polly

never ever give up
Just returned from Amritsar.

Had great darshan at the temple, Due to the delay in traffic after visiting Wagha, we reached pretty late. Around 10.15pm or so. Watched the procession (palki), and carrying of the Guru Granth Sahib away from the main temple in this palki. Hardly took about 30 mins. Though initially I hadn't planned this or was aware of it, a very kind Sikh gentleman insisted we stay and witness it. So we did. Later, that same gentleman greeted us when we were collecting our shoes and confirmed that we had seen it and taken some pics. Thanked him again for his gesture.

Jaliawallah bagh, some renovation work is ongoing and they have now closed the historic pathway that was the earlier entrance. Now you make your way in through a gallery of sorts that has various pictures, newspaper cuttings, poems etc. related to the incident. Photography is not allowed in here.

At Wagah, I had seriously underestimated the crowd! My brother-in-law insisted that we take a pass, while I was planning to go the general route. He made some calls to his contacts in Amritsar and arranged for the passes. In hindsight, it was a good decision. But the pass we got didn't mention our vehicle info. So had to park it in the general parking and then wrestle with the rest of the crowd. Once inside, there is a separate entry for pass holder.

In all there are 6 seating sections,
1. vip (adjacent to the border gates on either side of the road) - chair seating
2. foreign nationals (adjacent to vip section, on left of the gate) - step seating
3. pass holder (adjacent to the above, only on left)
4. general - for women (next to 3, only on left)
5. general - for men (next to 4, on left)
6. general - for men (opposite 5, on right)

In case you are planning to get a pass, please make sure you get it for the vehicle as well. That way, you can bypass the huge crowd and park very near to the venue.



Like Simar had uploaded the map (Thanks for that Simar!), the entry to the MLCP flyover is just after a left turn from NH15(NH2). There is another smaller turn that takes you to the city instead. The left for MLCP is well marked, so don't turn unless you see the green overhead board mentioning the way to MLCP.



Sir, that is the only flyover in and out of the MLCP. Also, I did enjoy the kulcha at Brother's. It was good but the service was very slow. Maybe it was the rains. :)
Can u please tell,frm where one arrange the passes for ceremony at wagaha?
 

karun0035

Well-Known Member
Hi All,
I will be visiting Amritsar with my wife on 23rd Jan and return by 25th night.
Please suggest good hotels <=3000 INR.
If it's nearby Golden Temple and/or Jalianwala Bagh, the better it is.

P.S: I found many many hotels in various websites (hotels.com, stayzilla.com, booking.com), but I am keen to hear from fellow travelers who stayed at any good hotel. If yes, I am looking for you. I don't want to go for online reservation, as I had a horrible experience of booking a hotel in Shimla through one of the websites I mentioned. :shock:

Also, I heard that there is a "bandh" declared in Amritsar on these dates, is it true in any sense??

Amritsar guru's ... please help!!

Thanks,
 
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adsatinder

Plz Help Himabuj (Amit Tyagi) in Corona Fighting
Punjab Bandh was on 10th Jan only.

Now Move freely there.



There are many hotels near Golden Temple on Jalianwala Bagh Road.
In opposite street of Kulwant Singh Kulcheyan wala that street also has many hotels. Try them on the spot.
Near 26 Jan for a special program and being holiday you will see too much rush.
It may be difficult to get room during 25-26-27 Jan on the spot near Golden Temple.
If going on other dates no problem at all.
You can get hotel room near bus stand anytime.
 
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karun0035

Well-Known Member
Punjab Bandh was on 10th Jan only.

Now Move freely there.



There are many hotels near Golden Temple on Jalianwala Bagh Road.
In opposite street of Kulwant Singh Kulcheyan wala that street also has many hotels. Try them on the spot.
Near 26 Jan for a special program and being holiday you will see too much rush.
It may be difficult to get room during 25-26-27 Jan on the spot near Golden Temple.
If going on other dates no problem at all.
You can get hotel room near bus stand anytime.
adsatinder ji ... thanks for the prompt reply.
I will definitely try the suggestions you mentioned ..... I will leave amritsar by 25's night.
I want to book a room for 23,24 and 25. Will it be possible?
However, to be on safer side (as you mentioned the difficulty of getting room), I've booked a room from booking.com .... just in case :cool:
(they don't charge unless to visit them but the room is booked!!)

Thanks,
 

adsatinder

Plz Help Himabuj (Amit Tyagi) in Corona Fighting
Normally rush is on Sat Sun in Amritsar but Mon is festival day (Birthday of Baba Deep Singh ji at Shaheedan se Gurdware)

Good that you booked earlier.

As I said you can get room in other areas other than Golden Temple side during 25-27 Jan.

Your plans seems ok .
Go on Friday in Golden Temple so that you can spend time at other places on Saturday and Sunday.

Golden Temple will see rush on this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Darshan Time can be 3-4 hours during day time.
Earlier in Morning 4-7 am only you can have 1 hour waiting time in line at Golden Temple.
 
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nikx.nitj

New Member
Nice compilation of information on AMritsar. Cheers to satinderji.. I am basically from Amritsar will try to update more information as soon as I get. For foodies and especially kulcha lovers, there is a another join in Basant Avenue called Bansa Kulcha wala. Very difficult to get his kulcha's on weekends though. Will update coordinates soon.
 

jammbuster

A Rebel, in pursuit of a memorable life ...
Did anyone earlier mentioned this or some how I missed it..

you can now book SARAI online

Sarai Info

Rooms in Mata Ganga Ji niwas can be booked on www.sgpcsarai.com

There are Six Niwas which provide lodging facilities for pilgrims, maintained by the Sri Darbar Sahib authorities. The reception counters work around the clock to attend the visitors.

