Amritsar, a city laced in Sikh culture and butter partially. Popularly regarded as the food capital of India. The city came into existence 500 odd years back by the 4th Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. The preceding guru; Guru Arjan Singh was the one who build the most famous relic of Sikhs, the Darbar Sahib commonly known as Golden Temple and is the biggest attraction from this city for anyone.
The golden temple is a beautiful example of communal harmony of yesteryear India. The Temple was designed by Guru Arjan Singh; the cornerstone was laid by Mian Mir a Sufi Muslim saint on 28th December 1588. The holy scripture of Adi Granth was compiled and installed in gurdwara by 1604. The 4 doors of the Gurdwara symbolize openness of Sikhs towards every religion. The present structure was coated with gold in the 19 century by the Maharaja Ranjit Singh who secured Punjab region from an outside attack.
That’s mostly the historical footprint of the place, whats stellar is as per the stats the place aces ahead of Taj-Mahal in number of footfalls per day which are to the tune of 100,000 on just weekends and just like any other Gurdwara they provide Langar (free food camp) for anyone who wants to eat with just no questions asked. Ain’t that something?
The second closeby spot well known for it’s blood red history is Jallianwala Bagh, it’s a commemoration of martyrs which included numerous unarmed females as well as kids by the British occupying forces who forced themselves into Punjab region. About 380 odd people were killed that day in an open-fire where its said that who field was blood red, people jumped into a nearby well to save their lives but they were shot there too.
Moving on to the lighter side of Amritsar, the place offers exemplary food about which I have already written in past in depth here. Most of NCR has recently caught up with the trend of butter dunking their food but this practise has been prevalent in Amritsar for a long long time. Punjabis do everything in excess may it be eating or loving.
The closest city from here is ironically in the neighboring nation Pakistan which is Lahore. Which is roughly 30 Km and gaining a pass to watch the parade at the Wagah border is definitely worth it. A good 2-3 days trip would give you a fair idea of what the city is about, although as i strongly believe its always the tip of an iceberg and you need substantial time to really know even a small locality or culture down to its core.