Growing from a rich yet turbulent history, is the holy city of Amritsar, that is frequented by devotees, international tourists and the Sikh diaspora from around the world. The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib can be seen in its various moods: from the beautiful morning procession of the Guru Granth Sahib to sundown, when thousands of incandescent lamps are lit and the temple emanates a warm glow.
Equally evocative are the highlighted bullet marks on the boundary wall at the Jallianwala Bagh, prominent reminders of a dark day, a century ago. The bustling old-city bazaar is another feast for the senses with rows upon rows of vibrant phulkari dupattas and embroidered punjabi juttis, the spicy aroma wafting from sacks full of the famous papad-wariyan, and the delightful sizzle of butter on a crisp Amritsari kulcha, balanced only by the calming sound of the distant gurbani.
Nickname: The Golden City, Sifti da Ghar (The home of all virtues)
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