Sri Guru Ramdas Niwas: Also called Sri Guru Ram Das Sarai, was built in 1931. This project was initiated by the Local Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee Amritsar and its foundation stone was laid by Sant Sadhu Singh ji of Patiala on 17th January 1931. This building has 228 rooms and 18 halls spread over 2 stories, with modern sanitation and other amenities of civil life.

Sri Guru Nanak Niwas: This building houses sectarian offices of the different departments of SGPC apart from the lodging facilities for pilgrims. It currently houses Dharam Parchar Commitee Office.

Guru Arjan Dev Niwas: This building is situated at the entrance point to the main sarai area. It houses branch of Punjab & Sind Bank and scooter parking. The main booking counter for the rooms is also situated here.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji NRI Niwas: This building is situated near Sri Akal Takht Sahib side exit . It houses 60+ rooms, all rooms are available for pilgrims.

Guru Hargobind Nawas: This building is situated near Gurdawara Baba Atal Sahib. Sri Guru Ramdas Library is situated in its basement.

Mata Ganga Ji Niwas: This stands exactly opposite to Guru Hargobind Niwas. It also houses INTERNET DEPARTMENT of SGPC.

New Akal Rest House: This building is situated near (Back-side) Guru Arjan Dev Niwas. It houses 49 rooms, out of which 5 rooms with 25 beds reserve for Foreign tourists.

Baba Deep Singh Ji Niwas: This building is situated near Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Sahib (Shaheedan). It houses 142 rooms, all rooms are available for pilgrims.

Mata Bhag Kaur Ji Niwas: This building is situated near Bus Stand. It houses 41 rooms, all rooms are available for pilgrims.

Tel: 91-183-2553957,58,59 PBX : 219, 310, 417, 424, 425



(1) SHRI GURU RAM DAS NIWAS

Total No. of Room

228

Rooms Available for pilgrims

160

Charges payable

None but Refundable Security of Rs. 100/-

Facilities Available

Common Bathroom, Dispensary with in the

Precincts

Contact Counter

Incharge Sarai 420



(2) SHRI GURU NANAK NIWAS

Total No. of Room

80

Rooms Available for pilgrims

Dharam Parchar Committee – Temporary Office

Charges payable

Refundable Security Deposit of Rs. 100/-

Facilities Availible

Common Bathroom

Contact Counter

Incharge 310



(3) SHRI GURU ARJAN DEV NIWAS

Total No. of Room

65

Rooms Available for pilgrims

65

Charges payable

Geyser Room : Rs. 500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security
AC Room = Rs.500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security


Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom, Post Office, Punjab & Sind Bank with in the Precincts

Contact Counter

Incharge 424



(4) SHRI GURU HARGOBIND NIWAS

Total No. of Room

88 + 3 Halls

Rooms Available for pilgrims

88 + 3 Halls

Charges payable

Geyser Room : Rs. 500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security
AC Room = Rs.500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security


Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom, Shri Guru Ram Das Library

Contact Counter

Office Incharge 425


(5) MATA GANGA JI NIWAS

Total No. of Room

103

Rooms Available for pilgrims

94

Charges payable

Geyser Room : Rs. 500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security
AC Room = Rs.500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security


Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom, 300 Lockers available – Security Fee Rs.20/-

Contact Counter

Incharge 417



(6) NEW AKAL REST HOUSE

Total No. of Room

49

Rooms Available for pilgrims

45

Charges payable

Geyser Room : Rs. 500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security
AC Room = Rs.500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security


Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom

Contact Counter

Incharge 424


(7) BABA DEEP SINGH JI NIWAS (GURDWARA SHAHEED GANJ SAHIB – SHAHEEDAN)

Total No. of Room

142

Rooms Available for pilgrims

142

Charges payable

Ordinary Room : Rs. 200/- Day and Rs.600 Refundable Security Geyser Room : Rs. 500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security
AC Room = Rs.500/- Day and Rs.1000 Refundable Security


Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom

Contact Counter

Incharge 424


(8) Mata Bhag Kaur Ji Niwas

Total No. of Room

41

Rooms Available for pilgrims

41

Charges payable

AC/Geyser Room = Rs.300/- Day and Rs.600 Refundable Security

Facilities Availible

Attached Bathroom

Contact Counter

SARAI BOOKING IS OFFERED ON FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE BASIS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF ACCOMMODATION THE DESIRED DATE/S.
 

AR Ardent Rambler

Well-Known Member
Amritsar is most Sacred city for Sikhs.
It is important city near Pakistan Border Entry Point known as Wagah Border & Atari Border.

Location of Amritsar :
Google Maps

But most of people from all walks of life irrespective of Region, Religion, etc.
want to go to Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Amritsar is a must have destination in mind when someone comes from other parts of India.
Internationally also Amritsar is well known destination.
Main attraction is Golden Temple.
But there are many other attractions after a person visits Golden Temple or
other Gurdwaras in and around Amritsar.
Some of these are Famous Food, Papad Badi, Shoes- Punjabi Jutti,
Metal Art Work, Clothes etc.

