On the occasion of Gurupurab of Guru Nanak, I am reminded of my recent, amazing trip to Amritsar. The most treasured moments of this trip being - the visit to the pristine Golden Temple, witnessing the palki saheb ceremony just before the break of dawn, eating the delicious piping hot prasad and a meal at the langar.
A visit to this city is incomplete without visiting three places of historical significance:
- The Beating Retreat ceremony held every evening at the Wagah Border. The environment is filled with sounds of the crowd chanting Bharatmata ki Jai and humming along with the patriotic songs played out. The guards who partake in the ceremony demonstrate a captivating display of physical stamina and agility of movement.
- The Jallianwala Bagh, a place of historical importance which houses a solemn memorial and has been converted into a very serene garden.
- The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, which is situated in a heritage museum created in the Rambagh Heritage Gardens. The museum houses 3D, miniature, visual representations or diorama of the history of the Maharaja, who laid the foundation of the Sikh empire. The hallmark of this place however is a panoramic painting showcasing the expeditions undertaken by the maharaja. Sound effects and figurines help create a picture of these expeditions. We could not take pictures of this section.
When you are in Amritsar you are in for a shopping treat. The Amritsari juttis come in classy designs and very reasonable prices. Also, the phulkari art done here on fabrics is beautiful and a must have in your personal ethnic collection.
Hope this post prompts you to undertake a trip to the city of Amritsar.
Till then, HAPPY TRAVELLING…
- Regional Indian Food & Travel enthusiast