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101 Things To Do In Amritsar

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Hailed as the “Home of all Virtues” (Sifti Da Ghar), Amritsar has a dazzling showcase of composite culture and secular heritage. With a proud past, a glorious present and a promising future, the city is rightly called the “Mukut-Mani” (The Jewel of Crown) of Punjab. A focal point of Sikh faith, a pivot of Punjab politics, a nursery of defense pool and an alert sentinel at the Indo-Pak border, it is a city that is like a diamond with many facets. The true spirit of the city is found not only in its art & architecture, fairs & festivals, folk dances & stimulating music, age-old markets & lip-smacking cuisine but is also vibrantly visible in its gurudwaras & temples, tiraths & mosques.

You may also take One Day Tour to the city and visit many places of National importance and that is famous worldwide.

The places are recognized well by global travelers and have become one of the attractions for World Tourism. So much so, that it has given a boost to the tourism industry by becoming the fastest growing State in tourism with a 35% growth in tourist footfall in the last five years.

But as we said earlier, there are many facets to Amritsar city about which many people are not aware. So we at the City On Pedals have formulated a list for showcasing around 101 things we can do in the City of Nectar – Amritsar.

101 Things to do, places to visit and food to eat

Gurdwaras in Amritsar
1. The Golden Temple
2. Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib
3. Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib
4. Gurdwara Chheharta Sahib
5. Bir Baba Budha Sahib
6. Saragarhi Gurudwara
7. Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai
8. Harike Wetlands
9. Akal Takht
10. Guru Ka Mahal

Temples in Amritsar
11. Durgiana Temple
12. Mata Lal Devi Mandir
13. Shri Bara Hanuman Mandir
14. Prachin Shani Dev Mandir
15. Shivala Bagh Bhaiyan Mandir
16. Prachin Bhadra Kali Mata Mandir
17. ISKCON Temple
18. Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal
19. Thakurdwara Dariana Mal
20. Bijli Pehalwan Temple

Amritsar Food (Breakfast)
21. Amritsari Kulcha
22. Poori, Chana, and Launji
23. Bhathure Chane
24. Omelette and Tea
25. Nutri Kulcha
26. Paneer Bhurji and Bread
27. Kachori
28. Fruits and Fruit Juices
29. Lassi
30. Tea

Vegetarian Food
31. Guru Ka Langar
32. Sarson Ka Saag
33. Makki Ki Roti
34. Amritsari Kulcha
35. Bheega Kulcha
36. Soya Chaap
37. Dal Makhani
38. Saag Paneer
39. Onion Naan
40. Mushroom Do Pyaza

Non-Vegetarian Food
41. Amritsari Fish
42. Tawa Chicken Tikka
43. Chicken Chaap
44. Mutton Chaap
45. Kharore
46. Tandoori Chicken
47. Brain Curry
48. Butter Chicken
49. Murgh Tawa Frontier
50. Keema Naan

Amritsar Street Food
51. Satpura
52. Samosa
53. Papdi Chaat
54. Bheega Kulcha
55. Aam Papad
56. Dahi Bhalla
57. Aloo Tikki

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Of Amritsar
58. Aloe Vera Juice
59. Gian Di Lassi
60.Chatti Ki Lassi
60. Sugarcane Juice
61. Fresh Fruit Juice
62. CHAAI – Giani Tea Stall
63. Fruit Beer – Verka Booth
64. Nimbu Masala Soda
65. Hing Paani
66. Jaljeera

Popular Desserts of Amritsar
67. Jalebi
68. Amarti
69. Gulab Jamun
70. Phirni
71. Pinni
72. Ras Malai
73. Khajoor
74. Gajar Ka Halwa
75. Gur Ka Halwa
76. Moong Dal Halwa

Places To Visit In Amritsar
(Old City)
77. Town Hall – Partition Museum
78. Saragarhi Gurdwara
79. Qila Ahluwalia
80. The hanging Gurdwara
81. Baba Bohar
82. Thakurdwara Dariana Mall
83. Traditional Mud Wrestling Arena
84. Galiara
85. Golden Temple Heritage Walk
86. Jalebi Wala Chowk

(Stroll through the old bazaars)
87. Ancient Passage
88. Ancient Food Joints

(New City)
96. Lawrence Road
89. Elite Shopping Places
90. Parks
91. Street Food Markets
92. Fine Dining Places

Suburbs
93. Haveli
94. Sadda Pind
95. Newly Built Residential Colonies

Historical Places To Visit In Amritsar
96. Wagah Border
97. Jallianwala Bagh
98. Pul Kanjri

Places Of Cultural Importance
99. Punjab Naatshala
100. Visit A Real Village
101. Shopping For Traditional Items

Rejuvenating or Entertaining Activities

Gurdwaras in Amritsar

Being a Holy City, and a central place for Sikhism, Amritsar is famous for its Gurdwaras.

  1. The Golden Temple
  2. Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib
  3. Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib
  4. Gurdwara Chheharta Sahib
  5. Bir Baba Budha Sahib
  6. Saragarhi Gurudwara
  7. Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai
  8. Harike Wetlands
  9. Akal Takht
  10. Guru Ka Mahal

1. The Golden Temple

Golden Temple View at Night
Symbol of Brotherhood and Equality

Located in the city of Amritsar, Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Darbar Sahib is one of the prominent pilgrimage sites of Sikhism. Arguably referred to as the World Headquarter for Sikhism, the place attracts many tourists from around the globe. Apart from being the central religious place of the Sikhs, it is also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality

Take our Amritsar Golden Temple Tour and experience the divinity of the Divine power.

2. Gurdwara Shaheedan Sahib

Dhan-Dhan Baba Deep Singh Ji

Baba Deep Singh Ji is revered among Sikhs as one of the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism and as a highly religious person. The founder and leader of the famous “Shaheedan Di Misl”, well known as a bold and fearless saint-soldier who was ever ready to risk his life for the Panth was mortally wounded here. Thus, it commemorates the unrivaled martyrdom of Baba Deep Singh Ji who fought valiantly and dauntlessly along with thousands of Sikhs.

3. Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib

Established by the fifth Guru – Guru Arjan Dev Ji, in the city of Tarn Taran Sahib, the Gurdwara has a distinction of having the largest Sarovar – water pond) of all the gurdwaras. It is also famous for its monthly gatherings of pilgrims on the day of Amavas – a no-moon night.

4. Gurdwara Chheharta Sahib

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Serene, Calm and Divine – Shri Chheharta Sahib

A town located at the border of Pakistan merely 7kms away from Amritsar has derived its name from Gurdwara Chheharta Sahib. The religious site has the large well constructed in its arena. The town of Chheharta Sahib is now an Industrial township with a large population and attracts huge visitors on the occasion of Basant Panchmi.

5. Bir Baba Budha Sahib

Situated on Amritsar road near village Chaabal, the shrine honors and commemorates Baba Buddha the venerable Sikh of the time of Guru Nanak who lived long enough to anoint five succeeding Gurus.

6. Saragarhi Gurudwara

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A religious place depicting Sikh bravery and courage

A gurudwara in Amritsar situated near the Golden Temple that commemorates the battle of Saragarhi. Recognized by UNESCO as one of the eight most important demonstrations of collective bravery, the Gurdwara is declared open by Sir Charles Pvez (Lt. Governor of Punjab) in 1904, it is a tribute to Sikh courage and bravery.

7. Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai

Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai Ji

Recognized as one of the hidden gems of the city, the gurdwara depicts one of the finest architectural marvels and one of the Sikh religion’s most poignant places of worship. This nine-story octagonal tower is actually a samadhi or cenotaph enshrining the remains of Baba Atal Rai, a son of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs, which was later transformed into a gurdwara.

8. Harike Wetlands

A glimpse of Harike Bird Sanctuary

Harike, noted for being the village in Tarn Taran District where Guru Angad Dev Ji the second Sikh Guru was born, has a beautiful Gurudwara Nanaksar with its colorful gardens located on the banks of wetland. It is believed that the gurdwara is made in the memory of Baba Ishar Singh of Nanaksar, whose body was immersed in the Harike Lake. So the place has a religious aura and is visited by many pilgrims.

9. Akal Takht

A place from where writs are announced – Akal Takht

Located in the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, the Akal Takht means “the throne of the timeless one”. It is one of the five takhts of Sikhs. It is from the Akal Takhat that Hukamnamas (edicts or writs) are announced to provide guidance or clarification on any point of Sikhdoctrine or practice.

10. Guru Ka Mahal

Situated in Amritsar city, Gurudwara Shri Guru Mahal Sahib is located near Harmandir Sahib. Housing the Granth Sahib and their gurus, Guru Ke Mahal was founded by Guru Ram Das Ji in 1573 as a little cottage that went on to shelter the great gurus of the Sikhs.

Amritsar Golden Temple Walking Tour
Amritsar Golden Temple Walking Tour

Temples in Amritsar

As the second most dominant population being Hindus, so the city is home to various world-famous temples

  1. Durgiana Temple
  2. Mata Lal Devi Mandir
  3. Shri Bara Hanuman Mandir
  4. Prachin Shani Dev Mandir
  5. Shivala Bagh Bhaiyan Mandir
  6. Prachin Bhadra Kali Mata Mandir
  7. ISKCON Temple
  8. Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal
  9. Thakurdwara Dariana Mal
  10. Bijli Pehalwan Temple

1. Durgiana Temple

An abode of Goddess Durga

Situated inside the old city near Lohgarh Gate, the architecture of this premier temple is similar to that of the Golden Temple. Durgiana Temple, a derivative taken from Goddess Durga, who is a chief presiding deity worshipped here. Build in the middle of a sacred pond, the dome and canopies of the temple are similar to the Golden Temple. The dome is illuminated with colorful lights and is gilded with gold. Explore the rituals related to this temple.

2. Mata Lal Devi Mandir

Guests inside Mata Lal Devi Mandir
A replica of Vaishnodevi Temple

Built-in 1989, in Rani Ka Bagh, the temple is a replica of the famous sacred Vaishnodevi Temple at Katra. This temple used to be the shrine of 20th Century “Female SaintMata Lal Devi Ji, popularly known as “Pujya Mata Ji” – (Respected Mother Figure), a human-deity who lived on fruits and milk all her life. The temple is believed to be full of miraculous powers.

3. Shri Bara Hanuman Mandir

Bada Hanuman Mandir
People seeking blessings during Langoor Mela

Also known as Langoor Wala Mandir, it has an importance of its own. Couples seek blessings of Lord Hanuman for a child – especially a Male Child. The temple has a different aura during Navratri which is regarded as sacred and an important festival all over.

Various rituals related to this temple are observed here as well as other temples.

4. Prachin Shani Dev Mandir

The God of Justice

According to Hindu Astrology, Shani refers to the planet Saturn and is one of the nine heavenly objects called “Navagraha”. According to Puranas, Lord Shani is a powerful male deity – “The God of Justice”, who defines our life based on the thoughts, deeds, and speech. So in order to enjoy the pleasures of life, they visit this temple to please the deity.

5. Shivala Bagh Bhaiyan Mandir

The temple is believed to be built by two brothers, who were staunch believers of Lord Shiva, hence the name of the temple. Crowded mostly during Shivratri apart of almost all days of the week, the temple has idols of almost all the deities with a serene and calm environment that attracts people from far off places.

6. Prachin Bhadra Kali Mata Mandir

A gathering in the temple during Bhadrakali fair

Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the consort of Lord Shiva, Bhadra Kali Mata Mandir is one of the oldest and most popular temples in Amritsar. A lot of charity programs for public and sewing school for girls is run by the authorities of the temple.

