Love temples, jungles and culture? Get away to Amritsar!

Amritsar is a vibrant city bustling with people and pilgrims from all over India who come to worship at the magnificent Golden Temple. Explore the Amritsar’s intriguing old town and discover modern Amritsar, which thrives across the railway tracks in the northern districts. Visit the town’s other temples and learn about its history at museums.

Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, after he discovered a bathing pool thought to have healing powers. It has grown to become the largest city in Punjab and welcomes millions of visitors each year, many of whom are Sikhs who come to volunteer and worship at their most revered shrine, the Golden Temple.

Admire the temple’s golden façade shimmering in the sun, appearing as if it is floating above the water. Before entering, wash your feet and cover your head with a scarf. Once inside, see the Guru Granth Sahib, a large book containing the holy scripture of the Sikhs, which is read aloud as part of the daily service. The temple is also home to the Central Sikh Museum, where you can find a large gallery of paintings documenting Sikh history.

Explore the old town within the 12 city gates and you will discover a number of other interesting attractions. Visit the cave-like Mata Temple, the city’s main Hindu place of worship. The former Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is now a museum displaying weapons, oil paintings and other artifacts from the Sikh period.

Take a walk around the Jallianwala Bagh Gardens. These were planted in memory of the Amritsar massacre in 1919, when British soldiers killed over 1000 unarmed protestors.

Amritsar has an international airport and good rail links with all other major cities in the country. The city’s popularity means traffic can be busy, so auto rickshaws are the best way to get around. Winter, between October and March, is the best time to visit.

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Temples, Jungles and UNESCO Site

Top hotels in Amritsar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar
4 out of 5
Albert Road, Amritsar, Punjab
Rs3,053/night
24 Sep-25 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (182 reviews)

Situated in Amritsar, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Mata Lal Devi Temple and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Golden Temple. Hall Bazar and Gandhi Gate are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (182 reviews)

"The staff were very helpful & the pool was well maintained & clean."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019

Fairfield by Marriott Amritsar
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Hyatt Regency Amritsar
4.5 out of 5
Rs5,500/night
18 Sep-19 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (404 reviews)

Located in the heart of Amritsar, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Mall of Amritsar, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hall Bazar and Jallianwala Bagh Monument. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (404 reviews)

"Clean and comfy beds"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019

Hyatt Regency Amritsar
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Taj Swarna
Plot No. C-3, Opposite Basant Avenue, Outer Circular Road, Amritsar, Punjab
Rs7,450/night
2 Oct-3 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)

Located in the heart of Amritsar, this eco-friendly hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golden Temple and 23.5 mi (37.8 km) from Wagah Border.

4.5/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)

"Buffet breakfast spread could be better. I feel not as per Taj Standards. Otherwise food is very good"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019

Taj Swarna

Popular things to do in Amritsar

Golden Temple
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Golden Temple

Admire magnificent temples, listen to the infectious sounds of devotional chants and experience a sense of inspiring tranquility at Sikhism’s holiest shrine.

Katra Jaimal Singh Market
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Katra Jaimal Singh Market

Visit this bustling bazaar and bargain with vendors for everything from beaded dresses and tailored suits to jewelry and shoes.

Akal Takht
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Akal Takht

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Akal Takht in Amritsar. Add the area's temples or shops to your travel plans.