Plan the best ever Amritsari vacation

Exciting and spiritual, Amritsar offers the perfect backdrop for a picture-perfect vacation.

Amritsar, apart from being a major commercial city, is also the spiritual and cultural heart of Punjab. It is packed with places of historical and religious significance, as well as abundant natural beauty. With hot arid summers, cold winters and moderate monsoons, the best seasons to visit the Golden city are spring and autumn. International tourists often take Delhi to Amritsar flights to reach here.

Here are a few ways to have a great vacation in Amritsar:

* Visit religious monuments: Apart from the iconic Golden Temple, the most important religious site for Sikhs, there are other religious monuments such as the Jama Masjid Khairuddin, which is renowned for its architectural beauty and the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal which is said to exist since the days of the Ramayana. St. Paul’s church, Durgiana Temple and many more religious buildings of great beauty, architecture and religious significance can be found in this ancient city.

* Study historical India: Amritsar has played a key role in India’s independence struggle. There are numerous places of incredible historical importance in and around the city. Catch up on history at the infamous Jalianwala Bagh and Khoo Kalianwala, to the magnificent Gobindgarh fort and the Wagah border. Be sure to attend the Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah border every evening and the defensive architecture of Gobindgarh Fort for a glimpse of the strategic minds from history.

* Be with nature: 55 kilometres from Amritsar lies an immense man-made wetland where one can find the Harike Pattan Bird Sanctuary. Home to over 200 species of migratory and resident birds, the Sanctuary also hosts endangered animals like the smooth Indian otter, fresh water turtles, ghariyals and Indus dolphins. The sanctuary is a must-visit for animal lovers and bird watchers. You will need to book your Delhi to Amritsar flight early because this spot is on every tourist’s list this season.

* Shop till you drop: Amritsar offers a unique shopping experience. You can find the fanciest designer brands as well as markets that have existed from before India’s independence from British rule. In the traditional markets you can find elaborately decorated Patiala salwars and jewel encrusted juttis, Phulkari embroidery, traditional Jadau jewellery and weapon merchants selling daggers and swords. The pull of these markets is so strong that many Delhi socialites will take the Delhi to Amritsar flight just for a day’s splurge. Famished by the shopping, feast to your heart’s content on the delicious street food or at fancy restaurants. Indulge your taste buds in authentic Punjabi cuisine or the tastiest global culinary sensations.

Whether you are looking forward to a trip of religious significance or quietly studying the architecture of the various times in India’s rich history, Amritsar is an amazing destination to have your next vacation.

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