Amritsar Tourism Guide

Amritsar Tourism Guide

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Punjabi

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Found in the north west of Pubjab in the Majha region, Amristar is a place that might surprise you. Much of the city’s history is well documented, including its vital position in the conflict between an emerging independent India, as well as being the home to several important religious buildings. All these things are vital elements that add up to the city’s vibrant character. However, it’s not the whole story.

Here’s your guide to all the surprising adventures you could look forward to on a trip to Amritsar. We’ll also be exploring the best places to eat, finest hotels and giving you some practical advice in our helpful and in depth travel guide.

Top Attractions

Could there be any doubt as to what the top attraction is? The Golden Temple is truly the crown jewel of Amritsar. It is not just a place of great religious importance, although that cannot be understated, it is also a stunning piece of architecture and is the centrepiece to which this city is built around. It’s the best known destination in the city for good reason, and it deserves every ounce of its international reputation as one of the most incredible religious buildings in the world.


While the history of the Jallianwala Bagh may be devastating, it’s a truly important place to visit if you want to really get to grips with what makes this city the fascinating place it is. The mixture of the beauty of the garden and the brutality of its past is something that stays with many visitors for a long time and is an experience few forget. It makes you appreciate the hardships the city has gone through to get to where it is today.


Like a Hindu version of the Golden Temple, The Durgiana Temple is to Hindus what the Golden Temple is to the Sikhs in the region in many ways. It’s of great religious importance, which is its most obvious similarity. Then there’s the aesthetic similarities: both having similar architectural styles, right down to the lake upon which it sits. Is it quite the icon that the Golden Temple is? No, but it is interesting as an example of how these religions live side by side within the region, as well as being a stunning destination in its own right.

“From the pink glow at sunrise to the colourful lights at night, golden outside stunning art and soulful music inside – whether you’re religious or not – the Golden Temple or the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara enchants. The free meal here, known as langar at the largest community kitchen in the world humbles. Jalianwala Baug, a two-minute walk from here, witness to some dark history leaves you sombre. The flag ceremony at the Wagah border (taxis leave from the gates of the Golden Temple) – is full of energy (do not carry any bags here, only mobile phone are camera are permitted). Amritsar is foodies’ haven – thick lassis, Amritsari fish and the thali at Kesar da dhaba, with Punjabi delicacies cooked in pure ghee.”

By Sandeepa and Chetan, Sandeepachetan

“Experience the contrasts that make Amritsar spectacular. The astonishing Golden temple Sikhism holiest shrine vibrates compassion, caring and harmony. Surrounded by a buzzing town; a unique plethora of sights, tastes, smells, and sounds. Don’t miss a zealous, patriotic display of speed marching, high-kicks and floor stamping ending with a handshake at the border ceremony with neighbours Pakistan!”

By Campbell Louw, Stingynomads

Things to do in Amritsar

Amritsar is famous throughout India, the East and the world for its distinct place within the country’s history, as well as for being a city of great religious and cultural significance. There’s plenty to see here and plenty to learn too. Here’s just a small sample of things you can do on your trip.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

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Named after the leader of the Sikh empire throughout the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this museum is a monument and an educational tool surrounding the life and influence of the famed monarch. The ruler is well known for uniting the Sikh kingdoms, modernising and reforming those lands and is generally considered one of the most successful leaders of the region around that time. His history is a fascinating one and the entire story of the “Lion of Pubjab” is far too extensive to go into here. The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum does a terrific job of getting all the information across in a way that allows this extensive history to be accessible to those not familiar with the religion or region. The museum is perhaps best known though for its stunning collection of historical artefacts, including artwork and armour, which bring to life this vital figure in the history of India. A statue of Maharanja Ranjit Singh also stands in the Golden Temple complex.

Address: Ram Bagh, Lawrence Road, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Price: Rs 10

Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday: 09.00 – 17.00, Monday: Closed

Sri Harmandir Sahib

The Sri Harmandir Sahib, which means the abode of god and commonly referred to as ‘the Golden Temple’, is one of the region’s most famous icons and is among the most popular tourist destinations anywhere in Amritsar. This epic temple is certainly one of the most stunning buildings you’ll find in the city. As its nickname would suggest, this temple is a stately, royal looking golden piece of classic architecture, rising out of the water like a stunning mirage. In fact, the temple is so synonymous with the city that the pool which surrounds the temple is also called Amritsar. In fact, the city was named after it. There’s nothing more iconic than being the inspiration behind the city itself. Built in the sixteenth century as a place of worship for the Sikh population, it stands today as though it hasn’t aged a day. Religious or not, this is well worth a visit.

