Amritsar is a mystical land of inheritance and is enveloped with many hidden treasures that mirror the rich past of this city. Guru Ramdas, who instituted the Chak Ramdas or Ramdas Pur, dwelled in this city and derived the name Amritsar which means 'Pool of Nectar'. Amritsar is situated in North India and is globally recognized for the revered Golden Temple. Even today this temple, one of the pilgrimage centers, stands intact and unveils the beauty of architecture that was built nearly 400 years ago. A visit to all the places that reflect the rich past and the heritage of Amritsar can be termed as heritage tours in Amritsar. The Golden Temple that was known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, got its name after Hari, the temple of God. In the bygone era, during the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this temple was ornated with precious stones and gems, golden embellishments and marble figurines. The interiors of the Golden Temple are delicately decorated that allure the tourists who visit this place. The holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Grantha Sahib, is placed on a jewel studded dais. The hymns, prayers and the poems that constitute this holy scripture were composed by various Hindu and Muslim saints, and 10 Sikh Gurus Another attraction of the temple is the 24 hour running kitchen, which feeds 10,000 people per day. A visit to the Golden Temple cannot be missed while planning the heritage tours in Amritsar.
The holy lake that lies beneath is thronged by devotees all the year long with the belief that all their sins will be washed out by bathing in the waters of this lake, thus making their souls pure. The temple houses dinning halls and dormitory for the pilgrims where all the people are given same treatment regardless of religion, caste, race, and gender and are catered with clean and hygienic services for making their stay comfortable.
The splendid architecture of the Golden Temple and the tastefully decorated interiors allures many tourists who visit this place and a visit to this temple cannot be missed while on heritage tours in Amritsar. The historic Jallianwala Bagh takes us back to the past as the memories of the massacre of the year 1911 come alive. This place has now been bestowed with a title of “National Monument”.
The Ram Bag houses the famous Summer Palace, the royal residence of Maharaja Ranjit Singh- surrounded with huge beautiful garden. The garden is adorned with 'Darshani Deorhi', that reflects the great architectural skills of the artists of bygone era. Named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh, there is also a museum in this palace, which displays the exclusive paintings, coins, weapons and miniatures. The heritage tours in Amritsar often leave the tourists awestruck as they are confronted with the hard facts and sublime beauties of the past.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/08