THINGS TO DO

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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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