Amritsar, with its name derived from the “Amrit Sarovar” meaning the “pool of nectar”, has a blessed status owing to the venerable Golden Temple located right in its heart. Founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the 4th Sikh guru, the city is known to be the center of Sikhism. Besides, the historic sights of the ghastly Jallianwala Bagh or the patriotic Indo-Pakistan border crossing at Wagah can be seen in this city. The bustling markets, hyperactive streets, serene holy sites along with the gleaming malls and the swanky hotels in Amritsar keep the most of the sightseers wandering around in the permanent bemuse and wonder.
Theology and Culture
Known for the warm hospitality, exuberance and big-heartedness of the dwellers, the Amritsar city shows a beyond compare love for the culture, music, dance, festivals and food. Every celebration here is incomplete without the ‘Bhangra’, ‘Giddha’ and other vivacious folk dances on the tunes of Dhol. While the city has a secular heritage, the festive charms of ‘Gurupurab’, ‘Vasant Panchami’, ‘Karva Chauth’, ‘Lohri’, ‘Baisakhi’ and ‘Teej’ are distinct in themselves. Also, the city is the home to early Punjabi poetry, exegetical Sikh literature, and one of the best carpet and handloom industries. If you talk of the food, the hearty Punjabis prefer the inexpensive & spicy Dhaba meals over the swish 5-star meal any day. The finger-licking ‘tandoori chicken’, heavy-duty ‘lassi’, delicious ‘kulcha-channa’, and the local ‘makke-di-roti and sarso-da-saag’ are the favorite cuisines that everyone in the place must try.
Markets And Shopping Complexes
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