Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar

About-Jallianwala-Bagh
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, Amritsar, Punjab

Open & Close:

Open on all days: 06:30 AM to 07:00 PM

Gallary Timings:

09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fees:

Free

Duration:

Approx 2 hour

Famous For:

Memorial

Jallianwala Bagh is a place of great importance eliciting memories of sorrow and historical tragedies. It is a public garden located in Amritsar, Punjab, India near the Golden Temple. It witnesses to the most inhuman murder of the pre-Independence era and thus has become a symbol of national significance and remembrance. Jallianwala Bagh immediately brings to mind India’s freedom struggle. On 13 April 1919, several thousand people had peacefully gathered at this Bagh to listen to some leading freedom fighters. A crazy British general ordered machine-gun fire on them and killed 2,000 innocent people including hundreds of women and children. On the walls of the Bagh vivid bullet marks can still be seen.

The Bagh is now a national memorial and a well-maintained garden. An impressive monument in the form of a rising flame dedicated to the memory of the martyrs stands amidst it.

Public rallies and mass cultural gatherings used to take place in Jallianwala Bagh. It is located 400 meters north of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple). In 1919, the then British Deputy Governor General Dyer had ordered against any gathering, demonstration or mass protest. On April 13’1919, a crowd of devotees gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar to celebrate Baisakhi festival. The ground is surrounded by high walls from all four sides with only a narrow passage to enter and exit. General Dyer suddenly arrived at the spot and ordered the policemen to shoot indiscriminately & without warning. It caused more than 2000 casualties. India expressed its outrage against it in the form of mass uprising. Mahatma Gandhi called for a strike at the national level and started a non-cooperation movement that became a major foundation stone for the freedom struggle of India. Dignitaries from across the globe dignitaries come here to pay homage to the innocent people killed by the colonial regime. Still, the well and other parts of this historical place depict many aspects of that horrible incidence. Today, Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar is a memorial offering tribute to the fallen victims.

To explore the Jallianwala Bagh, the visitors enter through a gate. From there, they keep on walking through a narrow passageway that leads them to a big park. At the time of the attack in 1919, the British soldiers stood at this entrance, thus no one was able to leave this place. Every evening, four lamps elegantly illuminate the cenotaph. Jallianwala Bagh is open for all day and entry is free of cost. The informative signs are placed there in English language which helps tourist to know about the park’s landmarks and artefacts. It’s a must-see place to visit in Punjab in almost all Amritsar tour packages.

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