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Akal Takht
Literally meaning the "Tribune of the Timeless (God)', the Akal Takht stands to the West of the Hari Mandir. Guru Hargobind laid the foundation stone of this three-storeyed building in 1607. The original structure was completed in 1609. It is said that the Guru used to sit here in public and hear the grievances o the people. All orders of political nature were issued from this place. The old and historic weapons, used by the Gurus and other prominent Sikh leaders, have been preserved at this place and are on display. The upper storey of this building is used as the 'Baptism Place'. There is also an underground chamber in the building of the Akal Takht. Guru Hargobind as a resting-place used it during summer.

 

Thara Sahib
Quite close to the Akal Takht is situated the Thara Sahib. It is said that when Guru Tegh Bahadur came to pay homage to the Hari Mandir, the priests closed the doors and did not allow him to enter. A thara or platform was, therefore, erected. Standing on it, the Guru paid homage to the Hari Mandir and returned.

 

Dukh Bhanjan Asthan
To the south of the Golden Temple is situated the 'Dukh Bhanjan Asthan' (the place where all diseases and troubles vanish). It is said that during the days of Ramayana, nectar was brought from Ram Tirth and kept in the ground here. It so happened that Guru Arjan Dev was camping near the pond (which later became the Golden Temple Tank). He noticed that some black crows after a dip into the water had become white. He at once exclaimed with joy, "Here is the nectar of the Ramayana period". He asked his followers to dig the place. They instantly carried out his instructions and the nectar was taken out and put into the pond, thereby turning the whole of its water into nectar, and named the pond as 'Amrit Sar' (the tank of nectar).

 

Beri Baba Buddha
There is a ber-tree on the northern pavement of the holy tank around the Hari Mandir. Under it, the great devotee Baba Buddha used to sit and supervise the work of the labour employed for excavating the tank and constructing the temple.

 

Guru-Ka-Mahal
On the way from the Chaurasti Atari to Lohgarh is the Gurdwara Guru-Ka-Mahal. This was the residence of Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Hargobind. The marriage of Guru Hargobind with Bibi Nanki was also solemnized here.

 

Kaulsar
Kaulsar, i.e. the 'Tank of Kaulan', is quite close to Baba Atal. Kaulan was the daughter of a Muhammadan Qazi of Lahore. She had a desire to live with Guru Hargobind. At the time of the Guru's visit to Lahore, she saw him and accompanied him to Amritsar. Here, she expressed her desire to marry him, but the Guru refused and advised her to live there as his disciple. She agreed and requested the Guru to keep and memory alive. Thereupon, the Guru builds a tank and named it Kaulsar after the name of the lady. There is a small Gurdwara by the side of the tank.

 

Ramsar
This small tank, built Guru Arjan Dev, is the place where he compiled the holy Granth Sahib. Gurdwara Manji Sahib, situated on the southwest of Baba Atal, stands by the side of Ramsar. There is a raised white marble platform, known as Manji Sahib, where Guru Arjan Dev dictated the Adi-Granth, i.e., the first original copy, to Bhai Gurdas.

 

Bibeksar
In front of the Gurdwara Ramsar is this tank, the foundation of which was laid by Guru Hargobind in 1622. Nearby was also a beautiful garden where the Guru used to come for recreation. He usually took rest on the edge of the tank where now stands the Gurdwara Bibeksar. Sometimes, he held his meetings here in the evening. Here, the Guru organized his followers on military lines.

 

Santokhsar
Santokhsar and the adjoining Gurdwara. Tahli Sahib is situated in the heart of the city, near the Town Hall. There is a shisham (tahli) -tree under which Guru Arjan Dev used to sit. Santokhsar is one of the biggest tanks in Amritsar. Its digging was started by Guru Ram Das in 1570 and was completed by Guru Arjan Dev in 1588.

