Places To Visit In Amritsar
Golden Temple :
Jallianwala Bagh :
Reached through a gatehouse on the road to the Golden Temple, this poignant park commemorates the 1500 Indians killed or wounded when a British officer ordered his soldiers to shoot on unarmed protesters in 1919. Some of the bullet holes are still visible in the walls, as is the well into which hundreds desperately leapt to avoid the bullets. There’s an eternal (24 -hour) flame of remembrance, an exhibition telling the stories of victims, and a Matryrs’ Gallery, with portraits of Independence heroes. A sound-and-light show takes place daily at 6pm.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama :
Within the grounds of the Ram Bagh Park, this extraordinary panorama is dedicated to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ‘Lion of Punjab’ (1780–1839), who founded the Sikh empire, wresting large areas of northwest India from the Mughals. A vast diorama depicts the maharaja’s greatest battles, complete with booming battle cries and other sound effects. Cameras and shoes are not permitted inside. Nearby is the Maharaj’s summer palace , which is slowly being restored to accommodate the city’s collection of Ranjit Singh memorabilia.
Durgiana Temple :
The Durgiana Temple is a famous Hindu Shrine founded in 1921 adores the idols of Laxmi Narayan, Radha & Krishna, Sita and Ram. Dedicated to the goddess Durga, this 16th-century temple is a Hindu version of the Golden Temple. Surrounded by a holy water tank, it’s often called the Silver Temple because of its exquisitely engraved silver doors. Soothing bhajans (devotional songs) are sung here just after the temple opens and just before it closes.
Wagah Border :
A visit to the Wagah Border is an interesting experience, especially at sunset while Retreat takes place when Indian and Pakistani border troops put up a spectacular display. Wagah, named Wahga in Pakistan, is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn. The village was divided by independence in 1947. Today, the eastern half of the village remains in the Republic of
India while the western half is in Pakistan. It is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate before 5PM each day.
Harike Wetland :
Harike Wetland also known as “Hari-ke-Pattan”, with the Harike Lake in the deeper part of it, is the largest wetland in northern India in the Tarn Taran Sahib district of the Punjab state in India. The wetland and the lake were formed by constructing the Head works across the Sutlej River, in 1953. The headworks is located downstream of the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers. The rich biodiversity of the wetland which plays a vital role in maintaining the precious hydrological balance in the catchment with its vast concentration of migratory fauna of waterfowls including a number of globally threatened species (stated to be next only to the Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur) has been responsible for the recognition accorded to this wetland in 1990, by the Ramsar Convention, as one of the Ramasar sites in India, for conservation, development and preservation of the ecosystem.
This man-made, riverine, lacustrine wetland spreads into the three districts of Amritsar, Ferozepur and Kapurthala in Punjab and covers an area of 4100 ha. Conservation of this Wetland has been given due importance, since 1987–88, both by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and the Punjab State Government (through its several agencies), and over the years several studies and management programmes have been implemented.