There are many Tourist Attractions also.
Major Tourist Attractions:
* Golden Temple / Darbar Sahib / Harmandir Sahib.
(4 km from Amritsar Junction or Bus Stand on Full Traffic - Rush Roads in day)
*Jallianwala Bagh (100 Metres from Golden Temple)
*Wagah Border (30-35 km from Golden Temple)
*Maraja Ranjit Singh Garden / Rambagh Garden / Company Bagh ( 1km from Front side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station)
*Durgiana Temple / Durgiana Mandir (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
*Gobind Garh Fort (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
(Durgiana Temple, Gobind Garh Fort & Back side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station are opposite to each other) check map.

Most of these can be covered in 1 day.
2 days 5-6 places can be covered.
In 3 days you can taste food at different places also.
3rd day can be spared for nearby city Gurdwaras, if interested for first half day.
To cover in almost all places mentioned here, you need 3 days minimum.


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GOLDEN TEMPLE / DARBAR SAHIB / HARMANDIR SAHIB:
GOLDEN TEMPLE is locally called as Darbar Sahib.
Harmandir Sahib is real name.

Though in every city in Punjab,
Mmain Gurdwara is called Darbar Sahib.
Don't get Confused, when you hear this.

Darshan at Golden Temple, is very very tricky on Holidays it may take 2 hours or more to enter in day time with long queues.

Morning Time:
On Non-Holidays best time in morning is 5am-6.45am. it takes around 30-45 minutes.

In Winters at 6.45 am you can see direct into the Golden Temple from Entry gate of main Gurdwara.
Because Direct TV Telecast is Just OVER then (PTC Punjabi).
Evening also, there is Direct TV Telecast 5-7pm(PTC Punjabi).

6.45-7am is CLEAN SWEEP ENTRY, as saw on 12 DEC 2011.

In Day Entry for Darshan time is 1-2 hours or more, depends on Holiday and Peak Tourist Season.

It is best to spend time of Evening at Wagah Border and Markets.
You can comeback in evening at Golden Temple Premises to enjoy lighting and calmness etc.
& Langar (Community Kitchen) if you like.

You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters...

After finishing your day, move in to Parikrama (Premises) around Sarovar (Water Pool) is best at night.

Peace.....Peace.......... Peace...................

According to Ankur003:
"Try to visit Temple after dark... With lights on... the Temple has a grace of its own...
You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters... "

There are many Gurdwaras in Amritsar, if anybody wants to see.

At morning around 8am Vans / Scorpio etc. (from Langar Hall side) take for near by
City Gurdwaras, like Taran Taran (Largest Sarovar- 800mtr 1 side x 4 sides), Goindwal - Baoli sahib etc.
They charge nominal per person.
As the roads are not so good at stretches Scorpio or big vehicle is best.
They know the routes also.
They take time around approx. 8am-3pm tour.
Booking starts around 6.30am outside gate of Langar Hall side.
Though Free Bus Service is also there but not much seats are left and travel by Bus is not so good.
You can ask for extra sight seeing (Wagah Border) ride also.
Hope this will help a little.

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How to move in Amritsar?
Take 3 Wheelers, Shared 4 wheelers(Tata Ace / Mahindra 4 wheelers etc.) from Railway Station or Bus Stand to your destination hotel etc.
3 or 4 wheeler Taxis are available for whole day of movement in or around Amritsar.
You can get Cycle rickshaws to move in streets of Amritsar.
You can hire shared 3 wheelers also for within city destinations.
Shared Cabs run from Golden Temple to Wagah Border around 2-2.30 pm.
You can go to Wagah Border from Amritsar Bus Stand also by shared Taxis(Indica/ Sumo/Scorpio/Omni Van etc.).
You can take Rickshaw from backside of Railway Station through old crowded streets with its local views towards Golden Temple.


Best Time to be in Amritsar:
Late October to March is best time to be there.
But Summers also has its own advantage.
Lassi (Curd Drink) is main thing to go for.


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How to Reach Amritsar?
Amritsar is well connected with Rail, Road and Air network.
Anyone can book railway ticket online at irctc website.
Some International flights are also available from Amritsar.
By Road, Private Taxis are available.
Buses from Major Cities are easily available.
From Delhi to Ambala, via Ludhiana & Jalandhar buses are easily available.
From Chandigarh you can get Bus for Delhi.
From Jammu also, You can get Bus easily.
These Website links are given for Mobile use when You need to open links directly.
Bus:
Punjab:
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
http://voyagerpunbus.com:8888/track/

PunBus / Punjab Roadways Online Bus Booking, PunBus / Punjab Roadways Bus Tickets.
Punbus / Punjab Roadways, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Booking, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Reservation - Official Website
Online Bus Ticket Booking, Bus Tickets Reservation Service - Travelyaari.com
Live Timetable of Bus of Punjab Roadways - Voyager-PUNBUS

Haryana:
Home - eTicketing : Haryana Roadways
http://hartrans.gov.in/fare.htm
Home | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana
http://hartrans.gov.in/enquiry_num.html

Himachal Bus:
HRTC Home Page



Train:
www.irctc.co.in
Indian Railways IRCTC Timetable PNR Status Fare Live Status - eRail.in (Better Way To Search Trains)



Air:
Any website of Indian Airlines etc.



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Accommodation:
Hotels of all budgets are available here. Some are online and some can be booked on arrival.
Budget Hotels are available near bylanes of Golden Temple.
Sometimes on particular Gurpurab days, Diwali, Holi, etc it is difficult to find accommodation here.
Saturdays, Sundays or on government holidays are also rush days and may take some more time(3-4 hours) for Darshan in line in summer days.
In Winter mostly rush is on Sundays.
On Saturdays, You may not see that type of Rush.
Best days are weekdays and working days only with easy Darshan.

