Category Archives: Punjab

The Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border – Attari (Amritsar outskirts),Punjab

Published / by sara / Leave a Comment

If you travel to Amritsar by any chance, viewing the Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border – Attari, located some 30-35 odd kms away from Amritsar, at the International Highway from Amritsar, India to Lahore, Pakistan, is a must. The heart and soul swells with patriotic feelings as you enter the premises, initially as you pass through tight security and then are you proceed towards the premises to view the ceremony.

Republic of India Board

Republic of India Board

You are greeted with the above board when you are initially going through the security checks.

Trade Gate

Trade Gate between India and Pakistan

Attari border enterance

Entrance to the premises

Trade Gate

Another view of the Trade Gate as seen from the Pakistan lands

barbed fencing

The barbed fence that separates the lands of India and Pakistan

Car Parking at the Attari Border

Car Parking at the Attari Border

The Crowds at the Beating Retreat Ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

Crowd sitting-Attari

The crowds at The Beating Retreat ceremony

The Parade ceremony

The Gates of India Border

The Gates of India Border

Indian gate

The Gates of India Border

India gate

The Gates of India Border

The Beating retreat ceremony

The Beating retreat ceremony

Posted at the gates

Posted at the gates

Parade at attari

The Parade

Athletes running at the Attari

Athletes running at the Attari

parade at Attari

Arrangements before The Parade ceremony

Parade ceremony at Attari

Foreigner visitors running at the Parade ceremony

Athletes running at the Parade

Parade ceremony at Attari

Parade ceremony at Attari

Parade at Attari

The Parade

From the Pakistani Side…

A zoomed-in pic of the Pakistan side

pakistan soldiers

A zoomed-in pic of the Pakistan soldiers

pakistan audiene

A zoomed-in pic of the audience at the Pakistan stands

Amritsar, Punjab – The Golden City in India

Published / by sara / Leave a Comment

Amritsar in Punjab, The Golden City or the City of the Golden Temple, holds a very special place in the Indian history of pre-independence Era.

The Akal Takht

Colloquially known as ‘Ambarsar’ by the Punjabis, and historically as ‘Ramdaspur’, the city of Amritsar is home to the Akal Takht, the highest seat of authority of the earthly body of the Khalsa Pant (the collective body of the Sikhs). The Akal Takht is located exactly opposite to the Golden Temple.

The Akal Takht

The Akal Takht

The Golden Temple – Sri Harmandir Sahib/Sri Darbar Sahib

Perhaps the most iconic place in Amritsar, and the landmark which got Amritsar its name as the Golden city, The Golden temple is the holiest Gurudwara of the Sikhs, just as Mecca is to Muslims and Haridwar to the Hindus.  This important Sikh shrine attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal with more than 100,000 visitors on weekdays. The Langar served in the Harmindar Sahib complex feeds 100,000 People a Day for free.

The Golden Temple-Amritsar

The Golden Temple-Amritsar

 

Sri Harmindar Sahib or the Golden temple - Amritsar

Sri Harmindar Sahib or the Golden temple – Amritsar

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, which involved the killing of thousands of innocent men and women, on the orders of a senior British military officer, Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. The unfortunate event took place on 13 April 1919 in the Jallianwala Bagh, a garden near the Golden Temple, on a day sacred to them as the birth anniversary of the Khalsa.

Entrance of the Jallianwala bagh

Entrance of the Jallianwala bagh

The Jallianwala Bagh entrance

The Jallianwala Bagh entrance

The bullet marks on the walls

The bullet marks on the walls

The Bullet marks on the walls of the Jallianwala Bagh stand as a testimony to the brutal day in the history of Amritsar.

The martyrs well

The martyrs well

The Martyrs well in the Jalianwala Bagh, where many people jumped and died.

The memorial-Amar Jyoti

The memorial-Amar Jyoti

The Memorial in the Jalianwala Bagh which also houses the Amar Jyoti as a token of respect to the civilians who died in the masssacre.

Amritsar also has other famous places to visit such as the Durgiana Temple, and Ramtirth Temple. The Ramtirth Temple is supposedly believed to be the Ashram site of Sage Valmiki, the writer of the Ramayana. Also, it is believed that Goddess Sita gave birth to the sons of Lord Rama – Luv and Kush at the Ramtirth Temple.

Amritsar is famous for tourism, carpets and fabrics, farm produce, handicrafts, service trades, and light engineering. The city is known for its rich cuisine, and culture too.