A famous tourist destination also known as Ambarsar, Amritsar is situated in the north-west part of Punjab, India. Amritsar derives its name from “Amrit Sarovar”, the sacred pond in which stands the sacred shrine of Sikhism. Amritsar was founded in the year 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das. It is a city which has seen the rich past of Punjab, encompassing various mythical and historical narratives for centuries. Inarguably, Amritsar has a lot to offer and here are 8 places which you must visit in this holy city:
1. Durgiana Temple
The Durgiana Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath and Sitla Mandir is a Hindu temple but its architecture is similar to the Golden temple. The chief deity worshipped here is the goddess Durga. The temple is situated in the Lohgarh gate, at the site of small lake called Durgiana and is very close to the Amritsar railway station (1.5 kilometers).
2. Sarai Amanat Khan
Sarai Amanat Khan is one of the several caravan-sarais (inns) built by the Mughals on the Grand Trunk Road. Sarai Amanat Khan was the resting place of Amanat Khan, the great calligrapher of the most beautiful monument in India – the Taj Mahal. A must-visit place, it is located on the Sher Shah Suri Marg. Entry to this monument is free.
3. Panj Sarovar Walk
The Panj Sarovar walk entails a visit to the five prominent sacred pools (sarovar) of Sikhism, starting with Santokhsar Sarovar, the first ever sarovar of Sikhism. Other sarovars include Ramsar Sarovar, the smallest of all five, Bibeksar Sarovar which is associated with sixth guru of Sikhs and Kaulsar Sarovar named after a Muslim lady, Bibi Kaulan.
4. Ram Tirath
Located at a distance of 11 kilometers to the west of Chogawan road in Amritsar, Ram Tirath Temple dates back to the period of Ramayana and has a very ancient tank nearby. At the site of the temple there is a hut where Mata Sita is said to have given birth to Luv and Kush. The temple exhibits scenes from Ramayana and also marks the site for Maharishi Valmiki’s hermitage.
5. Gurudwara Goindwal Sahib
Goindwal, also known as Goindwal Sahib is located in Tarn Taran district in the state of Punjab. It gained prominence in the 16th century as an important center for the Sikh religion during the Guruship of Guru Amar Das. Today the place is a prime tourist destination and the massive Langar provides food to a large number of visitors every day.
6. Pul Kanjari
Pul Kanjari is situated 35 km away from Amritsar on Amritsar-Lahore road near the Wagha border. It is one of the heritage sites built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a resting spot while travelling with his royal troops. During his reign, Pul Kanjari was an important trading centre. According to legend the place was built by the king for a dancer Moran. While crossing the canal, one of her shoes fell into the water and then a bridge was constructed on her insistence.
7. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama
Located in the Northwest corner of Ram Bagh, this museum is dedicated to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also called “Lion of Punjab”. Since Maharaja founded the Sikh empire and wrestled large areas of northwest India from the Mughals, a vast diorama depicts the greatest battles fought by him.
8. Gobindgarh Fort
Gobindgarh Fort is a historic military fort located in the centre of the city of Amritsar. The fort was constructed in year 1760 by Bhangi Misl rulers and was known as “Bhangian da Qila”. Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered it in 1825 and named it after the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Then in the year 1948, Britishers used it to house their army. The fort is presently possessed by the Punjab Government.
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