1 or 2 nights in Amritsar?

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Hi,

We're planning on going to Amritsar from Lahore in the end of March and will try to time it to see the border ceremony on the Indian side. The question is whether it is worth staying two nights in Amritsar. We want to see the sights and go on a heritage walk. Is one day enough? Any other must-do activities?
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Well in Amritsar a day is enough and a visit to the Golden temple and Jallianwala bagh will make it nice apart from seeing the Border ceremony in the evening.A day is enough to spend in Amritsar.
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It will great if you cross boarder in evening and see Wagah Boarder Prade. Visit golden temple in night then again in day light. Where you like to visit next. Book your train tickets. One day is enough for Amritsar.
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We would opt for two nights. Indeed, we did, and it was not too much.

It depends on how thoroughly you want to absorb the Golden Temple, how deeply you want to experience with Jallianwala Bagh, how much you want to explore the rest of the town.

We arrived before lunch one day, spent two nights, and left early the next morning. It gave us a day and a half on the ground, and there was plenty to occupy us. Had it not been continuously drizzling and irksomely cold, we could happily have spent another day. But then we've never been partial to that mode of tourism seen too often in India – pull up, jump off the bus, snap a few photos, tick off the town on your Life List, and move on.

We found the procession to carry the Guru Granth Sahib from the temple to its nighttime bed to be particularly affecting, and it's well worth waiting for.
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Well it would depend on you. You could cover all the sights in 1 day also. How do you see the sights is upto you. Do you just tick all the places or spend considerable time at each sight.
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Thank you for your opinions! Any especially good times during the day to visit the temple?
hfot2: do you remember when the procession took place? Around midnight or after?
I've been recommended Kesar da dhaba for food (apart from the langar), has anyone been there?
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Originally Posted by dazh3979 View Post Thank you for your opinions! Any especially good times during the day to visit the temple?
hfot2: do you remember when the procession took place? Around midnight or after?
I've been recommended Kesar da dhaba for food (apart from the langar), has anyone been there?
The procession took place closer to 10:00 PM.

There's quite a lot of information on the web about daily rituals at the Golden Temple. At a quick glance I was able to extract this, for instance:
...in the evening, prayers end with the Rahras, the Arti and the shabad kirtan, concluding with the ardas at 9:45p.m.

When the prayers end, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is reverently closed, wrapped in fresh layers of rich silk and muslin, and ceremoniously carried to the palki waiting outside. As in the morning, so also now, the palki is shouldered by devout Sikhs and taken to the Kotha Sahib where the Siri Guru Granth Sahib will rest for the night.

The massive silver and rosewood doors of the Darshani Deorhi are shut and a group of volunteers inside the Harimandir starts the ritual cleansing of the shrine with milk and water in preparation for the next day. In a few hours, the doors of the Darshani Deorhi will once again be opened to worshippers, and the Harimandir will be ready to receive them so they can welcome the arrival of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and seek its spiritual guidance for another day.

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We did not eat at Kesar da dhaba but found several other restaurants near the temple.
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Originally Posted by dazh3979 View Post ...Any other must-do activities?...
I should have mentioned earlier that you might thread through the bazaars and old town out to the Durgiana Temple. It's a fascinating walk, and at the end you come to a Hindu temple which honors the example of the Golden Temple by similarly standing in the center of a tank, though in a smaller space without most of the peripheral construction of the Golden Temple complex.

We took a different route back and stumbled across a vast muddy field with stacks and stacks of logs. This proved on research to be the cremation grounds, though there was no evidence of it at the time beyond the woodpiles.
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Thanks! And what about safety? Is it safe for us (two women) to be out on our own around 10 pm, or should we have a car or something?
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Originally Posted by dazh3979 View Post Thanks! And what about safety? Is it safe for us (two women) to be out on our own around 10 pm, or should we have a car or something?
We wouldn't pretend to be authoritative about late-night safety in Amritsar, though it seemed to us that things went pretty quiet at night in February. But many of the hotels are so distant that a taxi would be preferable anyway. We ourselves stayed only a few steps away from the Golden Temple at the CJ International. It is far from Amritsar's best hotel, but it may be one of the most convenient for people interested in the Golden Temple. By chance we've just written about it on another thread:

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To add to what hfot2 have stated above, the procession timings for Golden Temple may be seen on this site: http://www.goldentempleamritsar.org/...r%20sahib.html
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I would recommend visiting the Temple very early in the morning before the crowds come. The sunrise is amazing and itīs so quiet there at this time. I myself spent half of the day in the temple, so I wouldnīt say 1 day is enough for Amritsar! But itīs personal opinion. If you can, see the border ceremony from both sides... itīs very different )
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In night not acviseable to walk in Amritsar, it will cold and for safety reasons.
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Bingo, hit the nail right on the head.

Cross the border in the evening, just before the ceremony. Enjoy the ceremony. Get back to the hotel, enjoy the dinner and then visit the Golden temple at night, to be precise during the ceremony that happens at night, I think it happens at 9:30pm during winters.

Then the next day visit the Golden Temple during the day.

There are other places to visit in Amritsar like Durgiana Temple, Jallianwala Bagh etc, however even if you miss them, they are not much of a miss. If you would like to visit them, they can always be accommodated within a couple of hours. With the above plan, you got most of the things covered

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Originally Posted by surinder20e View Post It will great if you cross boarder in evening and see Wagah Boarder Prade. Visit golden temple in night then again in day light. Where you like to visit next. Book your train tickets. One day is enough for Amritsar.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post We wouldn't pretend to be authoritative about late-night safety in Amritsar, though it seemed to us that things went pretty quiet at night in February. But many of the hotels are so distant that a taxi would be preferable anyway. We ourselves stayed only a few steps away from the Golden Temple at the CJ International. It is far from Amritsar's best hotel, but it may be one of the most convenient for people interested in the Golden Temple. By chance we've just written about it on another thread:
To say the least, Amritsar is a pretty safe city for during night, though hovering around at night for 2 ladies alone might not be such a good idea.
Stay as close to Golden Temple as possible, if you wish to visit Golden Temple at night.
As I suggested someone in another thread just minutes ago. I visited TripAdvisor to check for the best hotel in the town and found Hotel Akaal Residency, who are ranked no. 1 on tripadvisor for quite a long time now. And as a customer I can vouch that they are at No. 1 for a reason. They certainly the Best Hotel in Amritsar, be it location, be it service or be it rooms hygenie and comfort.
They are actually located right next to the Golden Temple and is hardly a minute walk down the lane to Golden Temple. Try to strike a deal with them. All the best for your trip to Amritsar

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