitude of dedicated houses, but these are, due to alleged "problems" in the past, reserved for Indian citizens only - a plead in the general information office might qualify you for an exception, but do not count on it.</sleep>
 
The temple also offers neat rooms (AC 500Rs, non-AC 200Rs) in a multitude of dedicated houses, but these are, due to alleged "problems" in the past, reserved for Indian citizens only - a plead in the general information office might qualify you for an exception, but do not count on it.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Sita Continental" alt="" address="Sheran Wala Gate" directions="10 minutes walk from Golden Temple" phone="+91-183-5002840" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="double Rs. 550-650">Its basic, new and clean.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Sita Continental" alt="" address="Sheran Wala Gate" directions="10 minutes walk from Golden Temple" phone="+91-183-5002840" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="double Rs. 550-650">Its basic, new and clean.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Tourist Guesthouse" alt="" address="1355 GT Road" directions="near the railway station, 25 minutes walking distance to the Golden Temple" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="double Rs. 250-400">A popular backpackers choice, with a decent restaurant and friendly owners.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Tourist Guesthouse" alt="" address="1355 GT Road" directions="near the railway station, 25 minutes walking distance to the Golden Temple" phone="9438258231" url="" checkin="8-5-2013" checkout="8-5-2013" price="double Rs. 250-400" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A popular backpackers choice, with a decent restaurant and friendly owners.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Sita Niwas" alt="" address="" directions="Right near the eastern corner of the golden temple. There is now a new Hotel Sita Newas next door offering rooms from Rs 1000, so ask where the other one is if the price seems high." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="Midday" price="Rs 300">Good and relatively cheap (Rs 80) food in their restaurant. They also organise shared jeeps to the Atari border crossing for Rs 250 return.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Hotel Sita Niwas" alt="" address="" directions="Right near the eastern corner of the golden temple. There is now a new Hotel Sita Newas next door offering rooms from Rs 1000, so ask where the other one is if the price seems high." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="Midday" price="Rs 300">Good and relatively cheap (Rs 80) food in their restaurant. They also organise shared jeeps to the Atari border crossing for Rs 250 return.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="InnDia Boutique Hostel" alt="" address="10 Celebration Enclave Phase 2, Near Ratan Singh Chowk, Fatehgarh Churian Road" directions="Near St Jude School" phone="80454004555" url="www.inn-dia.com" checkin="1 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="500/bed" lat="31.6335441" long="74.8701203,12">. (8054004555) (inndiahostel@gmail.com) InnDia Amritsar is a brand new boutique hostel- clean, spacious and cozy, located in the heart of the city, near Ranjit Avenue (the dining hub) as well as Trilium Mall, and the Golden Temple. InnDia has capacity for 26 guests with a total of 5 dorms/rooms, each of them with ensuite bathroom, comfortable beds, lockers, individual lamps and free Internet access and free breakfast! Choose from private rooms and dorm rooms. At InnDia, you can relax or see a movie together in the living room, read a book from the library,enjoy the totally equipped kitchen, or meet interesting and inspiring fellow travellers! InnDia also organises regular food tours, social nights, movie nights etc to keep guests entertained! 500/bed.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Jugaadus' Eco hostel" alt="" address="Above Salon 16, near Kalra Hospital, Ajit nagar, Sultanwind Road" directions="Near Sultanwind gate" phone="8568800020" tollfree="" email="sanjay@jugaadus.com" fax="" price="" url="http://www.jugaadus.com" checkin="14:00" checkout="11:00" lat="31.6335" long="74.8701">This place offers 4,6, 8 beds dorms at affordable prices.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
 
 
*'''Mrs. Bhandari's Guest House''', [http://bhandari_guesthouse.tripod.com/], No. 10, Cantonment phone="+91 183 2 222390, Rs. 2000-3500, Very neat and clean rooms
 
*'''Mrs. Bhandari's Guest House''', [http://bhandari_guesthouse.tripod.com/], No. 10, Cantonment phone="+91 183 2 222390, Rs. 2000-3500, Very neat and clean rooms
  
* ,,, Hotel le golden http (www,hotellegolden.com) very near golden temple haveing view of golden temple from room & restaurant.Rs.1550. to 5250.
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* '''Hotel le golden''' [http://www,hotellegolden.com] very near to the golden temple haveing view of golden temple from room & restaurant.Rs.1550. to 5250.
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* '''Hotel 42 Amritsar, The Mall''', [http://www.hotel42amritsar.com] Newly Built Luxury Hotel on Mall Road, Amritsar near Golden Temple. For discounts call Sahil 9872292468
 
* '''Hotel 42 Amritsar, The Mall''', [http://www.hotel42amritsar.com] Newly Built Luxury Hotel on Mall Road, Amritsar near Golden Temple. For discounts call Sahil 9872292468
  
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* '''Hotel Indus''', [http://www.Hotelindus.com] Hotel right opposite to Golden Temple. Offers direct views of Golden Temple and the city. Rs 1450-1650.
 
