Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab, India. It stands as a testament to Sikh culture and history, and has long been celebrated for its vibrant religious ceremonies, colorful artistry and delicious cuisine.
The Golden Temple, one of the most sacred places in Sikhism, lies at the heart of Amritsar. Constructed from marble and copper-plated with gold foil, it is an awe-inspiring structure that radiates peace and serenity throughout its grounds. Pilgrims come here by the hundreds every day to bathe in the temple’s pool or simply sit beneath its grand archways. The surrounding Parikrama Path provides visitors with a stunning view of lush trees standing amidst centuries-old buildings while they make their way around this spiritual complex. For those less interested in spirituality there are still plenty of activities around Amritsar worth exploring.
Just outside town sits Jallianwala Bagh Park – site of a massacre during British rule – now transformed into an expansive garden dotted with monuments honoring those who lost their lives here. Food lovers can find solace at local street vendors where traditional Punjabi dishes such as chole bhature (a spicy chickpea curry served on fried bread) reign supreme; or visit Hall Bazaar near evening time when vendors set up shop selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to antiques collected from across India’s northern states.