7. ISKCON Temple

Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Also known as Sri Gaur Radha Gokulananda Temple, this temple is a famous tourist attraction in Amritsar. Founded by The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the temple is located in the heart of the city. The temple is situated near other attractions like the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border.

8. Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal

Ashram of sage Maharishi Valmiki

An important historical monument of Valmikis located at Lopoke road is a temple panorama complex that dates back to the period of Ramayana. The place is famous for the ashram of sage Maharishi Valmiki. Known for its various historical events, it is believed that Devi Sita gave birth to Luv and Kusha, the sons of Lord Rama (Lord Ramachandra) here. The great epic of Ramayana is also said to have been written here by Maharishi Valmiki.

9. Thakurdwara Dariana Mal

Thakurdwara Dariana Mal
An example of marvelous artifacts

Situated deep inside the city, it is a Krishna Temple situated by a rich businessman named Dariana Mal out of his curiosity to bless this city with a Vishnu Temple. The presiding deity in these temples is Laddoo Gopal – the Baby Avtar of Lord Krishna.

You may also choose to visit the place in our Amritsar Heritage Walking Tour

10. Bijli Pehalwan Temple

Situated in the heart of the city, it is a beautiful temple complex with a serene and tranquil environment. As a ritual in all the temples, the aarti of this temple is worth-watching which takes place at 7 pm daily.

Amritsar Food

It is rightly said “When in Rome, do as the Romans Do” but we say “When in Amritsar, Eat As a Pure Amritsari Eat”. When in the Culinary Capital of Punjab, enjoy the rich delights that the city has to offer.

Scrumptious Breakfast

Amritsar is pretty dramatic with their traditional breakfast options as Punjabi street breakfast is heavy, rich and often quite oily. Starting from tempting Kulchas to mouth-melting kachoris, let’s take a ride to iconic food joints of the city famous for their first-meal stop for locals as well as travelers.

  1. Amritsari Kulcha
  2. Poori, Chana, and Launji
  3. Bhathure Chane
  4. Omelette and Tea
  5. Nutri Kulcha
  6. Paneer Bhurji and Bread
  7. Kachori
  8. Fruits and Fruit Juices
  9. Lassi
  10. Tea

1. Amritsari Kulcha

Aloo Kulcha - "The Patriotic Breakfast" of Amritsari's
The religious breakfast of Amritsaris

The most worshipped breakfast made up of maida or refined flour, the traditional filling of Kulchas are either spiced mashed potatoes with a dash of green-chilies or the crumbled paneer – Indian cottage cheese. Served with chana – spicy chickpea curry and a generous dollop of butter on top of it, a good kulcha is crisp outside while the stuffing inside is soft, moist and flavor-packed, leading to a multi-textural and multi-sensorial culinary experience. Kulcha Land and Ashok Kulcha at Ranjit Avenue, Harbans Kulcha at Green Avenue, Monu Kulcha at Loharka Road.

You may also learn how this traditional naan is cooked in a traditional way by reading our page Amritsar Kulcha Alias Amritsar Naan.

Amritsar Heritage Bicycle Tour
Amritsar Heritage Bicycle Tour

2. Poori, Chana, and Launji

Poori chole
A tummy-filling breakfast

Another such appetizing wholesome dish is “Poori Chana” served at “Kanha Sweets” or “Novelty Sweets” on Lawrence Road. An Indian, unfermented, wheat flour, deep-fried bread, served with moderately spiced chane – chickpeas gravy, and a sweet and sour potato gravy called Launji. Prepared with Desi Ghee, they are teamed with raw onions and pickle – peculiar to the season.

3. Bhathure Chane

A fermented form of wheat flour – Bhathure Channe

A spicy dish that combines mashed potatoes, spring onions and a bit bitter spiced chutney, it is a fermented form of Poori. Again accompanied by a glass of Lassi or your favorite drink, Chhole – (Chane) Bhathure is often eaten as a breakfast dish. These fried Bhathuras work better with Tadke Wale Chane which gives it a more desi turn.

4. Omelette & Tea

An authentic place to enjoy morning breakfast

The dish is world-famous and is served in almost every city in the world. But what makes it more endearing in Amritsar is the way it is made in a desi Punjabi style and the way it accompanies the steaming brew of most of the Indians – Chai. The best place to have this flavorsome meal is the very famous Giani Tea Stall. This is a place that starts serves the city from early morning till late evenings.

5. Nutri Kulcha

Nutri Kulcha
A tangy and spicy morning meal

One who has a love for Soya Nuggets will be going to relish this dish. Made up of soaked Soya Nuggets, mixed with herbs and spices, accompanied by tomato sauce and raw onion, this dish is going to give you a tangy and spicy taste. Often eaten with bread kulchas roasted on the Tawa pan, this is a yummy tummy-filling breakfast as liked by many locals as well as many travelers.

6. Paneer Bhurji And Bread

A healthy and scrumptious breakfast

One of the most scrumptious breakfast is Paneer bhurji accompanied with bread loaves. Served at almost all the eating joints that served breakfast, it is best to be tasted at the Ranjit Avenue market.

7. Kachori

Tangy kachoris

Specifically, Moong Dal Kachoris are best regarded for breakfast which can be cooked at home and can be eaten at one of the most famous breakfast eating joints of the city – Giani Tea Stall.

8. Fruits and Fruit Juices

Fruit juice
A glass of fresh fruit juice makes your day

What could be healthier than to start your day with fresh fruits and juices? Try them at Subhash Juice bar for an additional flavor.

9. Lassi

Sweet Sweet Lassi included in the Amritsar Heritage Walking Tour
Enjoying buttery Lassi

The traditional drink of Punjab, combined with huge globs of butter fills your stomach to the brim but leaves that craving to have more and more behind.

