Amritsar Tourism, Punjab

Amritsar Tourism

About Amritsar - Punjab Tourism

Amritsar is the biggest travel destination in the state of Punjab that attracts tourists from all over India and world. One of the most famous tourist attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple that is considered as the holiest temple of Sikh community. The city also known as the jewel of Punjab, is visited by pilgrims of all religion and faiths. The Golden temple provides a breathtaking view with the reflection of the temple showing up in the sacred tank of temple. 

Amritsar played an important part in the freedom struggle of India, with the Jalianwala Bagh massacre taking place here. Tourists visiting Golden temple, also visit Jalianwala Bagh to pay homage to the freedom fighters who dedicated their life to the country. The city holds an important strategic position located just about 25 km east of the border with Pakistan. Tourists visiting the city also go to the Wagah border, where the Indian and Pakistan soldiers provide an amazing experience with the change of guard ceremony. 

Located in the northwestern side of India, city of Amritsar was discovered by Guru Ram Das in 1574. Amritsar derived its name from the Amrit Sarovar that surrounds the famous Golden Temple. Amritsar city is a major commercial, cultural, and religious center of Sikhism globally known for the Golden Temple and the unfortunate Jallianwala Bagh tragedy.

History of Amritsar - Punjab Tourism

As the history says, Amritsar was established in 1574 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhism on a piece of land gifted by Akbar to Guru. Some believe that the piece of land was actually acquired or bought by Guru Ram Das. The growing colonization came to be known as Ramdaspur. Arjun Dev, the youngest son of Guru Ram Das and the 5th Sikh guru, established a temple in the middle of the sarovar (tank) created by his father, that is known as Harmander Sahib or Golden Temple. The city derived its later name from Amrit sarovar that encircles the Harmandir Sahib - and thus became ‘Amritsar’.

The flourishing town grew further in stature as the followers of Sikhism grew in number. Things moved fast. The first Sikh Maharaja, Ranjit Singh, made Amritsar his spiritual capital and oversaw the temple's further development. 

Before independence of India, Amritsar was one of the main educational centers of the country with Hindu College, Khalsa College, DAV College and many other leading institutions in India. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Rama's twin sons- Luv-Kush, had been taught the Ramayana here.

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