Amazing Amritsar

Amazing Amritsar in Pictures


A visit to the hallowed city of Amritsar, situated in Punjab, a northern state of India is sure to have a purifying effect on the mind and soul. This city is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion and has a rich as well as poignant history. During our visit to this unique city, we were overwhelmed by alternating emotions of reverence, sadness, patriotism and joy. We present here some pictures, which we hope capture the character of this enigmatic city.

We started our tour of the city by paying homage at the site of the Jallianwalah Bagh massacre, where hundreds of unarmed men, women and children were gunned down in cold blood on the fateful day of April 13, 1919. Today a small structure covers the well where hundreds jumped and perished, while trying to escape the cruel bullets unleashed by the soldiers under orders from a Senior Military Officer.

Amazing Amritsar

The Martyrs’ Well, where hundreds jumped and perished


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The point from where the guns boomed on that fateful day


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This wall, where today, pigeons come to roost, still bears the bullet marks from the day of the Massacre 


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A flame burns in silent homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for India’s freedom


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The first glimpse of the Golden Temple, framed in the entrance arch


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A man meditates in the serene precincts of the Golden Temple


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A panoramic view of the Golden temple precincts


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A large glass of Lassi goes a long way in cooling you down on a hot summer day


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The Indian flag flies high at the Wagah Border, 30 Kms. from Amritsar. Wagah border is India’s border with Pakistan   


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Wish there were no borders a little girl seems to think as she witnesses the Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border  


Amritsar is a city which tugs at your heart strings, appeals to your inner soul and at the same time excites your gastric juices, a city with a complex personality, a city you cannot but fall in love with!

Do watch our video on Golden Temple here:

You might be interested in checking out our article on the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Click here to read the article ‘The Golden Temple – Serenity Serenades Spirituality’.

Which is the most enigmatic city that you have visited, do share your thoughts through our comments section.

Amazing Amritsar

Amazing Amritsar

112 thoughts on “Amazing Amritsar in Pictures

  1. The golden temple is so beautiful. It’s also so important to pay tribute to a country’s history. Thank you for this beautiful photo essay! I learn so much from your posts!

  2. Did you experience a meal time at the Temple? They feed everyone as a charitable donation and not one single poor person will go hungry, such an amazingly philanthropic place.

  3. Wow what an experience. I always have a hard time visiting places like this. On the one hand it’s incredibly moving to be in a place where tragedy occurred. It makes you reflect on life and what you can do to promote peace. But on the other hand it can be incredibly morbid to have these places as tourist attractions. Where do we draw the line between offering respects and exploiting tourism?

  4. That martyr well must have been a sad place to contemplate. I felt similar feelings when visiting Buchenwald (a Nazi concentration camp) in Germany. But I did enjoy your pictures of the beautiful golden temple!

  5. Wow. I’ve never heard this story before. Thank you for sharing your experience at that site. I really love the picture of the little girl. It seems she has a bit of hope on her face.

  6. Amritsar remains one of my girlfriends favourite places in India!

    From sharing a meal inside the Golden Temple to the theatre of the border ceremony, such an amazing place!!!

  7. It sounds like an emotional, but also enjoyable visit. The temple is beautiful and the city sounds interesting, but definitely a somber occasion when reliving past experiences such as this.

  8. I think describing the city as evoking “sadness, patriotism and joy” was the perfect description. Sounds like an emotional experience – something that many people won’t soon forget.

  9. Wow. This is a really interesting post for someone who doesn’t know much about the Indian Revolution – like me. Thank you for sharing more about this tragic event, but showing the beautiful things they have made in honor of the martyrs. Ps the photo of the man meditating at the temple is beautiful. Cheers!

  10. It must have been an emotional visit, but I think it’s been commemorated beautifully and important not to forget our past. What a beautiful temple as well. I’d love to see this one day!

  11. Amritsar sounds like a really fascinating place to visit. I am sad that I didn’t check it out on either of my trips to India, as I’m not sure I will get an opportunity to return. I love the way this place has clearly captured your heart!

  12. I really liked the photo that showed the first glimpse of the Golden Temple. It’s like I got a glimpse into your journey that day. I do not know much about the history of India, so this was a very interesting read for me.

  13. Great photos! The golden temple looks beautiful and it seems like a very serene and spiritual place. Awful to hear of the massacre that took place. That must have been a very emotional moment. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Beautiful but so sad. Glad they have the monument so that people are reminded of the sacrifice of others.

    Can’t think of any cities that I’ve visited that I’d consider enigmatic.

  15. I didn’t know about the Jallianwalah Bagh massacre, so now you’ve got me looking it up and reading up on it. So sad. This place looks enriched with history; I’d love to go.

  16. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t make time for Amritsar during my month long backpacking trip to India. I know I only had a month which realistically meant I couldn’t see everything but all the people we met on the road agreed it was their favorite place in India. Did you participate in the Langar tradition that the Sikhs practice? It’s such a beautiful tradition… I wish all religions practiced their faith so generously and openly as the Sikhs do.

    1. You can make it up in the next trip. We did participate in the langar and had the food too which was so delicious. I agree that this tradition really brings in the human touch and bonds one and all.

  17. Hi Sandy and Vyjay,

    I would totally love to meditate while looking at the Golden Temple as well! How beautiful and serene it is, I hope I can visit there one day. Thank you for this wonderful post and video!


  18. Being an Indian I have never been to that side of the country, I really missed out on a lot. The photo of the man meditating near the Golden Temple looks stunning. Hope I could visit once I get back to India.

  19. I’ve been only a few places of tragedy. It is hard to fully enjoy the beauty of a place when the history is so sad. My hope is that such tragedies can stop and be a lesson.

  20. The photos look so beautiful! It seems like an interesting place to travel to – so rich in history and culture. I just hope that history won’t repeat itself and no borders anymore to separate families.

  21. Seems like Amritsar is a mixture of sadness and joy. The martyr well in particular kind of reminds me when I visited the Auswitz. It was the same feeling of sadness. Thanks for also sharing this wonderful photos.

  22. Thankyou for the photo tour – I’m sure the site of the Jallianwalah Bagh massacre is absolutely chilling when visiting in person – I still felt something strong just looking through the photographs. I do think that it’s so important to visit these kind of sites though – if we let ourselves forget the past we are destined to repeat it.

  23. I’ve heard fables of how magical the Golden Temple is at dawn or dusk. I’ve a friend from Amritsar who keeps coaxing me to come to Amritsar, but I have never managed it. I think I really should take her up on it.

  24. It is hard visiting places that represent a sad past – but I do believe it is important visiting these places – it’s a huge eye-opener and forms part of understanding a culture better. I felt deeply moved when I visited places of tragedy in Cambodia, Vietnam or Laos — should I ever go to Amritsar, I would definitely go and visit.

  25. Amritsar was my very first encounter with India and is, after many years, still the most beautiful and emotionally powerful place I have ever seen. I love living that feeling again through your photos!

  26. Such contrasting sights, people and history in one city. And the Martyrs’ Well would be a heart-wrenching site to visit. India’s history is dotted with so many tragic happenings.

  27. What and incredible and sad story. People don’t ever realized how many History is induced in monuments, but that’s what I love about discovering new places. Knowing why it’s been there and how it can still impact our lives. As for the most intriging city, I’d go for Jerusalem. For me, as I’ve been there a dozen time, I always have this feeling that History is pregnant on every corner, and no matter what, we never learned enought about the events happening in thos historic streets.

    1. I completely agree with you Liana. There is so much these monuments and places have to tell and show us and there is so much for us to learn.

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