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First heritage walk launched by Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board today in holy city

By Neraj Bagga, The Tribune. The holy city of Amritsar would glide into the rare club of old cities in the world known for holding heritage walks to showcase the old world charm of a city and focus attention towards … Continue reading »

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World Tourism Day observed in City

LAHORE – Like the other parts of the globe, World Tourism Day was observed in the provincial metropolis on Tuesday. This year the day was celebrated under the theme “Tourism – Linking Cultures.” In the provincial metropolis, many programs were … Continue reading »

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Khalsa College Amritsar

Khalsa College is a historic educational institution in the northern Indian city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab, India. Founded in 1892, the sprawling 300-acre (1.2 km2) campus is located about eight km outside of the city center on the Amritsar-Lahore highway (part of the Grand Trunk Road), adjoining Guru Nanak Dev University campus, to which Khalsa College is academically affiliated. Continue reading »

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The Gurdwaras of Batala

Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, was married here to Bihi Sulakhni, daughter of Mul Chand Chauna on 24 September 1487. It is said Guru Nanak refused to be married according to the prevalent rites. As he was a reformer, he suggested a simpler wedding ceremony. The Brahmins resisted and Mul Chand Chauna, would be father- in-law of the Guru, refused to marry his daughter to Nanak according to any other rites. A discussion took place between the Brahmins and Guru Nanak. Nanak was given a seat near a crooked decaying mud-wall which was about to fall. The idea was to bury Nanak under the mud wall by giving it a little push. However an old lady informed Nanak who smiled and proclaimed, “This wall will not fall for centuries. The will of God shall prevail.” Continue reading »

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Sri Hargobindpur

Guru Arjun Dev, the 5th Guru, founded the town of Sri-Hargobindpur in 1595 AD in memory of his son Hargobind’s birth in that year, as the child was the only son born to the Guru Arjan Dev after many prayers. Continue reading »

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Baba Bakala

Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru, had revealed himself to Makhan Shah Lubana, a Sikh devotee here. Before his death at Delhi on March 30, 1664 Guru Harkrishan mumbled feebly ‘Baba Bakala’ which was taken to mean that his successor was to be found at Bakala village. Many people tried to take the Guru ki Gaddi and credit is given to Makhan Shah Lubana, a banjara trader from Jhelum, for discovering the true Guru. Continue reading »

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Khadur Sahib

Khadur Sahib is the sacred village where the 2nd Guru Angad Dev propagated the message of God for many years. Gurdwara Khaddi Sahib has been constructed here in memory of Guru Amar Das because at the spot where the Gurdwara stands today, was located a khaddi (loom) of a cloth weaver. As the story goes, one dark night, Guru Amar Das fell into a pit while carrying a pitcher of water on his head from the river Beas 10 km away for his Guru Angad Dev. Continue reading »

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Ram Bagh

The Summer Palace of Maharajah Ranjit Singh in Amritsar is approximately two miles north of The Golden Temple. It can be reached via the SR-1 national highway.  Ask locals for directions to the Ram Bagh Gardens or Maharajah Ranjit Singh’s museum. … Continue reading »

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Baba Atal Burj

Baba Atal Tower, situated approximately 185 metres due south of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, is a nine-storeyed octagonal tower built to commemorate Baba Atal Rai, the son of the sixth Sikh Guru, Hargobind. Gurdwara Baba Atal was built between … Continue reading »

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Shahpur Kandi Fort

The 16th century Shahpur Kandi Fort, just 7km from Pathankot near the border with Pakistan, nestles at the foot of the Himalayas, an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the River Ravi. The region, situated at confluence of the Punjab, … Continue reading »

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Gobindgarh Fort

In its present form Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar was built by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century and occupies a significant place in Indian military history. Located in south-east Amritsar an approximately 1.5 km north of the Golden … Continue reading »

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Akal Takht

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Forgotten Shiva temple of Kasel

AMRITSAR: The Shiva temple at Kasel, near Amritsar, lies wrapped in layers of history and mythology, waiting for somebody to uncover the truth that lies neglected here. Legend has it that Lord Rama’s mother Mata Kaushalya used to offer her … Continue reading »

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Wagah Border Crossing

The Wagah Border, approximately 28 kms west from Amritsar on the NH1, was the only road link between Pakistan and India before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The controversial Radcliffe Line in 1947 was drawn … Continue reading »

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Harimandir Sahib – The “Golden Temple”

The Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, also referred to as the Golden Temple, is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in Amritsar.
Construction of the gurdwara was begun by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed by his successor, Guru Arjan Dev. In 1604, Guru Arjan Dev completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurdwara. In 1634, Guru Hargobind left Amritsar for the Shivalik Hills and for the remainder of the seventeenth century the city and gurdwara was in the hands of forces hostile to the Sikh Gurus. Continue reading »

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