Amritsar Quick Getaways
Tarn Taran - Situated at a distance of 22 km south-east of Amritsar, Gurudwara
Tarn Taran was built by Guru Arjun Dev in memory of Guru Ram Das. The dome of this Gurudwara is covered
with copper gilt. What is most fascinating about its location is the big tank whose water is known to cure
leprosy. In addition, a big fair is held every year on an amavas (moonless) night.
Baba Bakala - Situated about 45 kilometers east of Amritsar on the Batala road is the famous
Baba Bakala. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadurji, revealed himself to Makhan Shah Labana, a Sikh devotee here. It has
a magnificent Gurudwara where thousands of people gather on every amavas (moonless night) and an annual
fair is held on Raksha Bandhan day (night of full moon in August) when about one lakh people visit the
place in Amritsar, India.
Wagah Border - The Wagah border, about 28 kms. from Amritsar is the only border crossing
between India and Pakistan. It’s an interesting experience especially at sunset when the 'Retreat'
ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian Side of the Border. The changing of the guards and the
ceremonial lowering of the flags is carried out with great ceremony.
Activities in Amritsar
Other than visiting places of historical interest, you can stroll along the line of shops selling dry-fruits,
tea, condiments, woolen tweeds, suiting, blankets, shawls in traditional weaves, ivory, swords in different
designs, oils, scents, jutties (traditional embroidered shoes), cut glass, and carpets. There is a whole range
to choose from. Delight your taste buds with the traditional and unmatched Punjabi cuisine, both vegetarian and
non-vegetarian, especially its pickles and murabbas (Indian jams) and sweetmeats which are famous worldwide. Accommodation is not a problem, as there is a wide range of hotels in Amritsar, India. For more information on tour packages and hotels in Amritsar, please write to us at:
Getting There & Away
The Raja Sansi Airport is just 10 km from the main
city of Amritsar and taxis are easily available to and from the airport. There are connecting
flights from Amritsar to Delhi - London and Delhi - New York.
|| Amritsar is well connected by rail, to almost every part of
the country. There are direct trains to Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Puri and other places. The Samjhauta
Express also connects Amritsar to Lahore in Pakistan.|
Amritsar is well connected to all the major cities of
northern India. Important destinations include Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Rishikesh,
Kullu, Manali and Jammu. It is at a distance of 234 km from Chandigarh.
Getting Around Amritsar
Though there are local buses, we don't recommend them. They are frequent and almost regular and pack as many
people as possible. Try the local taxis instead - these are generally metered. And if you are the one
who enjoys a slow and patient local tour, hop on to the cycle rickshaws.