 

Baba Atal
Baba Atal is nine-storey octagonal building-the highest structure in the city. It is situated to the southwest of the Hari-Mandir. A very interesting story is narrated about its construction. Atal Rai was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind. When he was nine years old, he used to play there with other boys. One day, one of his companions, named Mohan, the son of a widow, suddenly died. Atal Rai went to his house and knocked at the door. When enquired about the errand of his visit, Baba Atal said that the deceased boy had to give him in the game to turn which was still due. He instantly went to the dead body of his friend and, touching it with his stick, uttered, "Get up, give me my turn first and then depart from this world if you so like". The dead boy stood up. All were taken aback at this incident. When Guru Hargobind came to know of it, he got enraged and reprimanded Atal Rai, warning him not to interfere in the doings of God. Atal Rai took the reprimand to heart so much that he lay down in his house and never got up. In order to perpetuate his memory, this nine-storey monument was raised during the period 1778-84. The nine storeys symbolize the 9 years' age of Atal Rai. It is a common belief that the people who bring cooked food and distribute it among the poor here get their desires fulfilled. Hence it is said, "Baba Atal, Pakki Pakai Ghal".

 

Pipli Sahib
Situated near Chowk Putlighar, this Gurdwara stands in a spacious groud. It is situated at the site where Guru Arjan Dev had welcomed his disciples who had come from Kabul to help him to construct the Hari Mandir. Later, the Guru used to hold religious gatherings of his followers here.Guru Hargobind started his first battle against the Turks from this place. . The Basant fair is celebrated here with great pomp and show.

 

Gurdwara Sara Garhi
Situated just opposite the Government Higher Secondary School, Town Hall, Amritsar, it was built in the memory of the non-commissioned officers officers and men of the 36th Sikhs whose names have been engraved on a marble stone fixed on the wall of the Gurdwara as a perpetual record of heroism shown by these gallant soldiers. They died at their posts in the defence of the frontier Fort of Saragarhi on 12th September 1897, fighting against an overwhelming number of Pathans.

To commemorate their bravery, three Gurdwaras were erected-one at Saragarhi, the venue of the battle, the second at Firozpur and the third here. The memorial at Amritsar was unveiled on February 14, 1902.

 

Gurdwara Shahid Ganj Baba Deep Singh
Situated near the Chatiwind Gate, this Gurdwara was built in the memory of Baba Deep Singh. During his invasion of 1756-57, Ahmad Shah Abdali had razed the Hari Mandir and had filled the Holi Tank with debris and all kinds of rubbish. Muslim soldiers heavily guarded the shrine and no Sikh was allowed to enter it. When Baba Deep Singh came to know of it, he took a solemn vow to free the Hari Mandir from the Muslims. He prayed that in case he achieved martyrdom he must fall in the precincts of the Hari Mandir. Along with a few hundred Sikhs, he started for Amritsar. The Muhammadan authorities also sent a big force to check their advance. A bloody battle ensued, but the brave Sikhs kept on advancing. They were yet about 6 km from Amritsar, when Baba Deep Singh got a severe cut with a sword in the neck and his head was nearly severed. It is said that when the head was about to fall, his companions reminded the Baba of his vow. On this, he immediately recovered himself, supported his head with one hand and, wielding his dagger with the other, pushed through the enemy. On reaching the vicinity of the Hari Mandir, he let his head drop and breathed his last. A small Gurdwara stands at this place. The dead body was cremated outside the Chatiwind Gate where stands a big Gurdwara known as Shahid Ganj Baba Deep Singh. The dagger used by him is still preserved in the Toshakhana of the Golden Temple.

 

 

 

Durgiana Mandir
Shri Lakshami Narain Mandir, popularly known as the Durgiana Mandir, situated outside the Hathi Gate, Amritsar, is modelled on the pattern of the Golden Temple. It was founded in 1922 through the joint efforts of Nathu Mal Rangwala and Gur Sahai Mal. The temple stands in the middle of a tank, about 162 metres long and 130 metres wide. A bridge about 76 metres long and 5.6 metres wide leads to it. The idols of Lakshami and Narain stand in the central structure along with those of Rama and Sita and Radha and Krishna, installed on the left and right of it. There also exist Sant Tulsi Das Mandir, Sat Narain Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Radhe Shayam Mandir and a Shivala.

