Home to the renowned Golden Temple and an abode to several saints who lived, preached and championed the causes of Sikhs, Amritsar is a popular tourist destination in the country. Just like the Hindus who travel to Varanasi and the Muslims to Mecca, the Sikhs visit Amritsar to pay their homage to their 'Gurus'. Like all other cities in Punjab, Amritsar bustles with a mix of contagious energy, colorful landscape and the spiritual vibe that calms down the daily stress. The city has a buoyant atmosphere right from its robust friendly people, fertile mustard fields, colorful bazaars and its energetic festivals. If you have plans to visit Amritsar, then you must visit the place during the festival time, especially during Basant Panchami to experience the city's upbeat mood. Another reason to visit Amritsar during the festive seasons is to enjoy the delicious spread out of lip-smacking Punjabi cuisine and shake your leg to the thumping Bhangra beats. Take a look at the article below to know how to reach Amritsar and enjoy its extravagance.
Traveling To Amritsar
Amritsar's international airport, better known as Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport, provides regular domestic and international flights that makes regular stop over at the city. Air India, Jet Airways, JetLite and Kingfisher Airlines are some of the domestic air carriers that commute to the city regularly. Although there are regular flights to Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu, the city is also well-connected to other major metros in the country. As for the international travelers, there are frequent flights that connect Amritsar to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Yerevan, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Doha, Ashgabat, Tashkent, Sharjah and Toronto. The city being a religious centre in Punjab, tourists flock the city all the year around. Hence, there is no dearth of planes flying to this city.
Just like rest of India, Amritsar is also well-connected by railways. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, Agra and Ahmadabad are connected to Amritsar by rail. The Amritsar Railway Station also has a train that commutes to Pakistan that was opened recently after bilateral peace talks between the two countries. Apart from this, Indian Railway system also has plans to introduce regular speed trains that commute to Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh. Commuting through train is a great way of experiencing country side landscape and to know its people up close.
Being a highly industrious city and a popular religious centre, Amritsar is well-connected by road. Amritsar is located on the Grand Trunk Road, which is also known as the National Highway 1 by the local authorities. The NH1 is said to connect Delhi to Amritsar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat. This highway is believed to be one of the oldest routes that also link Lahore to India. The Grand Trunk Road is likely to be converted into a four lane road soon to reduce traffic and travel time, an initiative by the local transport authorities.