Golden Temple is the largest visited monument in India. It attracts a footfall of around 1.5 lakh people daily, even more than the Taj Mahal.
Situated in the vicinity of the shrine is the historic Jallianwala Bagh and the Partition Museum, both acting as the reminders of the pain of the freedom struggle.
In an attempt to restore the heritage of the city and promote tourism, in 2015, the Government of Punjab decided to revamp the entire one kilometer area around the Golden Temple, beginning from the Partition Museum to Jallianwala Bagh midway and towards Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple).
The project was completed in 2016, and what one sees now is nothing short of a film set. The buildings in the entire area now exhibit a uniform pink look. These buildings house shops which offer everything that is unique to Amritsar like papad wadis, Punjabi juttis, Phulkari suits, and religious artifacts.
The entire stretch is well lit with street lights and huge video screens, similar to what one sees in New York's Time Square. The lane at regular intervals also showcases fountains and several sculptures related to Punjab's heritage.
(Video: Mohit Sabharwal)