Amritsar, in the north-west of India, is located near the Pakistan border in the Indian state of Punjab. It is the spiritual and cultural home of Sikhism.
Amritsar is most famous for its glorious Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, Sikhism’s holiest shrine. Its dome is said to be gilded with 750kg of pure gold.
Amritsar gets it name from the pool of water surrounding the Golden Temple, the Amrit Sarovar, or Pool of Nectar, which was excavated in 1577 by the fourth Sikh Guru Ram Das. It is the combination of the golden dome and its reflection in this stunning pool of water that gives such beauty and elegance to the gurdwara.
As a symbol of the Sikh philosophy of peace and unity among people of all races and religions, everyone is allowed into the Golden Temple, and free meals are also available in the dining hall.
While the lanes of Amritsar’s old city are as frantic and chaotic as anywhere in India, its new city is as slick and modern as New Delhi, with internet cafes, smart shops and international hotels.
Amritsar is a peaceful and hospitable city, welcoming tourists from India and around the world. It has a reputation as a food lover’s paradise and the famous Punjabi exports of butter chicken and bhangra music can be found here in plentiful supply.
When to go:
The best time to visit Amritsar is in the winter months from October to March. Temperatures can reach 49 degrees Celsius from April to June.
Situated across from the city's international airport, Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar provides a location near the Golden Temple. Guests enjoy well-equipped modern rooms with Free high-speed, wireless Internet, as well as on-site dining at two restaurants. Amritsar travellers also love the hotel's services, which include an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa and dedicated travel desk.
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