Amritsar is great weekend gateway form Delhi-NCR region, now a days. Its just 400km approx and takes 8hrs approx excluding stoppages. You can plan early to leave on friday evening and enjoi your weekend there.
We planned our Amritsar trip over 26th Jan long weekend. We had a big family with kids, so we have to plan safely and properly. We left From Gurgaon at 5am in the morning and followed the Delhi→karnal->Ambala-> ludhiana→Amritsar route, as mentioned on many blogs.
Our first stop was at Jhilmil restauarnt for our breakfast. Its a humongous place with proper car parking, clean washrooms and most of all quick service of delicious food. You will just love it there. Nearby you have karnal Lake too, if you wana stop by and have a small picnic there.
After we left from here, we had heavy brunch, so no more stoppages required. We yet stopped at petrolpump and many tolls of worth (125,75, 75, 26 etc). So be prepared with lot of small currency money.
We reached Amritsar at 3.30 pm approx and moved to our Sarai (booked previously). Always ensure to book your rooms in Amritsar , before traveling and try to check pics of its room first. We booked a Sarai near Golden temple, to ease our stay, but it turned bad. Way to Sarai was so thin, that we have to park our car like 3km away and take local e-rickshaw’s. So advisable is to book room in Amritsar new city and then travel via local mode.
About Amritsar: Amritsar is home to the Harmandir Sahib (commonly known as the Golden Temple), the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion.According to the 2011 census, the population of Amritsar was 1,132,761 and it is the second most populous city of Punjab. The main commercial activities of Amritsar include tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce, handicrafts, service trades, and light engineering. The city is known for its rich cuisines, culture & history. Places of attraction here all related to History, like Golden Temple, Ramteerth temple, Durgiana temple, Jallianwala bagh.
We had our itinerary ready and upcoming was Gobindgarh Fort, which was 4km from our sarai. We freshened up , left using local rickshaw. It charged us Rs.10 per person. After reaching there, we enquired about Light & sound show there & 7D shows. Ticket price is approx 160Rs per person. It includes only sightseeing and shows, museum entry. No food or photography allowed inside.
Initially we were sceptical visiting this place, but it was worth the time & money. Light & sound show was dedicated to Amritsar History and era. Loved watching it. It was for approx 30mins. Then we enjoyed folk-dance, Gidda and many more items. Next we headed to History museum inside. Its newly opened and displays many kind of talwars, gidda history and much more. Worth a visit.
Major attractions at Gobindgarh Fort :
Sher e Punjab – A glorious history from the past depicted through the means of technology, to entice, enlighten, educate, enthrall and inspire. A 7D show based on the life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh that transports you back to the 19thcentury in an immersive way leaving you enchanted and is aptly called Sher e Punjab.
The Bungalow – Ancient Warfare museum – The grand building of the Anglo Sikh Bunglow has now been converted to an Ancient Warfare museum and today has several replicas of instruments and attires of warfare. It has many real, lifelike figurines that are so realistic they seem they would come alive if touched.
Spirit of Punjab – A stage that keeps the fort alive all day long with live performances of bhangra, gatka, gidda, comedy, games, dholi etc. Several prizes are here to be won each day.
Ambarsari Zaika – People here engage themselves in the various food shops and stalls that offer the choicest of Amritsari and Punjabi cuisine along with some other eatery options as well.
Haat Bazaar – You can feast your eyes as you roam the well located Haat Bazaar that offers fares right from phulkaris, juttis, shawls, antiques etc. for you to purchase from.
Whispering Walls – Kanda Boldiyan Ne or Whispering Walls is a show using state of the art projection mapping technologies and laser lights. A show of this quality has never before been seen pan India and we can certainly state that it will surely take your breath away. This show is held every evening post sunset. There is a Punjabi as well as an English show each day.
Later in evening, we went to Ksar dhaba for food, and must say its Dal Makhani is worth the visit. After our meal , we had lassi and phirnee, which were no second to delicious food.
We ended our day , visiting the Golden temple , as its most peaceful place on this earth. Sri Harmandir Sahib (lit. “the abode of God”), also known as Golden Temple and the Darbar Sahib, is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism It is located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.The temple is built around a man-made pool (sarovar) that was completed by Guru Ram Das in 1577. Read more about our 1st day lesuires here
Tips from Day 1:
- Its a long less stop journey ,so carry food items and water. Even if you forget, you will get many dhaba’s on way but its not worthy
- Dont forget to keep toffees & mouth freshners to keep you awake 😛
- You got many tolls on the way , so be prepared with lot of small currency money, as sometimes they dont have change, and you lose. Cards are not accepted on many tolls
- Travel light as its a new city and you cannot trust anyone
- Book your rooms in advance and try to stay in city, rather than staying near known places, as there the roads are thin and you face lot of trouble, taking in and out your car.
- Parking is not free, as people demand there 100 rs for just 1 night and day charges extra.
- Prefer local transport there, or you can walk by, as everything is not much far. Charges are not too high, so max Rs10 per person.
- Travel wearing comfortable sandals or juttis as max places you have to take them off
Read my further experiences here and stay tuned for more adventure stories, unknown places covered !!