HeritageWalk_GalleryThis two-hour guided tour conducted twice-daily showcases some of the richest architectural and traditional heritage from Amritsar’s layered past. It includes the numerous katras, akharas, bungas, havelis & hattis, expressions, all, of traditional town planning. The walk promises to take you back in time as you witness traditional trades and crafts being practisedin the same place and in the same manner, as have been done for centuries. To participate, simply reach the take-off point at pre-designated times and purchase your ticket from the licensed guide on the spot.
The tour commences from the historic Town Hall built by the British in 1866, and is today the centre of Amritsar’s local administration. During British rule, people gathered every evening to relax and enjoy the live band music played in its grounds. It goes past the Gurudwara Saragarhi, dedicated to the heroism of the twenty-one soldiers of the 36 Sikhs Battallion who lost their lives bravely defending their posts on September 12, 1897 in the North Western Frontier Provinces. The battle lasted over six hours and is considered by UNESCO as one of the eight most important demonstrations of collective bravery. Weaving its way through Qila Ahluwalia–a fort belonging to the Ahluwalia Misl replete with colonial-style architectural features–the walk brings you to the Jalebiwala Chowk. The chowk is home to a world famous jalebi shop that has been in operation since 1956 and is renowned for creating one of the best melt-in-your-mouth treats.
It continues onwards through a warren of narrow, congested alleyways, home to the Sangalwala & Chitta Akharas, rest-a-whiles for sadhus and yogis to stay and practice religious ceremonies. Up ahead lies the Darshani Deori, marking the spot from where Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Hargobind would gaze out at an uninterrupted view of the Golden Temple. You will go past an ancient gnarled Banyan tree that has stood its ground, untouched, since the Gurus; revered by all as Baba Bohar, the surrounding buildings have come up around its many branches! Then comes the frescoed Thakurdwara Mandir, the Chowrasti Atari built by Guru Hargobind, and Amritsar’s first ever mint, the Taksal, showcasing some very fine albeit waning heritage. Finally, an ancient passage flanked by the Churi Bazaar leads you through an archway meant to connect mohallas and katras of yore before culminating at the Golden Temple gate.