While the north-western city of Amritsar is best known for the serene shimmering splendour of the Golden Temple, the narrow streets that surround it are a bustling, frenetic snapshot of local life. Its location close to the border with Pakistan has also made it strategically important and given rise to the flamboyant spectacle of the Wagah Border Ceremony.
The chaotic streets of Amritsar melt away as you step into the peaceful embrace of the Golden Temple, its worshippers ensconced in private prayer. Equally tranquil is the Jallianwala Bagh, in contrast with the goose-stepping and dramatic flourishes of the Indian and Pakistani guards as they perform the Border Ceremony every evening.
Taj Swarna Amritsar
Amritsar, Himalaya, India
Taj Swarna Amritsar, the latest luxury hotel to join Taj Hotels, is a elegant hotel in the heart of Amritsar, Punjab. Just 2km from Sri Ram Tirath Temple and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama, its a great base to explore the temples of this fascinating city.