* '''Hotel Indus''', [http://www.Hotelindus.com] Hotel right opposite to Golden Temple. Offers direct views of Golden Temple and the city. Rs 1450-1650.
  
*'''Hotel Sarovar Plaza''', [http://www.hotelsarovarplaza.com], Bazar Maisewan near Golden Temple, phone="0183-2535354-5, Rs. 1000-2850, Very neat and clean rooms, 24hrs room service and panaromic view of Golden Temple
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*'''Hotel Sarovar Plaza''', [http://www.hotelsarovarplaza.com], Bazar Maisewan near Golden Temple, phone="0183-2535354-5, Rs. 1000-2850, Very neat and clean rooms, 24hrs room service and panaromic view of Golden Temple.</sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
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* '''Hyatt Amritsar''', MBM Farms, G.T. Road (''adjoins Alpha One City Center''), +91 183- 2871234, [http://www.amritsar.hyatthotels.hyatt.com]. 5 star deluxe hotel with a contemporary design, two restaurants, lounge and spa. Rooms starting at Rs 5000. Nestled in the heart of the city and 10 minutes from the Golden Temple is Hyatt Amritsar, welcoming business and leisure travelers to enjoy luxury 5 star deluxe hotel accommodation coupled with the historical wonders the city has to offer.
  
 
* '''Green Acres Haveli''', 5 Minutes from the airport. +91-97819-83828 [http://www.GreenAcresHaveli.com/]. Set amongst fruit orchards and lush greenery this diamond category farmstay lets guests experience rich Punjabi culture and heritage charm. Recently restored, offers all modern conveniences and provides easy access to Amritsar attractions. Room packages range from Rs 3000 to 6000 (inclusive of meals).   
 
* '''Green Acres Haveli''', 5 Minutes from the airport. +91-97819-83828 [http://www.GreenAcresHaveli.com/]. Set amongst fruit orchards and lush greenery this diamond category farmstay lets guests experience rich Punjabi culture and heritage charm. Recently restored, offers all modern conveniences and provides easy access to Amritsar attractions. Room packages range from Rs 3000 to 6000 (inclusive of meals).   
 
* '''Ista Amritsar''', MBM Farms, G.T. Road (''adjoins Alpha One City Center''), +91 183-2708888, [http://www.istahotels.com/istaamritsar]. 5 star hotel with a contemporary design, two restaurants, lounge and spa. Rooms starting at Rs 5000. 
 
  
 
* '''Hotel P.R. Residency''', 4 Kms from Railway Station, Ranjit Avenue +91-98141-76567, 2502666. Located in the most porsh area, it has undoubtedly the best rooms and view in the town. Along with the most modern equipped suites, it is a great local favourite for dining for its hospitality n memorable stay. Don't forget to try out Golden Fried Chicken and continental cuisine. Rooms starting at 2000 to 4000 for suites.
 
* '''Hotel P.R. Residency''', 4 Kms from Railway Station, Ranjit Avenue +91-98141-76567, 2502666. Located in the most porsh area, it has undoubtedly the best rooms and view in the town. Along with the most modern equipped suites, it is a great local favourite for dining for its hospitality n memorable stay. Don't forget to try out Golden Fried Chicken and continental cuisine. Rooms starting at 2000 to 4000 for suites.
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* '''Hotel Swarn House''' . This 3 Star hotel is a heavenly abode for tourists coming in from all walks of life to visit the Golden Temple, which is just a walk away. It offers super deluxe and deluxe rooms to stay. Guests are served a delicious spread, comprising Mughlai, Continental, Chinese, and Italian and Punjabi specialties. Corporate travelers are also offered a spacious banquet space, which is ideal place to conduct weddings, prayer meetings and business conferences.
 
* '''Hotel Swarn House''' . This 3 Star hotel is a heavenly abode for tourists coming in from all walks of life to visit the Golden Temple, which is just a walk away. It offers super deluxe and deluxe rooms to stay. Guests are served a delicious spread, comprising Mughlai, Continental, Chinese, and Italian and Punjabi specialties. Corporate travelers are also offered a spacious banquet space, which is ideal place to conduct weddings, prayer meetings and business conferences.
  
* '''Country Inns and Suites By Carlson''' . Queens Road, Amritsar. Tel no. +91 1835050555.(http://www.countryinns.com/amritsar-punjab-hotel-in-143001/indamrq. A four star hotel with rates starting INR3000 for double rooms. Better rates online. Free Wireless and breakfast. 1.5 kms to Golden temple and less than a km to the train station. Very clean and hospitable staff.
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* '''Country Inns and Suites By Carlson''' . Queens Road, Amritsar. Tel no. +91 1835050555.[http://www.countryinns.com]. A four star hotel with rates starting INR3000 for double rooms. Better rates online. Free Wireless and breakfast. 1.5 kms to Golden temple and less than a km to the train station. Very clean and hospitable staff.
  
