In the narrow lanes of Amritsar lies its unforgettable history and culture. This 400 year old city has architecture marvels that have originated centuries before the dawn of the modern era that we currently live in. Some of the key places that are covered in the Heritage Walk are:
Katra Ahluwalia was once an area which was fortified with strong gates from all sides to keep hostile elements out. Today Katra Ahluwalia is a center for the wholesale market with shops of stationery, paints, chemicals and more products. Between the boards of these shops, you can see colorful balconies and painted doors. You can also see the classic well of this area which at one point was the only source of water in that area. The lining of the well is with bricks that are termed as “Nanak shahi bricks” . You can also see some thicker modern bricks that we later used when repair work was done on the well.
Akhada Sangalwala was a monastery that belonged to a sect of monks that were believed to be the followers of Baba Shree Chand Jee, the first son of Guru Nanak Dev Jee, the first guru of the Sikhs. The Akhada is a beautiful and colorful temple where the local public come not only to pray but also read newspapers and books that are housed in the Akhada’s library.
The Jallianwala Bagh is the site of one of the most tragic incidents in the history of the holy city. It was here that on the Baisakhi day of 1919, General Dyer of the British Army, ordered the massacre of hundreds of people including men, women and children. Those that did not die from the bullets, died by jumping into the well that was located in the park to save themselves from the bullets.
This is a historical fort located in the heart of the city. This for used to be occupied by the army but has been open to the general public since 10th February 2017. This fort was originally built by Gujjar Singh Bhangi in the 18th Century, who was the local chieftain. This fort was later conquered from him by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who renamed this for after the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Jee.
After the restoration to this fort earlier in 2017, there are several attractions that have been added here like - Sher e Punjab - the main entrance, Toshakhana - Coin Museum, The Bungalow - the ancient war museum and many more.
This gurudwara was built in as a memorial for the non-commissioned soldiers that lost their lives defending their frontier fort of Saragarhi on 12th September 1897. The names of those brave men are engraved on a marble stone, fixed on a wall at the gurudwara. This is one of 3 gurudwara’s that were build in their memory. The other two are at Saragarhi and Firozpur.
Akhada Brahm Buta
It is one of the several temples located in Amritsar that were Sikh missionaries lived and preached their religion in masses to everyone who came, regardless of their caste, creed or religion. This temple is located behind the Golden Temple. It is said to be made by the followers of Baba Shree Chand Jee.
These are just some of the main attractions that one can see when they go on the Heritage Walk of Amritsar. So, do not wait for any further and take the journey into the narrow lanes of our history on your next trip to Amritsar.