Address: Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 04.00 – 23.00

“The Golden Temple complex is without doubt the most fascinating place to visit in Amritsar. It’s open 24 hours a day and we do recommend you to visit the holy place in the daytime and also in the evening. It’s amazing to witness hundreds of pilgrims coming to the temple to do their prayers during the day, while the evening or night is perfect for night photography of the Golden Temple that shines like a golden jewel. The experience won’t be complete without eating at the kitchen of the Golden Temple complex, the biggest free kitchen in the world.”

By Petra & Veru, Simplynomadiclife

“Amritsar is best known for the Golden temple, Jallian wala bagh and Wagah border among other things, which are all a must see for anyone visiting the city. And if you are at the golden temple then do pay a visit to the best Jalebi maker a few roads down from the temple. Another must eat is the butter chicken or any meal at Makhan restaurant which serves some of the most delicious north Indian food. And a little trip to the market to see beautiful colours and fabrics will complete your trip.”

By Chetna Makan, Chetnamakan

Akal Takht

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Although the Sri Harmandir Sahib may pip this to the post in terms of icons of Amritsar, the Akal Takht is arguably just as culturally and religiously important as the Golden Temple. The suitably impressive translation of its name means “the throne of the timeless one”, and it holds great importance to the Sikh religion as one of the five takhs. This means that this temple represents one of five seats of power throughout the religion. It is a place that is recognised by the religious as the highest authority of the Khalsa. As such, Akal Takht is one of the bedrocks of Sikhism, and visitors are asked to treat it with the greatest respect. But the weight of its cultural and religious significance does not mean that visiting is a strained or stressful experience. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s an incredibly beautiful, peaceful place with its own special ambience that has to be felt in person.

Address: Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 02.30 – 22.00

Jallianwala Bagh

A place of great interest for lovers of history, these gardens represent a juxtaposition that can really leave a lasting impression. The Jallianwala Bagh is a stunning set of gardens with incredible greenery and a peaceful atmosphere. If you come here through the day and you weren’t to read through the history of this place, it seems like a spot of overwhelmingly positivity. However, it is home to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place in the early twentieth century (13th April 1919), when peaceful protestors were walled off within the garden and massacred by the British Indian army. Over 1,000 people were injured and hundreds killed. There have been complaints that the area has been over commercialised, but there’s still a museum and plenty to see here if you want to get to grips with its gruesome and tragic past. Although we advise you read up a little on the history of the garden before visiting so you can really appreciate the history of the area.

Address: Golden Temple Rd, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 06.30 – 19.30

The Partition Museum

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This might be a work in progress but so far visitors appear impressed by the dedication on display at The Partition Museum and we, alongside many of their customers, have high hopes for the future of this educational facility. There’s few prizes for guessing what the subject matter here is. The history of partition is expanded upon in great detail here, with the museum expertly showcasing the effects of the British division of India in the mid-twentieth century. It’s a huge historical event, creating the state of Pakistan as a self governing nation and having repercussions throughout the middle east across the twentieth century and beyond. With the museum seeking to expand in the future, the Partition Museum looks to be an important part of the cultural makeup of Amritsar.

Address: Amritsar, Town Hall, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 18.00

The Durgiana Temple

In many ways the Durgiana Temple feels like a closely related sibling of the world famous Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Sahib. Most obviously, there’s its very similar architecture, without the gold colouring of course. When its design can be compared to an icon of Amritsar like the aforementioned place of holy worship, you know that it’s a truly breath-taking site to behold. In terms of religious and cultural importance, it also has parallels. However, this temple is a place of worship for those following the Hindu religion, with Vishnu and the Goddess Laksmi, both being worshipped here. If you want to get a scope of the rich and varied religious culture in Amritsar, we recommend you check out both.

Address: Durgiana Temple, Durgiana Tirath, Near Lohgarh Gate, Amritsar, Punjab, 143001, India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: Daily: 06.00 – 22.00

Gobindgarh Fort

Across this list, you may have noticed a theme throughout the attraction in Amritsar and that’s the city’s love of its history, not just locally, but throughout India. There’s a ton of museums and incredible historical sites to visit. Gobindgarh Fort is one of the latest to join this incredible cast of cultural phenomenon, opening its doors to the public in February 2017. Before that, this fort was occupied to the army, having been built in the 18th century as an active military fortress. As such, it has become a monument to the bloodied history of Amritsar, having seen action against the British in the mid 19th century. In addition to being able to take a look at a living piece of history, since it has been opened to the public, several attractions have been added. These include an ancient war museum, a coin museum, a performance stage, known as the Spirit of Punjab, and more.