* '''HK Clarks Inn''': 14, District Shopping Complex, B-Block, Ranjit Avenue,  Amritsar-143001. Tel.no.  +91 0183 5011111, [http://www.hkclarksinn.in]. Four star hotel, good food, fine dine restaurant, lounge bar, open air barbeque, swimming pool, good aerated rooms.
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* '''HK Clarks Inn''': 14, District Shopping Complex, B-Block, Ranjit Avenue,  Amritsar-143001. Tel.no.  +91 0183 5011111, [http://www.hkclarksinn.in]. Four star hotel, good food, fine dine restaurant, lounge bar, open air barbeque, swimming pool, good aerated rooms.</sleep>
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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* You should remain aware and respectful of the Sikh religion anywhere near the Golden Temple complex.
 
* You should remain aware and respectful of the Sikh religion anywhere near the Golden Temple complex.
  
* Inside the complex both men and women are required to cover their heads (scarves are widely available throughout the town for Rs 10, or a box of them are free to use at the entrances to the temple).
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* Inside the complex, both men and women are required to cover their heads (scarves are widely available throughout the town for INR10, or a box of them are free to use at the entrances to the temple).
  
 
* Smoking and alcohol are forbidden within the complex and anywhere within sight of the temple. Lighting up a cigarette on the busy street out front will definitely attract negative attention, as will spitting near the temple.
 
* Smoking and alcohol are forbidden within the complex and anywhere within sight of the temple. Lighting up a cigarette on the busy street out front will definitely attract negative attention, as will spitting near the temple.
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* <listing name="Sify Internet" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></listing>
 
* <listing name="Cyber Swing" alt="" directions="above New Punjabi Rasoi restaurant" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Has several machines and a decent connection.</listing>
 
* <listing name="Cyber Swing" alt="" directions="above New Punjabi Rasoi restaurant" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Has several machines and a decent connection.</listing>
* <listing name="Cyber Pub" alt="" directions="opposite District Courts" address="Airport Road" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Rs 40/hour">Scanner and printer available.</listing>
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* <listing name="Cyber Pub" alt="" address="Airport Road" directions="opposite District Courts" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Rs 40/hour" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Scanner and printer available.</listing>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
* <see name="India–Pakistan border closing ceremony" alt="Attari-Wagah" address="" directions="32km from Amritsar" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="4:00PM-5:00PM" price="free">Indian and [[Pakistan]]i soldiers do a march-off every evening, a popular and fun event.
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* <see name="India–Pakistan border closing ceremony" alt="Attari-Wagah" address="" directions="32km from Amritsar" phone="" url="" hours="4:00PM-5:00PM" price="free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Indian and [[Pakistan]]i soldiers do a march-off every evening, a popular and fun event.
  
 
See the [[Wagah#See|dedicated article]] for details, '''do not bring any bags''' if you go there.
 
See the [[Wagah#See|dedicated article]] for details, '''do not bring any bags''' if you go there.
  
Taxis leave from the backside of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It's a 45 minute ride, and you should leave Amritsar by around 3:30PM. They are basically two options for getting there. One is to hire a taxi/autorickshaw or go in a pool in taxi, charges would be a minimum of 350 for hiring an auto, the cheaper option would be to go for a shared taxi costs about 80-100 rupees per person. Beware that 100 rupees may not include parking of the taxi on the place (around 10 rupees per person) and the taxi may be very full. Make sure you check the vehicle before paying, offer a deposit and ask if you can pay the rest on your return.</see>
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Taxis leave from the backside of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It's a 45 minute ride, and you should leave Amritsar by around 3:30PM. They are basically two options for getting there. One is to hire a taxi/autorickshaw or go in a pool in taxi, charges would be a minimum of 350 for hiring an auto, the cheaper option would be to go for a shared taxi costs about 80-100 rupees per person. Beware that 100 rupees may not include parking of the taxi on the place (around 10 rupees per person) and the taxi may be very full. Make sure you check the vehicle before paying, offer a deposit and ask if you can pay the rest on your return. Also Beware agents will take your money and ask you wait only 15 minutes we will move.. but slowly slowly they can take approx 2 hrs, to move from Amritsar.. Don't pay first , first board in the taxi and ask them to move immediately , otherwise you will miss the chance of watching border closing as it will crowded and you have to stand far from the boarder to see the things and you can miss the chance of dancing , walking with flag , photo with BSF personels. </see>
  
 
* [[Lahore]] &ndash; armed with a visa, take the plunge into this bustling gateway city, one of the cultural hubs of [[Pakistan]]
 
* [[Lahore]] &ndash; armed with a visa, take the plunge into this bustling gateway city, one of the cultural hubs of [[Pakistan]]

Latest revision as of 23:03, 23 November 2014

The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) and the main entrance

Amritsar (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ) is a holy city in the state of Punjab in India.

Understand[edit]

The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib) and means "holy pool of nectar" (Amrit: elixir; Sar: (short for sarovar) lake). It is the spiritual and cultural centre 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 hub.

Get in[edit]

Best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter, between October and March.