Car Parking (Multi Level) near Golden Temple:
Google Maps

Websites:
This is Govt. Website:
Welcome to Official Website of District, Amritsar

Amritsar district - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amritsar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Google Maps

Map for Railway Station to Golden Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621429,74.877534&sspn=0.01078,0.013711&geocode=FZOv4gEdlkV2BA;FXiB4gEdjJB2BA&oq=brother's&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16

Map for Railway Station to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gardens or
Rambagh Gardens or Company Bagh (was earlier):
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Company+Bagh,+Amritsar,+Punjab+143001&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=31.633105,74.869797&sspn=0.021558,0.027423&geocode=FbLD4gEdGo52BCld-_EvV2MZOTHOJY2zHmOwVw;FVyt4gEdrVB2BA&oq=RaAmritsar&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&z=15

Map for Railway Station to Durgiana Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=31.630693,74.864466&spn=0.010779,0.013711&geocode=FW2q4gEdVGR2BA;Fe-b4gEdrGR2BA&oq=durgian+mandir&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=17&z=16

Map for Golden temple to Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar (Outside Road)
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621178,74.878628&sspn=0.002695,0.003428&geocode=FYKA4gEdGox2BA;FQiC4gEdmJJ2BA&oq=Golden+Temple+road&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=18&z=18


Read these also:
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/itinerary-f10/things-do-amritsar-t49886/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/restaurants-dhaba-reviews-f31/best-places-food-amritsar-t7625/

http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-delhi-wagah-border-m800-t26325/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/republic-day-blessings-golden-temple-ceremony-wagah-border-t49981/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/driving-up-border-pakistan-t10217/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/photography-f17/amritsar-where-my-heart-belongs-t42861/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/trip-amritsar-t54645/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/speed-ride-amritsar-2-comrades-39-hours-1000-kms-t37107/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-amritsar-photo-log-t19751/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/love-amritsar-t35254/


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There are many places in Amritsar and nearby.
These logs cover most of them.
Beware:
Golden Temple will be Jam-Packed during these holidays.
Take 2-3 hours to have Darshan in line.
Then Goto Jalianwala bagh.
Then leave for Wagah Border.


"Dr Rupinder :
i did my post graduation in amritsar and it has some good food joints .
1 bhravan da dhaba good indian veg food they also have opened now snack (chinese and italian ) dont know the quality of snack but veg food is good if u like desi ghee .it is tasty and heavy
2.kesar da dhaba in the heart of old city very tasty but the dal has more ghee than dal in it.
3.crystal restaurant near the lawrence road very nice restaurant can almost order anything
4. kundan dhaba. ok ok
5. there is a non veg eating joint in lawrence road nehru complex which is know for its tandoori chicken
6.on sunday go to kanhayia sweets or bansal sweets and have chane puri or bhature
7. in amritsar also try to have amritsari kulchae.
lot of other small joints apart from the usual burger king ,macdonald ,pizza hut and all"


"Tough Guy:
Famous food joints in Amritsar:

1) Kanha sweets - Cholle bhature.
Location - Lawrence Road

2) Bansal sweets - Sweet dish (especially Pinni).

3) Bheera chicken - Non-veg tandoori dishes.
Location - Majitha Road

4) Crystal restaurent - Very famous restaurent
Location - Queens Road

5) Kanahiya Sweets - Cholle bhature
Location - Phullan wala chowk

6) Khulche cholle Dhaba - Khulce (Naan) cholle
Location - Maqbool Road

7) Pal dhabha - Keema Naan
Location - Near Durgiyana Mandir

8 ) Parkash Meat - Mutton curry
Location - Near Golden temple

9) Makhan Dhaba - Amritsari fish
Location - Lawrence road

10) Surjeet's - Tandoori chicken
Location : Lawrence road

11) Brijwasi chat - Chaat
Location - Cooper Road

12) Bhravan da dhaba
Location: Near the Golden temple

13) LASSI at Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk, Opposite Regent cinema.

14) Jalebi at Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale
Location - Ahluwali Katra very close to the main gate of Golden Temple."


Have bath in Tubewell or it means,
you have not seen "The Punjab".
LOL !


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Happy Journey !
It is very informative for the 1st timer Sirjee! A few questions:
1. Recommend mode of transport from Chandigarh?
2. Recommend hotel accommodation for two price between Rs. 3000-Rs. 4000 near Harmandir Sahib?
3. A good cab rent for City tour?



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AR Ardent Rambler

Well-Known Member
Amritsar is most Sacred city for Sikhs.
It is important city near Pakistan Border Entry Point known as Wagah Border & Atari Border.

Location of Amritsar :
Google Maps

But most of people from all walks of life irrespective of Region, Religion, etc.
want to go to Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Amritsar is a must have destination in mind when someone comes from other parts of India.
Internationally also Amritsar is well known destination.
Main attraction is Golden Temple.
But there are many other attractions after a person visits Golden Temple or
other Gurdwaras in and around Amritsar.
Some of these are Famous Food, Papad Badi, Shoes- Punjabi Jutti,
Metal Art Work, Clothes etc.

