In the heart of the Punjab, Amritsar is Sikhism’s holiest city. Its name means 'Pool of the Nectar of Immortality' and is justly famed for its dazzling Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, a sacred shrine gilded with 100 kilograms of gold.
'Going to Bed' ceremony
This incomparable sight is a joy for pilgrims and tourists alike, especially during the 'Going to Bed' ceremony, when the Holy Book is paraded before jostling crowds in a palanquin before being taken to its nightly resting place.
Meal for visitors
Before the ceremony, take a peek into the kitchen where volunteers daily prepare a simple meal for up to 3,000 visitors, encouraging rich and poor, men and women, to join together.
Explore the Himalayan foothills
Amritsar is well connected by both air and rail, and can be the starting or finishing point of a tour through the Himalayan foothills.
Suggested Amritsar itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Amritsar, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Amritsar
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Amritsar
- Pragpur 81 miles away
- Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj 95 miles away
- Shimla 141 miles away
- Mussoorie 207 miles away
- Alchi 224 miles away
- Haridwar 228 miles away
- Rishikesh 230 miles away
- Ladakh 230 miles away
- Leh 236 miles away
- Delhi 251 miles away
- Bikaner 267 miles away
- Nubra Valley 268 miles away
- Corbett Tiger Reserve 279 miles away
Accommodation choices for Amritsar
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Amritsar. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Amritsar
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Amritsar, and which use the best local guides.