Fly To Amritsar, India
Amritsar is situated in the north western region of Punjab, India. The city is awash with traditional value systems and culture. One of Punjab’s most admired cities, Amritsar represents the religious, spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh community. The name Amritsar roughly translates into ‘Nectar Lake’ which speaks of the boundless beauty of the city.
The Golden Temple, known officially as Harmindar Sahib, stands as the city’s landmark. Other tourist places of interest include Harike Wetland Lake, Durgiana Temple and the Guru Nanak Dev University; all of which have an importance to the local region as well as to the country of India.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit India. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in India can be found in Delhi at B -18, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, DL 110057. Phone: +91 11 2614 9411.
See and do
The Golden Temple is the city’s foremost attraction, attracting thousands of visitors as well as pilgrims from India and across the globe. So beautiful is this magnificent complex that it is recommended that both a day time and night time viewing is a must.
Another stop on a visitor’s Amritsar sightseeing itinerary is the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama found within the impressive Ram Bagh Park. Valuable antiques and priceless art collections from the 18th century are showcased at this museum.
Jallianwala Bagh is yet another visually stunning attraction in Amritsar. The garden is a memorial to the innocent lives lost in the tragic 1919 massacre.
Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland park in northern India. This conservation area, rich in biodiversity is an ideal place for nature loving enthusiasts. There are many opportunities for bird watching and the sanctuary houses over 200 species of birds that visit the lake every winter. Jungle cats, smooth Indian otters, mongoose and Indian wild boars are also frequently spotted in the sanctuary.
Shopping is a fun activity on a visit to Amritsar and the Punjab region is famed for producing exquisite traditional handicrafts depicting unique embroidery skills such as the Phulhari or shawls. Visitors can head off to the old city bazaars for items such as hand-woven carpets, jewellery, traditional shoes or fresh produce like pickles and jams.
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport – ATQ
Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is an international airport located 11km northwest of the city of Amritsar in India. The airport services the region of Punjab as well as the Jammu Division in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the State of Himachal Pradesh.
Food and beverage: A variety of restaurants and shops are available at Amritsar Airport.
Currency Exchange: Currency exchange services are available through the State Bank of India at the airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site, hotels in close proximity to the airport include: Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar, Hotel Alstonia, Golden Tulip Amritsar, Hotel Punnu International.
Car Hire: Car rental services are available from several companies and are located in front of the International Arrival Hall.
Airport Hub: Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (code ATQ) is a hub for Air India Limited, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, BMI, Kingfisher Airlines.