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.
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.
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!
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.
|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.
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?