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“Be humble” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh
Amritsar | Near golden temple, Amritsar 143001, India
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Ranked #6 of 38 Attractions in Amritsar
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: This is the site of the April 13, 1919 massacre of hundreds of innocents by British troops.
Priors Marston, United Kingdom
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“Be humble”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

If you are British this place will make you ashamed and you cannot but be moved We shared these feelings with a local who talked to us and he just said 'It is in the past but thank you for your respect' That is the nature of the people they make you welcome and humble at the same time

Visited October 2012
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“An emotional visit...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most historical spots of India. April 13, 1919 was Baisakhi when Sikhs celebrated both the first day of the new year and the anniversary of the founding of the khalsa in 1699. Some 20,000 Indians had gathered to peacefully protest the Rowlatt Act, a British legislation that allowed British authorities to arrest any Indian suspected of sedition without trial .

Upon seeing the crowd and acting on his own, British General Reginald Dyer positioned his troops inside the narrow entrance (and only exit) of the garden. He then ordered them to open fire. People scrambled, some jumped in a well and some tried to climb the high surrounding walls to escape the flying bullets. Within minutes 1,200 people were wounded and hundreds were dead including women and children.

This horrific event was one of the defining moments in India's fight for independence. Public anger and acts of violence followed the massacre. Mahatma Gandhi's non co-operation movement (mass civil disobedience) quickly followed, with Gandhi declaring that "cooperation in any shape or form with this satanic government is sinful". He encouraged various boycotts including the boycott of British (and other) foreign goods and advocated that khadi (homespun cloth) be worn by all Indians. It would still take India another 2 1/2 decades to get its independence.

The news of the massacre was hushed up and it took 6 months for the British Government in London to even hear of it. The incident was eventually investigated. Although there was international outrage, some thought Dyer a hero. His comments from the investigation, such as this one, "It was no longer a question of merely dispersing the crowd, but one of producing a sufficient moral effect" did nothing to lessen the outrage and General Dyer was eventually asked to resign.

Today the park is accessed by the same narrow path that Dyer's troops blocked. Trees and flowers fill the quiet park and if you didn't know the history you would think it was a wonderful place to escape the city. There is a large memorial at the far end of the park but the most moving places are the Martyr's Well and the sections of walls (on opposite sides of the park), all with visible bullet marks.

A few days before our trip to Amritsar we happened to catch the movie "Gandhi". The massacre scenes were chilling and it made our visit to Jallianwala Bagh so much more real. I recommend seeing the movie before visiting.

The park is open from dawn until dusk.

No admission fee.

Directions: The entrance is on the main road about 400-500m from the Clock Tower entrance to the Golden Temple.

Visited January 2012
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“historic place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

a place where you can find yourself back to 19 century. you can sharpen your history knowledge. will fill hearty, while walking there & thinking of " freedom fighter" who gave their life for freedom.

Visited November 2012
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“A warm welcome”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This memorial to the slaughter of several hundred Indians by the British army is a place where, as a British citizen, you might expect some hostility from the locals. It was entirely the opposite and, as the only Brits around at the time of our visit, we were treated like Bollywood stars.

Visited October 2012
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“Sad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

It was very shocking to see the walls with the bullets. So sad to be there and hear about what had happened.

Visited October 2012
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