Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from AmritSarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. Amritsar stands head and shoulders above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple.

Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from AmritSarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. Amritsar stands head and shoulders above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple.

Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from AmritSarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. Amritsar stands head and shoulders above any other city, its status elevated and sanctified by the presence of the venerable Golden Temple.

The four gates of The Golden Temple alias, Harimandir Sahib invite people from all directions. Free kitchen and recitation of the divine word never cease in this Gurudwara(Sikh temple) that has a unique past—it was built on a part of land granted by Emperor Akbar and the foundation stone was laid by a Muslim Sufi Saint, Mian Mir.

The four gates of The Golden Temple alias, Harimandir Sahib invite people from all directions. Free kitchen and recitation of the divine word never cease in this Gurudwara(Sikh temple) that has a unique past—it was built on a part of land granted by Emperor Akbar and the foundation stone was laid by a Muslim Sufi Saint, Mian Mir.

The four gates of The Golden Temple alias, Harimandir Sahib invite people from all directions. Free kitchen and recitation of the divine word never cease in this Gurudwara(Sikh temple) that has a unique past—it was built on a part of land granted by Emperor Akbar and the foundation stone was laid by a Muslim Sufi Saint, Mian Mir.

Diwali (Festival of Lights) at Harimandir Sahib is memorable. The entire temple is illuminated with traditional lamps of different colours. The reflection of the temple in the shimmering water of the holy pool makes for a spectacular sight. Fireworks displays by professionals recreate the glory of the times gone past.

Diwali (Festival of Lights) at Harimandir Sahib is memorable. The entire temple is illuminated with traditional lamps of different colours. The reflection of the temple in the shimmering water of the holy pool makes for a spectacular sight. Fireworks displays by professionals recreate the glory of the times gone past.

Diwali (Festival of Lights) at Harimandir Sahib is memorable. The entire temple is illuminated with traditional lamps of different colours. The reflection of the temple in the shimmering water of the holy pool makes for a spectacular sight. Fireworks displays by professionals recreate the glory of the times gone past.

The Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence. The temple is the holiest of Sikh shrines. It is not just Sikhs who travel to the Golden Temple to pay homage, the sacred shrine is equally revered by Hindus and people of other faiths who, too, make the pilgrimage to offer prayers at Harmandir Sahib.

The Golden Temple is a serene presence, radiating a calm that makes people bow their heads in reverence. The temple is the holiest of Sikh shrines. It is not just Sikhs who travel to the Golden Temple to pay homage, the sacred shrine is equally revered by Hindus and people of other faiths who, too, make the pilgrimage to offer prayers at Harmandir Sahib.

Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India.

Located in the heart of Amritsar, the temple complex is surrounded by a maze of narrow lanes, or katras, that house one of the busiest markets in India.

The city is famous for its culinary delicacies like multi-layered parathas, bhaturachanna, tandoori kulchas, puris, jam, marmalades, sharbat, rabri & lassi. Other delicacies include satpuras, samosas, fried fish, seekhkabab, muttontikka, barbecued chicken and spicy pickles.

The city is famous for its culinary delicacies like multi-layered parathas, bhaturachanna, tandoori kulchas, puris, jam, marmalades, sharbat, rabri & lassi. Other delicacies include satpuras, samosas, fried fish, seekhkabab, muttontikka, barbecued chicken and spicy pickles.

The celebrated papad(crackers) and vadian(vegetarian nuggets) from Amritsar have become the subject of many a rhymes and jingles. The residents of Amritsar have a sweet tooth for Pinnis, Balushahis and Gurkahalwa (jiggery Pudding).The city has many places for traditional cuisines and modern foods.

The celebrated papad(crackers) and vadian(vegetarian nuggets) from Amritsar have become the subject of many a rhymes and jingles. The residents of Amritsar have a sweet tooth for Pinnis, Balushahis and Gurkahalwa (jiggery Pudding).The city has many places for traditional cuisines and modern foods.

The celebrated papad(crackers) and vadian(vegetarian nuggets) from Amritsar have become the subject of many a rhymes and jingles. The residents of Amritsar have a sweet tooth for Pinnis, Balushahis and Gurkahalwa (jiggery Pudding).The city has many places for traditional cuisines and modern foods.

A major tourist attraction these days is the crossing at Wagah, an outpost of the Indo-Pakistan border, with its elaborate change-of-guards drill with a lot of strutting and intimidatory showing off by both sides.

A major tourist attraction these days is the crossing at Wagah, an outpost of the Indo-Pakistan border, with its elaborate change-of-guards drill with a lot of strutting and intimidatory showing off by both sides.

A major tourist attraction these days is the crossing at Wagah, an outpost of the Indo-Pakistan border, with its elaborate change-of-guards drill with a lot of strutting and intimidatory showing off by both sides.

The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle.

The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.

The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.

The daily highlight is the evening "Beating the Retreat" ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.