Amritsar is the soul of
Punjab. Situated very near to the international border of
Pakistan. Amritsar has an Airport and it is connected by 2
pairs of Shatabdi train to New Delhi. Other cities are connected
by super fast or express trains and luxury and deluxe buses
go to Delhi and Chandigarh.
The Khatris and Aroras of Punjab had trading outlets from
Chitagong (now in Bangla Desh) right upto Iran in Persia.
Amritsar town was built around the Golden Temple and when these Khatris and Aroras converted to Sikhism Amritsar
became the East's biggest trading and eventually a manufacturing
centre. Today it is India's important distribution centre
of dry-fruits, tea (next only to Calcutta), of condiments
and is a leading exporter of goods to the Middle East. Woollen
tweeds, suitings, blankets, shawls in traditional weaves,
ivory (now plastic) inlay furniture, swords of all designs,
oils, scents, jutties (traditional embroidered shoes), cut-glass
crockery, selective musical instruments, carpets are manufactured
here almost in every bazaar.
It is one of the leading publication centres, especially in
Punjabi language, in the whole world, is India's manufacturing
centre of Ayurvedic medicines and renowned for treatment of
Amritsar is the home of traditional Punjabi cuisine, both
vegetarian and non-vegetarian where each eating-house has
a specialty, which can not be matched. Its pickles, murabbas
(Indian jams) and papads and warian (recipes can not be translated
into English) and sweetmeats are exported to far off places,
right into Punjabi Diaspora abroad.