Amritsar - Punjab's holy city
Amritsar is home to the world-famous 17th century Golden Temple, which is also known as the holy pool of nectar. Every year the city attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the globe.
The best Amritsar weather and festivals
From November until the end of March, the weather in Amritsar tends to be pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. The temperatures can be quite hot from April until the end of June - reaching up to 49°C. Monsoon season is from July until the end of October. There is a wide variety of events hosted in Amritsar during the year. The Lohri festival is held in mid-January, which signatures the finish of the winter harvest. On the 13th of April, Baisakhi is celebrated with colourful street parades and dancing. Guruparab is observed twice a year with prayers in November and January.
Before your Amritsar flight - visas, vaccinations and advice
It is required that UK visitors are in possession of a visa before entry into India. These are available from the Indian High Commission. Before applying make sure your Passport has two blank pages and is valid for six months. It is advisable that all routine vaccinations are up to date. In addition, it is recommended that visitors take the precaution of getting vaccinated against hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. Other vaccines worth considering include cholera, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and rabies.
Prices tend to be reasonably cheap in Amritsar. Expect to pay around 200Rs for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, 102Rs for 0.5 litres domestic beer, and about 25Rs for a 500g loaf of fresh bread.
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is located approximately 11 kilometres from the city centre. City buses provide services to and from the airport to the city centre - the journey taking approximately 25 minutes each way. Prepaid taxis are available outside the airport; however, be prepared to haggle and agree a price before getting in - the fare should be in the region of 300Rs.
Cheap accommodation is available from approximately 200Rs per person, per night. Expect to pay in the region of 2000Rs per night for a room in a luxury hotel.
There is a choice of transport options, including cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, buses and taxis. However, it is important to remember that motorised vehicles are not permitted in the zone surrounding the Golden Temple.