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“Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, 28 kilometres from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town, the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) is the holiest gurdwara (religious complex) of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe.”
A two-storey marble structure covered in pure gold and surrounded by a shimmering pool of sacred water, the Golden Temple is utterly captivating, though it’s what goes on inside that’s the most striking part: here, at the Golden Temple, huge kitchens manned by hundreds of volunteers prepare thousands of free meals a day – anyone is welcome to sit down and eat, together, no matter their status, earnings, caste or religion. Another highlight not to be missed is the nearby village of Wagah, on the Pakistan border – every evening, with great pomp and national pride, the border gates are clanged shut in an elaborate ceremony. Jallianwala Bagh is a memorial garden remembering the victims of a 1919 British army massacre. The Rambagh Gardens surround Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s summer palace, now a museum. The Durgiana Mandir Hindu temple resembles the Golden Temple and has intricately carved silver doors. The elaborate daily changing-of-the-guard ceremony at the Wagah border with Pakistan has become a popular spectacle.
The Durgiana Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site is known for its resemblance to the Golden Temple. Be captivated by the incredible Sound and Light show at historic Gobindgarh Fort.
Places to visit in Amritsar include the Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh, the bazars of the Old City, Bharawan Da Dhaba amongst others.
Delhi – Amritsar
Arrive Delhi from Jaipur. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Airport to connect flight for Amritsar Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Late evening we visit Golden Temple to witness the Palki Ceremony (closing ceremony). The Palki sahib ceremony in the Golden temple takes place twice in a day. Palki sahib ceremony is when the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is carried to a room for night stay. It is carried out with trumpet music and hymns. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
After breakfast proceed with a full day sightseeing tour of Amritsar, visiting Golden Temple and Jallianwalla Bagh. The Golden Temple (or Hari Mandir) in Amritsar, Punjab, is the holiest shrine in Sikhism. Officially renamed Harmandir Sahib in March 2005. The temple (or Gurudwara) is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world, as well as an increasingly popular tourist attraction. Later visit Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden in Amritsar, which houses a memorial of national importance.
Amritsar – Delhi – Home
Breakfast is at the hotel. Morning is free. In time check out from the hotel and we drive to Amritsar airport to board your flight to Delhi. Meet and greeted by the VASCO representative at the Delhi railway station and transferred to the hotel. We will provide you the Day Use Room at the hotel near the airport. Dinner is at the hotel. Post dinner, you will drive to Delhi International airport to board your flight back home.