10. Tea

Morning Tea
A drink that has the power to refreshes your day – TEA

The religious drink of Indians, that refreshes your day is one of the flavored beverages in India. One can see Chaiwala on most of the streets or small roadside shops in the city that sells black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs.

Take our Morning Heritage Walking Tour and enjoy some of the above delicacies as your morning breakfast.

Vegetarian Food

For Vegetarian lovers, the city has some delicious dishes to offer that can be enjoyed as a complete main course.

  1. Guru Ka Langar
  2. Sarson Ka Saag
  3. Makki Ki Roti
  4. Amritsari Kulcha
  5. Bheega Kulcha
  6. Soya Chaap
  7. Dal Makhani
  8. Saag Paneer
  9. Onion Naan
  10. Mushroom Do Pyaza

1. Guru Ka Langar

Langar Hall
Volunteers making food in the Community kitchen of Golden Temple

“Langar” means “Free Food for All”. The place where it is cooked in Gurudwaras is referred to as “Communal Kitchen”. Blessed with the World’s Biggest Communal Kitchen that operates 24×7 and serves about 100,000 people a day, and serves dal to vegetables, roti to rice and a thick South Asian rice pudding called Kheer. A pure Vegetarian meal which is open for One and All.

Being your partners on tour to the Golden Temple, we give you an opportunity to access the place once to feel the unconditional love for mankind.

2. Sarson Ka Saag

A classic winter meal

A classic Punjabi recipe made from mustard leaves, spinach and bathua along with a delicious tempering of Onion and garlic in Ghee. Served with a dollop of white butter or Makhan, the dish is soul-warming and traditional to Indian Villages.

3. Makki Ki Roti

A traditional recipe of Punjab

Makki is a Punjabi word for maize (corn) and the yellow-colored flour made of it is the core ingredient. It is again a traditional recipe of Punjab which is famous especially in Winters. Paired with Sarson Ka Saag this is again peculiar to Punjabi Villages, though also served at hotels and one can cook them at home.

4. Amritsari Kulcha

kulcha
A religious food of Punjabi

A complete meal in itself and is served with chickpeas and some onions or chutney. The onions are usually soaked in tamarind chutney which gives it an addictive, tangy taste. While the traditional Kulcha called Aloo Kulcha (Potato Naan) is usually stuffed with potatoes. But there are quite a few varieties one can have. Cheese/Paneer Kulcha, Cauliflower/Gobi Kulcha or mixed Kulcha are just a few common examples you can experiment with.

5. Bheega Kulcha

Bheega Kulcha
The mouth-watering delight of the city

Wet Bread – as it is called, Bheega Kulcha is another mouth-watering delicacy of the city that tempts people from far and near. Prepared from dough balls made up of fine flour, these Kulchas are smeared completely in Chickpeas gravy which is made with various spices topping up with finely cut onions, green chilies and a dash of lemon juice.

6. Soya Chaap

A pure vegan dish for the vegetarians

Made of Soyabean chunks marinated with different spices the dish is undoubtedly a versatile ingredient, which can be enjoyed in stir-fries as well as gravy preparations.

7. Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani
A peculiar dish of Punjab

Makhani means “buttery”, so for this recipe, whole black lentils (whole urad) are cooked with lots of butter and cream. A peculiar dish and actually originated from Punjab made with black lentils, red kidney beans and loaded with butter and ghee is cooked simmering on low heat for hours to get that authentic taste.

Amritsar Village Tour
Amritsar Village Tour

8. Saag Paneer

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A dish most relished in winters

As saag is peculiar to the city so is this dish. An amalgamation of Cheese (Paneer) and Saag, the dish is best served at World Famous Pal Da Dhaba inside the old city. Best enjoyed with Butter Naan, the dish is enjoyed by die-hard vegetarians and people belonging to all age-groups.

One can enjoy this delicacy particularly from rural Punjab in Amritsar Village Tour.

9. Onion Naan

Served at various eating joints, the filling is mouth-watering and tempting. Served with a delicious butter gravy, this is a wholesome meal in itself.

10. Mushroom Do Pyaza

Served at fine dining restaurants, this dish is sure to tempt your taste-buds that have a perfect flavor of all the rich spices required to just make it a perfect dish.

Non-Vegetarian Food

For the Non-Vegetarian lovers, the city has some delicious food items to offer that can be enjoyed as a complete main course.

  1. Amritsari Fish
  2. Tawa Chicken Tikka
  3. Chicken Chaap
  4. Mutton Chaap
  5. Kharore
  6. Tandoori Chicken
  7. Brain Curry
  8. Butter Chicken
  9. Murgh Tawa Frontier
  10. Keema Naan

1. Amritsari Fish

A world-famous dish

These fritters are basically pre-marinated in gram flour batter with all spices and are then deep-fried in hot oil. The mouth-watering dish is served with mint and coriander chutney which is equally delicious and comes with many additional qualities.

2. Tawa Chicken Tikka

The mouth-watery delight of the city

A dried chicken recipe that is usually liked by people as starters or as a snack. These traditional Punjabi initiators are boneless pieces of chicken marinated in a spiced yogurt mixture and are then put in a Skewer and cooked in a traditional method using charcoal Oval Clay Tandoor till crisp golden.

3. Chicken Champ

Eat, eat, eat and don’t stop

A classic delight for Punjabi food lovers, the chicken champ is the minced chicken bonded together and is a mixture made with spices to give it its authentic taste.

4. Mutton Champ

Famous for its peculiar flavor

Similar to the Chicken Champ, these are mutton sticks cooked in a similar way and is enjoyed by people who love mutton. Shredded mutton is bonded together to give a juicy and rich flavor that melts in the mouth thereby being dominant on our taste buds.

5. Kharore

Healthy and delicious

A very special dish that is peculiar to Amritsar is the Paya which are basically the pieces of a goat or sheep’s legs cooked with different spices. Made into a broth the dish is best eaten with a Keema Naan. Hours of cooking and whole spices along with chili and lentil leaves mixed in it give this broth its unique buttery taste.

