Street leading to Golden Temple
Amritsar is a renowned option for experiential travellers for 2 night stay. Travellers arrive to experience spirituality of Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara (Golden Temple), street food of Old city area around Golden Temple, explore some shopping in Old city and drive to Wagah border (36 kms) for the evening beating retreat ceremony.
However there is more to Amritsar than sightseeing and exploring. Let me elaborate on some of the experiences.
Foodies - Amritsar is a mecca for foodies, especially those who enjoy North Indian style cuisine. Amritsari Fish Tikka and Amritsari Kulcha Chole are legendary elsewhere and widely available here at every Dhaba. You may dine at the renowned Brothers Dhaba or Bharwan's Dhaba within Golden Temple Complex or walk the old city for the famous Giani Lassi or street food (Chaats, Momos, Egg, Fish Tikka etc). While liquor is not available in old City, just on the outskirts there are liquor shops where you can enjoy a chilled beer and Fish Tikka while being on a busy street !!!
Shopping - Old City area is renowned for its Phulkaris and decorated shoes (Juttis). The prices are still earthly and designs reflect the styles and colors of Punjab.
Wagah Border - Wagah border is where every evening an beating of retreat ceremony is held on India-Pakistan border synchronising the parade with Pakistani counterparts. Here citizens on both sides of the border root for their own countries. It is one of its kind experience in patriotism for every Indian.
Golden Temple Complex - Golden Temple is not just a pilgrimage for Sikhs but an experience for all spiritual travellers. The complex is built and maintained in an exemplary fashion, unlike any pilgrim site in the world. The streets leading to the Golden temple have shops and hotels, all with the same color facade like in some of the European old cities. Unlike pilgrim sites elsewhere in India, there are hardly any beggers, no agents goading tourists into a purchase and every pilgrim traveller can spend as much time just soaking in the whole experience. The historical Jalianwala Bagh is within the complex and can be visited.
Village Experience - While in Amritsar you may opt for a village experience where you may interact with the locals, enjoy authentic local cuisine, watch cows being milked and a tractor ride. You may also visit carpet weaving industry and learn the art of phulkari work. The village is in close proximity to Indo Pak border and you can observe farmers of Pakistan ploughing their fields through Line of Control.
Countryside Stays -Amritsar has mainly business hotel like stay options. However on outskirts of Amritsar there are farm / countryside retreat options that allow travellers to enjoy a resort like stay while enjoying other Amritsar attractions and experiences. You may even stay at heritage hotels where you interact with the owner who has lived through wars with Pakistan to tell you stories of Amritsar of the past.
Amritsar is a must visit experience for every experiential traveller looking to explore authentic elements of Punjab