The historic and enchanting city of Amritsar is nestled in the northwestern part of Punjab. It shares its border with Pakistan. The city is named after Amrit Sarovar constructed by Guru Ram Das in the village of Tung. Amritsar means “The Lake of the Holy Nectar”. The city boasts of being the cultural hub of Punjab. And not to forget about its delicious Kulcha and refreshing lassi. Amritsar is famous for its sumptuous cuisine.
Amritsar has borne the pain of the Indo-Pak partition of 1947. This partition has resulted in the largest migration crisis in human history. The glorious city of Amritsar has faced a cold-blooded human massacre at the hands of General Dyer, a British army officer. The Jallianwala Bagh witnessed this inhumane cruelty that happened in 1919.
To know more about this energetic place do visit it once in your lifetime. If time is the only constraint stopping you, don’t worry just grab our 1 day Amritsar tour package.
Our hand-picked places to visit in Amritsar in 1 day
1) Golden Temple
Amritsar‘s visit is incomplete without paying the obeisance at the Golden Temple. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, it is the brainchild of Guru Arjan Dev ji, Its foundation stone was laid by muslim saint Mian Mir ji, and its construction was completed in 1604 by Guru Arjan Dev ji. The shrine is an architectural epitome, displaying a stunning blend of Hindu and Islamic aesthetic styles. In your full-day Amritsar local sightseeing tour, the Golden Temple must top the list.
The holy shrine is surrounded by a tranquil water body that decks up its charm. The golden shine and harmonious ambiance of Harmandir Sahib add to its eternal bliss. Don’t forget to taste Guru ka langar at the world's largest community kitchen where around 100,000 visitors enjoy delicious and hygienically cooked vegetarian meals.
Timings: Open 24x7
Entry Fee: Free
2) Wagah Border
The next stop on our one-day Amritsar city tour by Private Car has to be Wagah Border, the place where patriotism is at its zenith. This vibrant place located on the Grand Trunk Road separates Amritsar from Lahore. Since 1959, a 45-minute flag ceremony has taken place every evening at 4:15 PM in winter and 5:15 PM in summer. Popularly known as “The Beating Retreat Ceremony”.
During the ceremony, every evening the troops from both India and Pakistan gather at the border to display a 30-minute military extravaganza. The main highlight of the whole ceremony is the lowering of the national flags on both sides as well as the closure of international gates. All these activities take place amidst high patriotic fervor.
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm(during winter)
5:15 pm to 6:00 pm(during summers)
Entry Fee: No entry fee
3) Jallianwala Bagh
Jallianwala Bagh is not only a public garden but also holds historical importance. The place has witnessed one of the worst human tragedies. In the year 1919, on the fateful day of 13th April on the orders of General Dyer, the British army mercilessly opened fire on a gathering of men, women, and innocent kids who had gathered for the peaceful celebration of Baisakhi. He regarded this congregation as a violation of the Rowlatt Act.
There is a stone memorial erected in the garden as a reminder of the atrocities committed on the innocent Indians at the hands of Britishers. This unfortunate act led to the saga of revolution against the Britishers. The demand for free India got more strong. A visit to this historic Jallianwala Bagh is a must to be included in your Amritsar local one-day package.
Timings: 06:30 am to 07:30 pm; daily
Entry Fee: Free
4) Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
This museum was the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Located in the Company Bagh, Amritsar this museum is named after the first sikh emperor Maharaja Ranjit Singh under whose leadership Punjab enjoyed freedom from the Britishers. This wonderful museum provides a detailed insight into the life of the iconic sikh king as well as a glimpse of the glorious sikh history, art, and architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Don’t forget to enlist this tourist site on your list of places to visit in Amritsar in 1 day.
The arms and ammunition section of the museum displays a huge collection of weapons. The captivating paintings, coins, and different manuscripts represent the secularism that was prevalent during Maharaja Ranjit Singh's reign. The beautiful Company Bagh also houses the statue of the king accompanied by his horse.
Timings:10:00 am to 05:00 pm; closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Entry Fee: ₹ 10
5) Durgiana Temple
Durgiana Temple is a mesmerizing replica of the Golden Temple. Surrounded by a beautiful lake, this shrine is also famous as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. There are magnificent floating idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu along with the statue of Lord Shiva in a meditating state. Besides, the holy Hindu shrine also houses the sculpture of Hanuman in a sitting posture.
The temple, like the Golden Temple, has a marble bridge used to reach the shrine on the other end of the bridge. The silver door of the temple has many religious inscriptions with artistic carvings beautifying the outer walls. A visit to this shrine will add an element of excitement to your one-day Amritsar tour package.
Timings: Open every 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
6) Gobindgarh Fort
The roots of this Gigantic fort can be traced back to the 18th century, this historic military fort is spread across 43 acres. Its other name is “Bhagian Da Qila” as it was built by the Bhangi Misl’s head Gujjar Singh Bhangi. At the beginning of the 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over this glorious fort and renamed it Gobindgarh Fort after the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. At last, it came into the control of the Indian Army but now it is open to the public.
Now, the fort has been turned into a museum that reflects the rich history of Punjab as well as the treasury of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Do include Gobingarh fort in your list of places to visit in Amritsar in 1 day.
Timings: Opens 7 days from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Entry: ₹180 - 649 for Indians
₹375- 1000 for foreigners
Q1: Is it possible to cover the main tourist spots of Amritsar in one day?
Ans: It is possible to visit main attractions like Golden Temple, Wagah border, Jallianwala Bagh, etc. Our one-day Amritsar local sightseeing tour by private car is the one stop solution.
Q2: How to book your Amritsar local One Day Package?
Ans: Pack your traveling bags and embark on your trip to Amritsar. If you are falling short of time, we have made a One-day Amritsar tour package for you. So you enjoy your tour and return home with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Q3. Which are the best months to visit Amritsar?
Ans: The recommended months to visit Amritsar are from November to March. These are the months to explore Amritsar as the weather is pleasant.