Flights from New Delhi to Amritsar
Amritsar and the Golden Temple
Also known as Ambarsar, Amritsar is a city in the Punjab, the north-western Indian state. The holiest religious complex of the Sikh religion, called the Harmandir Sahib, is in the centre of the city.
The climate in Amritsar is really hot because it is semi-arid. From April until June Amritsar has an average temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Monsoon season is between July to September so be prepared for wet weather if you visit then. The best time to visit is October to March. Hindu and Sikh festivals are celebrated in Amritsar. The festival of Vaisakhi is held in April. That is the harvest festival and the New Year's celebration. In November it is Guru Nanak Gurpurab. Then the end of October or the beginning of November is Deepavali. The spring festival called Holi is celebrated at the full moon during the Phalgun month.
Before your flight to Amritsar
While in and around the Golden Temple both men and women should respect the Sikh religion by covering their head. Also while inside the temple you must not take photographs. Drinking alcohol or smoking inside the complex of the Golden Temple is prohibited as well. Grocery prices are lower than Delhi and Kolkata's. Dining out is more expensive. An inexpensive restaurant for a basic meal is about 200 rupees.
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is 11 km from the centre of Amritsar. The city bus will take about 24 minutes to get to central station. If you choose to take a taxi you should bargain hard and don't give in easily. You should end up paying around 300 rupees. Hostel accommodation is about 200 rupees for shared rooms. A luxury hotel begins at 2000 rupees for a night. In Amritsar you can use autos, cycle rickshaws, taxis or buses to get where you want to go. No motorised vehicles are allowed around the Golden Temple complex. Remember when you use a taxi to bargain, be resourceful. This city guarantees a vast cultural experience and fits with most budgets. Visit and be respectful of the culture and remember to enjoy yourself.