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Highlights: Punjabs heritage is too robust to be either forgotten or lost. It is a land of martial traditions where the nation of India rose as one to combat all aggressions from the North – West and all others who dared to challenge the integrity and sovereignty of this golden land. A land of tough , god – fearing peasants living in its rich traditionsof hard – work and toil , song & dance and patriotism , is today one of the most vibrant states of India. This land of the brave Sikhs echoes with the melodies Gurbani of the sacred Guru Granth Sahib from the beautiful gurudwaras spread all over Punjab.
This tour is specially prepared to present the best of the great Sikhs shrines in the region. It will be relevant to quote Mahatama Gandhi as follows , when he wrote about this land:
Historically Punjab may be considered the most important province of India. It was here that the Aryans of the Vedic times first made their homes. It was here that the hymns of the Rig Veda were chanted. It was to this province at the University of Takshila that seekers after knowledge flocked from various parts of the world. The Scythians , the Tartars and the Persians had to measure sword with the sons of Punjab in their attempt to penetrate India.
Sikh Pilgrimage Tour in India begins with an arrival in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative.
Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi’s history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi’s seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation’s politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
This morning after the breakfast drive to Chandigarh .( Approx 238 kms/05 hours). Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
This afternoon embark from the hotel to visit Parivar Vichorra ( 52 kms/02 hrs ) and after the visit drive to Anandpur Sahib ( 30 kms/01 hr ) – fortress temple situated on the left bank of the river Satluj founded by the ninth Sikh guru , Guru Tegh Bahadur. It was here that the Sikh religion acquired its final military character. Drive back to Chandigarh. Overnight will be in Chandigarh.
This morning after the breakfast embark on the city sightseeing trip which would include the visit to the Museum , High Court , Assembly Chamber and Rock Garden.
This afternoon drive to Amritsar ( 250 kms/05.00 hrs ) , situated on the north – western border of the country. The 400 years old city, founded by the fourth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Ramdas, has been the seat of the Sikh religion and culture from its very inception. It is renowned for the famous Golden Temple. Amritsar , literally – Pool of Nectar , derives its name from the holy pond around the temple. The land for the pool was gifted by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. Check in at hotel on arrival.
Overnight at hotel.
This morning after the breakfast embark on the excursion of Tarn taran ( 22 kms/45 minutes ) , famous for a gurudwara standing on the side of a large tank and built in honour of Guru Arjun Dev. Lepers come from far – off places to have a dip in the tank , for it is believed that its water can help cure leprosy. Proceed to Gobindwal ( 23 kms /30 minutes ) , a short run from tarn taran , connected to the memory of Guru Amardas who lived there. A gurudwara built by the Guruji still stands there. Since no place was available for a tank , an underground Baoli was constructed near the gurudwara with a flight of 84 steps leading to it. Continue onto Hazoor Sahib ( 10 kms/15 minutes ) , where the Samadhi ( memorial ) of the second Sikh guru , Guru Angad Dev ji , was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1815. Return to Amritsar. Afternoon visit the Golden Temple – built in the midst of the holy pool by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803 , it is also known as Darbar Sahib or Har Mandir Sahib. The dome of the temple is covered with an estimated 400 kgs of gold leaf , hence its popular name the Golden Temple. The interiors of the temple , like – wise , decorated by inlay work with delicate floral patterns are done with semi precious stones. Adjoining the pool is Akal Takht , established by the sixth Sikh guru , Guru Hargobind Singh. It is seat of the supreme head of the Sikh religious authority.
Overnight will be in Amritsar.
This morning after the breakfast visit Jailianwala Bagh ( 24 kms/45 minutes ) , the historic site where hundreds of innocent Indian men, women and children were massacred by British General Michael Dyer on April 13 , 1919. A memorial and garden have been created here as a national monument. Proceed to Baba Bakala ( 21 kms/45 minutes ) , a place associated with the ninth Sikh guru , Shri Tegh Bahadur, having a magnificent gurudwara where people gather in thousands on every Amavas. An annual fair is held on Raksha Bandhan with about hundred thousand people visiting the place , commemorating the day when the ninth guru was located by his followers. Return to Amritsar. Overnight will be in Amritsar.
This morning assisted in the transfer to the Railway station to board the fast train Shatabdi Express for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi assisted in the transfer to the Hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight will be in Delhi
This morning after the breakfast embark on the half day city tour of Old Delhi which would take you to Red Fort – the symbol of Moghul power and elegance built in red sand stone by the fifth Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad from Agra in 1638 ; India Gate – the countrys memorial to the Unknown Soldier ; and Quatab Minar – built in red sand stone in Islamic style , the tower is 71 mts tall with its walls consisting of intricately carved quotations from the Holy Quran.
Late in the afternoon assisted in the transfer to the International airport to board the flight back home.