There are many Tourist Attractions also.
Major Tourist Attractions:
* Golden Temple / Darbar Sahib / Harmandir Sahib.
(4 km from Amritsar Junction or Bus Stand on Full Traffic - Rush Roads in day)
*Jallianwala Bagh (100 Metres from Golden Temple)
*Wagah Border (30-35 km from Golden Temple)
*Maraja Ranjit Singh Garden / Rambagh Garden / Company Bagh ( 1km from Front side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station)
*Durgiana Temple / Durgiana Mandir (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
*Gobind Garh Fort (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
(Durgiana Temple, Gobind Garh Fort & Back side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station are opposite to each other) check map.

Most of these can be covered in 1 day.
2 days 5-6 places can be covered.
In 3 days you can taste food at different places also.
3rd day can be spared for nearby city Gurdwaras, if interested for first half day.
To cover in almost all places mentioned here, you need 3 days minimum.


----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------------

GOLDEN TEMPLE / DARBAR SAHIB / HARMANDIR SAHIB:
GOLDEN TEMPLE is locally called as Darbar Sahib.
Harmandir Sahib is real name.

Though in every city in Punjab,
Mmain Gurdwara is called Darbar Sahib.
Don't get Confused, when you hear this.

Darshan at Golden Temple, is very very tricky on Holidays it may take 2 hours or more to enter in day time with long queues.

Morning Time:
On Non-Holidays best time in morning is 5am-6.45am. it takes around 30-45 minutes.

In Winters at 6.45 am you can see direct into the Golden Temple from Entry gate of main Gurdwara.
Because Direct TV Telecast is Just OVER then (PTC Punjabi).
Evening also, there is Direct TV Telecast 5-7pm(PTC Punjabi).

6.45-7am is CLEAN SWEEP ENTRY, as saw on 12 DEC 2011.

In Day Entry for Darshan time is 1-2 hours or more, depends on Holiday and Peak Tourist Season.

It is best to spend time of Evening at Wagah Border and Markets.
You can comeback in evening at Golden Temple Premises to enjoy lighting and calmness etc.
& Langar (Community Kitchen) if you like.

You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters...

After finishing your day, move in to Parikrama (Premises) around Sarovar (Water Pool) is best at night.

Peace.....Peace.......... Peace...................

According to Ankur003:
"Try to visit Temple after dark... With lights on... the Temple has a grace of its own...
You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters... "

There are many Gurdwaras in Amritsar, if anybody wants to see.

At morning around 8am Vans / Scorpio etc. (from Langar Hall side) take for near by
City Gurdwaras, like Taran Taran (Largest Sarovar- 800mtr 1 side x 4 sides), Goindwal - Baoli sahib etc.
They charge nominal per person.
As the roads are not so good at stretches Scorpio or big vehicle is best.
They know the routes also.
They take time around approx. 8am-3pm tour.
Booking starts around 6.30am outside gate of Langar Hall side.
Though Free Bus Service is also there but not much seats are left and travel by Bus is not so good.
You can ask for extra sight seeing (Wagah Border) ride also.
Hope this will help a little.

----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------------


How to move in Amritsar?
Take 3 Wheelers, Shared 4 wheelers(Tata Ace / Mahindra 4 wheelers etc.) from Railway Station or Bus Stand to your destination hotel etc.
3 or 4 wheeler Taxis are available for whole day of movement in or around Amritsar.
You can get Cycle rickshaws to move in streets of Amritsar.
You can hire shared 3 wheelers also for within city destinations.
Shared Cabs run from Golden Temple to Wagah Border around 2-2.30 pm.
You can go to Wagah Border from Amritsar Bus Stand also by shared Taxis(Indica/ Sumo/Scorpio/Omni Van etc.).
You can take Rickshaw from backside of Railway Station through old crowded streets with its local views towards Golden Temple.


Best Time to be in Amritsar:
Late October to March is best time to be there.
But Summers also has its own advantage.
Lassi (Curd Drink) is main thing to go for.


----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------------
How to Reach Amritsar?
Amritsar is well connected with Rail, Road and Air network.
Anyone can book railway ticket online at irctc website.
Some International flights are also available from Amritsar.
By Road, Private Taxis are available.
Buses from Major Cities are easily available.
From Delhi to Ambala, via Ludhiana & Jalandhar buses are easily available.
From Chandigarh you can get Bus for Delhi.
From Jammu also, You can get Bus easily.
These Website links are given for Mobile use when You need to open links directly.
Bus:
Punjab:
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
http://voyagerpunbus.com:8888/track/

PunBus / Punjab Roadways Online Bus Booking, PunBus / Punjab Roadways Bus Tickets.
Punbus / Punjab Roadways, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Booking, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Reservation - Official Website
Online Bus Ticket Booking, Bus Tickets Reservation Service - Travelyaari.com
Live Timetable of Bus of Punjab Roadways - Voyager-PUNBUS

Haryana:
Home - eTicketing : Haryana Roadways
http://hartrans.gov.in/fare.htm
Home | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana
http://hartrans.gov.in/enquiry_num.html

Himachal Bus:
HRTC Home Page



Train:
www.irctc.co.in
Indian Railways IRCTC Timetable PNR Status Fare Live Status - eRail.in (Better Way To Search Trains)



Air:
Any website of Indian Airlines etc.



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Accommodation:
Hotels of all budgets are available here. Some are online and some can be booked on arrival.
Budget Hotels are available near bylanes of Golden Temple.
Sometimes on particular Gurpurab days, Diwali, Holi, etc it is difficult to find accommodation here.
Saturdays, Sundays or on government holidays are also rush days and may take some more time(3-4 hours) for Darshan in line in summer days.
In Winter mostly rush is on Sundays.
On Saturdays, You may not see that type of Rush.
Best days are weekdays and working days only with easy Darshan.

