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.
The Martyrs’ Well, where hundreds jumped and perished
The point from where the guns boomed on that fateful day
This wall, where today, pigeons come to roost, still bears the bullet marks from the day of the Massacre
A flame burns in silent homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for India’s freedom
The first glimpse of the Golden Temple, framed in the entrance arch
A man meditates in the serene precincts of the Golden Temple
A panoramic view of the Golden temple precincts
A large glass of Lassi goes a long way in cooling you down on a hot summer day
The Indian flag flies high at the Wagah Border, 30 Kms. from Amritsar. Wagah border is India’s border with Pakistan
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!
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