6. Tandoori Chicken

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The most favorite starters

Another mouth-watering chicken starter prepared by roasting the chicken in a Tandoor – a cylindrical clay oven. Marinated with various aromatic spices hours before it is to be cooked, the peculiar things about it are the pieces are slashed to the bone in several places helping the marinade to penetrate in it so that it gets cooked quickly.

7. Brain-Curry

Also called Bheja-fry

It is basically the goat’s brain which is yuk to some and yum for many. This is more like a shredded cheese dish if to compare but it has no gravy. The chopped brain is cooked with spices and served with dollops of butter accompanied by a Butter Naan or a Keema Naan.

8. Butter Chicken

Though a world-famous dish but the traditional flavors lie in Amritsari spices

Being a world-famous dish, it has its traditional taste when made in Punjabi style. Mixed with various spices and herbs in a moderate quantity, accompanied with lots of cream and butter, the dish is a complete “Yes” for hard-core Punjabis. This is believed to be synonymous with Punjabi appetite and is worshipped by Punjabi diners.

9. Murgh Tawa Frontier

These Tawa dishes are best known in Amritsar. It is basically a pan-fried chicken with a moderately spicy but a dense onion gravy. The dish is best served in fine dinings and restaurants, topping the list is again Crystal Restaurant in Queens Road.

10. Keema Naan

A delicious Indian Non-vegetarian bread for Non-veg lovers

A variation of Restaurant style Indian Naan Bread, stuffed with ground meat and cooked in a Tandoor to give a smoky taste is what all Punjabis are craving for. Accompanied by various chicken and mutton curries, this crispy stuffed bread is served with a dollop of butter on it. It can easily take the place of a plain Butter Naan if you have a liking for it.

Amritsar Street Food

For its locals and guests, the city offers some authentic street food items that can be enjoyed on a go.

  1. Amritsari Kulcha
  2. Satpura
  3. Samosa
  4. Papdi Chaat
  5. Bheega Kulcha
  6. Aam Papad
  7. Dahi Bhalla
  8. Aloo Tikki
  9. Tawa Chicken Tikka
  10. Amritsari Fish
  11. Soya Chaap
  12. Chicken Chaap

1. Amritsari Kulcha

kulche chole
The most authentic and religious food of Amritsar

A very crisp and soft bread stuffed with boiled and mashed potatoes and spices originally, this Kulcha is famous world-wide. However other varieties of it being the onion kulcha, paneer kulcha and mixed kulcha which are available at best eating joints of the city.

2. Satpura

Satpura
A yummy and delicious street food item

A seven-layered puff pastry with a filling of mixed herbs which is again crispy and spicy to eat.

3. Samosa

Golcha Cinema Samosa on our Jaipur Street Food Walking Tour
Much loved snack – Samosa

A much loved and adored snack of Punjabis accompanied by tamarind chutney and sauce is also filled with boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with spices.

4. Papdi Chaat

A light evening snack

Traditional street food of North-India made with fried flour crispies, boiled chickpeas and potatoes, topped with a dash of curd, sauce and tamarind sauce. It is a sheer delight for the people who enjoys a light snack in the evening.

5. Bheega Kulcha

Bheega Kulcha
Yummy, delicious, mouth-watering

Prepared from dough balls made up of fine flour, these Kulchas are smeared completely in Chickpeas gravy which is made with various spices topping up with finely cut onions, green chilies and a dash of lemon juice.

6. Aam Papad

Aam papad
Take the authentic taste of the city along

Dried mango pulp topped with some black-salt, chili, and lemon that gives a sweet and sour taste.

Amritsar Street Food Bicycle Tour
Amritsar Street Food Bicycle Tour

7. Dahi Bhalla

A land of scrumptious food, Amritsar is well famous for the street food item that has an origin from the south. Made up from moong dal soaked and crushed to make big balls which are initially soaked in water and then the curd batter which is already made up mixed with spices. This is basically a healthy and tummy-full street food dish.

8. Aloo Tikki

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A fried delight of the city

A fried street food topped with tamarind chutney and a bit of curd is actually made of either moong dal or potato. 

9. Tawa Chicken Tikka

Traditional Punjabi initiators

A dried chicken recipe that is usually liked by people as starters or as a snack. These traditional Punjabi initiators are boneless pieces of chicken marinated in a spiced yogurt mixture and are then put in a Skewer and cooked in a traditional method using charcoal Oval Clay Tandoor till crisp golden.

10. Amritsari Fish

Loved by travelers

These fritters are basically pre-marinated in gram flour batter with all spices and are then deep-fried in hot oil. The mouth-watering dish is served with mint and coriander chutney which is equally delicious and comes with many additional qualities.

11. Soya Chaap

Soya Champ
Chunky, cheesy champ

Made of Soyabean chunks marinated with different spices the dish is undoubtedly a versatile ingredient, which can be enjoyed in stir-fries as well as gravy preparations.

12. Chicken Chaap

A classic delight for Punjabi food lovers, the chicken chaap is minced chicken bound together and is a mixture made with spices to give it its authentic taste.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Of Amritsar

A profusion of mocktails and coolers available at your dispense in the city of Amritsar.

  1. Aloe Vera Juice
  2. Gian Di Lassi
  3. Chatti Ki Lassi
  4. Sugarcane Juice
  5. Fresh Fruit Juice
  6. CHAAI – Giani Tea Stall
  7. Fruit Beer – Verka Booth
  8. Nimbu Masala Soda
  9. Hing Paani
  10. Jaljeera

1. Aloe Vera Juice

Known as a Miracle Drink, it is a powerful detoxifier packed with therapeutic properties. This healthy elixir treats hydration, liver functions, skin conditions like dermatitis, constipation and also acts as a natural beauty hack in makeup like a primer, remover, moisturizer, etc.

