Amritsar, in Punjab, northern India was established in the 16th century by the Sikh guru, Ram Das. It is home to one of the world's holiest shrines, the Golden Temple, an architectural wonder carved from marble, gold and bronze that rises up from the earth. Its peaceful atmosphere is a million miles away from the fascinating, yet chaotic, streets that encircle this awe-inspiring complex of buildings. Despite the Golden Temple deservedly being the city's main attraction, Amritsar and the surrounding area also offers visitors a wealth of interesting historical sights, from ancient temples and palaces to shopping and restaurants serving authentic Punjabi food.
Visitors on a trip to Amritsar will no doubt have one thing on their mind - the Golden Temple. But there is also much more to see and do. The city is made up of the old city and the new town. Within the old city, you'll find most of the historical sights and a rabbit warren of narrow streets lined with bazaars selling anything from daily essentials to souvenirs. In the modern side of town, upscale hotels and vast shopping malls vie for attention along wide traffic-laden boulevards. From Amritsar you can also access the changing of the guard at Wagah Border and the Harike Wetland.
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Passengers on a flight to Amritsar will find that Amritsar Airport (also known as Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, or Raja Sansi Airport) is located approximately seven miles from the city centre, near to the village of Raja Sansi. The airport also serves the regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
Amritsar Airport is conveniently located about seven miles to the northwest of the city centre on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road, close to the village Raja Sansi and the districts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
Passengers landing at this airport will find that there is currently no direct bus or train service at the airport. Instead, the easiest way to travel between the airport and the city centre is by taxi, with a journey time of about 18-20 minutes. Once in the city centre, you will have access to the main bus and train station.