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Gems of Amritsar
Experience the city's rich history with a visit to key landmarks such as the Golden Temple and witness ceremonial events that shaped Amritsar to what it is today
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Situated 25km east of India’s border with Pakistan, Amritsar is the largest and most significant city in the northwestern state of Punjab. The city is best known as the cultural and spiritual center of Sikhs in India and abroad, with the Golden Temple complex being the chief pilgrimage site. Aside from being home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, Amritsar’s Thathera community of Jandiala Guru are famous for its brass and copper artisan products, which were included in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Sri Harmandir Sahib

The Golden Temple is the most revered assembly and worship hall (gurdwara) for Sikhs. Locally known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, a visit to this gurdwara definitely tops the list of things to do in Amritsar. This gleaming, gold-covered structure stands in the middle of a sacred pool (sarovar) and is surrounded by notable Sikh buildings such as the Akal Takht, the Gurdwara Committee offices, a museum and a community kitchen that serves free vegetarian meals to all visitors.
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Jallianwala Bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh public garden was established in 1951 to honor the victims of the tragic Amritsar massacre of 1919, which was a pivotal moment in India’s history. The 7-acre memorial park is composed of a rectangular garden surrounded by commemorative structures such as the Flame of Liberty, Wall of Martyrs, the Amar Jyoti eternal flame, as well as a museum and a gallery. Jallianwala Bagh is within walking distance from the principal Sikh temple complex, the Sri Harmandir Sahib.
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Partition Museum

Inaugurated in 2017, the Partition Museum commemorates the events of 1947 when British India was abruptly divided into India and Pakistan. Up to 20 million people were displaced as a result, and the Partition Museum houses artifacts from the exodus donated by the survivors. There are also audio-visual stations within its 14 galleries where visitors can get a holistic view of the lasting effects of the partition. This public museum can be found in Amritsar’s town hall, a 10-minute walk from the Golden Temple complex.
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Akal Takht

The Akal Takht is the foremost of the five seats of religious power (takhts) in Sikhism. The building is part of the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex and is situated across the entrance of the causeway leading to the Golden Temple at the center of the sacred pool (sarovar). The Akal Takht was established in 1606 and was rebuilt in 1984 after sustaining serious damage. It is about a 15-minute walk from the Partition Museum or the Amritsar town hall.
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