Amritsar, meaning the holy pool of nectar is an important seat of Sikh history and culture. Located roughly 200 km from the state capital Chandigarh and approximately thirty kilometres from Lahore, Pakistan, it was once a gateway for travellers from abroad on the overland route from central Asia and soon was the centre of various commercial activities. Today, the Wagah border is still used as an active border crossing point between India and Pakistan. 

Amritsar is renowned for Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, and it is the spiritual and cultural hub of the Sikh religion as well as their political history. The city is also identified with the gruesome Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919 under British Rule and Operation Bluestar, an Indian military assault on the Golden Temple in 1984, under the instruction of the then India Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi.

The economy flourishes with income pouring in from tourism, farm produce, handicrafts, carpets and fabrics, service trades and light engineering. The city is known for its Dhaba food and Punjabi culture.

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