2. Gian Di Lassi

Guests enjoying their Lassi
Enjoying and Talking to one’s heart’s content

Situated inside the old walled city opposite to an old Cinema Hall, this is a famous place where you will find the famous Amritsar di Lassi – a smoothie churned out of fresh yogurt and topped with a dollop of thick cream. This is also the part of our Heritage Bicycle Tour.

3. Chatti Ki Lassi

Yummy and delicious

This yogurt is set in a mud pot overnight and then water is added to it in the morning. The mixture is then churned to take out butter and the rest of the liquid is the Chatti Ki Lassi. Usually, people of Punjab have it in the afternoon and the butter so derived out of it is used in the rotis.

4. Sugarcane Juice

Healthy for health

Commonly called as Cane Juice, it is a juice that is obtained from the tall sugarcane plants usually grown in the fields of Punjab. Famous as Ganne Ka Rass, the juice is basically a liquid extracted from pressed sugarcane. It is sold by street vendors throughout India.

5. Fresh Fruit Juice

Juicing raw vegetables and fruits can be a valuable addition to an already healthy diet. A natural and a better way of preventing food craving, fruit juices also have various advantages that include detoxification of our body and promoting weight loss.

6. CHAAI – Giani Tea Stall

Giani's Special Tea
Cheers over Tea

As coffee goes synonymous with foreign people, we Indians prefer our much loved Chai. Usually made at home, the city has some strategic and much approachable places where the drink is served by various shops. But the best place known for the same is Giani Tea Stall located at Cooper Road. 

7. Fruit Beer – Verka Booth

Fruit Beer
A non-alcoholic beer

Non-Alcoholic and Beer does not go hand-in-hand, Right? Well, it’s not an alcoholic drink at all. It is a beer where some fruit flavors are added instead of unmalted grains that are used in beer. It does not intoxicate you or give you any damage, rather, it is enjoyed as a cold beverage in the scorching heat of summer.

8. Nimbu Masala Soda

A perfect Indian Summer drink flavored with lemon along with some sugar & soda. Also known as Banta Bottle (Banta means a small ball of marble), the drink is often sold mixed with lemon juice, crushed ice, chaat masala and Kala Namak (Black Salt) as a carbonated variant of popular lemonades Shikanji or Jal-Jeera.

9. Hing Paani

Normally served with Gol-gappas, this Hing Paani – asafoetida water is good for digestion and health. Also referred to as summer coolant, this is called the food of the Gods.

10. Jaljeera

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A summer soother that takes care of the appetite as well

Usually a summer drink, it acts as a coolant for our body that keeps the body balanced and helps in the digestion.

Streetfood snacks are often salty and spicy. But there are some famous sweets and desserts that you shouldn’t miss as they play a major role not just on the street but during Indian festivities too.

  1. Jalebi
  2. Amarti
  3. Gulab Jamun
  4. Phirni
  5. Pinni
  6. Ras Malai
  7. Khajoor
  8. Gajar Ka Halwa
  9. Gur Ka Halwa
  10. Moong Dal Halwa

1. Jalebi

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A guest enjoying some hot street desserts of the Holy city

Made of simple all-purpose flour that is poured into a huge pot filled with oil. Once it catches a brown-golden color it is taken out and put into another pot full of liquid sugar. There it is left to soak and absorb the juicy, sugary flavor.

2. Amarti

Aamriti - Just another version of our favourite sweet dish Jalebi
A twisty-twirly dessert

A deep-fried flour batter given the shape of a circular flower soaked in sugar syrup made in a similar way as a Jelbi but they both differ in their texture. While Jalebi is crispy, Amarti is soft and made up of 2-3 layers to give a perfect shape.

3. Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun
Sugary Khoya balls that are a delight to eat

Peculiar to its name these delicious berry sized balls made up of Khoya – milk solid as a core ingredient along with sugar, rose syrup, and cardamom powder. The word “Gulab” translates to “rose” in Hindi and “Jamun” to “Berry/Black plum”. Enjoyed at every festivity and at every celebration, this is the much-revered dessert enjoyed by people from all over Punjab.

4. Phirni

Phirni - Rice Pudding
Looks tempting, tastes delicious

Phirni or Firni is a dish very similar to Rice Pudding, made with coarsely ground rice. This dish is considered to be a traditional “north Indian” dessert, flavored with lots of saffron, cardamom and adorned with a lot of nuts and some dry fruits too. Often it is covered with a thin layer of so-called “silver paper” which is also edible.

5. Pinni

Loved by people of all age groups

Mostly eaten in winters, it is a type of dessert that is made with wheat flour, jaggery, ghee, and almonds.

6. Ras Malai

A perfect dairy sweet

These are the cheese balls soaked in thickened, sweetened and flavored milk. Topped with some saffron, it is much revered by the ultimate sweet lovers.

7. Khajoor – The Date Palms

Sweet and Healthy

Rich in several vitamins, minerals and fibers, it is actually a sweet fruit that is basically used to gain weight and is considered as most healthier.

8. Gajar Ka Halwa – Carrot Pudding

Mine too

Also called Gajrela, it is carrot-based sweet dessert pudding made by putting grated carrots in a pot containing a specific amount of water, milk, and sugar.

9. Gur Ka Halwa – Jaggery Pudding

Made in almost all kitchens

A tasty traditional sweet dish made with semolina and jaggery which is loved and prepared in summers as well as winters.

10. Moong Dal Halwa – Lentil Pudding

Yummy, delicious and healthy

One of its kinds of pudding, made with soaked and crushed moong dal with a lot of ghee gives a mouth-watering flavor.

Places To Visit In Amritsar

A lively city of Punjab that has attained a Heritage Stature, has many tourist attractions on its name. Reasonably divided into Old and the New City, let us take a round trip to explore a few.

Old City

Take a Heritage Walking Tour to the narrow bylanes of the city and explore a few Heritage sites along with the authentic places for shopping, and having mouth-watering delights to treat your taste-buds.

