- Written by Anchal Chaudhary
Wagah Border (29km)
On a trip to Amritsar, a visit to Wagah Border is a must!
Wagah Border is a ceremonial border between India and Pakistan where each evening a retreat ceremony is carried out when flags of both the countries are lowered. Every evening a change of guard takes place on both the sides of the gate amidst much fanfare and jubilation.
Soldiers from both the countries salute each other and march in a perfect drill going through a sequence of well-coordinated steps and putting up a spectacular display bringing down their respective national flags and closing the gate.
The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes with high patriotic fervour on both the sides of the border.
Ram Bagh is a palace situated in the middle of a garden in typical Mughal garden style. Ram Bagh once served as the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The palace was reinitiated by the ruler himself to pay tribute to the Sikh Guru Ram Das. The premises houses, a museum exhibiting paintings, coins, weapons and miniatures from the Sikh Gurus period.
Built in 1760 AD Gobindgarh Fort holds an important place in the Indian Military history. Strengthened by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the fort was used by the legendary ruler to keep safeguard the royal treasure and treaties.
During the British rule, General Dyer is believed to have resided within the fort premises. Close to his bungalow is the notorious ‘Faansi ghar’ where a large number of Indian Freedom Fighters are believed to have been executed.
At a walking distance from the Golden Temple, through a narrow lane is the 16th Century old Durgiana Temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is also popular as Laxmi Narayan temple as a large part of it is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and Narayana, The Preserver of Universe.
Constructed on the pattern of the Sikh Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple also rises from the midst of a tank.
A beautiful temple with intricately carved paintings of Goddess Durga in her various incarnations, Durgiana Temple is a renowned repository of Hindu scriptures.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama
Set up and maintained by National Council of Science Museum in memory of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, whose reign was known for patriotic fervour and secular values, the gallery has beautiful paintings depicting Sikh history.
Ram Tirath (11km)
Ram Tirath is an ancient temple believed to date as back as Ramayana period. This is believed to be the place where Mata Sita was provided shelter by Maharishi Valmiki when she was abandoned by her husband, Lord Rama.
It was here that she gave birth to Lord Rama’s twin sons, Luv and Kush who were trained and made proficient in all fields by sage Valmiki.