A city with a riot of colors, a place narrating the story of several brave hearts, a land equivalent to a spiritual and cultural treasure trove: welcome to Amritsar!
Amritsar lies in the northern state of Punjab bordering one of India’s neighboring countries Pakistan. Due to its location, a lot of significance has been attached to it. And since Punjab is famous for its hospitality, Amritsar also welcomes its guests with open arms and love.
Literally meaning ‘A pool of nectar’, this glorious city proudly stands as one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. There are many attractions because of which it has earned this reputation but the principal ones are Wagah Border and Golden Temple. These two attractions alone cater to an ever swelling swarm of travellers who come to indulge in a complete Punjab experience. Let us have a look at these two attractions one by one to know more about them when you are planing holidays in India :
Golden Temple is also known as the Harmandir Sahib. Standing as the symbol of equality, this temple has doors in all four directions for entry. The symbolism of such an architecture is that any person, be he/she from any caste, creed, gender, religion etc can come and seek solace in the Gurudwara.
- Significance: This gurudwara (as a Sikh worship place is called) is deeply revered by the Sikh community as their chief place of worship. Sikhs from all parts of the world long to visit here at least once in their lifetime.
- Interesting facts: Being the world’s largest kitchen, the Golden Temple provides free food to almost 1,00,000 people daily. Also you must be wondering why this is called the Golden temple? The reason is that its canopy is embellished with Gold.
- Attractions: Not to miss attractions in the gurudwara complex include the Central Sikh Museum exhibiting paintings, artefacts, coins etc of depicting the Sikh history, Shri Darbar Sahib and Har ki Pauri.
- Special celebrations observed: Special celebrations are observed in the golden temple on the occasion of Gurpurab. Ornamented with sparkling lights all over, the Gurudwara dazzles in the moonlight looking amazingly breat-taking.
Wagah Border is the international border between India and Pakistan. It lies on the Grand trunk road between the cities of Amritsar (India) and Lahore (Pakistan). Two grand gates, one on the Indian side and other on the Pakistani side stand at the guard.
- Significance: Wagah border is the border of national importance to India as this is the only border that is open between the two nations for international travellers.
- Interesting facts: This border was demarcated on the basis of Radcliffe line that was drawn during the time of India and Pakistan partition in 1947.
Ceremonies observed: Enjoy daily beating retreat ceremony with india travel agency observed on the both the sides of the border every evening before sunset. This ceremony attracts a large number of onlookers to witness the grandeur of the military forces in both the nations. The ceremony starts with a parade by the soldiers of Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indian side and Pakistan Rangers on the Pakistani side. Conclusion is done with the epic lowering of flags on both the sides in common action. This parade is the spirit of true nationalism and should be witnessed by every Indian.