When to fly
The weather in Amritsar is very similar to the other North Western cities in India, with hot summers and cold winters. Due to this, travellers should pick the time they want to visit wisely. The summer season, from April through August, is very hot and dry, with temperatures usually around 25 degrees Celsius but can possibly reach 43 degrees. Due to these high temperatures that scorch the city, visiting during this time can be quite uncomfortable. However, you may be able to find cheaper flights to Amritsar and get deals on accommodation during this time.
Then in contrast, the winter months, November through March, see temperatures drop to around 4 to 19 degrees. It should be noted that temperatures can fall to 0 degrees and possibly lower, with frosts common during this season. This weather is more welcoming to those looking for accommodation and flight deals to Amritsar as the conditions are dry and temperatures are mild but make sure you pack some warm clothing just in case. Travelling in March will also allow you to take part in Holi festival. Symbolising victory of good over evil, this event is one of the most boisterous and vibrant Hindu festivals. It also marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring with the celebration of colour. People throw water balloons, coloured water and powder, whilst singing and dancing.
Cool rains rule the monsoon season between July and October, and while the temperatures are tolerable, the rain can put a damper on sightseeing plans. This unpredictability of the rain allows bargain hunters to pick up cheap flights to Amritsar.
Why visit Amritsar?
A cultural and religious wonderland in the heart of the Punjab state of India, Amritsar is known as the spiritual home of the Sikh religion. As such, Amritsar is home to one of the most important worship sites for Sikhs: Harmandir Sahib, also referred to as the Golden Temple. A must for anyone visiting the city, the Golden Temple was constructed in the 16th century and remains a sacred site for Sikhs, who regularly make pilgrimages to visit this incredible water-locked temple.
The graceful golden sights of Harmandir Sahib aren’t the only thing visitors should set their gaze on while in Amritsar. Wandering the colonial-era streets and historic gates of the old city surrounding the temple, visitors will find an enchanting array of street vendors and bazaars to explore, as well as Jallianwala Bagh garden and its towering monument, a memorial dedicated to the hundreds of Indians who lost their lives during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
Another fascinating sight for visitors to behold is the evening procession at the Wagah Border, the only road border between India and neighbouring Pakistan. As the sun sets, soldiers from both countries march with flags to the thundering cheers from crowds on both sides.
Sikh culture and Indian history seem to pour out of every facet of Amritsar, as do the wondrous flavours of the local cuisine. Punjabi food is at its finest here, especially at the restaurants surrounding Town Hall. After savouring the local culture, be sure to spend time exploring Amritsar through its tasty culinary offerings.
Getting around Amritsar
For visitors who don’t want to bother with navigating the streets of Amritsar on their own, hired cars with private chauffeurs are available to make the trip easier. Cycle- and auto-rickshaws are plentiful and the de facto mode of transportation if not walking, but keep in mind that the fare for this relatively cheap service should be agreed upon beforehand. City buses are limited, though they do run a free route from the train station to the famed Golden Temple. With the city so easily explored by foot though, many visitors find it convenient to simply walk to their destinations.
How to get to the city from the airport?
The closest airport to Amritsar is Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport (ATQ), about 7 miles (11 km) from the city. By and large, visitors typically arrange for a taxi to take them on the 15 to 20 minute drive into Amritsar. Be prepared to arrange a price before agreeing to a taxi, whether it’s a general taxi or the pre-paid variety.