Amritsar is one of those rare cities that is not a blend of the old and the new—the old and the new do not merge seamlessly and the contrast is what is so striking. Amritsar holds on to its past, but it also embraces the future, all the while making sure to keep the two separate
On one side of the railway network, you will find the beautiful and holy Golden Temple, along with narrow bazaars and old building that form the ethos of this city. On the other side, you will come face to face with gleaming malls and glitzy hotels, each trying to outdo the other in terms of service and luxury. Amritsar is reflective of the people who belong here – the Sikhs. A people with a rich history, who despite their small population in the scale of things have made enormous contributions to the country, they are extremely courteous and hospitable.From the stunning sight of the Golden Temple, to the smell of food wafting out of someone’s home, Amritsar truly does assault almost all your senses at once.That you should visit the Golden Temple, with your family, and spend some time soaking in the serene beauty and solitude, is a given. But Amritsar has a lot more to offer, especially in terms of historical temples and religious sites. Opt for a guided tour that will help you uncover all of its hidden gems, with a historical insight into each.If you're a patriotic soul, ask to be taken to the sites where Indian history was made, in particular, the history of the Sikhs.Move on over to the more modern part of the city to witness its burgeoning growth, local lifestyle, and fashion sense. You’ll see young students hanging around in malls or street stalls, chatting and gossiping, without a care in the world. But no matter how modern they are, Sikh boys and girls never forget where they come from—family, values and religion are paramount to them. Stroll around to witness this for yourself.There are free yellow buses that operate between the railway station and the Golden Temple all day, every day. This would undoubtedly be the cheapest and easiest way to get to the site. Auto-rickshaws and cabs are also available, almost anywhere in the city, but fix your price before getting in. Cycle-rickshaws are also available around the city and can be used for short distances.There are many monkeys in and around Amritsar. They can often get quite aggressive. Either stay away or get an insight from the locals about how to interact with them.Dress appropriately especially around temples and religious sites.Women should avoid venturing out alone after dark
Amritsar is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
You can easily get regular trains to Amritsar from other major cities of the country..