  1. Town Hall – Partition Museum
  2. Saragarhi Gurdwara
  3. Qila Ahluwalia
  4. The hanging Gurdwara
  5. Baba Bohar
  6. Thakurdwara Dariana Mall
  7. Traditional Mud Wrestling Arena
  8. Galiara
  9. Golden Temple Heritage Walk
  10. Jalebi Wala Chowk

1. Town Hall – Partition Museum

partition museum
The Partition Museum, Amritsar

A repository of the events, stories, and documents related to the biggest mass migration due to the division of British India into two independent countries – India and Pakistan. Normally if in case you want to take a proper tour to have a glimpse of Heritage City, this will be the usual starting point for any tour guide.

2. Saragarhi Gurdwara

A place that glows with heroism

Built-in the memory of 21 Sikh soldiers who fought an army of ten thousand Pathans speaks of heroism and courage of all those soldiers who gave their lives for the sake of their mother-land. 

3. Qila Ahluwalia – Ancient Shopping District

qila ahluwalia
Echoes the glorious stories of the past

This is basically a fort built in Ancient times belonging to the Ahluwalia misl that has the features of a colonial-style architecture is a sight to behold in itself. It talks of the rich and glorious past of Punjab.

4. The Hanging Gurdwara – Darshani Deori

This is basically the main entrance to the pathway leading to Harmandir Sahib on the left and Sri Guru Ka Mehal on the right. Initially, there were no obstructions between these two holy places so the name was given as Darshani Deori. But presently the place is converted into a small Gurudwara amidst the crowded Bazar Mai Sewan, near its junction with Guru Ka Bazar.

5. Baba Bohar

Baba Bohar
The trunks of the sacred Banyan Tree swirling through the shops and houses

It is a centuries-old sacred banyan tree that grows in the middle of the Old City’s narrow streets. A small shrine has been built around the base of the tree itself, and all the surrounding houses have been built to allow for the tree.

6. Thakurdwara Dariana Mall

Thakurdwara Dariana Mall
Adorning the beauty of Vishnu Temple

Situated deep inside the city, it is a Krishna Temple situated by a rich businessman named Dariana Mal out of his curiosity to bless this city with a Vishnu Temple. The presiding deity in these temples is Laddoo Gopal – the Baby Avtar of Lord Krishna.

7. Traditional Mud Wrestling Arena

Set up in traditional settings in the mud, the place boasts about the tradition of wrestling that takes place in ancient India. It was once an akhara or a traditional training hall where the wrestlers were trained in the past.

Amritsar Heritage Walking Tour
Amritsar Heritage Walking Tour

8. Galiara

The commonplace for all people to enjoy a walk in the morning or evening.

9. Golden Temple Heritage Walk

heritage street of Amritsar
An approach road to the Golden Temple that is adorned with Cultural Heritage

The newly developed approach road mainly referred to as a walking road towards the Golden Temple is a sight to behold. Decorated with statues and the glimpses of rich culture and tradition of Punjab, the uniformity of the building facades, the large LED screens featuring the Live telecast of Kirtan from Golden Temple gives a religious and serene environment amidst the hum-drum of old city markets.

10. Jalebi Wala Chowk

Famous worldwide, it is an ancient shop that sells Jalebis and is known for its authentic taste and flavor.

Stroll through the old bazaars

When on a trip, two things which we cannot resist are to try the food and shop the traditional items from the place that we can carry as the rich souvenirs of our tour. So we at City On Pedals have curated a particular Bazaar Tour that takes you to the most famous markets of Amritsar keeping in mind the requirements of its world travelers.

  1. Ancient Passage
  2. Ancient Food Joints

1. Ancient Passage

Guest at Bapu Bazar
One of the guests in our famous Bangle market

This comprises of a walk through from all the old and traditional markets of the city like Bartan Bazaar – Utensil Market, Chura Bazaar – The Bangle market, the ancient shopping markets situated in the bylanes of the old city.

2. Ancient Food Joints

Also to tempt your taste buds, there is a special arrangement of taking you to the specific and most authentic food joints of the place that is sure to be liked by one and all. Take a Street Food Walking Tour with us and enjoy the flavors of the place.

New City

The city has much more to offer to its world travelers Listing a few things that we can do being in the areas of the new city.

  1. Lawrence Road
  2. Elite Shopping Places
  3. Parks
  4. Street Food Markets
  5. Fine Dining Places

1. Lawrence Road

Regarded as the most happening area to roam about that serves anything to everything is sure to add to your list or itinerary when it comes to enjoying the city to the fullest. The lane is blessed with the most famous street food joints, fine dining, stay, shopping, movies, etc. at just the walking distance.

2. Elite Shopping Places

The Main Mall in the city

Must have heard about the two happening malls of the city – The Mall of Amritsar and Trilium Mall are also located in the new city that allows you to buy some branded stuff for family, friends, and home. Also home to famous multiplexes, it showcases the latest movies on the release list.

3. Parks

Amidst the hum-drum of the city, the place is blessed with some greenery as well along with the area for people to enjoy a walk during mornings or evenings.

Amrit Anand Park

Also famous as Rose Garden, the park has a fountain and a beautiful arena for people to enjoy the morning and evening walks. This park is home to Punjab’s highest National Flag which is approx. 170 ft. high.

Company Garden

Amidst lots of greenery with a perfect surrounding for a long walk accompanied with some chitter-chatter. The place is actually adjacent to Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum to make sure you visit here.

4. Street Food Markets

The city has two very well known street food markets that operate till late hours of the evening.

Ranjit Avenue

This market serves the selective best foods of Amritsar like Chicken Chaap, Masala Dosa, Fruit Cream, etc that have the power to dominate the taste-buds of not only locals but travelers as well.