Airport[edit]

Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (IATA: ATQ) is about 11km and a 15-20 minutes drive from the city centre. It's one of the modern airports in India and quite adequate if not exactly exciting. Most flights are to Delhi, an hour away, but there are an increasing number of international connections: Air India flies to London, Birmingham, Melbourne and Sydney via Delhi. Air Slovakia used to fly to Bergamo, Barcelona and Birmingham via Bratislava but the flights have been discontinued since the airline ceased operations in 2010. There are also surprising numbers of flights to Central Asia (eg. Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan). Qatar Airways now flies to Doha. Besides, there are daily connections to Mumbai and Srinagar.

According to the airport website, both city buses and car rentals are available.

Even the prepaid taxi can be bargained down with the drivers to ₹300 from an initially ridiculous price of ₹550 a person (Mar 2014) before you pay, but there is a significant dearth of official taxis or even auto-rickshaws, so prepare for a hard time.

Also, be aware that if you are staying near the Golden Temple, there is a zone around it which prohibits motorised vehicles. Though not stringently applied, the streets do get very narrow, and you may have to make the last ten minutes of the trip on foot.

By train[edit]

Amritsar (IR station code: ASR) is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains. Trains can be booked online, at the train station or, most conveniently, at the small booking office in the Golden Temple Complex.

Here are some useful trains to get to Amritsar:

Train Number Train Name You may board at You may alight at
12013 Shatabdi Express New Delhi Amritsar
12029 Shatabdi Express New Delhi Amritsar
12497 Shan-e-Punjab Express New Delhi Amritsar
12903 Golden Temple Mail Mumbai Central, Nizamuddin (Delhi) Amritsar
12925 Paschim Express Bandra Terminus (Mumbai), New Delhi Amritsar
12317 Akal Takht Express Howrah (Kolkata), Varanasi, Patna Amritsar
13005 Howrah-Amritsar Mail Howrah (Kolkata), Varanasi, Lucknow, Patna Amritsar
12053 Jan Shatabdi Express Haridwar Amritsar
18102 Muri Express Jammu Amritsar

It's advisable to book your return train ticket as soon as you arrive in Amritsar, or before if you know the exact date, as trains are often heavily booked.

When you are back to railway station make sure you're dropped on the right side of the station. Suppose you have a train from Platform No 1, then the rickshaw driver has to cross the bridge and come across the other part of station, otherwise they will drop you at their convenient place and you have to cross the footbridge with all your baggage.

Also see Rail travel in India

By car[edit]

Long-distance taxis are available from most places. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Delhi via NH-1.

Amritsar is well-connected by bus to most major cities and the northern areas within a days drive. Pathankot is about 2.5 hours away and about 100km away, Jalandhar is about 80km from here, Kapurthala (royal city) is about 65km from here and there are daily direct buses to New Delhi, Jammu, Katra, Chandigarh, Dharamsala (once daily, c. 6 hours), etc.You can find Volvo buses from Chandigarh , Delhi and Katra to Amritsar.

From Pakistan[edit]

If coming from Wagah at the Pakistani border, take a cycle-rickshaw (₹15, 3km) to the Attari station, where you can catch a local bus to Amritsar (₹20, 25km).

Taxis also use this route and charge around ₹1,500 for the entire vehicle.

Get around[edit]

  • An auto-rickshaw from the train station to the temple should cost around INR20, while a cycle-rickshaw will run about INR30.
  • There is a free bus service from the train station to the golden temple run by Golden Temple trust. It drops you right at the accommodation booking office of the Golden Temple where you can get double bed room for INR1000 per day.

By car[edit]

You can easily visit Amritsar by car. There are many car rental companies available.

  • taxiGUIDE.in (Amritsar Car Rental), +91 888 023 4455 (), [1]. Inquiry: 07:00-23:00. Amritsar Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental service in 75 Cities in India. Fares start from INR1400 for full day local & INR9.5/km for Outstation.  edit

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Jallianwala Bagh Entrance
  • Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) is a short 5-minute walk from the Golden Temple, and is the site of the 1919 Amritsar massacre. On 13 April of that year, British Indian Army soldiers opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. The firing lasted about 10 minutes and 1650 rounds were fired, killing 1579 people. A memorial was built on the site and inaugurated by the then-President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on 13 April 1961. to this day the bullet holes can be seen on the walls and adjoining buildings. The well into which many people jumped and drowned attempting to save themselves from the hail of bullets is also a protected monument inside the park.
  • Mata Temple is a labyrinthine like Hindu cave temple devoted to the female saint Lal Devi. Traditionally, women wishing to become pregnant come here to pray. The roundabout path to the main temple passes through low tunnels, caves full of ankle-deep water, inclined walkways, and mirrored hallways that make the experience seem more like a fun house than a place of worship. The colours, wide variety of deities, and elaborate mirrored image make this a psychedelically unique temple. Highly recommended! This is called Sheesh Mahal, and some people also seem to call it "Lal Devi."
  • Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is in the Ram Bagh park. Now the palace houses a museum, exhibiting oil paintings, miniatures, coins and weapons from the Sikh period. In this park is the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, so ask, if you are at the right museum.
  • Ram Tirth is a short distance of 11km outside the city. Consecrated by the appearance of Devi Sita, Ram Tirth had been a witness to the birth of the sons of King Rama. Making a special place in the holy scripts of ancient religions, the place was once the ashrama of saint Valmiki. The saint is believed to have scripted many of his sacred manuscripts at this place. A hut of Rishi Balmiki is still found at Ram Tirth where he once lived. After giving birth to Luv and Kush, Devi Sita used to stay at this place for a considerable period of time. The evidence of her stay still exists in the form a well which, it is believed, was dug by Hanuman. Devotees of King Rama and Devi Sita flock to this place every year to offer their prayers to the respected deities. As the locational position of the Ram Tirth is facilitated by easy accessibility, hence, the visitors conveniently reach this place of worship without any extra hassles.

