1Day 1: DELHI TO AMRITSAR (BY A.C. TRAIN)
Delhi to Amritsar By Train Swarna Shatabdi at 07:20 AM from New Delhi / Arrive Amritsar at 12:45 Hrs. Yolo India Tours Representative Pick you up from New Delhi Hotel (book by guest) early in the morning and transported you to the railway station for a thrilling air-conditioned, high-speed train ride to Amritsar. You are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime; simply put just traveling on a train in India gives that experience and you will see for yourself. Imagine that the train is a town on wheels with everything possible traveling in it and you will get the picture. It will take 6 hours and you will be treated with breakfast and snacks along the way, however, you should also bring along a few extra snacks to ensure that you are satisfied. After you have arrived in Amritsar around 12:45 Hrs. On Arrival Our driver will pick you up from Railway Station and take you to your accommodation, where have time to rest and relax. Then the afternoon tour begins! Amritsar is the second largest town in the state of Punjab and is known as a spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion. Amristars name is derived from the revered Golden Temple and means Pool of Nectar It was brought into being by Guru Ram Das the fourth guru of the Sikhs in the year 1574. Travelers from every part of the globe come here to dip in the holy water for spiritual purification and to revere Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs which is continuously read aloud. We will arrive in Amristar early in the evening for a first look at the spectacular floodlit Golden Temple, which glows against the dark sky and shimmers in the waters around it. Visitors, devout worshipers, and people of all faiths are free and welcome to come to the Golden Temple, which is often compared to a visit to the Taj Mahal and is certainly just as magnificent. The combination of thousands of people offering services for nothing in return, incessant chants, still waters, and the temple's sheer beauty all redound to an extra special and unforgettable experience. Looking for a haven for food in India? Amritsar is it! This place has some delightful places to eat and is a paradise for those who love doing so. For dinner, you can have your pick from a wide selection of restaurants. Perhaps, you may want to excite your palate with some Street Cuisine from near the Temple or visit the Golden Temple Langar at their community kitchen. Check out the walled city surrounding the Golden Temple for a food lover's dream. Pay just 100 150 INR for some tasty small Indian bread known as kulchas and Lassi yogurt drink from Kulcha Land. But, if you prefer your vegetables then has Bharwan ka Dhaba or Kesar ka Dhaba is is the place for you, with rajma, which are red beans and rice or tandoori roti the Indian bread, prepared in the fascinating mud oven. After an enjoyable dinner, you will go back to your hotel.
2Day 2: AMRITSAR LOCAL SIGHTSEEING + WAGAH BORDER EXCURSION
Notwithstanding its beauty at night, the Golden Temple is equally exceptional and charming in the daytime. See the reflection of this enchanted temple in its large and consecrated pool that is enveloped by a series of marble walkways. The interior is decorated with gold and silver wooden panels, ivory carvings, and a dome with 1000 kg of pure gold. As a Sikh tradition, anyone can be given food for free and the kitchens have the capacity to feed 5000 people per hour. There are large containers of lentils or dhals and an old machine that makes hot chapattis continuously. Lunch at the Langar Golden Temple is indeed delicious. Our next stop will be more toned down and gloomy as we visit the place where the British troops massacred innocent people in Amritsar on April 13, 1919. It is Jalianwala Bagh, At this somber site in 1919 men, women, and children in the thousands were peacefully celebrating the Vaisakhi festival in the Jallianwala Bagh garden. at that time, however, it was illegal to have any public gatherings, to this end the British soldiers gunned down between 379 and 1,000 people with several more being injured. The Martyrs Well is a dismal reminder of the 120 people who jumped inside to their death in a desperate attempt to escape the bullets of the soldiers. This massacre changed the tide in India in terms of governance and was a significant contributing factor to the end of colonial rule and the independence of India. This event had an intense effect on Gandhi, who then started his well-known civil disobedience campaign. Your expert guide will collect you after lunch and you will travel in air-conditioned comfort to the Wagah border (31 Km). Here, you can watch the famous flag-lowering ceremony which is also known internationally as the Beating Retreat Border Ceremony which occurs every evening before sunset. India's Border Security Force and Pakistans Ranger since1959 have performed this military ritual every day. The parades on both sides of the Wagah border that was once the only road to both countries are rapid and a sight to behold. The soldiers from Pakistan and India with tall, imposing figures perform every task in perfect unison. The infantrymen stand at attention, gates are opened and the flags of both nations are lowered, all exactly together as the sunsets. This has become a blithe spectacle for thousands of people daily, as the two sides compete to see whose marching style is most showy and who can garnish the most vocal supporters. It's a mixed atmosphere somewhat like an outside show, a party yet a military parade and so very Indian. The parade ends, both gates are closed and flags are lowered as the night closes in. You will learn more about this meticulously organized ceremony from your expert guide. Then we head to the Golden Temple.
3Day 3: AMRITSAR TO DELHI (BY A.C.TRAIN)
Amritsar to Delhi By Train Amritsar Shatabdi at Leave Amritsar at 05:00 Hrs / Arrive New Delhi at 11:00 Hrs Early Morning Departure transfer to Amritsar Railway Station to board Train for Delhi. Arrive in Delhi at 11:00 Hrs. Tour Ends after departure at Amritsar Station. Tour Ends with Sweet Memories.