Queens Road

A big street food market that caters to anything to everything from Omelette to Aloo Kulcha and from Tikki to Masala Dosa. Feeling hungry?……. Rush to this place, even in the late hours of the evening.

5. Fine Dining Places

The city has some elite fine dining places as well as starting to normal eating joints like take away joints to some five-star hotels like Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, ITC Welcome, etc. where one can enjoy a stay and food to their heart’s content.

Suburbs

The suburbs of the city is blessed with some newly built areas which are of equal importance and is away from the city hum-drum. Few notable places are:

  1. Newly Built Residential Colonies
  2. Sadda Pind
  3. Haveli

1. Newly Built Residential Colonies

These are basically the moderately populated colonies that can be a good option for future land investments as well. Equipped with broad roads, big houses with independent garden areas these colonies have a perfect balance of greenery and the buildings.

2. Sadda Pind – An Artificial Village

An artificially created village which gives you the essence of a pure village life

There are few of the newly developed Heritage sites in the suburban areas of the city. One such being this artificial village that depicts the culture of Punjab. Depicting the village life and activities at its core, the USP of the place is its authentic food which is loved and craved by all.

3. Haveli

The best place to enjoy pure Punjabi flavors

A unique Punjabi Theme Resort is filled with a rich culture of Punjab in its ambiance and hospitality. Strategically located on the outskirts of the city away from a busy life where one will feel nature very close to them.

Historical Places To Visit In Amritsar

Places that have a deeper relevance from the periods of history are listed below:

  1. Golden Temple
  2. Partition Museum
  3. Wagah Border
  4. Pul Kanjri
  5. Jallianwala Bagh
  6. Khalsa College
  7. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

1. Golden Temple

Amritsar Golden Temple Walking Tour
The center for Sikh Religion

Arguably the World Headquarters for Sikhism, the place is an Abode of God and is actually regarded as the central religious place for Sikhism and is a symbol of brotherhood.

2. Partition Museum

partition museum
A place with many stories

A place that depicts the ultimate dilemma of the people through the paintings who have faced the biggest migration in the history of the world where British India got split into two independent countries: India and Pakistan.

3. Wagah Border

Amritsar Wagah Border Tour
The famous flag-lowering ceremony takes place at Wagah Border

The last border of Punjab, Attari Wagah Border is one of the famous tourist destinations where the Flag lowering ceremony takes place on all days of the week uninterruptedly.

4. Pul Kanjri

Pul Kanjri Amritsar
A place of historic importance that tells an interesting tale of history

Related to a period of history, the place narrates the story of love between a royal and a commoner.

5. Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh
Jallianwala Bagh Centenary, Source: The Hindustan times

The biggest Punjab massacre happened at this place where hundreds of innocent people gave away their lives by jumping into the well built inside.

6. Khalsa College

An institute of higher learning

A historic educational institute of higher learning in the state of Punjab that is inspired by the lofty ideals of great Gurus.

7. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

Dedicated to the founder of the Sikh empire, this museum has a dis[play of Sikh armors, paintings and other historical objects that unfolds many chapters of the past.

2. Places Of Cultural Importance

There are a few of the places that depict the culture of the land.

  1. Punjab Naatshala
  2. Visit A Real Village
  3. Shopping For Traditional Items

1. Punjab Naatshala

A live theatre that came into existence with a specific purpose of promoting the art of theatre by mixing traditional and the modern.

2. Visit A Real Village

To experience life in a village, we at City On Pedals have made a special tour that will take you to the last village of Amritsar and you can participate in the activities thereat.
A. Dressing up like a village local
B. Turban tying activity
C. Making Rotis on traditional Chulha

3. Shopping For Traditional Items

Punjabi Jutti
Adorned shoes of Punjab

A place that depicts Sikhism to its core is home to various traditional items that particularly depicts the three K’s out of 5 K’s of Sikhs. Moving ahead you can buy some other traditional items like Phulkari, Punjabi Jutti, Paranda, etc. that may be referred to as the true souvenirs from the state of Punjab.

Rejuvenating or Entertaining Activities

It is very important to know the entertainment part of a city as well. So join up on some of these activities.

  1. Bicycle Tour
  2. Food Tour

1. Bicycle Tour

Take a trip to the city with our very own Bicycle Tour which will give us a glimpse of the Holy City in the early hours of the morning where you will actually witness the quiet lanes and lonely roads and will admire the beauty of age-old buildings and artifacts which otherwise is not possible if you are taking a trip during afternoons.

2. Food Tour

Known as the Culinary Capital of Punjab, Amritsar serves the best food for its world travelers. Be it the Street Food of the city, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, Amritsar has a lot of delectable food items for the foodies. Explore these favorite and most famous eating joints of the city and know yourself.

3. Night Life

One can also enjoy the nightlife of the city if you are a party freak. And if it is a weekend, the city has some best place to offer for hang-outs with friends.

Seasonal Activities

We normally prefer to celebrate all the festivals being in our family at our home. But in case you travel with your family to Amritsar during the festival season, you can mingle in the enjoyment of every festival in a true Punjabi way.

The festival of Lights celebrated well at Harmandir Sahib

Glittery buildings, busy roads, the enthusiasm of the city people are on its zenith. The city offers so much to eat and shop at this Biggest Festival of India.

2. Christmas Eve
Santa clause is coming tonight

Amritsar is also home to a very famous St. Paul’s Church, the gleam of which is evident during this festival as people belonging to Christianity and many other visits here to enjoy the festival mingling in the spirit of Christianity. Singing Hymns, listening to the stories of Jesus Christ and his marvels for the world, one can spend the evening in a splendid way.

3. Lohri Festival
Intrinsic festival of Punjab

The very important festival of Punjab, Lohri is intrinsic to the Punjabi culture and tells you so much about the tradition. Started with Kite Flying in Amritsar, the day ends with singing traditional Lohri songs at the end of the day. Several places host a competition where people participate in great zeal and zest and enjoy the day with their family and friends collectively.

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