Golden Temple[edit]

The Golden Temple at night
Pilgrims bathing in the Amrit Sarovar

The Golden Temple is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It's a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television. The excitement to be here is infectious, and many people will be more than happy to tell you all about their religion and customs, and show you around the temple itself. Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India. The complex is open almost 24 hours (06:00-02:00 the next day) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it's beautifully lit up.

As you arrive near the complex, you will more likely than not be accosted by hawkers trying to sell you bandanna's to cover your head. It's not a bad souvenir for INR10, but there's also a big barrel of free ones to choose from at the entrance itself. Deposit your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entrance, wash your feet at the entrance and head in.

  • "Ghanta Ghar". This is the main entrance, sporting a distinctly Victorian clock-tower. Wash your feet in the water at the entrance in order to keep the temple clean.
  • Amrit Sarovar. The giant pool of water that surrounds and reflects the Golden Temple. Sections (marked off by ropes) are set aside for (male) pilgrims wishing to bathe.
  • Harmandir Sahib. This is the Golden Temple itself, floating above the Amrit Sarovar, housing the sacred Adi Granth scripture which is recited out loud during the day. This is the most crowded point, accessible by a bridge from the edge of the pool, and entry here is regulated by traditionally dressed Sikh guards. It's a 2 storey structure where Sikh saints are seated on each floor.
  • Akal Takht, directly opposite the Harmandir Sahib. Meaning "The Timeless", this is where the highest council of Sikhs sits and deliberates. At night, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken to the Akal Takht.
  • Central Sikh Museum, 2nd floor (entrance on the right side of the main side of the main entrance). Devoted to large gallery of paintings, mostly showing the gruesome ways countless Sikhs have been martyred, and various knick-knacks from the gurus. Free.

All Sikhs are expected at some point in their lives to volunteer for a week at the temple, and everyone you see working here is fulfilling that duty. It's likely possible that you can join in if you feel so inclined - you could enquire by asking the people outside peeling vegetables, or those washing dishes.

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Learn[edit]

  • The Golden Temple has a massive library where tourists/visitors can get books on Sikhism for free or at very little cost.
  • Almost every Sikh at the temple will be willing to talk to you about the temple and their religion and culture. Go there with an open mind and you'll leave with a smiling heart.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Sikh khandas displayed prominently on an exaggerated turban
  • Sikh symbols and religious paraphernalia like khandas, Karas (Sikh religious bangle), swords, daggers, etc, from the shops close to the Golden Temple.
  • Guru Nanak knick-knacks. His face graces all kinds of goodies.
  • CDs of temple recordings, chants, and Punjabi music in the shops along the front of the temple.
  • Punjabi Juttis (shoes) from the tiny shops near the Hall Bazaar flyover.
  • Warian (spicy pulses ground with spices) from Hall Bazaar
  • Phulkaari is a form of embroidery from the state of Punjab in India and certain parts of Pakistan which literally means “flower making”. Brightly coloured shawls to sarees to head scarves to salwar-kameez of phulkaari can be found in Hall Bazar and Kapra market. Hand-embroidered ones would be more expensive and are still very much in demand for festivals and other joyous occasions. Bargain your heart out, especially in Kapra market as it’s a whole-sale market for clothes.
  • Clock tower (Balmukand Kailash nath, est. 1930), new misri bazar (2-3min walk from golden temple), +91 998 836 7620, [2]. Murabbas, Pickles, Syrups, Squashes, Sauces and Ketchup & Jams etc.  edit
  • Chawla Boutique, A/308-a Ranjeet Avenue, Amritsar, +91 941 705 6161. 10:00-20:00. Punjabi custom-made salwaar kameez; Readymade Indian dresses; Hand embroidered dresses.  edit