Car Parking (Multi Level) near Golden Temple:
Google Maps

Websites:
This is Govt. Website:
Welcome to Official Website of District, Amritsar

Amritsar district - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amritsar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Google Maps

Map for Railway Station to Golden Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621429,74.877534&sspn=0.01078,0.013711&geocode=FZOv4gEdlkV2BA;FXiB4gEdjJB2BA&oq=brother's&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16

Map for Railway Station to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gardens or
Rambagh Gardens or Company Bagh (was earlier):
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Company+Bagh,+Amritsar,+Punjab+143001&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=31.633105,74.869797&sspn=0.021558,0.027423&geocode=FbLD4gEdGo52BCld-_EvV2MZOTHOJY2zHmOwVw;FVyt4gEdrVB2BA&oq=RaAmritsar&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&z=15

Map for Railway Station to Durgiana Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=31.630693,74.864466&spn=0.010779,0.013711&geocode=FW2q4gEdVGR2BA;Fe-b4gEdrGR2BA&oq=durgian+mandir&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=17&z=16

Map for Golden temple to Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar (Outside Road)
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621178,74.878628&sspn=0.002695,0.003428&geocode=FYKA4gEdGox2BA;FQiC4gEdmJJ2BA&oq=Golden+Temple+road&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=18&z=18


Read these also:
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/itinerary-f10/things-do-amritsar-t49886/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/restaurants-dhaba-reviews-f31/best-places-food-amritsar-t7625/

http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-delhi-wagah-border-m800-t26325/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/republic-day-blessings-golden-temple-ceremony-wagah-border-t49981/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/driving-up-border-pakistan-t10217/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/photography-f17/amritsar-where-my-heart-belongs-t42861/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/trip-amritsar-t54645/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/speed-ride-amritsar-2-comrades-39-hours-1000-kms-t37107/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-amritsar-photo-log-t19751/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/love-amritsar-t35254/


- - - Updated - - -

There are many places in Amritsar and nearby.
These logs cover most of them.
Beware:
Golden Temple will be Jam-Packed during these holidays.
Take 2-3 hours to have Darshan in line.
Then Goto Jalianwala bagh.
Then leave for Wagah Border.


"Dr Rupinder :
i did my post graduation in amritsar and it has some good food joints .
1 bhravan da dhaba good indian veg food they also have opened now snack (chinese and italian ) dont know the quality of snack but veg food is good if u like desi ghee .it is tasty and heavy
2.kesar da dhaba in the heart of old city very tasty but the dal has more ghee than dal in it.
3.crystal restaurant near the lawrence road very nice restaurant can almost order anything
4. kundan dhaba. ok ok
5. there is a non veg eating joint in lawrence road nehru complex which is know for its tandoori chicken
6.on sunday go to kanhayia sweets or bansal sweets and have chane puri or bhature
7. in amritsar also try to have amritsari kulchae.
lot of other small joints apart from the usual burger king ,macdonald ,pizza hut and all"


"Tough Guy:
Famous food joints in Amritsar:

1) Kanha sweets - Cholle bhature.
Location - Lawrence Road

2) Bansal sweets - Sweet dish (especially Pinni).

3) Bheera chicken - Non-veg tandoori dishes.
Location - Majitha Road

4) Crystal restaurent - Very famous restaurent
Location - Queens Road

5) Kanahiya Sweets - Cholle bhature
Location - Phullan wala chowk

6) Khulche cholle Dhaba - Khulce (Naan) cholle
Location - Maqbool Road

7) Pal dhabha - Keema Naan
Location - Near Durgiyana Mandir

8 ) Parkash Meat - Mutton curry
Location - Near Golden temple

9) Makhan Dhaba - Amritsari fish
Location - Lawrence road

10) Surjeet's - Tandoori chicken
Location : Lawrence road

11) Brijwasi chat - Chaat
Location - Cooper Road

12) Bhravan da dhaba
Location: Near the Golden temple

13) LASSI at Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk, Opposite Regent cinema.

14) Jalebi at Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale
Location - Ahluwali Katra very close to the main gate of Golden Temple."


Have bath in Tubewell or it means,
you have not seen "The Punjab".
LOL !


---------------------------------------------------------



Happy Journey !
It is very informative for the 1st timer Sirjee! A few questions:
1. Recommend mode of transport from Chandigarh?
2. Recommend hotel accommodation for two price between Rs. 3000-Rs. 4000 near Harmandir Sahib?
3. A good cab rent for City tour?



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Amritsar is most Sacred city for Sikhs.
It is important city near Pakistan Border Entry Point known as Wagah Border & Atari Border.

Location of Amritsar :
Google Maps

But most of people from all walks of life irrespective of Region, Religion, etc.
want to go to Golden Temple at Amritsar.
Amritsar is a must have destination in mind when someone comes from other parts of India.
Internationally also Amritsar is well known destination.
Main attraction is Golden Temple.
But there are many other attractions after a person visits Golden Temple or
other Gurdwaras in and around Amritsar.
Some of these are Famous Food, Papad Badi, Shoes- Punjabi Jutti,
Metal Art Work, Clothes etc.

