Amritsar is a place that can be explored within a day too! But if you have time on your hands and an extra day too, then I definitely would recommend you for a 2-day trip so you can see everything this city has to offer. Although, if you’re crunched on time and have just one day, then here’s a one-day Itinerary of Amritsar for you: https://www.unfiltered.in/2020/02/28/day-one-in-amritsar/. Day 2 in Amritsar was memorable and splendid, read to know how.
And for the rest, who wish to know everything there is to explore in this city for an extra day, read below as I explain my Day 2 in Amritsar.
Okay, we weren’t prepared for the cold weather and certainly not for the rickshaw guys that only looted us all day. The prior night, we ended up striking a deal with our Airbnb host. He mentioned an all-day Taxi that would take us to 3-5 spots in the city and be with us until the end of the day. Not only that, he would then drop us off at the railway station before our train arrives! The car expense was INR 1800+100 for toll = 1900 INR.
1. Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi Mandir:
Our first stop was the Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi Mandir that also has been called the “Gufa Mandir”. This is a temple for the Hindu devotee that is purely dedicated to Laal Devi. The temple looks just like a maze from the inside.
Trust me when I say this: You’’ be exploring different deities from every region within India and you will do this not just via walking, but also sometimes crawling and entering into different mysterious doors/caves to find your way out or onto the next deity.
The temple has a vibrant feel to it. It is colorful and has a cave feel attached. There is a structured stall where you can leave your slip-on/shoes. You will be given a token that is free of charge.
Time to Explore: 1 Hour
2. Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar:
Our next spot was the Gobindgarh Fort. If you visit Amristrar, it is highly recommended that you visit this famous fort. The fort was supposedly renovated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who was named after Guru Gobind Singh. Thus this fort has been titled as the Gobindgarh Fort.
The fort has 4 bastion towers where you can roam around and view the beauty. It also has various attractions like the 7D show, a museum, a performance stage, and arrangements for lunch or dinner. They also have properly built toilets that are well managed. It’s recommended that you visit the place during the day-time so you can explore and have your pictures captured in bright sunlight. The 7D show is quite informative where they mention about the history of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. This whole experience is quite interactive.
Entry: Different packages are depending on your requirement that ranges from INR 180-750 per head. I opted for the INR 180 combo entry ticket that includes an entry coupon, museum entry, and a 7D show pass.
Time to Explore: 3 Hours
3. Wagah border:
We need you to understand that these places were followed in a certain order so we don’t end up traveling extra. The Wagah Border or the Wagah-Attari Border that is famous for its Retreat Ceremony is something every Indian must experience once in a lifetime at least.
If you are planning to visit the Wagah Border from the Golden Temple via a Rickshaw ride then it will approximately amount to INR 100-150 per person depending on your negotiation skills. The Wagah-Attari Border Retreat Ceremony starts sharp at 5:15 PM during summer and 4:15 PM during the winter season.
We would suggest that you visit the location at least 45-60 minutes before the ceremony as there is an entry point along with security check-in that will take a good 30 minutes minimum depending on the season you’re in. For entry purposes, you will need to have a valid ID proof without which you can’t enter in. Camera, mobiles are allowed.
It is highly suggested that you don’t carry bags with you as the check-in will take way too long. The entire ceremony lasts for 45 minutes and will end with both the India and Pakistan flags being pulled down. After the ceremony ends and you walk towards the exit, there are quite a few stalls where you can shop from.
Time to Explore: 2 Hours including the entry
4. Sadda Pind:
Day 2 in Amritsar had its last visit at Sadda Pind. The meaning of this place is Amritsar’s way of depicting to the whole world how their pind (village) used to look like in traditional times. Within this village, you will find houses of different types. Spread across 12 acres of land, this glorious pind has houses, where the residents will cook and offer you food like Sarso Da Saag, Lassi, Amritsari Chole, Gud Ki Chai, etc that will exactly resemble the village-style of cooking.
We also got to witness dance performances by the Punjabi folk troupe. While you’re passing your time here, you can also try your hand on pottery by a very interactive host. There are activities like the Head massage, Maut Ka Kuan (The circus trick of dangerous car and bike riding), Magic Show, Camel Ride, Giant wheel, and other fun games.
For children too, there are adventurous activities like crossing a bridge, climbing on a set course made with tires. Finally, after you’re done exploring, playing and chilling, you can opt for their buffet lunch/dinner that has quite a variety of options to choose from. It almost reminded us of those classic wedding buffets. Day 2 in Amritsar was all this and many more memories!
Entry: INR 750 for each adult that includes a meal + 1 Camel Ride| 1 Chaat Counter | Sarso da saag + Lassi | 1 Ride | Access to all activities like head massage, magic show, maut ka kuan. It is worth the experience!
Time to Explore: 4 Hours.
For Day 1 Itinerary, Click here: https://www.unfiltered.in/2020/02/28/day-one-in-amritsar/
If you’re looking to explore Delhi along with Amritsar, then you can have a look at this One day Itinerary for Delhi, click here: https://www.unfiltered.in/2020/02/24/one-day-in-delhi/
If you have visited any of these places above, then do not forget to share your favorite place in the comment section below. Happy Travelling!