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  • The Golden Temple has a dining hall (langar) serving free basic meals to all... A definite must for visitors. Plates and spoons are handed out near the entrance, then follow the crowds inside and take the next vacant spot in one of the rows on the floor. Servers come by with large buckets of dal, chapatis and rice. Make sure to finish everything on your plate (wasting food isn't an option here!) then take it outside to volunteers at the washing area. It's inside the complex which means no shoes and cover your head. At the exit, there is a donation box, in case you want to voluntarily donate for the cause of free meals.
  • Country Inn & Suites, around the corner of Bhandari Bridge serves up great Indian, Italian, Continental and Chinese food.
  • My Kind of Place offers fast food such as pizza, burgers, and chips. It offers Chinese & Continental food also.
  • The Brothers or Bharavan the Dhaba, is place situated near to Golden Temple where you can eat traditional food or chinese, continental where you can enjoy taste of your choice at affordable prices. However, the food and service takes a plunge during peak times like weekends.
  • New Punjabi Rasoi, around the corner from the temple it's one of the most popular restaurants in town and serves up great Indian food including tasty masala dosas. Meals c. INR40-60.
  • Neelam's, a few doors down from New Punjabi Rasoi, offers pizza and other basics. Meals from INR30.
  • Pizza Hut, Yes, the American chain. about a INR30-50 Auto-Rickshaw ride from the golden temple. Most auto-rickshaw drivers know where it is, or can get directions. Good if your stomach needs a western meal for a change. Comes with customer service that one would expect in a four-star restaurant in the west.
  • Kesar da Dhaba. Located near the Golden Temple, it offers good Punjabi food made in pure ghee. Daal Makhni is worth trying. Don't forget to try a glass of Lassi after a meal.  edit
  • Bubby Dhaba, opposite Golden Temple (Just opposite the main entrance of Golden Temple). serves authentic Punjabi food at a very reasonable cost and ideally located, just few metres from the main entrance of the Holy Golden Temple  edit
  • Moolchand Fish Shop, Off of GT Road near Tourist Guesthouse. Find the Christchurch Cathedral (large red-and-green church, pretty conspicuous!) and keep walking, away from GT road. In about 2 minutes, you'll see a little shop selling fish. Open 08:00-23:00. This tiny place is the definition of hole-in-the wall. If it looks like it has been there for 50 years, it's because it has! They'll weigh out your fish based on how much you want to pay, fry it, put some delicious spices on it, and serve it with spicy green chutney and raw onions. A little hard to find, but worth it. About 50 rupees for a good-sized piece of fish, 70 rupees for a serving of chicken.

There are very few Decent Non Veg Joints near the temple complex.

  • Kanha Sweets (Pure vegetarian), Lawrence Road. They serve fantastic Channa - Battura. Great for breakfast. It is pure vegetarian  edit
  • Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale (Pure vegetarian), Ahluwali Katra (very close to the main gate of Golden Temple). Eat Jalebis.... Only a indie sweet shop  edit
  • Kulcha Chole Dhaba (Pure vegetarian), No. 1, Maqbool Road. Best Kulchas ever. Only a tandoori kulcha joint. No non veg at all  edit
  • Cafe Oz, SCO 120, Distt Shopping Center, Ranjit Avenue, 9888694633, [3]. 11:30am. The finest Australian joint in Amritsar with Vittoria Coffee and T2 Tea imported exclusively from Australia, 5 star multi cuisine meals, inovative mocktails all at great prices  edit
  • Bakes & Beans (Bakes and beans), SCO 24, district shopping complex, ranjit avenue, b block, Amritsar (Opp. Ajit hospital on old jail road.), 01835099888. 11:00 to 11:00. Bakes and beans is an Italian cafe situated in the upmarket area of Amritsar. It is the only Italian restaurant with an in house bakery and confectionary. The most happening hangout in Amritsar. 250-600.  edit
  • Crystal Restaurant, Crystal Chownk, Cooper Raod, 01832229999. 12 am to 11 pm. One of the old restaurant in the holy city serving wonderful delicacies e.g Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine. 499 rs. per person approx..  edit

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Lassi is the good yoghurt (curd) drink here in Amritsar.

All Indian and imported alcoholic drinks are available at the omnipresent licenced liquor stores with prices ranging from INR100 for a local whiskey to INR1000 for a good Scotch like Teachers.

  • Food & Beverages, (near Hotel Mohan International). Imported wines, beers and other liquors.  edit
  • Lassi wala chownk, Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk (Amritsar), 09417319497, [4]. gian chand lassi wale (gian di lassi)  edit

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Budget[edit]

