Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion in India and is home to the Golden Temple known as Harmandir Sahib which attracts more daily visitors than the Taj Mahal. If you are going to visit Amritsar, here are some tips to help you manage your transportation issues.
Flying to Amritsar
Flights from Delhi to Amritsar are available through Air India/Indian Airlines, Kingfisher, and Jet Airways. The airport in Amritsar is an international airport and many of the flights continue on to other countries after stopping in Amritsar. It is important to know that if your flight goes to another country because, if it does, you will need to use the international airport in Delhi (instead of the domestic one) and allow for extra check-in time when you arrive at the airport. Once you arrive at the Amritsar airport, you will find plenty of taxis or auto-rickshaws available for the 10 km (15 to 20 minutes) ride to the city.
Getting to Amritsar by Train
There are numerous trains running between Amritsar and places like Delhi and Agra. It is best to check ahead for train schedules before arriving at the station. The train ride from Delhi takes about four hours. If you are traveling back by train, make sure you have train tickets to come back before arriving in Amritsar. The station is very busy and there is no foreign tourist quota to reserve you a seat, so you can get stuck in town if you can’t get a ticket.
Traveling around Amritsar
There are numerous “Cycle-Rickshaw” taxis in Amritsar. Some of the cycle-rickshaw peddlers dress in the typical Sikh Khals attire and look majestic in their clothing with the traditional sword strapped to their side. Cycle-rickshaws are the cheapest and most convenient way to sight-see the city of Amritsar.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Amritsar transportation.