Things to Do in Amritsar

Taking its name from the Golden Temple’s Amrit Sarovar, Amritsar is the crown jewel of the Sikh faith. Considered to be the holiest city by Sikhs all over the world, Amritsar is the seat of Sikhism’s religious authority. To say that this is a historic city would be an understatement. Having witnessed may wars and upheavals, Amritsar today is at peace.

One of the best things to do in Amritsar is to offer Sewa at the Golden Temple. They are always in need of volunteers. Whether you do it for a day or for a few hours, you’ll experience the pure joy of giving for the duration. Once you’ve fulfilled your duty, it is time for Amritsar sightseeing. Stick to the southern part of the city if you want to explore its history and cultural roots. The northern side is the modern side of Amritsar.

Starting from the Golden Temple, you can visit the Jallianwala Bagh and pay your respects to martyred innocents. It is but a five-minute-walk away from the temple. A visit to the Jallianwala Bagh is among the most plaintive things to do in Amritsar. However painful, it is an inseparable part of India’s history.

If you’re ready for more, here are some top things to do in Amritsar for an amazing holiday.

One of the oldest markets in Amritsar, Hall Bazaar is also one of the busiest. This bustling old market will give you glimpses of life in this old city. While you can buy almost anything here, the main draw of Hall Bazaar is handicrafts, especially Phulkari and Punjabi jootis. Hunt for souvenirs to take back home or simply take in the atmosphere of a busy market.

Once you have done all your shopping and finished your sightseeing, head to one of the food stalls for a tall glass of lassi. Be sure to include this in your Amritsar sightseeing itinerary.

One of the most traumatic events in India’s history, the partition is the painful cost India paid for its freedom. The Partition Museum acknowledges the dark times and the struggles that followed the event. The objects on display here have been donated by the survivors of partition. They speak of a land divided by hate and politics.

You can follow the history of the partition through the documents and photographs on display here. Hear the voices of people who were suddenly uprooted from their life and were forced to start anew from scratch. A visit here is one of the highly recommended things to do in Amritsar.

The Dukh Bhanjani Ber tree is over 400 years old! This jujube tree is believed to have blessed the water of Amrit Sarovar with curative powers. Old stories speak of the legend of Bibi Rajni whose faith in God was rewarded when her husband was cured of leprosy after a dip in the pond near the tree. This very pond was later made into the Amrit Sarovar.

The Dukh Bhanjani tree is an important part of Amritsar’s folklore. Though people can take a dip in the water by the tree, they are forbidden to pluck fruits. But, if you’re lucky, you may find a fallen fruit.

If you’re a nature lover, one of the best things to do in Amritsar is to visit the Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary. Did you know that this is the largest wetland in north India and that it is man-made? It is a thriving ecosystem that supports seven species of turtles and the endangered Indus Dolphins. Apart from the marine life, you can also spot jackals, jungle cats and wild boars. But winter is when the real action happens.

Over 200 species of birds descend and make this their home for the winter season. Visit here in the evenings and stay at the Forest Rest House. Do note that you need to take prior permission from forest officials before entering the wetland.

If you come across a 45-metre-tall steel sword on your way to the Wagah border, take some time out and visit the Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum. Dedicated to our brave army men, it showcases their warrior spirit through its displays. Of note among its exhibits are the old photographs from the 1965 and 1971 wars.

A special mural pays homage to the 21 Sikh soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1971 war. India’s decommissioned aircraft carrier has found its home here along with old MiG-23s and three tanks. Go catch the 7D show for an immersive lesson in history. This is one of the most fascinating things to do in Amritsar.

If you’re in Amritsar during summer, head to one of the water parks to cool down after a long day of Amritsar sightseeing. There are as many as three water parks in and around Amritsar. The Rainbow Resorts Water Park also offers go-karting and paint-ball games. But the Thunderzone Amusement park has more options for children like mono trains and roller coasters.

It is a great way to spend time with your family while in Amritsar.

Mostly historic, but definitely modern Amritsar plays its contrasts well against each other. To visit this historic city, all you need is an all-inclusive Amritsar holiday package from SOTC. Book your package today for a holiday full of fun and adventure.

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