India has been a country of several colors, nations, and trends of life. Amritsar is a famous city in Indian Punjab, having a Sikh majority population. Many people love to visit such cities which are both culturally rich and have the best transport to help the tourists explore the culture of west India.
The emergence of India and Pakistan also made Amritsar a tourist attraction; having places to see the patriotic color of the society and the old temples of Sikhism is a great way to discover one of the mysterious religions of South Asia.
On top of that, the famous cuisine of the Indian Punjab, including spicy street food, and sweet lassi, makes the trip a bang for the buck. Amritsar is also famous among western tourists as it is cheaper than you think; a few dollars are enough for a week’s trip.
If you have studied colonialism and know that South Asia is one of those significant regions where the British ruled like anything, and then on humanitarian grounds, the majority ethnic groups of south Asia fought for their rights. It was a historical moment when an ideological state came into existence; Pakistan and united India separated for the first time in centuries, which nobody has ever thought of.
The partition museum has secured all those events in the form of documents, pictures, and oral histories. Partition marks the largest mass refuge movement across Indian and Pakistan borders; this partition museum has data for that as well. Many researchers, sociologists, historians from all across the world come here to study the facts and understand the significance of such a change in south Asia.
Mandir Mata Lal Devi.
Mata Lal Devi was the spiritual personality of the 20th century. It is one of the most crowded temples in Amritsar; Hindus from all across India come here to pay homage, devotes, especially the youngsters, are looming here to wish for the unachievable. It is a famous place among tourists as well, as they explore the religious rituals of Hindus. Young women come here to pray for fertility; the Mata Lal Devi was a Hindu personality who was known to pray for women’s fertility. Fortunately, all her prayers were heard.
The mandir Mata Lal Devi is not about the Hindu prostration but also about the architecture. It has some of the unique architecture types, having monuments to display the exquisite and amazingly strange symbols of the Hindu religion. It has amazing animal carvings, the designs of the doors, walls, and the monuments of snakes is something that you will not find anywhere in the world.
The golden temple.
The Indian Punjab is known as the hub of Sikhism; it is the place from where the new south Asian religion Sikhism started. Here we have the most sacred temple of Sikhism, the golden temple. As the name implies, the golden temple is actually golden in color; its golden dome and body is a vision when the sunlight makes it dazzle from afar.
Besides the golden temple is a dark blue manmade lake, which enhances the beauty of this quintessentially Sikh religious site. It is the best tourist place where you can understand the minion rituals of the Sikh culture and religion. Several Sikh indigenous weapons will reveal the bravery and soldiership of Sikhs. Among all the ethnicities of India, Sikhs are known for their valor, and their weapons prove it.
Every tourist, regardless of their faith, will have to cover their heads with a white scarf or a plastic cap that will be provided at the temple entrance. Next, they will be asked to take off their shoes; it is a sacred place that is why you need to follow these rituals; it will be fun because you would be following the masses. This place is always crowded, so make your mind to walk through people without becoming irritated.
The best thing about this place is the largest community kitchen. You will be provided with free meals here; Guru Nanak’s devotees do this every day and at all times. You will be impressed by this free food supply system, where people voluntarily work to cook and distribute food to poor people and visitors.
The patriotic wahga border ceremony.
The Indian Pakistan region is still warm with nationalism and patriotism. If you are from such countries where there were no wars and do not know what it feels like to feel patriotism, you must visit the Wahaga border ceremony. It takes place twice a day; you need to watch the love of guards from each side. The way they parade and challenge each other. On weekends the wahga border is always crowded, but if you want to enjoy this ceremony alone and with a scanty crowd, then go on a weekday.
Witnessing it in the morning is a bit difficult as it occurs in the early hours of the morning, so the best time to go there is when the sun is setting. They take off their respective flags, and then the guards do the parade showing bravery, courage, and pride. It can be the best storytelling event you can have as a memory when you go back.
Baba Atal tower.
Who does not want to see the architectural wonders when out to explore a city? The Baba Atal tower is a marvelous place with a nine-story building shaped in an octagon. According to Sikh beliefs, the Atal rai, to whom this tower is dedicated, was a spiritual personality who could make people come back to life. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the city, standing at the top of this amazing tower will be one of the best ways.
This is a relatively newer fort, only 250 years old, but it has unique history stories about the Indian Punjab and Sikhism. It has different museums showing various historical aspects of united India.