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Where to Stay in Amritsar?
If you’re on a tight budget, the general rule of thumb is the further away from the Golden Temple you are, the more likely you are to get value for money.
If you do choose to stay in a hotel around this epicentre of Sikh life, there’s plenty more to see in the area as the Jallianwala Bagh, the park where thousands were massacred in 1919 by British soldiers, and which now houses a memorial, is close by. The 16th century Durgiana Mandir temple, modelled on the Golden Temple, is also in this area, sitting serenely in the centre of a lake.
A cluster of budget hotels sit around the nine-storey Baba Atal Rai Tower, just outside the centre, where it is thought the Sikh guru Guru Har Gobind died. From the top you get fabulous views across the region and it also houses some relics relating to Guru Nanak’s teachings.
Amritsar Accommodation Options
As a destination for millions of Sikhs from around the world, Amritsar is not short on hotels to house them. From cheap hotels with minimal facilities to four- and five-star marbled emporiums, there’s a roof to suit every budget. You can take a room opposite the Golden Temple if you’re willing to pay for the privilege but there are plenty of good value options within five or ten minutes’ away.
Mrs Bhandari’s Guesthouse has been offering rooms that give you a real sense of being in a well-to-do Punjabi home since 1930 at reasonable rates or you can splurge and go for luxury at the Ritz Plaza Hotel, ten minutes from the Golden Temple.
Amritsar Hotel Recommendations?
* Close to the Golden Temple – Hotel Majha Continental Amritsar
* Budget option – Hotel Randhawa International Amritsar
* Colonial splendour – Ranjit’s Svaasa Hotel
Transport in Amritsar
Take an auto rickshaw or taxi from the airport, eight miles away, to the centre of Amritsar. Frequent free buses run from the train station and bus stand to the Golden Temple and for getting everywhere else there’s an auto rickshaw waiting for your business around every corner.