 

Shitla Mandir
Situated towards the north of the Durgiana Mandir, this old shrine is held in great veneration by the people. The idol of the goddess Shitla is installed on a golden throne with a golden canopy over it. Parents with children infected with measles usually visit the shrine for obtaining the blessings of the goddess. Inside the temple, are also installed the idols of the goddesses Kali Mata, Lakshami and Saraswati.

 

Shri Hanuman Ji Mandir

Situated by the side of the Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar, this temple is about 250 years old. It is said to have been build on the site where Hanuman was tied to a tree after he had suffered a defeat at the hands of Rama's sons Lav and Kush who held the horse of the Ashwamedh Yajya in defiance of Lord Ram's orders and fought successfully against the imperial army. Originally, the shrine was housed in a kachcha hut erected by an ascetic known as Mauni Baba.

The people who visit it in large numbers on every Tuesday hold the temple in great reverence.

 

Shri Raghunath Ji Mandir
Situated close to the Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar, this temple is said to have been build about three centuries back. Swami Bhagwan Das whose smadh exists within the premises of the temple founded it. A few old paintings still exist on the walls of the temple. Besides, there are idols of different gods and goddesses in the temple.

 

Jallianwala Bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh area once belonged to Bhai Hamit Singh Jallawala, a vakil of Raja Jaswant Singh of Nabha, at the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The massacre of the innocent people at the Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, perpetrated by General Dyer on March 13, 1919, has no parallel in history in barbarousness and cruelty. It forms an important landmark in India's struggle for freedom. The flame of liberty lighted there set the whole of the country aflame. It gave great impetus to the Satyagrah movement, which ultimately won freedom for the country on August 15, 1947.

In 1974, the experts of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, landscaped the Bagh. Rows of poplars and eucalyptus were planted along the periphery to provide a green wall for isolating the view of the surrounding unsightly houses. There has also been set up an art-gallery, named as the Martyrs' Gallery, where paintings of the massacre, as well as the portraits of the political leaders, etc. of the time are displayed.

 

Khalsa College & Guru Nanak Dev University : Khalsa College was founded in 1892 and built on grand scale in typical Sikh architecture, its distinguished alumni; sportsmen, servicemen, administrators, professionals, fill up India´s compilations of Who´s Who. On a part of its land a new University called Guru Nanak Dev University was established. Soon it has become distinguished for starting modern curricula and has etched its name on the sports map of India.

 

Wagha Border
The international border between India and Pakistan is called Wagha Border. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

Wagha, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border - between Amritsar and Lahore, is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.

 

Dera Baba Jaimal Singh
It is situated in Amritsar on the western bank of the River Beas. The nearest railway station is Beas, about 6 km from the Dera (adobe). The plae is connected with the railway station and the Grand Trunk Road by a pucca approach road. Baba Jaimal Singh, a disciple of Swami Maharaj of Agra, founded the Dera in 1891. In the beginning, the Dera was a wasteland, but gradually it was transformed into a township.

 

Govindwal Sahib
Situated at a distance of 24 km from Tarn Taran and 48 km from Amritsar, Govindwal is connected with the former place by road. One Gonda (Govinda) Marwaha originally lived there. The village was named Govindwal after him.

Guru Angad Dev is said to have started the building of Govindwal in 1546 or thereabout and to have entrusted its construction to Amar Das. In 1552, when the Guru realized that his end was drawing near, he installed Amar Das as his successor and asked him to shift to Govindwal from where he was to guide and direct the activities of the sect.

