Day Trips and Excursions, Amritsar, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Jammu

Jammu is located 121 km away from Amritsar. It is one of the largest cities of Jammu and Kashmir. The winter capital of the state is also known as Jammu Tawi and the City of Temples. It used to be known as Duggardesh which is one of the three administrative divisions of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu is the main economic center of the area and also serves as the gateway to one of the most popular pilgrimages in India which is the Vaishno Devi shrine. There are several other temples such as Raghunath Temple and Ranbireshwar Temple located around Jammu.

Chintpurni

Chintpurni is located 122 km away from Amritsar. It is a city which is nestled between the Himalays and the Shivalik mountain range. It is a pilgrim town which is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. The Mata Chintpurni Devi Temple is a famous attraction in town and according to legend, the temple came into being after the goddess revealed herself to Pandit Mai Dass, who was an ardent devotee. Dass’ descendants who are the temple priests continue to reside here. The Chintpurni fair, locally known as Mata Da Mela (fair of the mother Goddess), is celebrated with fervor at the temple. It is held in the monts of Chet (March-April), Sawan (July, August) and Asanj (September-October).

Kangra

Kanga is located 143 km away from Amritsar. Kangra is known as one of the most picturesque valleys of the lower Himalayas. The region is famous for arts and crafts such as shawls and miniature paintings of this region. For travellers who would like to stay in Kangra, Kangra has some guest houses; however these have to be booked in advance.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is located 145 km from Amritsar. Dalhousie is known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty. It is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an elevation around 2000 meters. The name of Dalhousie comes from its founder Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General in India. This hill station has several Victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture and other colonial buildings to offer for visiting. Dalhousie is spead over an area of 14 sq km and it includes five hills which are Balun, Bakrota, Tehra, Patreyn and Kathlog. In addition, Dalhousie is a popular destination for honeymooners.