Amaritsar's spiritual appeal
Situated in the Punjab, Amritsar is one of the most spiritually significant places for the Sikh religion.
Fantastic Festivals and Warm Weather in Amritsar
Amritsar enjoys a semi arid climate with scorching hot summers when the temperature can climb to 42 degrees Celsius. Summer also brings the monsoon season which usually lasts from July to September. This makes the winter time, from October to March the best time to visit. All major Sikh and Hindu holidays are celebrated in Amritsar and the festival of Vaisakhi celebrates the harvest and new year. Other major events include the Holi, a spring festival marking the full moon of Phalgun month and Deepavali, also known as Diwali which occurs in either late October or early November and celebrates Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya.
Before you fly to Amritsar
Prior to booking your flight to Amritsar, here's a few local customs to help you endear yourself to the locals. If you chose to visit the Golden Temple of the Sikh religion, remember that there are strict rules that must be followed. For both men and women heads must be covered when entering the temple. Photography is strictly forbidden as is smoking and drinking. No motorized vehicles are allowed around the Golden Temple. Prices for groceries are lower in Amritsar than in Delhi and Kolkata though eating out can be more expensive. You should plan on spending about 200 rupees for an inexpensive meal out during your stay.
Amritsar Arrival, Accommodation and Transport
The primary airport in Amritsar is the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport which is located 11 km from the centre of Amritsar. City buses run from the airport into the city centre and takes about 25 minutes one way. Taxi services are also available, bargain hard enough and you can get a cab for around 300 rupees. For those looking to stay in a luxury hotel, prices generally start around 2,000 rupees.