Amritsar is known to be the gateway to Punjab, home to the Harmandir Sahib and the sacred city for the Sikhs. It is said that over 100,000 people visit the Golden Temple on weekdays so this makes Amritsar, one of the top destinations especially for NRIs who are planning a vacation in India.
Amritsar's history dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization and the Vedic period. According to the legend of the Ramayana it was home to Kush and Lavh and the location of the Rishi Balmikis ashram. This region also saw Greek influence as well as rule by the Mauryas and the Shahi Dynasty. Ever since the 16th Century, it has been a cultural and spiritual abode for Sikhs and in 1954 Sikh Guru Ram Das founded the city.
Similar to other locations on your North India tour, you'll find Amritsar to be a burst of culinary delight. Do try the Dhaba food from Amritsari Kulchas, Naan and Paranthas (bread) to Machhi (fish) and Bhatri da Murg (chicken). You can wash all that down with some Sharbat, Lassi or Rabri. For snacks, try the delicious satpuras and samosas and if you're a meat eater then relish the styled tandoor kababs and tikka. You'll find Amritsar cooking as rich and flavourful as the vibrant city itself.
While on vacation in India, Amritsar won't disappoint your shopping spirit as you can pick up some exquisite woolen shawls with Phulkari embroidery and other winter-wear such as sweaters and woolen blankets. As a souvenir you can head back home armed with Indian spices, jams, pickles, papads, jellies, dry fruits or even some Sikh literature.
You can buy traditional Punjabi clothes such as Patiala salwars or Punjabi juttis or traditional shoes. If you want to keep your India tour under budget and still enjoy shopping, then head to the old city markets such as Guru bazaar, Shastri Market and Mochi Bazaar.
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