Home to the gleaming Golden Temple, Amritsar is the holiest city for Sikhs around the world. Our pick of the best places to stay in Amritsar are both ideally situated for visiting this icon - close enough for ease of access, yet far enough away to avoid the crowds.
Founded in 1577 by guru Ram Das it still renders onlookers, pilgrims and tourists alike, speechless. Inside witness volunteers stirring cauldrons of daal and vegetables, bound for the plates of the thousands that eat there each day.
Twelve ancient gates encase the old city, where the Golden Temple is located. Containing a maze of winding lanes and bustling bazaars emitting a concoction of scents, it is like stepping into another century. With cows, carts and cars vying for space on the narrow roads, exploring on foot tends to be the most immersive and convenient option.
To the north of Amritsar’s ancient ramparts is the ‘new’ city, a hodgepodge of colonial buildings, shopping malls and multiplexes. which are testament to the commercial success of this city.
Here are more of our picks for your "things to do" list whilst you're staying here:
The city is busy year round, so get organised and book early - our pick of the best places to stay in Amritsar are both equal parts charm and luxury.
Still not sure which to book? From modern to heritage luxury browse through our list of the best places to stay in Amritsar to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can widen the net and check out all our hotels in the Punjab. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Channelling an 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' spirit this heritage haveli is more than just a place to rest your head en-route to the Golden Temple. Food is healthy and organic plus there are yoga and meditation classes. Rooms are crammed full of antiques with vast four posters, Indian silks and art.
Amritsar (Adjoining Alpha One City Center, MBM Farms)
Reliable luxury courtesy of The Hyatt. A fusion of modern architecture and traditional Indian design and colours. Rooms are awash with polished woods, rich oranges and reds with state of the art bathrooms. Traditional spa treatments are available and there is gourmet South and East Asian dining.