Amritsar, literally meaning ‘pool of nectar’ is a beautiful city in the heart of the north Indian state of Punjab. The most famous of its many temples is the Harmandir Sahib also known as the Golden Temple, which is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. The peaceful and serene ambience of the Golden Temple contrasts sharply with the disturbing sight of the bullet holes in Jallianwalah Bagh, which is where General Dyer conducted the infamous massacre in 1919.
Some distance from Amritsar lies the Wagah border- a ceremonial outpost on the India – Pakistan border. Every evening, at sundown, soldiers of both countries put up a change of guard ceremony in which they bring down the national flags of their respective countries and briefly shake hands.
An absolute must visit, the city of Amritsar is a vibrant mix of the soothing atmosphere of the Golden Temple, the disturbing bullet holes of Jallianwalah Bagh and the pageantry at Wagah Border.
At Delhi, board the Shatabdi Express, an air conditioned train with individual bucket seats, to reach Amritsar (train ticket included. Tentative train timings:0720h (07:20 am), 1635h (4.35 pm). You will be met on arrival at Amritsar and taken to the Ista Hotel, Your package includes breakfast daily throughout your stay.
Spend the night at the hotel.
Go sightseeing in the city of Amritsar. Visit the beautiful Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple. It is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion. The main shrine itself is made of marble and it stands in the middle of a picturesque body of water. The holy book of the Sikhs – the Guru Granth Sahib is housed in this peaceful and serene sanctum. The roof of the edifice is gold leafed, giving the temple its name. The community kitchen- the langar - provides free meals to everyone who wants or needs to eat there (on an average, 10,000 pilgrims and visitors eat here everyday).
Then visit the Jallianwalah Bagh – a memorial to the hundreds of innocent Indians who were massacred by General Dyer in 1919. On April 13, thousands of people gathered in a peaceful assembly on the occasion of Baisakhi - a harvest festival - at the Jallianwala Bagh in the heart of Amritsar. When the crowds didn’t disperse after warnings, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer, an officer of the British Indian Army, ordered his band of riflemen to open fire on the gathering, killing many.
Later visit the Durgiana Hindu temple which looks like a replica of the golden temple.
In the late afternoon, travel to Wagah, at the India – Pakistan border, to witness the change of guard ceremony. Soldiers of both countries participate in an interesting ceremony at the end of which they shake hands. The crowds singing patriotic songs on both sides of the border and the disciplined aggression of the soldiers makes for a charming scene.
Spend the night at the hotel.
Check out from your hotel and transfer to Amritsar railway station to board your train to Delhi. Tentative train timings: 1700h (5:00pm). 0510h (5:10am).
Daily except Wednesday
Start time: Depends on the time of your train
Duration: 3 Days
Hotel pick up not included. Pick-up from Amritsar railway station.
Amritsar railway station
Check-in / check-out time is 12 noon at the hotel
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
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