Amritsar

Welcome to Amritsar, the spiritual and religious centre of Punjab.

Amritsar was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhism. While establishing the settlement, he created a tank of water. His youngest son, Arjun Dev, found the waters of the tank to have healing properties. So he built a temple in the middle of the tank. And the city came to be known as Amritsar or ‘Pool of Immortality’. Over the next few centuries, Amritsar came under attack from the Mughals and Afghans. Peace and stability were restored when Maharaja Ranjit Singh, called the Lion of the Punjab, wrested control of the city.

Today, Amritsar is a major commercial, industrial, and transportation hub. It has a number of flourishing industries including handicrafts and knitwear. The carpets and woollen products made here are exported all over the world. The city is also one of the biggest exporters of Basmati Rice. Religious tourism is another contributor to the economy.

Amritsar has a rich cultural heritage. Dance, music and literature have thrived here since centuries. The people are warm, hard working and hospitable. Punjabi is the official language but English is widely spoken and understood. No trip to Amritsar is complete without tasting the local cuisine. Do try the Amritsari Kulchas (a kind of a wheat bread) and Makhani Chicken (a chicken gravy made in butter) which are simple delectable.

Amritsar has a semiarid climate. Summers are scorching and temperatures routinely touch 45 degrees. Monsoons are moderate and last from July to September. Winters are freezing and the temperatures dip below zero.

Places of interest
Golden Temple – This is one of the biggest religious sites in India. Each year, thousands of devotees come here from all over the world. The temple is built on a beautiful tank encircled by wide marbled passageways. Devotees wash their hands and feet here before entering the shrine. The temple is topped by a golden dome that was contributed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Remember to do the 'parikrama' or walk around the smaller homage sites surrounding of the temple.

Jallianwala Bagh - This is a historic monument where 379 people were ruthlessly killed and about 1,200 injured by General Dywer's troops in 1919.  Visit the Martyrs' Gallery which serves as a poignant reminder of this heinous crime.

Ranjit Singh Museum – The museum is housed in a sprawling palace with extensive grounds. You will find a wide range of memorabilia of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's time, including some of the finest paintings and prints of the Raj era.

Durga Temple - Set within a serene tank, this is a 16th century temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Within the complex are several other temples like Sheetla Mata Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir and the Hanuman Mandir.

Top News

Auto Rickshaw Diaries from across India

Auto Rickshaw Diaries from across India

Classic Run 2014 is in full swing and people are talking about it. 'The hawkers and the motorists were bewildered seeing foreigners behind the wheels of brightly painted autorickshaws in Coimbatore on Sunday morning. Well, the onlookers didn’t know they were part of Rickshaw Challenge — Classic Run 2014, which will see ...
2 Jan, 2014 by admin  0
Destination Kochi

Destination Kochi

Check out this perspective on Kochi, in 'God’s own country', Kerala. From Orange Balloons. ...
20 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Sights and Sounds of India

Sights and Sounds of India

The stripped back sights and lo-fi sounds of India. From GroundedMotion ...
18 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Google Blackmail

Google Blackmail

What if Google tried to blackmail you into using Google+? Google is trying harder than ever to force people to sign up for Google Plus. And now, they've discovered a new strategy to do this: either you join Plus, or they'll release your search history and all the private information they've learned about you over the ye...
17 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Happy Holidays from the Rickshaw Challenge

Happy Holidays from the Rickshaw Challenge

Watch Princely Jeyachandran carry out his famous split between two Auto Rickshaws. Never done before, We say it's the most epic of splits - what do you think? This live test was set up to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of our rickshaws and our Rickshaw drivers! Happy Holidays! ...
16 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Portraits of a Sadhu

Portraits of a Sadhu

In Hindu society, a Sadhu, also referred to as a Baba ( Baba also means father, grandfather, or uncle in many Indian languages) is the title given to any abstinent monk who dedicates his life to achieving Moksa, a liberation, salvation or emancipation of soul, similar to the Buddhists pursuit of Nirvana. Here's a visual gli...
13 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Indian Barber Head Massage

Indian Barber Head Massage

Indian barber head message in Goa | Pushkar, India. From The Nomad Barber Watch Baba in Pushkar Head Message in Goa ...
12 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
AUTONOMIC

AUTONOMIC

AUTONOMIC is an initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the auto rickshaw community and the citizens of Bangalore. To bring both parties closer and to make them better understand the problems they face in their daily lives. ...
9 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Take the Poo to the Loo

Take the Poo to the Loo

UNICEF India' ‘Take Poo to the Loo’, campaign is an innovative digital-led campaign focusing on putting an end to open defecation. In India more than 620 million people defecate in the open; this represents half the population. The other half have become blind to the practice – it is a socially accepted norm. A change...
4 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
The Fisherwomen Rickshaw Dream

The Fisherwomen Rickshaw Dream

A short clip from Studio Eeksaurus’s upcoming short film, Fisherwoman. A poignant story of a middle aged fisherwoman who dreams of owning an auto rickshaw. ...
3 Dec, 2013 by admin  0
Page 10 of 79« First...89101112...203040...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress