The history of Amritsar city dates back to the time of Guru Ram Das who founded this city. Later on Guru Arjun Devji created the Golden Temple, Amritsar is considered a religious and historic site.
Amritsar has magnetic attraction for all the travellers from different sects and faiths. It has several worth visit places such as the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border etc. This is a travel cum pilgrim haven. Amritsar tour packages are diverse and can be extended from one day to 3 days. The celebrated Golden Temple is a renowned place and the temporal seat of the Sikhism. This stands amidst the sacred Amrit Sarovar.
Amritsar also offers the opportunity of bird watching at the famous Harike Bird Sanctuary. You also have plethora of options of watching the aquatic animals and avian species in the wet lands. Amritsar is well known for it’s unique cuisine habits where you savour the local delicacies in the streets. If you are a shopaholic you can freak out and visit the old and colourful markets. Browsing into these old alleys would be a mesmerizing effect on your adrenals appetite.
Shri Hari Mandir Sahib was constructed by the fourth Guru Ramdais ji the Gurudwara was laid with Gold by the Sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. The gold covering of the sanctum sanctorum is the reason d’tere for the name Golden temple.
No Vehicle is now allowed near the Gurudwara. Just 200 meters from the Gurudwara is the multi level car parking. The devotees have to park their car at this car parking and can either walk or take electric rickshaws to reach the Golden temple complex.
The Golden Temple Gurudwara is open for all humanity. There is no restriction of any sort related to caste/religion at the Gurudwara. Every devotee while visiting the complex has to adhere to simple rules.
1. Remove your Shoes before entering the complex ,The shoes are stored at the shoe locker “Jora Ghar”this facility is available free of cost near the main gate.
2. Cover your head with a simple handkerchief/cap before entering the complex no person without a head cover is allowed inside the complex.
3. No intoxicant of any sort is allowed inside the complex.
4. Leave your cigarettes/lighters/tobacco in your luggage before entering the complex.
5. If you are carrying luggage please deposit the same at the locker (this facility is available free of cost).
The Gurudwara has four gates opening out to four respective directions thus signifying that the entry to the complex is open for all the Varna (Brahmin/Kshatriya/Vaish/Shudra) there is no differentiation of religion /colour/ any sort for entering the complex.
Golden temple usually has lots of devotees visiting every day. The weekend and festivals are specially crowded and usually it may take around an hour wait to enter into the Darbar Sahib from the inner gate to the Gurudwara.
Unlike some temples in India where you can cut across the crowd there is no such mechanism at the Golden temple, all devotees have to wait for their turn to seek the bleessings of Guru sahib. No VIP entry is Possible at the Golden temple.
Remember if you want to enter the sanctum Santorum and and bow before the Guru Sahib then take the Quee/row to the left. The row on the right side doesn’t leads you to the inner part of the complex and this for those people who are short of time and want to seek the blessings in hurry. This row to the right leads to the back side of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji where you can seek the blessings.
According to Sikh mythology a bath at the sarovar/pond at Sri Hari mandir Sahib washes all the accumulated sins of the devotees thus the devotees become clean. Both physically as well as spiritually.
Near the Darshni Deori (Gate to the inner temple) are the windows where you can make cash offering at the Golden temple. In return of the offering you get the Kadah Prashad in a stain less steel platter. You have to carry this to the inside of the temple where a part is offered and rest you get as a blessing.
The seropah or the small piece of textile which can be used as head cover is offered by the Gurudwara as a mark of respect and recognition. The seropah is offered to those devotees who either offer “Rumalla” or book an akhand path sahib or offer Kadaah Parshad.
The Golden temple has many sarai or hostels for the devotees. Prior reservation and more information can be had from the official website of Sri Hari mandir sahib Gurudwara. There are NRI hostels where proper air conditioned accommodation for Non Resident Indian (NRI) devotees is available the reservation information for the same can be had from the official website. Apart from the complex there are many other Gurudwaras in the Amritsar city where room and accommodation for the devotees is readily available.
The Wagah border is 32 Kms away from Amritsar is very well connected with wagah border through a four lane excellent highway. It takes no more than 45 minutes to reach the wagah border.
Multiple options are available as conveyance you can hire a taxi for the Wagah flag ceremony from Amritsar. Shared taxis and coaches are also readily available from Amritsar
There is no ticket levied on watching the flag ceremony. Owing to the high popularity lots of people nowadays come to watch this ceremony so we advise you to reach easily and occupy a vantage seating position to watch the paradise. The seating is on first come bases only VIP gallery is reserved for army offices, foreign tourist and high level dignitaries.
There is no government parking at the Wagah Border. The vehicles are stopped around a kilometer before the border. The parking is arranged on payment basis by the private operators. Food and refreshment stalls are also present at these parking. From the parking you have to walk all the way up to the ceremony area. Some rickshaws are also available but they are less compared to the high number of tourist. Some restaurants like “Sada pind” are also there en-route Amritsar to Wagah.
Sikhism is a mono theistic religion founded by the first Guru(Master) Guru Nanak Dev Ji in 14th century. This religion does not believe in idol worship, inside the Golden temple is revered and continuous recitation of the holy book present master (Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji). The Sri Guru Granth sahib comprises of the writings of Sikh Gurus, Hindu Bhaktas, Sufi saints such as Sant Kabeer, Sant Naaam Dev,Sant RaviDass ji, Sufi saint Shekh Farid and many more.
Location- The partition museum is situated in Amritsar city very near to the Favarra Chowk and just a 10 minutes’ walk from the Golden temple Gurudwara and jalianwala Bagh is the partition museum. This museum is located in the town hall building of Amritsar.
History of Partition;-British officer Mr. Cyril Radcliffe decides the arbitrary line dividing the British India in to India and Pakistan. Pakistan a nation bora on story belief in the twin nation theory is an Islamic nation so large scale exchange of people happened during the 1947 independence, this exchange of public was not peaceful more than 800000 innocent citizens lose their lives in the communal violence and more than 30,00000 citizens were displaced. Once the twin cities of Amritsar and Lahore which actually are not even 50 kms away from each other are now for ever poles apart. A barbed wire fence called Redcliff line divides these cities now.
A barge of refugees came to the newly created nations of India and Pakistan these displaced people brought lots of memories of their erstwhile homes, their lands the stories of violence, the stories of hatred, stories of brotherhood of her mainly.
An attempt has been made in Amritsar to collect a bit of this bygone history; a museum has been made which focuses on the partition history. The visitors can go through the partition story in details, they can see the exhibits, the newspapers declaring the partition, how violence evolved and how barbaric humans acted in those distressed times.
Times:- The museum is closed on Monday rest its open all days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Children below 5 free
Indian citizens -10 Rs
Foreign citizens; - 250 rs
Partition survivors; - free
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