Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town, the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake).

The Golden Temple

The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib, meaning “abode of God” or Darbār Sahib, meaning “exalted court”, is a gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It is the preeminent spiritual site of Sikhism. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. … The fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, who had initially constructed a pool here, founded Amritsar, which houses the Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib.

Jama Masjid Amritsar

Khairuddin Mosque Popularly known as the Jama Masjid, the Khairuddin Mosque is located in the heart of the city. Khairuddin Mosque was built in 1876 by Muhammad Khairuddin and is one of the top tourist places in Amritsar.

The place is of cultural, historical importance and is widely known for its architecture in the Islamic style with various inscriptions on the walls and calligraphy style writing.The mosque was once the place where Shah Attaullah Bukhari waged the war on the Britishers.

 

Wagah border

The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border – between Amritsar and Lahore, is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. The daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.

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