  • The Golden Temple (multiple accomodations around town), VPO SEVANA DIST JHAJJAR HARYANA. checkin: 12/4/13; checkout: 13/4/13. Free accommodation for pilgrims and tourists in very basic dorms or 3-bed rooms in Guru Ram Das Niwas, behind the temple. You should remain quiet and respectful of the surroundings, keeping in mind that this is a holy place of pilgrimage more than a tourist attraction. Alcohol and smoking are strictly forbidden, not only within the temple complex but anywhere within sight of the temple complex. If you can handle that, then this is arguably the best place to stay - watching people go about their routine, talking to the pilgrims, and absorbing the gorgeous atmosphere. Put your donations in the donation box near the entrance to Ram Das Niwas, as opposed to the guards who may ask you for it when checking out. The temple also offers neat rooms (AC 500Rs, non-AC 200Rs) in a multitude of dedicated houses, but these are, due to alleged "problems" in the past, reserved for Indian citizens only - a plead in the general information office might qualify you for an exception, but do not count on it. While free, donations are expected (Rs 50-100 minimum per person per night is appropriate).  edit
  • Hotel Sita Continental, Sheran Wala Gate (10 minutes walk from Golden Temple), +91-183-5002840. Its basic, new and clean. double Rs. 550-650.  edit
  • Tourist Guesthouse, 1355 GT Road (near the railway station, 25 minutes walking distance to the Golden Temple), 9438258231. checkin: 8-5-2013; checkout: 8-5-2013. A popular backpackers choice, with a decent restaurant and friendly owners. double Rs. 250-400.  edit
  • Hotel Sita Niwas, (Right near the eastern corner of the golden temple. There is now a new Hotel Sita Newas next door offering rooms from Rs 1000, so ask where the other one is if the price seems high.). checkout: Midday. Good and relatively cheap (Rs 80) food in their restaurant. They also organise shared jeeps to the Atari border crossing for Rs 250 return. Rs 300.  edit
  • InnDia Boutique Hostel, 10 Celebration Enclave Phase 2, Near Ratan Singh Chowk, Fatehgarh Churian Road (Near St Jude School), 80454004555, [5]. checkin: 1 PM; checkout: 11 AM. . (8054004555) (inndiahostel@gmail.com) InnDia Amritsar is a brand new boutique hostel- clean, spacious and cozy, located in the heart of the city, near Ranjit Avenue (the dining hub) as well as Trilium Mall, and the Golden Temple. InnDia has capacity for 26 guests with a total of 5 dorms/rooms, each of them with ensuite bathroom, comfortable beds, lockers, individual lamps and free Internet access and free breakfast! Choose from private rooms and dorm rooms. At InnDia, you can relax or see a movie together in the living room, read a book from the library,enjoy the totally equipped kitchen, or meet interesting and inspiring fellow travellers! InnDia also organises regular food tours, social nights, movie nights etc to keep guests entertained! 500/bed. 500/bed. (31.6335441,74.8701203,12) edit
  • Jugaadus' Eco hostel, Above Salon 16, near Kalra Hospital, Ajit nagar, Sultanwind Road (Near Sultanwind gate), 8568800020 (), [6]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. This place offers 4,6, 8 beds dorms at affordable prices. (31.6335,74.8701) edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Mrs. Bhandari's Guest House, [7], No. 10, Cantonment phone="+91 183 2 222390, Rs. 2000-3500, Very neat and clean rooms
  • Hotel le golden [8] very near to the golden temple haveing view of golden temple from room & restaurant.Rs.1550. to 5250.
  • Hotel 42 Amritsar, The Mall, [9] Newly Built Luxury Hotel on Mall Road, Amritsar near Golden Temple. For discounts call Sahil 9872292468
  • Hotel Sapphire, [10] Hotel near Golden Temple having view of Golden Temple from Hotel Rooms. Rs 1250.
  • Hotel CJ International, +91-183-254 3478,09876444000 [11]. A newer hotel just Opp. Golden Temple and with views of the Golden Temple. Rs 1200. Also now they have beautiful splurge higher end rooms beautifully designed & created. Rs. 2000. Wifi enabled lobby & restaurant.
  • Hotel Heritage Inn, 0919876631047, [12]. Next to Golden Temple. Rooms are well furnished and decorated. Rs.1350.
  • Royal Castle A nice hotel located in the city about 15 min from the Golden Temple. Though they claim to be a 3 star hotel 2 is more like it. They have decent rooms for around Rs 2,100 a night.
  • Hotel City Heart, [13] Hotel near golden temple and jallian wala bagh. Offers views of Golden Temple and the city. Rs 800-1550.
  • Hotel Indus, [14] Hotel right opposite to Golden Temple. Offers direct views of Golden Temple and the city. Rs 1450-1650.
  • Hotel Sarovar Plaza, [15], Bazar Maisewan near Golden Temple, phone="0183-2535354-5, Rs. 1000-2850, Very neat and clean rooms, 24hrs room service and panaromic view of Golden Temple.</sleep>

Splurge[edit]

