Punjab's 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.
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A land of tough, god-fearing peasants living in its rich traditions of hardwork and toil, patriotism and song $amp; dance is today one of the most vibrant states of India.
This land of the brave Sikhs echoes with the melodious 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.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon half day visit to Gurudwara Sisganj. Gurudwara Bangla sahib and Gurudwara Rakabganj. Overnite at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi/Chandigarh/Parivar Vichhora/Anandpur Sahib/Chandigarh
Drive to Chandigarh (238 kms/05 hours).
Check in at hotel.
In the Afternoon visit Parivar Vichorra (52 kms/02 hrs) and drive to Anandpur Sahib (30 kms/01 hr). The fortress temple situated on the left bank of the river Satluj founded by the ninth Sikh guru , Guru Tegh Bahadur, witnesses the final shaping of the military character of the Sikh religion.
Drive back to Chandigarh. Overnite at hotel.
Day 03: Chandigarh/Amritsar
Morning sightseeing tour of Chandigarh, visit to the Museum, High Court, Assembly Chamber and Rock Garden.
Afternoon drive to Amritsar (250 kms, 06.50 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 a 'Pool of Nectar', derives its name from the holy pond around the temple. The land for the pool was gifted by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
Check in at hotel on arrival. Overnite at hotel.
Day 04: Amritsar/Tarn Taran/Gobindwal/Hazoor Sahib/Amritsar
Morning 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 Guru 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), the Samadhi (memorial) of the second Sikh guru, GuruAngad Dev ji built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1815. Return to Amritsar.
In the 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 MandirSahib. 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 are decorated by inlay work with delicate floral patterns done with semiprecious 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.
Overnite at hotel.
Day 05: Amritsar/Jalianwala Bagh/Baba Bakala/Amritsar
Morning visit to 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 now stands as a memorial and garden.
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. Overnite at hotel.
Day 06: Amritsar/Delhi
Transfer to railway station to board the fast train, Shatabdi Express for Delhi.
On arrival to Delhi, assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnite at hotel.
Day 07: Delhi/Back Home
Morning half day sightseeing tour. Visit the Red Fort, symbol of Mughal power and elegance built in red sand stone by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital to Shahjahanabad from Agra in 1638; India Gate, the country's memorial to the unknown courageous soldiers who laid their lives to save the country and Qutab Minar, the 71 mts tall tower is built in red sand stone in Islamic style with its walls consisting of intricately carved quotations from the Holy Quran.
Check out at 1200 hours. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey.
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