Address: Old Cantt Rd, Vijay Chowk, Lohgarh Chowk, Gobindgarh Fort, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Price: Rs 25 per person

Opening times: Daily: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Tarn Taran Sahib

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It might not be as famous as the Golden Temple, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. The Tarn Taran Sahib is a vital spot near the city of Amritsar, thanks to its storied history, cultural importance and place within the political world due to it being the meeting place of the Tarn Taran District local government of municipality. A city in its own right (it was formed from the Amritsar district in 2006), it is located close enough to be worth checking out, and the temple itself is enough to warrant the journey alone. Famous for a monthly pilgrimage that is held on the Amavas, also known as the no-moon night, this is a place of great historical importance, beauty and religious significance.

Address: Tarn Taran Road, Amritsar 143022, India

Price: Free

Opening times: N/A

Mata Lal Devi Temple

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Considered by many to be the most fun temple you could possibly visit, this is no ordinary place of religious worship. This is a techni-clour dreamland of a temple, filled to the brim with stunning shrines, tunnels, caves, and generally beautiful decoration. Does it have the majesty or sheer architectural backing that some of the temples on this list boast? Not quite but Mata Lal Devi Temple does have its own sense of personality, ambience and spiritual feel to it. It’s a lovingly crafted temple with little else like it on earth.

Address: Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi Ji Mandir, Ramtirth, Amritsar,India

Price: Free

Opening times: Daily: 05.00 – 23.00

Shopping in Amritsar

When visiting somewhere like Amritsar, it’s natural to want to shop for that special souvenir, to check out the street food, the unique items to the region and even just to get a sense of the culture around the brimming market stalls. Here’s a couple of suggestions to start your shopping trip off right:

Katra Jaimal Singh Market

This market focuses almost exclusively on fashion, although there is the odd different store around here and there. As with every good market, there’s a few places to get a bite to eat while you’re on your travels. However, here it’s all about the threads and if you want to get an authentic look at fashion in Amritsar, then this is the place to be. It may be far from five-star designer clothing malls but in many ways, it’s a lot more interesting.

Address: Near Hall Bazaar, Amritsar, India

Opening times: Daily: 11.00 – 20.00

The Famous Amritsari Papar Warian

If you’ve not heard of it before, Amritsari Papar Warian is a crisp like food made from seasoned dough and has become world famous throughout the east. As its name would suggest, this delicious delight is synonymous with the area. This versatile dish can be created using everything from potato to lentils, chickpeas to rice or even tapioca. They are usually served as a side dish or as a snack, and here at the Famous Amritsari Papar Warian, you can buy the real deal in all its doughy glory. It might not be much of a shopping experience, but we couldn’t make a guide without a shout out to one of the city’s most beloved culinary treats.

Address: Lawrence Road, Opposite Arya Samaj Mandir, Near BBK DAV College, Shastri Nagar, White Avenue, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Daily: 09.00 – 22.00

Alpha One Mall

If you’re looking for that international shopping experience, there’s no better options in Amritsar than the futuristically titled Alpha One Mall. Perhaps that name is a little ambitious, seeing as looks-wise, there’s nothing too out there about this shopping destination. However, what is great is the sheer number of international brands available here, complete with three restaurants in a great location.

Address: MBM Farms, Sultan Wind Sub Urban Main GT Road, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Fun Facts

  • The Golden Temple is actually made of real gold, at least partially. Its dome is covered in a whopping 750kg of the stuff, along with a breath-taking marble walkway.

  • Ever wonder why Amritsar includes so many vital places of worship for followers of the Sikh religion? Well, part of that is due to history and many significant events just falling into place right in the city. It’s also however because the city is considered the centre of religion, with the Golden Temple being its principle place of religious worship.

  • Did you know that there’s a daily flag ceremony in Amritsar? Every day at the Wagah border, there’s a military practice between the forces of both Pakistan, known as the Pakistan Rangers, and India, the Border Security Force. It symbolises the complex history between these nations. Despite some tensions in 2016, which led to Indian public attendance being denied in the evenings, it still goes on to this day, leading an over half a century year old legacy.