Govindwal was quite important commercially and otherwise during the Mughal period, as it was situated on the then highway from Atari to Govindwal. At Govindwal, there was a very well known ferry on the River Beas and a brisk trade was carried on. With the opening of railway lines from Amritsar to Kasur (now in Pakistan) and from Amritsar to Lahore, the town lost its importance as a trading-centre and, with the lapse of time, became a deserted place. Lofty buildings in a dilapidated and practically deserted condition are seen even today.

There is a Gurdwara built by Guru Amar Das. The institution of langar, originally started by him, owes its origin to this Gurdwara. The Guru would not allow any disciple to see him until he had taken food from the langar. There is a baoli (well with a flight of stairs), with 84 steps, within the Gurdwara. It is said that a person by reciting the Japji at each step attains salvation. A considerable portion of the Adi-Granth-the composition of Guru Amar Das-was composed at Govindwal.

A fair is held at Govindwal in Bhadra (Bhadon) when the place presents a jubilant look for about a week.

 

Gurdwara Bir Sahib Baba Buddha
Situated in the Tarn Taran District, Bir Sahib is 16 km from Tarn Taran and 24 km from Amritsar (via Chheharta) by road. There is a Gurdwara built in the memory of Baba Budha who is said to have resided at this place. He had many cows and used to send butter and milk for the Guru's langar at Amritsar. Baba Budha is said to have served and first six Gurus. For a long time, the Fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, had no son. It is said that Mata Ganga came from Amritsar to Bir Sahib on foot, with loaves, buttermilk and onions on her head. Baba Buddha accepted the offerings and, through his blessings, Mata Ganga gave birth to a son (Hargobind ji). In commemoration of the birth of Guru Hargobind, a fair is held there on 21st Asvin.

 

Gurdwara Jhar Sahib
Situated in the Patti, the Gurdwara Jhar Sahib is 2 km from Gajal which is 8 km from Khem Karan. The Gurdwara is built in the memory of Guru Hargobind, who, while coming from Kasur, stayed here and hunted a tiger, which had become a menance to the people of the area. Fifty acres of land is attached to the Gurdwara. A mela is held here on 31st Asadha.

Adjacent to this Gurdwara is the smadh (tomb) of Baba Harnam Singh, a disciple of Bhai Vir Singh. At a small distance towards the rohi is another Gurdwara at Muthianwala built in the memory of Bhai Vir Singh. A mela is also held there on 27th Baisakh.

 

Gurdwara Sanh Sahib
Situated in the Tarn Taran District, this Gurdwara is 14 km from Amritsar. It was built in the memory of Guru Amar Das. It is said that when the sons of Guru Angad Dev began to harass Guru Amar Dss, he returned to his native village of Basarke. At a distance of about two kilometres from this place is situated the Gurdwara Sanh Sahib. The Guru started meditation there is seclusion and the disciples did not know his whereabouts. Baba Buddha traced the Guru with the help of his mare. A notice had been put up outside the Guru's room to the effect that a curse would befall the intruders. Therefore, Baba Buddha entered the room through the back wall by breaking it. This annoyed the Guru who told Baba Buddha that he had disobeyed the injunction. The latter replied that the injunction was for entry from the front door and not through the back wall. It is held that whosoever enters the Gurdwara through the hole in the back wall attains salvation. A fair is held at Sanh Sahib is Bhandra, coinciding with dates of the fair at Govindwal.

 

Khadur Sahib
Situated at a distance of 19 km from Tarn Taran and 43 km from Amritsar, Khadur Sahib is connected with both the places by road. Khadur Sahib is important because of its long association with Guru Angad Dev who mostly stayed here and made it his headquarters. It was at this place that Guru Amar Das served him as a disciple. The succession of Amar Das as the Third Guru also took place there.