  • Hyatt Amritsar, MBM Farms, G.T. Road (adjoins Alpha One City Center), +91 183- 2871234, [16]. 5 star deluxe hotel with a contemporary design, two restaurants, lounge and spa. Rooms starting at Rs 5000. Nestled in the heart of the city and 10 minutes from the Golden Temple is Hyatt Amritsar, welcoming business and leisure travelers to enjoy luxury 5 star deluxe hotel accommodation coupled with the historical wonders the city has to offer.
  • Green Acres Haveli, 5 Minutes from the airport. +91-97819-83828 [17]. Set amongst fruit orchards and lush greenery this diamond category farmstay lets guests experience rich Punjabi culture and heritage charm. Recently restored, offers all modern conveniences and provides easy access to Amritsar attractions. Room packages range from Rs 3000 to 6000 (inclusive of meals).
  • Hotel P.R. Residency, 4 Kms from Railway Station, Ranjit Avenue +91-98141-76567, 2502666. Located in the most porsh area, it has undoubtedly the best rooms and view in the town. Along with the most modern equipped suites, it is a great local favourite for dining for its hospitality n memorable stay. Don't forget to try out Golden Fried Chicken and continental cuisine. Rooms starting at 2000 to 4000 for suites.
  • Ranjit’s Svaasa, 47-A The Mall (opposite the Ebony Mall, down a little side street) [18]. The only boutique hotel in town, and a comparative oasis of calm in an otherwise hectic city. Ranjit's is set in an old colonial house, and has been nicely refurbished with understated style - the place looks at its best at night. There is also a spa and small restaurant attached. Must be Amritsar's most expensive hotel with rooms starting at around Rs.5,000 per night.
  • Grand Legacy, 8 G.T. Road (near railway station), tel. +91-183-5069991, [19]. Claims to be Amritsar's best hotel and the public areas look nice enough, but the rooms (and especially the bathrooms) don't quite pull it off. Avoid the restaurant downstairs, or face amoebic dysentery. Single/double from Rs. 2000/3150.
  • Ritz Plaza, 45 The Mall, 256 2836, [20]. A more classy hotel also located in the city with good rooms and service and a swimming pool. Price starts at approx Rs 2,500 a night.
  • MK Hotel, Ranjit Ave, 250 7911, [21]. Slightly out of town, but a nicer more upmarket option with great service. Doubles from Rs 3000, suites available.
  • Hotel AJ Regency . Small but comfortable air-conditioned rooms. About RS. 700/night.
  • Hotel Swarn House . This 3 Star hotel is a heavenly abode for tourists coming in from all walks of life to visit the Golden Temple, which is just a walk away. It offers super deluxe and deluxe rooms to stay. Guests are served a delicious spread, comprising Mughlai, Continental, Chinese, and Italian and Punjabi specialties. Corporate travelers are also offered a spacious banquet space, which is ideal place to conduct weddings, prayer meetings and business conferences.
  • Country Inns and Suites By Carlson . Queens Road, Amritsar. Tel no. +91 1835050555.[22]. A four star hotel with rates starting INR3000 for double rooms. Better rates online. Free Wireless and breakfast. 1.5 kms to Golden temple and less than a km to the train station. Very clean and hospitable staff.
  • HK Clarks Inn: 14, District Shopping Complex, B-Block, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar-143001. Tel.no. +91 0183 5011111, [23]. Four star hotel, good food, fine dine restaurant, lounge bar, open air barbeque, swimming pool, good aerated rooms.</sleep>

Stay safe[edit]

Behave!

The sectarian strife of the 1980s is just a bad memory and Amritsar is currently a safe and welcoming city, if a little polluted.

Respect[edit]

  • You should remain aware and respectful of the Sikh religion anywhere near the Golden Temple complex.
  • Inside the complex, both men and women are required to cover their heads (scarves are widely available throughout the town for INR10, or a box of them are free to use at the entrances to the temple).
  • Smoking and alcohol are forbidden within the complex and anywhere within sight of the temple. Lighting up a cigarette on the busy street out front will definitely attract negative attention, as will spitting near the temple.
  • Photography is allowed on the outside ring of the holy lake, but not inside the actual temple itself.

Contact[edit]

Internet[edit]

There are quite a few good internet surfing facilities in Amritsar.

  • Reliance WebWorld.  edit
  • Sify Internet.  edit
  • Cyber Swing, (above New Punjabi Rasoi restaurant). Has several machines and a decent connection.  edit
  • Cyber Pub, Airport Road (opposite District Courts). Scanner and printer available. Rs 40/hour.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • India–Pakistan border closing ceremony (Attari-Wagah), (32km from Amritsar). 4:00PM-5:00PM. Indian and Pakistani soldiers do a march-off every evening, a popular and fun event. See the dedicated article for details, do not bring any bags if you go there. Taxis leave from the backside of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It's a 45 minute ride, and you should leave Amritsar by around 3:30PM. They are basically two options for getting there. One is to hire a taxi/autorickshaw or go in a pool in taxi, charges would be a minimum of 350 for hiring an auto, the cheaper option would be to go for a shared taxi costs about 80-100 rupees per person. Beware that 100 rupees may not include parking of the taxi on the place (around 10 rupees per person) and the taxi may be very full. Make sure you check the vehicle before paying, offer a deposit and ask if you can pay the rest on your return. Also Beware agents will take your money and ask you wait only 15 minutes we will move.. but slowly slowly they can take approx 2 hrs, to move from Amritsar.. Don't pay first , first board in the taxi and ask them to move immediately , otherwise you will miss the chance of watching border closing as it will crowded and you have to stand far from the boarder to see the things and you can miss the chance of dancing , walking with flag , photo with BSF personels. free.  edit
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