Where to Eat in Amritsar

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the majority of restaurants in Amritsar serve up Indian food. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of global flavours to sample here. Indian food is a given but there’s restaurants that specialise in cuisines from across the continents, with so many incredible dishes to try in Amritsar’s delightful dining offerings.

Kanha Sweets


If you’ve got a hankering for something sweet, then Kanha Sweets is a top contender for the best dessert focused Indian restaurant in Amritsar. They offer delicious treats that are able to satisfy any sweet tooth. They’re particularly well known for their excellent breakfast options and you’ll be absolutely amazed at the price for the level of quality on offer, as well as the generous sizes of the portions. This is a bargain whichever way you look at it.

Address: Dayanand Nagar, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Daily: 06.00 – 22.00

Guru-Ka-Langar

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If you’re wondering what the best bargain in Amritsar is, then you can’t do much better than getting a meal completely free. In fact, what Guru-Ka-Langar provides is far better than a mere bargain. As the largest community kitchen around, this is a place of outstanding good, bringing people together of all races, ages and religions through food. It’s an utterly selfless project located inside the beautiful Golden Temple. It is worth a look just to see humanity at its finest.

Address: Guru Ka Langar, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar Cantt., Punjab 143006, India

Opening times: Daily: 05.00 – 22.00

Charming Chicken

You might not struggle to guess what the star attraction at Charming Chicken is. Their passion for poultry based Indian dishes has pushed them to the very top of Amritsar’s top-rated restaurants. What can be said except sometime it’s better to focus on one thing and get it just right than stretch yourself and end up with a large but mediocre menu. Their butter chicken in particular is loved by many of their customers.

Address: Majitha Rd, Nari Niketan, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Wednesday – Monday: 13.30 – 23.00, Tuesday: Closed

Crystal Restaurant

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Amritsar is a city that doesn’t really do fine dining. As evidenced in our previous entry, food here is more of a down to earth communal affair. While Crystal Restaurant isn’t quite the Michelin star dining experience you might expect to find in somewhere like France or Italy, it is one of the first in Amritsar to take a more sit down, formal approach to food. It tiptoes the line of feeling like you’re spoiling yourself without ever being pretentious. Aside from being one of the first, it’s also one of the best for authentic Indian flavours and vegetarian friendly recipes.

Address: Majitha Rd, Nari Niketan, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Wednesday – Monday: 13.30 – 23.00, Tuesday: Closed

Kulcha Land

Much like Charming Chicken, there’s a selection of restaurants throughout Amritsar that seem to focus on one type of dish above else and work on absolutely nailing it. With results like that found in Kulcha Land, it’s a strategy that’s hard to argue with. Many people consider this the best kulcha you can find anywhere. With incredible variety, this is the perfect sharing dish if you want to go out for a meal with family or friends.

Address: Distt Shoping centre, Opp. MK Hotel,, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India

Opening times: Daily: 09.00 – 16.00

Thai Chi

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While it may not surprise you to discover that there’s a selection of Chinese restaurants in Amritsar, it may come as a shock to know that the amount of them is almost equal to restaurants specialising in Indian cuisine. With over a hundred restaurants to choose from, getting to the top can be a tall order. That’s why Thai Chi’s place as a contender for the absolute best place to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine is not to be taken light heartedly.

Address: Holiday Inn, Lobby Level, District Shopping Centre, Near Khalsa College, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar 143001

Opening times: Daily: 12.30 – 00.00

Top Tips

    Respect places of religion

  • As a deeply religious nation with some of the most profoundly important places of worship in their communities, it goes without saying that the traditions held in Amritsar must be respected during your visit. These rules include taking shoes off, not smoking and dressing appropriately.
  • Mind the monkeys

  • As is the case throughout many parts of India, monkeys can be a nuisance if you’re not careful. Don’t feed them and if you’re travelling through an area where they frequent, keep your eyes peeled, as they often can come from above in wooded areas.
  • Be prepared for the flag ceremony

  • If you choose to go to the flag ceremony, keep in mind that this ceremony lasts half an hour and you are expected to be quiet throughout. This is especially true during the beginning of the parade and as the flags are lowered.

Hotels in Amritsar

Amritsar is a place where you can find a place to stay on a very modest budget. In fact, even the high cost hotels on this list are still great bargains compared to many areas in the world. Let’s take a look at some terrific value accommodations, from the simple to the luxurious, so you can find one that’s right for you and your wallet.

