OT Travel Itinerary: 2 Days In Amritsar, The Golden City

Discover the enchanting fusion of modernity and tradition in Amritsar. Delve into our guide featuring interesting attractions and culinary venues
At the Golden Temple in AmritsarOlegD/Shutterstock

Amritsar in Punjab is a fascinating blend of modernity and tradition. The city, named after the Amrit Sarovar, a holy tank surrounding the Golden Temple, has a rich history. Founded in 1502 CE when Guru Nanak visited the city, it was later expanded by the fourth Guru, Ram Dass, in 1577 CE. The concept of Harmandir Sahib, introduced by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, remains at the heart of Amritsar, a city that surprises with its blend of old and new, traditional and commercial. Here's a two-day guide to Amritsar, perfect for a weekend visit.



Start your day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Golden Temple which is a spiritual oasis in the city. The serene ambiance resonates with reverence as devotees flock to admire the shimmering gold-gilded dome of the main sanctum, accompanied by the soothing recitations from the Guru Granth Sahib. An integral part of the visit is the communal meal at Guru ka Langar, reflecting the temple's unwavering commitment to eradicating hunger in this city of faith. Don't forget to explore the Interpretation Centre, where engaging multimedia presentations bring to life the captivating narrative of Sikhism's origins and illuminate its fundamental teachings.

Next head out to the Partition Museum, the world's first museum dedicated to the India-Pakistan partition. The museum is organised into 14 galleries, each featuring a different chronological topic. The galleries cover issues such as the anti-colonial movement, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Komagata Maru tragedy, the All India Muslim League and the Indian National Congress, and women's journeys of resistance and recuperation. Visitors are encouraged to delve into the stories of local communities as well as a larger national history.The Jallianwala Bagh, a stone's throw away, bears witness to one of history's most horrible chapters - India's colonialism - and was also a watershed moment in the country's freedom movement.

The Partition Museum in AmritsarKandarp/Shutterstock


Break for lunch at the famous Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner, and have the deep-fried and perfectly spiced battered fish.

Address: Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner, 21A, Near Madaan Hospital Makhan Chowk, Majitha Rd

After lunch, drive to Attari for the Wagah Border Ceremony. Located just a short distance from Amritsar, the tranquil atmosphere of the holy town gives way to patriotic enthusiasm as hundreds gather to witness the impressive military spectacle that takes place every evening. The Wagah-Attari border ceremony occurs at the border gate, two hours before sunset each day. The flag ceremony is carried out by the Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). Before the ceremony begins, you can visit the Punjab State Heroes' War Memorial and Museum, which pays tribute to the state's vibrant martial tradition.

The flag down ceremony at Wagahindo_gallery/Shutterstock

Before heading back to the city, grab a quick meal at Shahi Qila near the Attari Wagah border, a popular restaurant that provides a glimpse of Punjabi tradition and culture.


Experience the captivating Saada Pind living theme park, sprawling over numerous acres, offering an authentic immersion into the rustic charm of Punjab. Nestled on the Amritsar bypass, in close proximity to the Ram Tirath Road, the park meticulously replicates the ambiance of an old village, complete with mud houses and a vibrant, tradition-rich lifestyle. Engage with local men and women from neighboring villages, resplendent in traditional attire, and partake in an array of activities including folk singing, dancing, and traditional arts and crafts like embroidery and pottery. Delight in the exploration of open-air kitchens and savor a complementary meal included with your entry ticket. Check here for more info.

Address: behind Main Bypass Road, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143105



Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the historic city by taking a morning stroll through its colourful, narrow lanes. Admire the unique blend of Mughal, Sikh, and Colonial architecture that lines the streets. Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in some mouthwatering local delicacies, including kulcha, lassi, chaat, and kulfis.

The narrow lanes of the citytravelwild/Shutterstock

Next head to Quila Ahluwalia which stands as one of the five prominent forts in Amritsar, a testament to the historic legacy of Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, a revered Sikh leader of his time. This fort was strategically built to facilitate easy access to the nearby Golden Temple and to enable swift defense against potential attacks on the city or the shrine. Although only two gates and a small portion of the original fort remain, the well-preserved colonial structures added later offer a fascinating glimpse into the architectural evolution of this historic site.


It's time to take a break for lunch. Head over to Kesar Da Dhaba to savor their famous Amritsari kulcha-chole and refreshing lassi. The ghee-dipped paranthas and flavorful dal will keep you coming back for more.

Address: Chowk Passian, gali rajpura, near Telephone Exchange, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

After having lunch, make sure to visit the stunning Jama Masjid Khairuddin Mosque. Located in the bustling lanes of Hall Bazaar, this mosque was built in 1876 by Mohammad Khairuddin. It is one of the area's most revered places of worship. Following the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, which left the garden littered with blood and dead bodies, this mosque served as the cremation site for many bodies.


Pul Kanjari was built under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit SinghVikasjariyal/Shutterstock

End your day with a visit to Pul Kanjari. This historical site was built under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the charismatic monarch of the Sikh Empire, and served as a major trade hub in the 18th century. It was named after a small bridge that Maharaja Ranjit Singh constructed over the canal connecting Amritsar and Lahore. As a demonstration of his secular ideals, the Maharaja built a temple, a gurudwara, a baoli (stepwell), and a mosque at this location.

On your last day, there's no better way to end the visit than by having a dinner of the classic Amritsari kulchas. This dish is synonymous with the city, and leaving without ever trying them is almost criminal. The perfectly rolled and stuffed kulchas are commonly served with spicy chhole (chickpea curry).

Getting There

Amritsar is accessible via air, rail, and road. The Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, located about 11 km from the city centre, connects Amritsar with major Indian cities and international destinations. Amritsar Junction is a central railway hub with frequent trains from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chandigarh. National Highway 3 and Grand Trunk Road link Amritsar to other parts of Punjab and neighbouring states. Buses operated by Punjab Roadways and private operators provide regular services. Taxis and rental cars offer convenient travel options for those preferring road trips.

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