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Amritsar: 5 must-visit sites apart from Golden Temple

Amritsar is a colorful city that dates back to the 16th century.

Amritsar – a city in Punjab that boasts a rich amalgamation of art, culture, history, as well as religion – is almost synonyms to the majestic Golden Temple for most tourists. Well, the superb grandeur, magnificent architecture, along divine ambiance that the temple has are surely hard to ignore! However, when you’re done with visiting it, there are also a lot of other attractions waiting for you to explore along the way. In fact, some of those offer so much that you simplycannot get enough on a one-week trip. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the five most popular ones among them that you should not miss in the city of Amritsar.

Jallianwala Bagh: Located at a near distance from Golden Temple, the Jallianwala Bagh is a testimony to one of the most terrible massacres in the history of India’s freedom struggle. It was 13th April 1919 – when the British Army led by General O’Dwyer opened fire on a peaceful gathering, which resulted in the death of around 379 people. The Martyrs’ well along with the stone memorial and museum here isa must-visit for every Indian.

Wagah Border: Wagah Border is the only road that crosses between India and Pakistan. Every evening, the soldiers of both countries perform the Beating Retreat and Change of Guard ceremonies here, which attract lots of tourists. This is an event of patriotism that every Indian should experience at least once in a lifetime. Make sure to bring binoculars to get better views.

Tarn Taran: Tarn Taran is one of the most significant Gurudwaras (pilgrimage sites for Sikhs) in India. Located in the district of the same name, this Gurudwara was founded by Arjan Dev – who was the fifth Guru of Sikhs. The white structure seems majestic with its innovative architectural style. Also, the pond located inside the complex, known as the Saro Pond, is believed to be the largest among all Sikh Shrines.

Akal Takht: Akal Takht is a famous Sikh temple built just opposite the Golden Temple. The temple is quite significant as it represents the political sovereignty of the Sikh people. It was founded in 1605 by the renowned Sikh Guru Shri Hargovind Singh. The five-storied white structure of Akal Takht is a classic example of the Sikh style of architecture.

Durgiana Temple: Initially built in the 16th century, Durgiana Temple looks a lot similar to the Golden Temple. Later, the temple was renovated in the 20th century. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga, and hence the name! However, the complex is also home to several idols of Lord Hanuman, Mata Shitla, and Lakshmi Narain. The complex remains very peaceful, making it an ideal place for meditation.

Apart from these, you can also visit Khalsa College, Gobindgarh Fort, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, etc.

Sayan Paul

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