Luxury Hotels in Amritsar

Amritsar doesn’t actually do much in the way of five star hotels. As mentioned previously, in general, it’s a pretty down to earth place with more street food vendors than gourmet restaurants. However, there is the odd exception, like the wonderful Hyatt Amritsar. Found a mere ten minutes away from the Golden Temple, it might not blow you away at first glance. From the outside, it looks very good, but it doesn’t quite have that wow factor in terms of its exterior. We can only assume, based on every other aspect of the hotel, that this is because it doesn’t want to overwhelm you due to all the stunning décor and wonderful facilities inside. As well as this hotel being absolutely gorgeous in general, from the lobby to your hotel room, you’ve also got two onsite restaurants, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness centre and a full service spa to enjoy.

With a brand like the Radisson Blu, there’s a certain level of quality that is expected. When any hotel giant enjoys massive success, both critically and commercially, it’s only natural that its clientele come to want the finest during their stay. While the Radisson hotels might not be expected to be quite as mind-bendingly luxurious as the likes of the Four Seasons, there is a standard here that it needs to live up to. Needless to say, the Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar more than lives up to their reputation. The hotel looks great, has excellent facilities, great rooms and all at a very fair price. It’s modern, tastefully decorated and provides plenty of bang for your buck. Facilities include an outdoor pool, nightclub, two restaurants and much more.

Mid-Range Hotels in Amritsar

When looking at the dazzling Art Deco Golden Tulip Amritsar hotel, seeing the facilities, the rooms, the four-star rating and the customer feedback next to the price range, you will probably be so amazed you’ll need to double check you haven’t made a mistake. This hotel is amazing value for money, with rates starting from as little as Rs 3,596. It really shows just how far a fairly modest budget can stretch in Amritsar. The rooms are large and luxurious, and the hotel in general has a very colourful, warm ambience to it thanks to some carefully selected design choices that really make the whole place come to life. Facility wise, you’ve got free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, rainfall showerheads, an onsite restaurant, a fitness centre and a bar/lounge.

The stunning Country Inn Suites by Carlson Amritsar is a distinctly stylish hotel. Walking the tightrope between down to earth charm and luxury, it manages to absolutely nail it by offering a wonderfully low key sense of quality, without ever feeling forced or pretentious. This is a hotel that hits you with an incredible first impression and doesn’t let up from the moment you step inside its brightly lit doors. Its exterior perfectly encapsulates the exquisite nature of this hotel, coming across as an Indian take on some place you might see in the sunnier parts of Europe. It’s the best of the west with an eastern twist and its ultra modern inside, with stylish rooms and stunning pool areas more than living up to its promise.

Often when it comes to style, there’s a toss up between going for a more rustic, classical style and a modern look. Some hotels try to fuse these two worlds, with the best offering an incredible hotel experience and the worst coming across as a confused mess. Hotel City Park is one which falls firmly into the modernist camp. So if you’re after something a little earthier, then you may want to search elsewhere. If, however, what you’re looking for is a sleek, good looking hotel without a single ounce of fat in terms of décor efficiency, then you’ll find few, if any better, than Hotel City Park. That doesn’t mean the hotel feels cold in any sense: far from it. It uses its futuristic sheen and liberally adds dashes of bright colours throughout the hotel and in its rooms to give it a distinctive personality. If you’re with a large group, you can also request adjoining rooms if you book in advance.

The Ramada Amritsar might give the most impressive first look of any hotel on this list. Indeed, it might also give the best first, middle and last impression depending on your tastes. On first glance, the hotel looks like a stately home or a parliamentary building. It feels like it has distinctly European influences: it’s like stepping into another culture and indeed another time. Usually however, hotels like to play things a little more conservative on the inside. Not the Ramada Amritsar. In fact, that classical feeling of luxury is complete with tasteful décor being centred around this particularly traditional look and feel. The entire place feels like walking down a luxurious staircase as part of some early nineteenth century upper class ball. That is except for the guest rooms, which take a little bit of a step back. This is quite welcome, as the in your face style of the hotel can be a bit much for bedtime. Ultimately, this all depends on your tastes. Some will find it utterly charming while others will yearn for a more up to date feel. But for the former, this is possibly the best hotel, offering so much for rates starting at less than Rs 4,000 a night.

