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Amritsar Travel Guide

AMRITSAR - In Hindi the word Amritsar means 'a Holy pool of nectar' and it was back in the year 1573 that work for digging the Holy pool began.

Located in the North West region of India, Amritsar lies about 15 miles (25 km) east of the border with Pakistan.

The most striking feature about Amritsar is its antiquity. Its central walled city has narrow streets mostly developed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The city is a peculiar example of an introverted planning system with unique areas called Katras. The Katras are self-styled residential units that provided a unique defense system during attacks on the city. Amritsar is the main seat of Sikh history and culture. The city itself was founded by the Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, and till present times it is the spiritual and temporal center of Sikh culture with the Golden Temple in Amritsar as its nucleus.