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  • Anu shopping for a few souvenirs to take back.

14 Jan SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Shopping in Amritsar is a memorable experience. The market places the lanes, the bazaars, the squares, the plazas-hum with activity. The main shopping areas are the Hall Bazar, Katra Jaimal Singh and Lawrence Road. The main attractions are the woolens, carpets and blankets, besides juttis and embroidered stuff. The bazaars of Amritsar offer a colourful range of traditional and modern wares from carpets, durries, kites, fireworks, bangles, shawls to cut-glass and woolen textiles. At Guru bazaar, near the Golden Temple, each lane sells a different commodity.

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14 Jan RELISH THE UNIQUE FLAVOURS

Amritsar a traditional vibrant city –is known for warmth & hospitality. Amritsaris are famous for their zest for life as well as for their big appetite. This is perhaps because the Amritsari mind- set was shaped by frequent ravages of war where the dawn of the next day was not sure. The city is famous for its culinary delicacies like multi-layered prathas, bhatura channa, tandoori kulchas, puri cholle, fried fish, tandoori chicken, jam, marmalades, sharbat, rabri, lassi. Other delicacies include satpuras, samosas, seekh kabab, mutton tikka, barbecued chicken and spicy pickles. The celebrated papad and vadian from Amritsar have become the subject of many folk songs and jingles. Amritsaris have a sweet tooth the pinnis, balushahis, gur ka halwa, gulan jamuns and amrtis are legendary .The city has many places for traditional cuisine as well as contemporary food.

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14 Jan VISIT A VILLAGE

Visiting a village in Punjab is like experiencing Punjabi culture first hand. The green and mustard fields, the rich food cooked over coal fired ovens, the dairy farms, the resplendent traditional outfits, and most importantly, the simple and extremely hospitable people- time spent exploring a Punjabi village is totally worth it! All you need to do is travel a few kilometres outside the city to reach the Punjabi heartland!

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14 Jan CELEBRATE A FESTIVAL

Amritsar is also the land of festivals embodying the true Punjabi Spirit. Every season brings with it a spirit of festivity and all occasions are celebrated with great gusto and fervour. The prominent festivals are Gurpurbs, Diwali, Baisakhi, Holi, Karva Chauth, Lohri, Teej, Ram Tirath Mela, Basant Panchmi at Chheharta, Langoor Mela at Durgiana and Maghi. The Diwali at the Golden Temple is supposed to be absolutely breathtaking with thousands of lights adorning the temple and an elaborate fireworks show.

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14 Jan GOLDEN TEMPLE (HARMANDER SAHIB)

The Golden temple, also known as ‘Harimandir Sahib’ is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. Located in the heart of Amritsar, it is a heaven of peace and calm, an unparalleled place of faith and beauty. It is a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs

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14 Jan WAGAH BORDER

Wagah Border at Attari is the international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. Irrespective of where you come from, this place is bound to give you goosebumps and leave you with intense feelings of patriotism.

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14 Jan DURGIANA TEMPLE

An important Hindu temple situated in the city of Amritsar, Durgiana Temple is devoted to Goddess Durga. It is also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple and was built during the third decade of the 20th Century. Similar to the sarovar in Golden Temple, there is also a water tank or lake surrounding the main temple building. The temple is a well-known repository of Hindu scriptures

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14 Jan KHALSA COLLEGE

Khalsa College is a historic educational institution, which was founded in 1892. Covering an area of around 1.2 sq. km, the campus is located 8 km away from the Amritsar city centre on the Amritsar – Lahore highway.. The main building is considered a gem of the Indo-Sarcenic style, which is strongly influenced by traditional Indian and Mughal schools of architecture. The majestic building can be viewed from outside. Visits can be scheduled on Sundays or holidays(with prior permission) when the college is closed.

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14 Jan RAM TIRATH

Ram Tirath is located about 11 km to the west of Amritsar city. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre associated with the period of Ramayana. A big fair is held here about a fortnight after Diwali, for a duration of five days.

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