There are five Gurdwaras of the time of Guru Angad Dev and Guru Amar Das. One of these is Gurdwara Angitha Sahib, where Guru Angad Dev was cremated. In this Gurdwara, there is a small platform, indicating the place where Guru Amar Das, with a gagar (brass pitcher) of water on his shoulder, fell into the Khaddi (the pit in which the weaving apparatus is installed). Quite near to it is the 'Thara Sahib', where Guru Amar Das used to meditate when he would get spare time from the service of Guru angad Dev. Another Gurdwara is called 'Mal Akhara' where Guru Angad Dev used to deliver religious discourses, teach boys and girls during the day time and witness wrestling matches in the evening. At a distance of about 200 metres, there is another Gurdwara, called Tapiana Sahib. It is said that as many as eight Gurus visited this place on one occasion or another. A tank has been built at Tapiana Sahib and a fair is held there is Bhadra, four days after the mela at Govindwal. At Khandur Sahib, there is also a smadh of Bhai Bala, a close associate and disciple of Guru Nanak Dev.

Khadur Sahib, however, never attained importance as a commercial centre, as it was too near Govindwal, which eclipsed it as trading centre. At a distance of 6 km from Khadur Sahib, en route Govindwal, there is the Gurdwara Damdama Sahib. It is said that Guru Amar Das, while bringing water from the River Beas for the bath of Guru Angad Dev, used to rest there daily for a while. While coming from Khadur Sahib, Amar Das would go to the Beas with his face towards Khadur Sahib. From Damdama Sahib, he would turn his face. This was done to show reverence to Guru Angad Dev.

 

Ram Tirth
Situated 11 km to the west of Amritsar on the Amritsar-Lopoke Road, Ram Tirth is an ancient pilgrimage centre, the origin of which is obscure. There is a big tank of peculiar shape, which is said to have been dug by Hanuman-the famous devotee of Shri Ram Chandra. He is said to have dug it with dhati tap (i.e. with two and a half cuts), two lengthwise and a half breadthwise. The circumference of the tank is about three kilometres. There are some small temples on its sides. There is a baoli after the name of Sita, the wife of Shri Ram Chandra.It is said that Sita spent her period of exile at this place in the cottage of Rishi Valmik. Lav and Kush are also said to have been born to Sita at this place and the great epic Ramayana was composed here. The fight between Shri Ram Chandra's forces and Lav and Kush is also said to have taken place at Ram Tirth.

 

Tarn Taran :  Tarn-Taran  is 24 kilometres south  town founded by Sri Guru Arjan Dev in 1590. The Gurdwara got constructed by the Guru stands on the side of a large tank. Fairs are held here on every ´Amavas´ dark night of the month, birth anniversaries of the Gurus, Baisakhi and Diwali.
 

Harike Pattan(Wetland) : The lake formed at the point of confluence of rivers Beas and Sutlej at Harika , situated mid way between Amritsar and Ferozepur was declared a national wildlife sanctuary in 1982. It is a welcome winter home to about 350 odd species of birds from far flung lands of China, Siberia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Baba Bakala : Situated about 45 kilometers east on the Batala road. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadurji, revealed himself to Makhan Shah Labana, a Sikh devotee here. It has a magnificent Gurdwara where people gather in thousands on every amavas (moonless night) and an annual fair is held on Raksha Bandhan day (night of full moon in August) when about one hundred thousand people visit the place.
 

 

 

The city of Amritsar is situated in the north west part of the Indian state of Punjab.  Due to its convenient location the city serves as an important access point to various places of tourist interest. The choice is varied and includes places of historical and religious significance as well as places of immense natural beauty.

There are several day trip options that include outing to the
Wagah Border to see the changing of the guards or to Amanat Khan Serai for the old inn. Goindwal Sahib, Tarn Taran, Baba Bakala and sites of similar importance are easily accessible from the city of Amritsar and are popular choice as Amritsar getaways. The state of Himachal Pradesh is also within easy access of Amritsar and so the hill resorts of Dharamshala, Jwalamukhi and Dalhousie are popular excursions around Amritsar. These places of tourist interest offer stunning mountain scape with the Dhauladhar mountains making the picturesque scenery.

