Top 5 Places to Visit in Amritsar, Punjab, India

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Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town, the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe.

Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Sri Harmandir Sahib also known as Sri Darbar Sahib informally referred to as the Golden Temple, is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikh religion. Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God) also Sri Darbar Sahib informally referred to as the Golden Temple, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Amritsar (literally, the tank of nectar of immortality) was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan, designed the Harmandir Sahib to be built in the centre of this holy tank, and upon its construction, installed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, inside the Harmandir Sahib. The Harmandir Sahib complex is also home to the Akal Takht (the throne of the timeless one, constituted by the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind). While the Harmandir Sahib is regarded as the abode of God’s spiritual attribute, the Akal Takht is the seat of God’s temporal authority.

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Akal Takht

Akal Takht
The akal takhat is one of the five takhats{throne of ttimeless one} of the sikh religion. It is located within the premises of harmandir sahib in Amritsar,Punjab. The Akal Takht meaning throne of the timeless one, is one of five takhts (seats of power) of the Sikh religion. It is located in the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex in Amritsar, Punjab. The Akal Takht was built by Guru Hargobind as a place of justice and consideration of temporal issues; the highest seat of earthly authority of the Khalsa (the collective body of the Sikhs) and the place of the Jathedar, the highest spokesman of the Sikhs. The current Jathedar of Akal Takht is Giani Gurbachan Singh.

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh is a public garden and has a memorial of national importance, established by the Indian Government in 1951, to honour the massacre of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children by British occupying forces , on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.

Durgiana Temple

Durgiana Temple

The Durgiana Temple, also called the  Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath and Sitla Mandir. though it is a hindu temple , it has the architecture which is similar to the one of Golden Temple of the sikhs.

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Wagah Border

The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Wagah border is a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have jointly followed since 1959. The drill is characterized by elaborate and rapid dance-like maneuvers, which has been described as “colourful”. It is alternatively a symbol of the two countries’ rivalry, as well as brotherhood and cooperation between the two nations. Similar parades are being organised at Mahavir/Sadqi border near Fazilka and Hussainiwala/Gandasinghwala border near Firozpur.

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