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Amritsar Tour

  Amritsar Tour TourCode : 1317
Duration  3 Days / 2 Nights
Destination
Route  Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Golden Temple , Amritsar

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amritsar

Welcome to Amritsar, the city of the Golden Temple. On arrival at Amritsar airport or Amritsar railway station, begin the tour of ‘Amritsar’. On arrival, check in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure. Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 2: In Amritsar

In the morning, visit the Golden Temple and after Darshan return back to your hotel. The evening is free. You can proceed to Wagah, the India – Pakistan border for the famous border retreat ceremony (on your own). Overnight stay in Amritsar.

Day 3: Depart Amritsar – Return home with happy memories

Today, bid farewell to the ‘Amritsar’ tour as you transfer to Amritsar airport or Amritsar railway station for your onward journey.

Sightseeing

Amritsar was built around the Golden Temple and the Amrit Sarovar lake, from which it derives its name. The temple complex is surrounded by a fortified wall with eighteen gates. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the Darshani Deori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank.

The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform in the centre of the Amrit Sarovar. It is surrounded by a white marble corridor, which is encircled by pilgrims visiting the shrine. A narrow causeway links the Harmandir, or Darbar Sahib as the temple is also called. The entrance to the temple is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway.

The temple building is three storeys high. The lower storey is in white marble, while the two upper storeys have gold plating. The building is crowned with a dome shaped like an inverted lotus. With the first light of dawn, the reflection of the temple in the tank gives an ethereal atmosphere to the complex. As the sun shifts, the temple presents myriad views, each magnificent and captivating. The temple building has four entrances instead of the usual single entry. This is symbolic of the openness of Sikhism and indicates that followers of all faiths are allowed inside. The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold. The Adi Granth, compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, rests on a throne beneath a jewel-encrusted canopy. Priests conduct continuous recitation of verses from the holy book in 3-hour shifts. A complete reading of the text stakes 48 hours.

The Akal Takht, next to the Golden Temple, is the seat of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, the religious governing body of the Sikhs. The building of the Akal Takht was begun by Guru Arjan Dev and completed in 1609 by Guru Hargobind. The Adi Granth is housed in the ground floor of the Akal Takht and is taken out in procession every morning to be placed at the Harmandir Sahib. Again at night, it is brought back to the Akal Takht.

If you miss the early morning or evening processions, the palanquin that bears the Adi Granth can be seen in the treasury room on the first floor of the Akal Takht. The palanquin is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.

Shrines on the northern edge of the corridor are venerated as the 68 holy shrines of the Hindus. According to the teachings of Guru Arjan Dev, it was enough for the devout to visit these shrines and not visit all the original Hindu shrines which are spread all over the country. Many of these shrines have now been converted into a martyr’s gallery showing the gruesome history of the Sikhs. Around the Parikrama, or pathway, are four rectangular cubicles where Granthis (priests) sit and recite the Granth Sahib. Pilgrims leave offerings at the steps, and can also get the holy book recited in their names for a donation. At the eastern end are two brick watchtowers called the Ramgarhia Minars, which were damaged during Operation Blue Star in 1984. The Guru-ka-langar or community canteen is a Sikh institution, which was started by Guru Amar Das in the 16th century. The practice of eating together encouraged shedding of inhibitions and the principle of equality. The community kitchen feeds up to 10,000 people in a day, free of charges.

The Jubi tree, at the northwestern corner of the complex was planted some 450 year ago by the temple’s first head priest. The old, gnarled tree is believed to have special powers and childless women tie strips of cloth on it to be blessed with sons. Marriage deals are also fixed under the tree, though this practice is disapproved by the temple authorities. Two flagstaffs joined in the middle with the emblem of Guru Hargobind symbolise the dual aspects of Sikhism – religion and politics. Two swords of the emblem are enclosed in a circle with the inscription Ek Omkar (God is one). The Guru Ram Das and Guru Nanak hostels on one side of the complex offer free accommodation up to three nights for visitors.

The old city, with the Golden Temple and surrounding bazaars along narrow alleys, is encircled by a ring road. Even today, the markets have an ambience of ancient times, when traders bought and sold goods right across from central Asia up to the farthest corners of India. Little light reaches down to the congested streets, which are best negotiated on foot. There are rows upon rows of shops on each street selling specifics goods. Guru Bazaar specialises in gold jewellery shops, while the Bazaar Kesarian is for steel and brass utensils. The smells of Katra Kathian announce its wares before you reach the shops selling papads, warian (crispies made from pulses) murabbas (Indian jams), pickles and ampapad (dried mango candies). The Mishri Bazaar is the place to buy dry fruits, while Katra Mohan Singh offers a colourful kaleidoscope of bridal glass bangles.

Away from the bustling markets, is a spot that marks grim memories of India’s struggle for independence. The Jallianwala Bagh, about 400 metres north of the Golden Temple, is a small stretch of plain ground now converted into a park.Here, on 13th April, 1919 British troops led by General Dyer fired upon a group of assembled people, including women and children. The grounds are surrounded by high building walls on all sides, except a narrow access lane. A memorial plaque at the entrance recounts the history of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Inside, a martyrs’ memorial stands on the eastern end, while the well and bullet-ridden walls remain testimonials to the bloody massacre.

Around the old city there are other important Gurudwaras (Sikh temples), like the Gurudwara Baba Atal Sahib, associated with the Sikh Gurus. Other shrines include the Hindu Durgiana Temple, a 16th century shrine dedicated to the divine couple Lakshmi and Narayan. To the northeast of the railway station is the Ram Bagh Gardens, with a museum housed in the palace built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The entrance to the garden is topped in red sandstone and inside is an interesting bathing tank constructed by a French General.

Shopping

The ladies will have a great time where shopping is concerned. From salwar suits to bangles and other trinkets, the bazaars of Amritsar have it all especially in the old city. The little shops opposite the Golden temple are full of interesting little trinkets. One can buy juttis, steel kadas and even dry fruits here. The best woolens – shawls, sweaters and mufflers are available in Amritsar’s Hall bazaar.

If you are looking for gold jewellery and sandalwood carvings head for Guru Bazaar – you are bound to get good bargains here. And of course you cannot leave Amritsar without buying some of the famous Amritsari papads and wadiyans.

Eating Joints

Finger licking food is available in Amritsar – from the proverbial Tandoori Chicken to the Chhole Kulchas on Maqbool Road and Amritsari Fish that is available at most of the dhabas sprinkled around the town. The Punjabi has a penchant for good food and it stands to reason that even the smallest of dhabas here will serve you really tasty and good food, whether its aloo parathas or sweet dishes like Phirni.

Try Chawla Chicken on Lawrence Road for their sumptous butter chicken and Kesar da Dhaba for traditional punjabi food as also thier phirni and lassi. For great vegetarian fare try the well known Bhrawa da Dhaba – you will not be disappointed.

The good restaurants are all in the newer city areas to the north of the station. In the restaurants of the upmarket hotels you can also sample some Chinese cuisine in addition to continental dishes. There is not much scope for wild nights out in Amritsar! You could catch a movie if you are in the mood and there is a bowling alley that is also popular.

 

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