Top ChoiceSikh 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...

Top ChoiceSikh Site in Amritsar

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...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Amritsar

Golden Temple Interpretation Centre

Hidden beneath the marble square outside the clock-tower entrance to the Golden Temple, this fascinating multimedia museum tells the story of Sikhism and the significance of the Golden Temple through four...

Top ChoicePunjabi in Amritsar

Bharawan Da Dhaba

Pronounced 'praa-waan', this down-to-earth Amritsar institution has been serving lip-smacking Punjabi treats since 1912. The thalis are delectable platters of dhal, channa (chickpea), and/or paneer (soft,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Amritsar

Partition Museum

Housed in the beautifully restored 19th-century Town Hall, this unique museum (the only one in the world dedicated to Partition) offers a poignant and often-haunting portrayal of the tragic events leading up to,...

Top ChoicePunjabi in Amritsar

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 and silver-leaf-topped firni (ground...

Top ChoicePunjabi in Amritsar

Brothers’ Dhaba

This fast and friendly upmarket dhaba serves some of Amritsar’s tastiest parathas stuffed with herbs, potato and pomegranate seeds that burst in the mouth as tiny explosions of taste. It also does hot and yummy...

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, it was excavated by the...

Multicuisine in Amritsar

Crystal Restaurant

Bossing this corner of Queen's Rd, Crystal has two restaurants here, as well as a kebab stand and a new lounge-bar. The original ground-floor restaurant has a fin de siècle air, with mirror-lined walls and ornate...

Hindu Temple in Amritsar

Mata Temple

Credited with fertility-improving powers, this fascinating labyrinthine Hindu temple commemorates the 20th-century female saint Lal Devi. From the main hall, a narrow series of stairways and passages winds past...

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...

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...

Indian in Amritsar

Gurdas Ram

Get your fingers sticky at this 60-year-old jalebi joint, serving up the delicious Indian dessert consisting of saffron-coloured coils of deep-fried batter dunked in sugar syrup. The place is so famous they even...

Park in Amritsar

Ram Bagh

Ram Bagh was the former palace grounds of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780–1839), who founded the Sikh empire. It now serves as a public park. At its heart, you'll find the summer palace of the former maharaja, in...

Punjabi in Amritsar

Makhan Fish

This no-frills (but not cheap) 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. The...

Sikh Temple in Amritsar

Baba Atal Tower

Just outside the Golden Temple Complex, and with its own ceremonial tank, the octagonal Baba Atal Tower was constructed in 1784 to commemorate Atal Rai, the son of sixth Sikh guru Har Gobind, who, according to...

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...

Multicuisine in Amritsar

Neelam’s

Not far from the Golden Temple, this tiny two-tone eatery is a convenient spot to recharge your batteries. It does some quick-and-easy multicuisine dishes, including breakfasts and some South Indian staples;...

Cafe in Amritsar

Café Coffee Day

An air-conditioned oasis with fresh coffee and free wi-fi, this chain cafe is conveniently located within shouting distance of the Golden Temple area. There are tasty cakes, puffs, wraps and street-view seating...

Historic Building in Amritsar

Ramgarhia Bunga

At the east end of the Amrit Sarovar tank is the Ramgarhia Bunga, a protective fortress topped by two Islamic-style minarets; inside is a stone slab once used for Mughal coronations, seized from Delhi by Sikh...