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#MyMojo – 10 things to do in Amritsar by Shalini


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Hello people! Time to welcome our today’s blogger who is an army wife and is here to talk about one of her many travels in India. She is chronicling her top 10 things to do in the holy city of Amritsar.

Amritsar travel golden temple guestpost 10 things to doShalini is an IT Analyst by profession, avid blogger by passion and a nomad by choice. She is a proud Army Wife and moves about the country almost every two years. Her ardent love for books, food, and travel brought her to the blogging world. She blogs at Something’s Cooking and Kohl Eyed Me. When she is not cooking up a storm or writing her heart out, she can be found with her nose buried in a book and her Golden Retriever Mufasa resting his face on her lap.

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There is no dearth of things to do in Amritsar, the spiritual capital of Punjab. From indulging on delicious Kulchas to visiting the world-famous Golden Temple, there is everything for everyone in this beautiful city. Amritsar is a place that is really close to my heart, because it keeps calling me back for a visit. It is one of the few places where I find myself at ease and peace.

Here are the top ten things to do if you are in this beautiful city.

Harmandir Sahib

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Of course, the very first thing that you do when in Amritsar is visit Golden Temple. It is a sight to behold and you’d feel humbled by its magnanimity. Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib glistens at night as it is bathed in yellow and golden lights. The Gurudwara is surrounded by the sacred Pool of Nectar and one has to walk around it to reach the Sanctum Santorum. Make sure you visit Golden Temple both at dawn and dusk to appreciate its excellence.

Guru Ka Langar

Amritsar travel golden temple guestpost 10 things to doVolunteer at the world’s largest community kitchen, Guru ka Langar. It serves close to 50,000 people a day – all for free. The kitchen never closes so it makes sure no one goes hungry. You can do your bit by chopping vegetables, making rotis or washing the utensils. Langar meals are 100% vegetarian and consists of roti, dal and kheer. You are to sit down on a mat to eat, ensuring all are equal in the eyes of God.

The Wagah Border Ceremony

Amritsar travel golden temple guestpost 10 things to doThe Beating Retreat at the Wagah Border is a daily military exercise followed by the Border Security Force, BSF of India and Pakistan Rangers of Pakistan. The ceremony is conducted in full josh and vigour attracting hundreds of tourists everyday. It is absolute fun to watch the crowd go bonkers at the display of aggression between the two forces.

Jallianwala Bagh

It is imperative that every Indian should visit the Jallianwala Bagh in his lifetime. The narrow passageway, bullet marks and Martyr’s well will send a shiver down your spine. If this doesn’t make you feel grateful of the freedom that you enjoy today at the sacrifice of lakhs of souls, I don’t know what will.

Kulchas from Kesar da Dabba

Ah, your trip to Amritsar isn’t complete if you haven’t indulged on Amritsari Kulchas. Amongst all the Dhabas, Kesar da Dhaba is quite popular among tourists and though it is a task to find this small food joint, it is worth the effort. Do not be put off by the unbelievable amount of desi ghee on each of these Kulchas and Laccha Parathas, but relish it in all its glory.

Amritsari Lassi

Amritsar travel golden temple guestpost 10 things to doI cannot count the number of Lassis I’ve had on my trip to Amritsar. It was winters both the times but I still couldn’t resist myself from this refreshing and sweet Lassi cravings. Amritsari Lassi Wala is the most popular Lassi shop but you can get yourself a tall glass of chill Lassi.

Punjabi Juttis

I dare say that you ought to own a pair of Punjabi Juttis to compliment your wardrobe. These are intricately       handcrafted footwear that goes well with your salwar suits. These days the traditional juttis have got a modern demeanour and you can flaunt them with your jeans or skirts as well.

Phulkaris

The main agenda of my Amritsar trip (after the Golden Temple visit) always is the Phulkari loot. The hand-woven embroidered flower patterns are just what you need to own a desi look. Price can be affordable to expensive based on hand-woven or machine-embroidered and how intricate the weave is.

Take a walk along the Heritage Street that leads to Golden Temple

Amritsar travel golden temple guestpost 10 things to doFive years ago, when I walked towards Golden Temple, it was a busy street with pedestrians, rickshawwalaas, and vendors. A year ago, things changed and you’d now see backdrop of buildings that resemble Mughal and Rajputana architecture. The bylanes are clean and splendid with lampposts, statues and artificial waterfalls. Do not miss the towering statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and ‘Smriti’ monument outside Jallianwala Bagh.

Others

Get hold of Dal Wadiyans, Dry Fruits, Amritasari Pappad and different Pickles. Also, fill your tummy with the popular Amritsari Fish, Chicken Tandoori, Bheja Fry and Jalebis. If you’ve an additional day to spare, visit Gobindgarh Fort and Durgiana Temple.

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7 thoughts on “#MyMojo – 10 things to do in Amritsar by Shalini

  1. That’s a good sum up shalini and extremely helpful for those visiting amritsar for a short time. I haven’t yet been to this city, but whenever I woukd will refer your list. Dal wadiyan, marwaris have their own version of wadi or as we call mangodi, but I will definitely get some wadiyan.

  2. What a strange coincidence. I was at Amritsar when this post was published. It was a one day impromptu trip with my friend and we enjoyed a lot. But i missed the night view of the temple, and the lassis too. I must go there once more. Yes. Someday. I just loved the architecture of the heritage market. And I wish i could just sit somewhere in the temple for an hour or two. Someday once again.

  3. Amritsar is a city of historical and spiritual importance. I have been to Amritsar twice for attending marriages but could only take out time once to visit the Wagah Border for D’s sake. He loved it. I would have also liked to see Jallianwala Bagh.

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