We bid adieu to the Golden City of Amritsar with some shopping and some sightseeing.
One of the well known temples in Amritsar, is the Durgiana Temple,on the Railway station road.
The Durgiana Temple, also known as the Durgiana Mandir, is a Hindu shrine located in the city of Amritsar, India. The temple is considered one of the most important spiritual places in Amritsar and is known for its beautiful architecture, intricate carvings, and peaceful atmosphere. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, attracting visitors from all over the world who are interested in Hindu religion and culture.
Visitors to the Durgiana Temple will be struck by the magnificent beauty of the temple’s architecture. The temple’s design is inspired by the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar, and its intricate carvings and sculptures reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. The temple is also home to several festivals throughout the year, including Diwali and Dussehra, which are celebrated with much enthusiasm and devotion by the local community. Visitors to the temple can also enjoy a traditional Indian meal at one of the many restaurants and food stalls in the area, sample the local Amritsari cuisine, or explore the city’s rich history by visiting other notable sights, such as the Jallianwala Bagh.
Next to the Durgiana temple(Just on the left as you enter Durgiana temple) is the Sheetla mata temple, which is around 700 years old.
Sheetla Mata Temple is a Hindu shrine located in the city of Amritsar, India. It is considered one of the most important religious sites in the city and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple is dedicated to Sheetla Mata, the Hindu goddess of smallpox, who is revered for her ability to cure illnesses and provide protection from disease.
The Sheetla Mata Temple is known for its peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, making it a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike. Visitors to the temple will be struck by the intricate carvings and beautiful architecture, which reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. The temple is surrounded by lush green gardens and has several shrines dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses, adding to its spiritual significance.
Another famous temple near the Town hall, ‘Shri Longa Wali Devi Ji‘
Must Visit : ‘Mandir mata lal devi ji’ in model town,also known as Mother India Temple.
It was constructed as a tribute to Smt Laal Devi in 1989 who was well known for her charities
It reminds of the Cave of Vaishno Devi,has a maze of idols, where you keep on walking and paying respects to each and every God untill you arrive at the very end.
The Idea behind this temple -Even if you had no resources, you shouldn’t be deprived of a visit to any shrine across India
You can also visit Gobind garh fort built in 1805 also known as Bhangian da Killah.
We then move to visit the Wagah Border,late afternoon.You will get taxis all across Amritsar to take you to this Flag Hoisting Ceremony every evening at Attari.
Wagah Border is a crossing point between India and Pakistan, located on the Grand Trunk Road near the city of Amritsar in India. It is the only land crossing between the two countries and is known for the daily military ceremony that takes place at the border. The ceremony, known as the Beating Retreat Ceremony, is a colorful and patriotic display of pageantry that has become a symbol of Indo-Pakistan friendship and goodwill.
The Beating Retreat Ceremony takes place every evening just before sunset and is attended by thousands of spectators from both India and Pakistan. During the ceremony, soldiers from the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers perform a series of marching drills, accompanied by music and patriotic songs. The highlight of the ceremony is the lowering of the national flags, which is done in a synchronized and highly choreographed manner. The ceremony ends with the closing of the gates and the lowering of the iron barricades that divide the two countries.
Tip#1: Move towards Wagah at 3:30 PM to get a good seat.Ceremony begins at around 5-5:30 PM(Hotels generally arrange the taxis easily for a return trip).Its Jam packed & boisterous . Camera & Mobiles are allowed bags are not.
Enroute to Wagah border,you get a glimpse of 120 yr old Khalsa college,buillt in 1892
Amritsar, the spiritual and cultural heart of Punjab, is also a shopping hub for locals and tourists alike. With its bustling bazaars, traditional markets, and modern shopping centers, the city offers a diverse range of shopping experiences for all types of shoppers. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, traditional handicrafts, or the latest fashion trends, Amritsar has something for everyone.
One of the best places to start your shopping adventure in Amritsar is the famous Hall Bazaar. This historic market is located in the heart of the old city and is known for its traditional bangle shops, fabric stores, and jewelry shops. Visitors can find a wide range of handmade items, including intricate Punjabi juttis (footwear), traditional Punjabi attire, and beautiful Punjabi jewelry. Hall Bazaar is also a great place to pick up souvenirs, such as hand-painted Punjabi miniature paintings and traditional Punjabi music instruments.
Tip#2: Check out on local shops selling in the interior of the walled city and not on Main road near Jallianwala wala Bagh for better value for Money
Tip#3: Haggle and bargain wherever you can..
Amritsar is a great place for buying cottons
Women: You are spoilt for choices with the traditional Phulkari embroidery in cotton/crepes for Sarees/Suits/Lehenga Chunni/Wedding sets, priced reasonably Rs1000 onwards
Men:You can get Pathani Kurta payjama /Jeans Kurta in all d various shades/materials from local market/Katra.
Amritsar is known for its woollens and its 1/3rd the price you would pay in any other city..!!
Tip#4: Shop in the morning,give your measurements at the store and the stuff gets delivered to your hotel by the time you are back from Wagah..
These shops are at Katra Kanhaiya and easily reachable by Auto/rickshaw/Walk
Tip#5: Hop on to a cycle rickshaw for shopping in the bylanes.Locals are helpful and take you to good stores.
Recommendation:Buy papad/wadian(these are traditional food items prepared from Lentils and other spices).From no spice to Heavily spiced, all the palettes are catered to..
Punjabis definitely love their food.
Tip#6:Check with the vendor for the degree of spice in these items.
Adios Amritsarwallas.. We will be back for more!