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Top Choice Sikh Temple in Amritsar

Golden Temple

The legendary Golden Temple is actually just a small part of this huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib. Spiritually, the focus of attention is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine …
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Guru-Ka-Langar

At the southeast end of the Golden Temple Complex is the Guru-Ka-Langar, an enormous dining room where an estimated 100,000 pilgrims come to eat every day after praying at the Golden Temple. There’s no charge to eat…
Top Choice Punjabi in Amritsar

Bharawan Da Dhaba

Pronounced 'praa-waan', this down-to-earth Amritsar institution has been serving lip-smacking Punjabi treats since 1912. Order yourself a regional thali here, and you'll be treated to a delectable platter comprising…
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Kesar Da Dhaba

Originally founded in Pakistan's Punjab province, this 100-year-old eatery relocated to Amritsar after Partition. Since then, it has been serving up delicious paratha thalis (₹200 to ₹250) and silver-leaf-topped fir…
Top Choice Punjabi in Amritsar

Makhan Fish

This no-frills restaurant does the definitive version of Amritsar's legendary fried fish and oven-baked fish tikkas, as well as a number of local preps featuring chicken, mutton and fish. Note that the signature fis…
Multicuisine in Amritsar

Crystal Restaurant

Worth the splurge, this classy, ground-floor restaurant has a fin-de-siècle air, with mirror-lined walls and ornate stucco trim. The menu is dominated by Mughlai favourites – the house speciality is the delicious mu…
Historic Site in Amritsar

Jallianwala Bagh

Reached through a narrow gatehouse leading to an enclosed courtyard, this poignant park commemorates the 1500 Indians killed or wounded when a British officer ordered his soldiers to shoot unarmed protesters in 1919…
Sikh Temple in Amritsar

Akal Takhat

The Guru Granth Sahib is installed in the temple every morning and returned at night to the Akal Takhat, the temporal seat of the Khalsa brotherhood. The ceremony takes place at 5am and 9.30pm in winter, and 4am and…
Lake in Amritsar

Amrit Sarovar

Spiritually, the focus of attention within the Golden Temple Complex is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine. Known as the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar takes its name, excavated by the fourth Si…
North Indian in Amritsar

Kanha Sweets

Apart from being a top-notch confectionery, this small but incredibly popular takeaway joint is known for the best puri platters (₹70) in Amritsar, comprising balloon-like puris, sharply flavoured potato curry and p…