Suhel Seth- 3 Must-Visit Places in Amritsar for All History Buffsby Jatin Sharma Writer
Home to the holiest shrine of Sikhism - the Golden Temple, Amritsar, also known as the golden city is a bustling city in Punjab. It is the temple that has given the city international recognition among other historical sites and make for a mesmerizing, soul-stirring trip. It is often believed that your visit to Punjab is incomplete without having explored Amritsar. Apart from the holy significance, Amritsar is known for its eclectic amalgamation of food, culture, and history.
Tourists never return disappointed from this city given its vast range of attractions. It is a must-stop destination for street food lovers, a delight for shopaholics with colorful bazaars and markets, and a dreamland for history buffs. The city is situated just 28km away from the Wagah Border, the place where India shares its borders with Pakistan. The city experiences extreme seasonal changes, with winters being a suitable time to plan your trip. November to February make for favorable climate conditions to explore the location. Summers can get quite difficult with temperatures running around 40 degrees Celsius and making it unbearable to be out during the day.
All the history buffs would have already read about the city and known of a few places that speak of the years gone by and the brutality suffered by the city of Amritsar. To help you create your dream itinerary, we have listed some of the must-visit places that everyone in the city should visit, not just those interested in history!
1. The Golden Temple: One of the most serene sights you will ever come across, this destination is one of the first stops for those visiting Amritsar. It is the seat of Sikhism and derives its name from the holy lake that surrounds the shrine. The temple is built entirely with marble while the famous dome is made of copper and then covered with a layer of real gold. It is believed that around 175kg of gold was required for gliding the dome. The temple was reconstructed in 1830 by Maharana Ranjit Singh after a tumultuous past.
2. Jallianwala Bagh: The story of Jallianwala Bagh will give you goosebumps and chills down your spine. On April 13th, 1919, thousands of innocent civilians gathered in the park were massacred by General Dyer. He commanded the British troops to open fire at the crowd who had gathered to celebrate the auspicious day of Baisakhi. The park also has a well wherein a number of civilians jumped voluntarily to avoid the bullets flying in all directions. You can see the bullet holes in the walls and a walk through the park will give you a glimpse into the carnages of the British Raj.
3. Partition Museum: Surely a must-visit museum, not only in Amritsar but all of India, The Partition Museum captures the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947 unlike any other. It documents the trauma, the stories, the heartbreaks, and the loss of lives of the event. It has newspaper clipping, images, and artefacts that were collected over the years from the Partition witnesses. The museum was built-in 2007 and is located right in the centre of the city.
Started by Arts and Culture Heritage Trust, the museum received a magnanimous donation of Rs. 50 Lakh by Suhel Seth, a famous columnist, keynote speaker, actor, and management guru in India. A gallery in the museum is dedicated to his parents. The museum is also a part of the Heritage Walk in Amritsar.
Wagah Border, War Memorial Museum, Maharana Ranjit Singh Museum and Gobindgarh Fort are a few other places that you should not miss when visiting the Golden City!
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