Monday, 18 November 2013

Amritsar – A Modest Charmer

Amritsar is one of the charming cities of India. I can say it with confidence that it’s a city that I instantly fell in love with! There is so much to absorb and marvel at, that it’s easy surrendering to its charismatic aura.

I am still to recover from Golden Temple’s beautiful reflections.

Devotees at the temple

I, along with a couple of colleagues, boarded the 7 am Shatabdi from New Delhi and reached Amritsar at around 1:30 pm. It was a mild summer day in the month of May.

The moment I breathed in the mesmeric air of Amritsar, I knew I wanted to explore it. Although I did not even spend complete 24 hours in the city, I had soaked in its essence quite a bit. 

Here’s what I learned about it -

An inherent touch of royalty 

A turban adds grace to a Sikh man's personality

The first thing that I noticed and really liked was that even the rickshaw riders are dressed so immaculately. They wear royal Sikh attires along with big, beautiful turbans. I found it a way of preserving the old-world culture. It was nice to get a glimpse of their deep-rooted history even in simple things.

I love such places that take me into another world! Amritsar has the quality to connect you to the times gone by.

Traditionally grounded


It’s primarily a Sikh city, thus, there is tradition intact in everything. What I loved the most was that unlike other cities, the traditional soul of the city has no modern influences. Amritsar has a kind of purity and a sense of awe, which refuse to fade.

People are traditional, but not in a way to make you uncomfortable. They respect their traditions and lead modest lives. 

Amiable atmosphere


The atmosphere is something that makes a huge difference to the level of enjoyment in a city. At least, that’s what I think. If I don’t like the atmosphere of a particular city, I don’t feel like staying there for very long. Amritsar has lots of warmth and friendliness in its air. I felt so comfortable moving around and seeing the day go by.

In fact, I would say ‘the feeling of being in Amritsar’ is all you need to return here!

Foodie’s paradise

Amritsar is a foodie’s paradise and it’s no surprise! This is not something that I discovered, but this is something that I had heard so much about. I would not say that I got a chance to experience it in its full measure, but I could definitely comprehend people’s enthusiasm towards food.

I hope to try all kinds of succulent cuisines of Amritsar whenever I visit it next.

Simplicity

Sign-posting at one of the streets in Amritsar

Amritsar was one city where I enjoyed walking on the road without a care. The distances are short and streets are nice. It’s fun to walk and savor the ambiance along the way. There is no nuisance or chaos. People are easy-going and fun.

We hired a rickshaw from our hotel Ritz Plaza to a certain point, from where we walked our way to Golden Temple. 

Golden Temple


Last but not the least, Golden Temple aka Harmandir Sahib is Amritsar’s heartbeat. It’s a place that is sure to take your breath away for many reasons – its unique architecture, the temple’s crystal clear reflection in the pond and people’s ardent love for the site. Not to forget, there is heart-rending history behind it that you can read about here.

So that was my short take on Amritsar. I hope to visit it again for a little longer period, which would allow me discover it more and be ‘more’ in love with it! 

Have you visited Amritsar? What did you like the most about it?

28 comments:

  1. Love the way you write Renuka. You have truly captured the essence of Amritsar. Felt as though i was walking the streets and reveling in its postive energy :)

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    1. Thanks Pallavi :) Amritsar is an experience that should not be missed. :)

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  2. That was nicely written ! its been on my list for long time and now should definitely plan for it soon.

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    1. Thanks Vishnu Raj :) If Amritsar has been on your list, you must visit it soon! It's really an incredible city!

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  3. Eager to visit Golden temple. dont know when would I get a chance :-)

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    1. Golden Temple should be a must visit site. :)

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  4. Me too, I haven't been blessed with a chance yet! :(
    Thanks so much for showing.

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    1. Welcome Indrani :) Hope you make it to Amritsar soon!

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) Amritsar is really inspiring!

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  6. Fortunately I keep visiting once in an year, at least and it's an amazing experience to roam around the streets having cloth shops, various temples & some of the awesome eating places :) ... Your post refreshed all the memories .. Probably I will be there during December again :)

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    1. Oh great, VJ Sharma :) Lucky you! Amritsar is really amazing!

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  7. The Golden temple is high up on my bucket list. :)

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    1. That's great, Niranjan :) Golden Temple should not be missed.

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  8. Oh, I so enjoyed reading this and your pictures are great! Amritsar is high up on my wish-to-visit-in-India-list!

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    1. Thanks Eli :) I'm sure Amritsar is going to amaze you!

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  9. Definitely, Gorden temple and white clock tower of Amritsar are unique attractions in India. but also, you got amazing photos!
    Love the post!

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    1. Thanks Swati :)You're right, Golden Temple is one of the unique attractions in India, but I'm yet to see the white clock tower that you mentioned.

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  10. What a post! I felt like i was walking down the streets of Amritsar

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    1. Thanks Jeff :) Hope you also walk down the streets of Amritsar in real. :)

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  11. Wow this looks amazing. Great pictures especially the reflection of the Golden Temple in the water - gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Marsha :) Yeah, Golden Temple in the reflection looks even more gorgeous.

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  12. I have been to Amritsar twice and the Golden Temple has always mesmerized me. :) Thanks for sharing so many beautiful pics Renuka.

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    1. Thanks Anjum :) I agree, Golden Temple always mesmerizes!

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  13. beautiful captures....lovely place to visit!

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    1. Thanks Kalyan :) Yeah, Amritsar is a lovely place to visit!

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  14. What a beautiful place! The Golden Temple is absolutely amazing.

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    1. Thanks Jessica :) True, the Golden Temple is incredible!

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