Delhi - Amritsar. Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Amritsar (air-conditioned chair car). You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure.
Amritsar is one of Punjab’s principal cities and is renowned for it’s world famous Golden Temple, the seat of Sikh religion built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1803. The religion’s adherents don’t cut their hair. The men are easily identified by their turbans, beards and silver bracelets; the women by their salwaar kameez, a dress-and pants combination that has become popular through India. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historic Amritsar, including the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. Amritsar’s main attraction - the beautiful Golden Temple, is made of white marble, bronze and gold leaf. To enter the temple, you must don a traditional headscarf, wade through a shallow pool (a purification ritual) and merge with the mass of bodies that circle the embankment around the holy structure. The lower half of the Golden Temple is covered with marble and the upper with copper, overlaid with pure gold leaf, thus the name “The Golden Temple”. The Golden Temple has four entrances and the walls are inlaid with semi-precious stones in floral patterns, frescoes and glasswork. Situated on the northwestern border of India, the city is also gateway for the travellers on the overland route through Pakistan. The Jallianwala Bagh is a particularly sacred place for all Indians today, as it is associated with a poignant episode in India’s freedom struggle. Besides a thriving industry, Punjab is also known for handicrafts and handlooms. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore Amritsar independently. This afternoon travel approximately 28km to Wagah, which is the only border crossing between India and Pakistan. Visiting Wagah is an interesting experience especially at sunset when the ‘Retreat’ ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian Side of the Border. The changing of the guards and the ceremonial lowering of the flags ceremony is carried out with great pomp.
Amritsar - Delhi. Free time in the day to do your own thing - sightsee, shop or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere. In the evening you will be transferred to the railway station to board your train to Delhi, arriving shortly before midnight. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to airport for your onward flight. Please Note: Before securing your international flights, please contact us so to re-confirm the exact train arrival and departure times for this holiday. Extra accommodation in Delhi can be arranged for you upon request.