All Amritsar excursions offer proper accommodation and dining facilities at an affordable price. The city is also well connected with Delhi as also with the major cities of India by regular flights, railway and buses. No wonder, the city of Amritsar provides the perfect base for many interesting get aways for its convenient location, great networking and infrastructure.

Some of the famous Tour and Trips  from Amritsar are as follows:

 

Amritsar to Gurudwara Ber Sahib

Gurudwara Ber Sahib is situated in Sultanpur Lodhi, a Sikh pilgrimage center in the Kapurthala district of the Indian state of Punjab and can be covered as an religious tour from Amritsar. Ber Sahib is easily accessible from  city of Amritsar as it is situated at a distance of just 66 km .Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first prophet Sikh Guru, spent 14 years nine months and 13 days of his life here in Sultanpur Lodhi. The holy shrine of Gurudwara Ber Sahib is situated on the bank of the river Kaali vein that flows around half a kilometer away from the old town, in the western direction.
The Gurudwara Ber Sahib is built in the vicinity of a Ber (Zizyphus jujuba) tree, whose sapling is believed to have been planted by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Ber tree still stands in all its glory. The beautiful edifice was originally built by Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia who was also the founder of Kapurthala. Later on, the present building was built under the supervision and instruction of Maharajah Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala between the years of 1938 - 1942.
The portico of the Gurudwara is beared by octagonal columns and the plinth inside stands high. An archway adorned by intrinsic floral patterns leads to the sanctum sanctorum where the Guru Granth Sahib is placed with due honor on a throne. It is believed, that just near to the site of Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Guru Nanak attained enlightenment, started preaching Sikhism and created 'Sukhmani Sahib'. This brings forth thousands of devotees every year from Amritsar to Gurudwara Ber Sahib .
 

Amritsar to Anandpur Sahib  

Anandpur Sahib is located in the left bank of Sutlej river, on Chandigarh - Nangal Road at a distance of 41 kms from Ropar. Amidst the serene backdrop of the Naina Devi mountains, Anandpur Sahib is truly the 'city of divine bliss'. This tour from Amritsar basically entails a trip to the land of gurudwaras and forts. This is because Anandpur Sahib was defended by the forts of Keshgarh, Lohgarh Anandgarh, and Fatehgarh and the picturesque valley has been the site of Sikhism for almost 80 years.
There are around 33 gurudwaras in and around the Anandpur Sahib. The festivals of Holla Mohalla in March and Baisakhi in April is celebrated with huge pomp and gaiety in Anandpur Sahib and see lakhs of devotees flocking the holy place.All this makes Anandpur Sahib an interesting destination near Amritsar.  There are several hotels and guest houses to provide dining and comfortable stays in Anandpur Sahib .

 

Amritsar to Dharamshala

One of the best tour from Amritsar, an early morning drive would make the journey more pleasant with the fresh air. The Dhauladhar range makes a stunning mountain scape with the town of Dharamshala being dotted by the oaks and conifers. For the trekkers this hill resort of Dharamshala offers comfortable challenges, being situated at an altitude ranging between 1,250 meters to 1,650 meters. The beautiful town of Dharamshala is divided into the lower Dharamshala and Upper Dharamshala. The names like Forsythe Ganj and McLeod Ganj enveloped by Tibetan air, immediately interests the nature lovers. Attractions in and around Dharamshala are St. John's Church, Bhagsunag Falls, Triund, Jwalamukhi temple, Dharamkot, Trilokpur, Masroor, Nurpur and various other places.Renowned as "The Little Lhasa in India" Dharamshala is easily accessible by a scenic drive of 200 kms that take around 5 hours to reach.
The best season to visit Dharamshala is from march till June and again from September to December, avoiding the rainy days. Winters in Dharamshala are chilly but certainly more beautiful with clear blue skies. With a host of good hotels and restaurants accommodation is easily available in this renowned tourist spot.
 

 

 

Tours and Trips from Amritsar