The moment you think of ‘Amritsar’, images of serene Golden temple, Wagah border, Jallianwala Bagh are sure to flash in front your eyes. But that isn’t all that defines the Holy City. There is much more to that.
Here are 10 things that one needs to do if you happen to visit the ‘Guru Ki Nagari’
Known as Sheetala mandir in the holy city, this temple has a religious significance to Hindus as it has tree to which Lord Hanuman was tied by Lord Ram’s children Luv and Khush according to the holy book Ramayana. It has a similar structure to that of Golden Temple with Gold on its dome.
Chude Wala Bazaar
Now, this is the reason why a Punjabi wedding bride looks ravishing on her wedding day. Chude Wala Bazaar has some great collection of Punjabi chuda, kahleeras, nose pins, sehras, parandhi and other accessories to give one a complete look at an adorable price.
As the name suggests, it has some of best collection of red and white bangles in different colors and designs. So, go and pick one for yourself.
Situated on the outskirts, this has its own religious importance as here Goddess Sita stayed along with her children when was sent to exile by husband Lord Rama. This is the same place where ‘Ramyana’ was written by Rishi Valkimi. Annual fair is organised at this place.
Ram Bagh or company bagh is the name given to the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maintenance-free inbuilt cooling
system is the significance of this palace. The garden has been named under Guru Ram Das by Maharaja Ranjit Singh .The Palace has now been converted in the museum that displays weapons of that era and replica of diamond ‘Kohinoor’.
Jama Masjid Khairudinn
It was built in 1876 by Mohd.Khairuddin. Located in Hall bazar, it has a beautiful architecture and a call against British rule was given by Tootie-e-Hind, Shah Attaullah Bukhari.
When in Amritsar, you must try world’s best Punjabi food ranging from lassi, Amritsari kulcha, halwa, phirni to mouth licking non-veg dishes. Few popular food joints include Kesar da dabba, Bansals, Brothers, Makkan fish, Chawla Chicken and Beera Chicken. This is only place where you will find everything cooked in pure Desi ghee.
Katra Jaimal Singh
If you want to shop till you drop then Katra Jaimal Singh is the place. It’s a place where you can find famous papad wadiya to Punjabi jutti to Phulkari duptta. This market has everything to satisfy your shopping appetite.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama
Situated on the premises of Company Bagh, the Panorama depicts Sikh history through pictures and battles The main attraction is the 12-metre tall and almost 100-metre panoramic art work that depicts major battles fought by rulers of Punjab, displaying prominent warriors, soldiers in the back ground with full audio visual display
This depicts another martyrdom of our brave men during the freedom struggle. Around 400 soldiers revolted against the British by fleeing their barracks. They swam across river Ravi to reach Anjala and were captivated by Britisers. Most of them died due to suffocation and rest were shot dead.
If you are a cricket lover, go and visit this place which was built in 1993. It has hosted several matches, including the two ODIs in which India played against New Zealand and Sri lanka.
Pics by Sameer Sehgal