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Amritsar

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

Frequent buses leave for Delhi (Rs 200, 10 hours), Chandigarh (Rs 110, seven hours), Pathankot (Rs 50, three hours), Jammu (Rs 110, six hours) and Attari on the India-Pakistan border (Rs 15, 1¼ hours).

One or two buses go daily to Dalhousie (Rs 125, six hours), Dharamsala (Rs 115, six hours), Shimla (Rs 200, 10 hours) and Manali (Rs 270, 14 hours) in Himachal Pradesh, and Dehra Dun (Rs 200, 11 hours) in Uttarakhand.

Private buses for Delhi (with/without AC Rs 280/450, 8½ hours) leave from near the train station at 10pm. Other private buses go to Chandigarh (Rs 150 to 200), Jammu (Rs 140) and Katra (Rs 160) from Gandhi Gate.

Train

Apart from the train station, a less busy train reservation office (8am-8pm, to 2pm Sun) is at the Golden Temple.

Direct express trains travel to Delhi (2nd/chair car Rs 132/595, eight hours); but the fastest is the twice-daily Shatabdi Express (5.10am service chair car/1AC Rs 445/585, 5pm service Rs 500/670, 5¾ hours). A daily Amritsar-Howrah Mail run links Amritsar with Lucknow (sleeper/3AC/2AC Rs 460/1142/1499, 16½ hours), Varanasi (Rs 519/1309/1739, 22 hours) and Howrah (Rs 636/1646/2227, 37 hours).

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Air

Amritsar is becoming a hub for international flights. Raja Travel (2565150; travel@rajaamritsar.com; Hotel Ritz Plaza; 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat) can book flights.

Air Deccan (080-39008888; airport) Budget flights to Delhi daily at 9.15am.

Air India (2508122; MK Hotel, Ranjit Ave; 9.30am-5pm) Flies to Delhi (US$100) most days at 1.50am, and on Wednesday at 3.10am.

Indian Airlines (2213392; fax 2213394; 39A Court Rd; 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 1pm Sat) Flies to Delhi (US$135) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3.40am.

Jet Airways (9814054417; MK Hotel; 10am-7pm) Flies to Delhi (US$140) daily at 2.15pm, and directly to London.

Singapore Airlines (2500330; fax 2501001; Nagpal Tower-II, Ranjit Ave) Flies to numerous international destinations via Singapore.

Uzbekistan Airways (2566819; fax 2566820; Hotel Ritz Plaza) Flies to Europe, New York and Moscow.

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