There are many Tourist Attractions also.
Major Tourist Attractions:
* Golden Temple / Darbar Sahib / Harmandir Sahib.
(4 km from Amritsar Junction or Bus Stand on Full Traffic - Rush Roads in day)
*Jallianwala Bagh (100 Metres from Golden Temple)
*Wagah Border (30-35 km from Golden Temple)
*Maraja Ranjit Singh Garden / Rambagh Garden / Company Bagh ( 1km from Front side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station)
*Durgiana Temple / Durgiana Mandir (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
*Gobind Garh Fort (Behind Amritsar Junction Railway Station, Half KM only)
(Durgiana Temple, Gobind Garh Fort & Back side of Amritsar Junction Railway Station are opposite to each other) check map.

Most of these can be covered in 1 day.
2 days 5-6 places can be covered.
In 3 days you can taste food at different places also.
3rd day can be spared for nearby city Gurdwaras, if interested for first half day.
To cover in almost all places mentioned here, you need 3 days minimum.


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GOLDEN TEMPLE / DARBAR SAHIB / HARMANDIR SAHIB:
GOLDEN TEMPLE is locally called as Darbar Sahib.
Harmandir Sahib is real name.

Though in every city in Punjab,
Mmain Gurdwara is called Darbar Sahib.
Don't get Confused, when you hear this.

Darshan at Golden Temple, is very very tricky on Holidays it may take 2 hours or more to enter in day time with long queues.

Morning Time:
On Non-Holidays best time in morning is 5am-6.45am. it takes around 30-45 minutes.

In Winters at 6.45 am you can see direct into the Golden Temple from Entry gate of main Gurdwara.
Because Direct TV Telecast is Just OVER then (PTC Punjabi).
Evening also, there is Direct TV Telecast 5-7pm(PTC Punjabi).

6.45-7am is CLEAN SWEEP ENTRY, as saw on 12 DEC 2011.

In Day Entry for Darshan time is 1-2 hours or more, depends on Holiday and Peak Tourist Season.

It is best to spend time of Evening at Wagah Border and Markets.
You can comeback in evening at Golden Temple Premises to enjoy lighting and calmness etc.
& Langar (Community Kitchen) if you like.

You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters...

After finishing your day, move in to Parikrama (Premises) around Sarovar (Water Pool) is best at night.

Peace.....Peace.......... Peace...................

According to Ankur003:
"Try to visit Temple after dark... With lights on... the Temple has a grace of its own...
You can take a dip in sarovar... be prepared accordingly... We did in spine chilling winters... "

There are many Gurdwaras in Amritsar, if anybody wants to see.

At morning around 8am Vans / Scorpio etc. (from Langar Hall side) take for near by
City Gurdwaras, like Taran Taran (Largest Sarovar- 800mtr 1 side x 4 sides), Goindwal - Baoli sahib etc.
They charge nominal per person.
As the roads are not so good at stretches Scorpio or big vehicle is best.
They know the routes also.
They take time around approx. 8am-3pm tour.
Booking starts around 6.30am outside gate of Langar Hall side.
Though Free Bus Service is also there but not much seats are left and travel by Bus is not so good.
You can ask for extra sight seeing (Wagah Border) ride also.
Hope this will help a little.

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How to move in Amritsar?
Take 3 Wheelers, Shared 4 wheelers(Tata Ace / Mahindra 4 wheelers etc.) from Railway Station or Bus Stand to your destination hotel etc.
3 or 4 wheeler Taxis are available for whole day of movement in or around Amritsar.
You can get Cycle rickshaws to move in streets of Amritsar.
You can hire shared 3 wheelers also for within city destinations.
Shared Cabs run from Golden Temple to Wagah Border around 2-2.30 pm.
You can go to Wagah Border from Amritsar Bus Stand also by shared Taxis(Indica/ Sumo/Scorpio/Omni Van etc.).
You can take Rickshaw from backside of Railway Station through old crowded streets with its local views towards Golden Temple.


Best Time to be in Amritsar:
Late October to March is best time to be there.
But Summers also has its own advantage.
Lassi (Curd Drink) is main thing to go for.


----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------------
How to Reach Amritsar?
Amritsar is well connected with Rail, Road and Air network.
Anyone can book railway ticket online at irctc website.
Some International flights are also available from Amritsar.
By Road, Private Taxis are available.
Buses from Major Cities are easily available.
From Delhi to Ambala, via Ludhiana & Jalandhar buses are easily available.
From Chandigarh you can get Bus for Delhi.
From Jammu also, You can get Bus easily.
These Website links are given for Mobile use when You need to open links directly.
Bus:
Punjab:
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
Department of Transport, Punjab, India
http://voyagerpunbus.com:8888/track/

PunBus / Punjab Roadways Online Bus Booking, PunBus / Punjab Roadways Bus Tickets.
Punbus / Punjab Roadways, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Booking, Punbus / Punjab Roadways Bus Reservation - Official Website
Online Bus Ticket Booking, Bus Tickets Reservation Service - Travelyaari.com
Live Timetable of Bus of Punjab Roadways - Voyager-PUNBUS

Haryana:
Home - eTicketing : Haryana Roadways
http://hartrans.gov.in/fare.htm
Home | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana | Directorate of State Transport, Government of Haryana
http://hartrans.gov.in/enquiry_num.html

Himachal Bus:
HRTC Home Page



Train:
www.irctc.co.in
Indian Railways IRCTC Timetable PNR Status Fare Live Status - eRail.in (Better Way To Search Trains)



Air:
Any website of Indian Airlines etc.



