The Walk entered the holy district of Amritsar as it crossed the bridge over river Beas. Its headquarters – also called Amritsar – was one of the biggest cities of undivided Punjab. This city was vigorously demanded to be made a part of Pakistan before Partition. A similar request was put forth by India for Lahore. Both the demands were not met and Amritsar stayed with India.
Amritsar derives its name from the beautiful lake of the same name around which the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple of the Sikhs has been built. Half a millennium old, this lake harbours fishes and thousands have their ritual bath in the pond before offering worship at the temple. In the city, you find the site of Valmiki’s Ashram, where Luv and Kush courageously caught and bound the horse sent out by Sri Ram, their father, as part of the Aswamedha sacrifice.
Amritsar is also home to Jallianwala Bagh – witness to one of the worst tragedies of India's struggle for freedom – the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The massacre took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of nonviolent protesters were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer.
The yatris are eagerly waiting to visit the city’s cultural and tourist hotspots and also enjoy the highly-rated eateries. Many satsangis are also expected to join as Amritsar is the last major stop before the Walk ends in Srinagar.