The Best 3 Routes for Delhi to Amritsar By Road

Amritsar is every traveller’s delight. With many sites to see and good places to eat, the historic town has something for every kind of traveller.

Well connected by air, rail and road, you can reach Amritsar within just a few hours from Delhi. Of the three ways to enjoy your journey to Amritsar is by driving down by road. So, get those bags packed, car geared up and follow our guide to the best routes to take to Amritsar for a fun, cool journey.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Amritsar is during the winter. Temperatures are cooler so it is best to go sightseeing during this period. You would want to visit between the months of November to March for better views of the Golden Temple.

How to Get There

There are plenty of ways to get to Amritsar from Delhi. The most convenient ones are train and air. Airfare can be as low as Rs. 2000 for a one-hour journey and train tickets start from Rs.300.

You can, of course, take a bus too for around Rs. 500 a seat. But, the most fun is had on a road trip from Delhi to Amritsar. There are a couple of routes you can take; we have mentioned the best ones below.

1. Route 1: The Panipat Route

The shortest of the routes, it’s no surprise that it’s the most popular of them (so expect traffic!).

Route Map: Delhi > Panipat > Kurukshetra > Sirhind > Ludhiana > Amritsar

Distance: 450 kilometres

Time: 8.5 hours

Popular Things to Do On A Delhi to Amritsar Road Trip (The Panipat Route)

There are a few interesting places along this route that you could make pit stops at. (cite source)

Caption: The Tomb of Bu-Ali Shah Kalandar, Panipati

1. Tomb of Bu-Ali Shah Kalandar: Visit the iconic tomb of Bu-Ali-Shah, an extremely peaceful site.

2. Karnal Lake: Many restaurants and food stalls around here serve delicious food, in case you are hungry.

3. Brahma Sarovar: Visit this place to see the chariots depicting Arjun, Krishna and Hanuman.

4. Gurudwara Shri Mastgarh Sahib: The Gurdwara Shri Mastgarh Sahib was once a mosque. Today, it is one of the most important gurudwaras in Punjab.

5. Rajpura Haveli in Sirhind: With ample parking and comfortable facilities, this place is an ideal stopover for lunch or dinner.

Route 2: The Bhatinda Route

Although this route is longer in distance and takes around nine hours to reach Amritsar, it is very scenic. It passes through a few flyovers, so be prepared with change for toll. 

Distance: 515 kilometres

Time: 9.5 hours

Route Map: Delhi > Hisar > Fatehabad > Bathinda> Amritsar 

Popular things to do on the Delhi to Amritsar route (via Bhatinda)

There are some great sites along this route that are worthy of a pitstop. If you are driving down the NH9 and NH54 routes to Amritsar, check out these historic amazing sites. (Cite Source)

Caption: Qila Mubarak in Bathinda

1. Agroha Dham: Catch the Ram Leela show, screened here often. There are a few restaurants and food shops near the temple complex.

2. Rewari Sweets:  Stop at this famous sweet shop in Sadar Bazar to grab a few essentials and devour sweets and snacks. Their Chole Puri is the best in the area.

3. Qila Mubarak in Bathinda: See ornate Mughal architecture at this 100-year-old fort. It is also a prison and an important tourist site.

4. Takht Sri Damdama Sahib: This gurudwara is where the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh wrote the holy book the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in 1705.


Route 3: The Jalandhar Route

The third route passes through the NH352 and it takes around ten hours to reach Amritsar. During peak hours, traffic can be a pain on this route. To avoid this traffic, leave Delhi around 4 am.

Distance: 542 kilometres

Timing: 11 hours

Route Map: Delhi > Rohtak > Sangrur > Malerkotla > Ludhiana > Jalandhar > Amritsar

Popular things to do on a Road Trip from Delhi to Amritsar (Jalandhar Route)

On this route, stop at the amazing tourist places mentioned below, that is if you want to add in a bit of extra exploring to your road trip.

1. Tilyar Lake: At the Tilyar Lake you can enjoy boating and bird watching. The place is a good spot for a tea break. 

2. Karnal Lake: At this lake you can enjoy spotting birds and can even go boating. There are a few stalls that serve snacks and tea.

3. Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan: This gurdwara was built in honour of Baba Nand Singh Kaleranwale, a sikh saint. A popular tourist spot, many people come here for the langar that is held on Sundays.

4.Phillaur Fort: The Phillaur Fort was constructed about a hundred years ago by French and Italian generals. The fort is now used as an academy for police training 

5. Rangla Punjab Haveli: Go here to learn about Punjabi culture. At this themed village treat yourself to traditional Punjabi folk dances and good local food.

Safety Measures

The roads from Delhi to Amritsar are safe and good. You should not face any difficulty in driving on them. Just as a precaution, it is advised that you take a few safety measures. Make sure your vehicle is well serviced before you head out on the road trip. Although there are many petrol pumps along the routes to Amritsar, it is better to fill up a full tank of fuel before you leave.

These are the routes you can take for a road trip from Delhi to Amritsar. As a preference, although it is a longer route, we would prefer taking the route via the NH352 as this route has some fantastic sights to see. Got any questions or need directions? Let us know in the comments. 


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