Located in India's north-western Punjab region, Amritsar is home to Sikhism's holiest shrine the Golden Temple. This bustling city, which is just over 30 miles from Lahore, boasts an array of monuments, shrines and temples for visitors to explore. Meanwhile, complete with internet cafes, plush hotels and stylish eateries, the metropolis has embraced modernity with verve. The currency used is the Indian rupee and locals speak Punjabi, Hindi and English. To book a trip to Amritsar, or to check out cheap flights to other Indian cities, simply use our search tool.
The best time to see this part of India is between October and March, when the weather is pleasant but not too hot. In the summertime, temperatures can exceed 40°C and during the monsoon season from July to late September, humidity rises.
Flights to Amritsar from the UK land at the Raja Sansi International Airport and the journey typically takes a minimum of 10 hours. After touching down at the hub, which is situated around 11 kilometres from the city centre, you can use a taxi or auto rickshaw to get to your hotel in Amritsar. In the city itself, you can move around on foot or by cycle or auto rickshaw. It is advisable fix the prices before you set off on these journeys, and it is often possible to negotiate lower rates than those initially suggested by drivers.
No holiday to this Indian city is complete without a trip to the Golden Temple. Everyone is welcome to step into the impressive building, although you will be expected to dress and behave respectfully. It is worth noting that photography is only permitted from the marble walkway surrounding the pool. The Mata Temple is also well worth a look. This Hindu site comprises a series of waterways, tunnels, staircases and caves. If you fancy indulging in a spot of retail therapy while in Amritsar, make your way to the Katra Jaimal Singh Market, which is famed for its dazzling collection of textiles and saris.
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