_
----------------------------- ----------------------------- -----------------------------



Accommodation:
Hotels of all budgets are available here. Some are online and some can be booked on arrival.
Budget Hotels are available near bylanes of Golden Temple.
Sometimes on particular Gurpurab days, Diwali, Holi, etc it is difficult to find accommodation here.
Saturdays, Sundays or on government holidays are also rush days and may take some more time(3-4 hours) for Darshan in line in summer days.
In Winter mostly rush is on Sundays.
On Saturdays, You may not see that type of Rush.
Best days are weekdays and working days only with easy Darshan.

Car Parking (Multi Level) near Golden Temple:
https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Car+Parking+For+Golden+Temple/@31.6219212,74.8757448,679m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x39197cabf360b47d:0xb9e22ca5eac5ab8b

Websites:
This is Govt. Website:
Welcome to Official Website of District, Amritsar

Amritsar district - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amritsar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Google Maps

Map for Railway Station to Golden Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621429,74.877534&sspn=0.01078,0.013711&geocode=FZOv4gEdlkV2BA;FXiB4gEdjJB2BA&oq=brother's&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16

Map for Railway Station to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gardens or
Rambagh Gardens or Company Bagh (was earlier):
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Company+Bagh,+Amritsar,+Punjab+143001&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=31.633105,74.869797&sspn=0.021558,0.027423&geocode=FbLD4gEdGo52BCld-_EvV2MZOTHOJY2zHmOwVw;FVyt4gEdrVB2BA&oq=RaAmritsar&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&z=15

Map for Railway Station to Durgiana Temple:
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=31.630693,74.864466&spn=0.010779,0.013711&geocode=FW2q4gEdVGR2BA;Fe-b4gEdrGR2BA&oq=durgian+mandir&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=17&z=16

Map for Golden temple to Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar (Outside Road)
https://maps.google.co.in/maps?saddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&daddr=Golden+Temple+Rd&hl=en&sll=31.621178,74.878628&sspn=0.002695,0.003428&geocode=FYKA4gEdGox2BA;FQiC4gEdmJJ2BA&oq=Golden+Temple+road&t=h&gl=in&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=18&z=18


Read these also:
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/itinerary-f10/things-do-amritsar-t49886/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/restaurants-dhaba-reviews-f31/best-places-food-amritsar-t7625/

http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-delhi-wagah-border-m800-t26325/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/republic-day-blessings-golden-temple-ceremony-wagah-border-t49981/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/driving-up-border-pakistan-t10217/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/photography-f17/amritsar-where-my-heart-belongs-t42861/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/trip-amritsar-t54645/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/speed-ride-amritsar-2-comrades-39-hours-1000-kms-t37107/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/drive-amritsar-photo-log-t19751/
http://www.bcmtouring.com/forum/travelogues-north-india-f61/love-amritsar-t35254/


- - - Updated - - -

There are many places in Amritsar and nearby.
These logs cover most of them.
Beware:
Golden Temple will be Jam-Packed during these holidays.
Take 2-3 hours to have Darshan in line.
Then Goto Jalianwala bagh.
Then leave for Wagah Border.


"Dr Rupinder :
i did my post graduation in amritsar and it has some good food joints .
1 bhravan da dhaba good indian veg food they also have opened now snack (chinese and italian ) dont know the quality of snack but veg food is good if u like desi ghee .it is tasty and heavy
2.kesar da dhaba in the heart of old city very tasty but the dal has more ghee than dal in it.
3.crystal restaurant near the lawrence road very nice restaurant can almost order anything
4. kundan dhaba. ok ok
5. there is a non veg eating joint in lawrence road nehru complex which is know for its tandoori chicken
6.on sunday go to kanhayia sweets or bansal sweets and have chane puri or bhature
7. in amritsar also try to have amritsari kulchae.
lot of other small joints apart from the usual burger king ,macdonald ,pizza hut and all"


"Tough Guy:
Famous food joints in Amritsar:

1) Kanha sweets - Cholle bhature.
Location - Lawrence Road

2) Bansal sweets - Sweet dish (especially Pinni).

3) Bheera chicken - Non-veg tandoori dishes.
Location - Majitha Road

4) Crystal restaurent - Very famous restaurent
Location - Queens Road

5) Kanahiya Sweets - Cholle bhature
Location - Phullan wala chowk

6) Khulche cholle Dhaba - Khulce (Naan) cholle
Location - Maqbool Road

7) Pal dhabha - Keema Naan
Location - Near Durgiyana Mandir

8 ) Parkash Meat - Mutton curry
Location - Near Golden temple

9) Makhan Dhaba - Amritsari fish
Location - Lawrence road

10) Surjeet's - Tandoori chicken
Location : Lawrence road

11) Brijwasi chat - Chaat
Location - Cooper Road

12) Bhravan da dhaba
Location: Near the Golden temple

13) LASSI at Hall Bazaar, Lassi wala chownk, Opposite Regent cinema.

14) Jalebi at Gurdass Ram Jalebi wale
Location - Ahluwali Katra very close to the main gate of Golden Temple."


Have bath in Tubewell or it means,
you have not seen "The Punjab".
LOL !


---------------------------------------------------------



Happy Journey !
It is very informative for the 1st timer Sirjee! A few questions:
1. Recommend mode of transport from Chandigarh?
2. Recommend hotel accommodation for two price between Rs. 3000-Rs. 4000 near Harmandir Sahib?
3. A good cab rent for City tour?



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