Tourist Attractions In Amritsar

Amritsar is home to the Golden Temple the sacred temple of Sikhs. It is one of the most ancient and charming cities of India. It is the seat of Sikh history and tradition. Being the preferred gateway for travelers coming to India on the overland route from central Asia it has became the hub of a variety of commercial activities. There are many historical and religious sites in Amritsar. The fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ramdas started construction of Golden Temple and was it finally completed by his successor Guru Arjan Dev.

Another popular place of interest in Amritsar is Jallian Wala Bagh. This place is known for the most atrocious massacre under British rule. It is just 2 minutes walking distance from Golden Temple. In 1919 General Dyer was the Lieutenant Governor of the province He banned all public meetings due to the economical set back by World War I. But inspite of that on 13 April 1919, pilgrims poured into Amritsar to celebrate the Baisakhi festival. This ground is bounded by high walls on all sides has only a narrow alley as an entrance. General Dyer himself led the troops to the ground and ordered his men to shoot at the people who were gathered there. It caused death of 379 people. India was infuriated by Dyer´s massacre. Today this ground has been converted into a park and it has a beautiful garden. At the entrance there is a memorial plaque which narrates the history. There is a well on the north side in which many people who tried to run away from the bullets got drowned, and remnants of walls have been conserved to reveal the bullet holes
Ram Bagh
This picturesque garden is named as a tribute to Guru Ram Das. It is located in the new part of town and has a museum in the summer palace constructed by the Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh popularly referred to as the Lion of Punjab. The museum hoses weapons dating back to Mughal times and some portraits of the ruling houses of the Punjab and a copy of the diamond ´Kohinoor´. To commemorate the bravery of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ram Bagh has a statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh saddled on a horse.

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