Budget Hotels in Amritsar

About as budget as budget can get without compromising on comfort Hotel Grace is a godsend to cash strapped travellers who still want to check out all the sites in Amritsar. The location of the hotel is incredible for the price range and you’ll struggle to find anything to match it. Being this close to the Golden Temple for around Rs 1,080 a night shouldn’t be possible. The hotel is not going to blow you away with luxury, but that should be a given considering the rate available here. However, you’ll get basic but comfortable and clean rooms, along with a good service at an amazing price. It might not be the Four Seasons but it is one incredible bargain.

A touch more expensive than Hotel Grace but still way below what you’d expect to pay for a decent hotel, this accommodation is a shining example of getting more bang for your buck. In fact, “shining” is a pretty apt term for the hotel HKJ Residency, as their brightly lit rooms positively beam alongside the service, value for money and friendly staff. Just like the Hotel Grace, it also boasts an excellent location near the Golden Temple, which is a mere five minutes walk away. The hotel has Wi-Fi, air conditioning and, most importantly, it has nice cosy rooms so you can drift off after a long day sightseeing in the city. The hotel doesn’t offer any food, which to be honest is something that you have to accept for rates of around Rs 1,350, but being in the thick of things location wise, you shouldn’t have an issue finding somewhere great to eat.

The Hotel CJ Internationalseems far too good to be true. There just seems to be no way that a two-star hotel can offer this much in terms of style, sophistication and quality of rooms. Décor wise, it might not be exactly to everyone’s tastes. There’s an extravagant sense of style here that doesn’t quite have the luxury to back it up, but if you like golden pillows, you’ll be right at home here. Even if the hotel isn’t 100% your cup of tea when it comes to style, you’ll likely not mind too much due to the size and comfort on offer at a budget range. It’s also a few hundred metres away from the Golden Temple, so we’re three for three on our budget hotels having great locations next to the most iconic landmark in the city. The hotel also offers food options, with nightly rates starting from around Rs 2,160.

From its love of the cuisine and beyond, Amritsar has a lot more Chinese inspired spots than you might imagine. Hotel Hong Kong is a wonderfully cheap and cheerful example of this: although you wouldn’t necessarily know that from your stay there. Don’t get us wrong, there’s no marble floors, no chandeliers and no onsite spa service. You won’t be confusing Hotel Hong Kong for a high end Vegas hotel anytime soon. However, it certainly doesn’t come across as feeling cheap. In fact, its minimalism really just feels in good taste, partially due to it working well with its Chinese influences. This feels like a hotel that keeps things simple out of design rather than necessity and delivers its own distinctly low-key good looks because of it. Great rooms at a great price in a hotel with it’s own charm: what’s not to love?

For more Hotels in Amritsar explore the Expedia Singapore website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around Amritsar

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While there’s not a massive amount of transport options in Amritsar, there should be enough for you to be able to travel around the city without too much hassle.

Auto-rickshaw and cycle-rickshaw

These are found around the city and are generally fairly priced. Just make sure you agree on a price with the driver in advance in order to avoid any issues.

Taxis

Generally found outside the train station, the same basic rules that apply to the auto-rickshaws also apply here. There’s also radio taxis available.

Free buses

You can enjoy free public transport with the bus services that run between the train station and the Golden Temple. These are an ideal option for those days out sightseeing.

Car rental

There’s plenty of car rental companies offering their services around Amritsar. We always recommend that you ensure you’re doing business with a reputable company if you do choose to traverse the city via rented car.

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The best time to visit Amritsar is generally considered to be between the months of November to March. This is due to the pleasant conditions bringing out the best in the city, although it can occasionally get very costly during this period.

Other times of the year, such as April to June may be suitable if you prefer hot weather. To be clear, when we say hot, we mean it: with temperatures sometimes hitting close to 50°C. Between July and October, you have Monsoon season. After the scorching heat of the summer months, the frequent rainfall may be welcome, but this might not be ideal if you are planning outdoor activities.

Flights to Amritsar

When flying to Amritsar, you will land in the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, which is named after the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das and the founder of the city itself. Located just 11 kilometres (7 miles) away from the northwest of Amritsar, it is easy enough to travel onto your destination via pre-booked taxi or rented vehicle after you land.

The airport is easy to reach from India’s biggest airports, with around 99 flights being served between Amritsar and New Delhi every week. If you’re departing from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, you can choose between six airlines offering direct flights, with the average flight time taking just one hour. The cost of return journeys fluctuates throughout the year, with the cheapest coming in at under Rs 4,000.

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Visit Expedia India website to find the best prices for flights to Amritsar.