While Amritsar is best known for its history, to the north of the ancient walled old city, ‘new’ Amritsar has exploded out along wide boulevards of a bygone era. A thriving city with the golden grandeur of its renewed infrastructure, Taj Swarna, Amritsar offers contemporary luxury that reflects Amritsar’s rich heritage as well as its bright future.Folk music of the Punjab is produced using the traditional musical instruments like Tumbi, Algoze, Dhadd, Sarangi, Chimta and more. We were welcomed into the hotel by two folk music artists who made sure the mood was festive, from the start.The high tea was the first pit-stop at the hotel which was redefined by the chef. We were treated to local snacks like Samosas and Pakoras with traditional sweets and other Punjabi snacks. The local Amritsari chai was the perfect way to blend all of it together.The hotel comprises 148 luxurious rooms and nine suites, including a lavish Presidential Suite. My Taj Club room was perfect for one person with it's own fully loaded mini-bar, exquisite toiletries which were personalized for the female traveler and a great view. Its rooms are among the largest in the city; fusing contemporary sophistication and traditional Indian opulence with subtle charm. The modular design of rooms merge with chic textured furnishings to create personalized luxury.The hotel's Jiva Spa and Salon is the perfect haven to unwind after a day of sightseeing with treatments that draw inspiration from the ancient wellness heritage of India and healing therapies that embrace Indian spirituality. Reboot and recalibrate at the fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, personal trainers, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a steam bath for that extra kick of energy.At Taj Swarna, three restaurants offer diverse dining experiences for guests and day visitors looking for a peaceful sanctuary. Pictured here, casual all-day diner Grand Trunk is an elegant space that offers contemporary luxury with an à la carte menu that ranges from international classics of the World of Taj, authentic mouth-watering Amritsar cuisine, to the familiar warmth of comfort food.