Amritsar derived its name from Amrit Sarovar (pool of nector) amidst which stands the most sacred of Sikh shrines, the Golden Temple. This mesmerising city was founded in 16th century by Guru Ramdas, the fourth Sikh spirtual leader. Since then, city soaked in rich culture, history and heritage has blossemed into one of the important and largest city of Punjab. City which has stood fast through overland agressions, colonial occupation and the partition of India and Pakistan, is home to stunning Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border. This destination, convenently connected to Delhi and offering conveneint accommodation options with accessible hotels and wheelchair adapted rooms, is worth including in your list of Wheelchair accessible holidays.

Golden Temple

Highly revered Golden Temple of Sri Harmandir Sahib is one of the most spiritual sites for Sikh religion followers. Two-storeyed structure has top half covered in pure gold leaf while rest of the temple complex is built in white marble, inlaid with precious and semi-precious colorful stones. Temple is surrounded by Amrit Sarovar (pool of nector) whose waters are believed to have healing powers. Continous live singing of spiritual notes (gurubani) soothes the soul of every visitor. Guru ka Langar (community kitchen managed by volunteers) offers free meal to around 80000 devotees visiting each day. The holy book of Sikhs – the Granth Sahib, is kept inside the temple during the day. At night, it is taken to Akal Takh. Temple ceremony of early morning bringing the holy gook inside the temple and taking it out in evening is worth attending. One must cover one’s head and enter barefooted.

Wagha border

Around 28 kms from Amritsar is Wagah border, overland access point to Pakistan. Each evening, impressive flag-lowering ceremony and closing of borders is performed by solders of eachside patrolling the border. People from both countries gather to witness the impressive ceremony. Atmosphere gets electrified when visitors start singing the National Anthem and applauding the ceremony.