Amritsar is an important part of Punjab. This city is one of the top most pilgrimage spots for the Sikhs. It houses the Golden Temple an iconic Gurudwara with dome covered in gold, which every year is visited by Sikh as well as Hindu followers in huge numbers.
This 4-day/3-night itinerary includes the must-see change of guards ceremony at the Wagah Border, Jallianwallah Bagh and shopping the colourful bazaars of Amritsar.
Diwali – Festival of Lights. It is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November. The exact day of the festival is decided according to the Hindu calendar. The day is primarily celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile. Celebrating Diwali in Amritsar has a unique, mesmerizing experience.
Arrive in Amritsar (Direct flight Sin- Amritsar on Scoot). Be met by RIH Concierge at airport. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon is at leisure.
In the Evening freshen up and leave for Jallianwallah Bagh. This historical area is known for the massacre commissioned by General Dyer, during the British Rule 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. it opens till 7.30pm.
Later in the Evening we will go for Dinner at Brothers Dhaba has been known as Famous Dhaba of Amritsar This huge eatery is located very conveniently at a prime junction in Amritsar. It is the best and most authentic original Punjabi food joint. Brothers Dhaba specialties are sarson ka saag and makke di roti, Amritsari Kulcha and chhole and Special Punjabi Thali that includes makhani dal and parathas. The Brothers' also offers vast varieties in food under one roof that include Chinese, South Indian, Pizza, Burger, Chat, Ice Cream- Sundaes, Shakes etc.
After Delicious Punjabi Food we will take to taste State Drink of Punjab ‘LASSI’ at very famous lassi point in Amritsar known as Ahuja Milk Bhandar.
After early breakfast Start your day with the blessings of Param Pujya Mata Lal Devi Temple is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage that is considered to be full of miraculous powers. Dedicated to a 20th century female saint named Lal Devi, it is regarded as a miniature of the popular Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu because of its similar structure.
Colorful mirror hallways shining gracefully with lights adorn the interiors of the temple magnanimously. Mata Lal Devi Temple is not much of an architectural beauty from its structure but it is the sheen and beauty of the interiors that has entitled the temple with name of “Sheesh Mahal”. The temple houses a series of shrines and grottoes within the structure. One can feel the presence of God in the idols, shrines or the images built with mirrors on the walls of the entire complex. The artificial caves and inclined walkways can be crossed either by bending down or by crawling on your knees.
Mata Lal Devi Temple holds special importance for all the women who wish to start a family. It is believed that women who come to pray here are blessed with a child soon. The temple attracts devotees from all over the country. The elaborate mirror work and vivid spectrum of colors offers a visual retreat to the visitors. Festivals are celebrated with utmost devotion and gaiety at the temple. Free food is served to all. If not the religious sentiments, then the magnificently unique concept of the interiors can be the call for a visit to the Mata Lal Devi Temple.
Return to hotel after blessful Darsahn at Temple.
Later this morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the historic Amritsar, including the Golden Temple.and maharaja Ranjit singh museum. 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..
We strongly suggest you partake in the Guru Ka Langar. Langar is a community feast prepared in a kitchen within the temple premises on a large scale (for at least 40,000 people). Everybody is welcome and is seated in rows while they are served by volunteers.
Visit Maharaja Ranjit singh Museum - Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum was the erstwhile summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first ruler of the Sikh Empire. The museum displays articles related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, old paintings, manuscripts and coins, which are centuries old. The museum makes for a fascinating visit especially for those interested in history.
In the late afternoon travel approximately 28km to Wagah, this 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.
Optional: While returning from Wagha Boarder Can visit Pul Kanjari
This village is about 35 km away from Amritsar and Lahore and Maharaja Ranjit Singh had been staying here in a Baradari as and when he passed by with his troops. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is said that once when a young dancer was going to Maharaja's Baradari for a dance performance, her shoe slipped into the water channel. A bridge (pul) was especially constructed to take her shoe out as the dancer had then refused to perform till she gets back her shoe and hence this place got its name. Pul Kanjari also has a temple, a mosque and a Gurudwara that speaks of the secular attitude of this place and can also see neighboring country Pakistan Boarder from Pull Kanjari.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure/ shopping in local bazaars. Shopping Places In Amritsar
Hall bazaar it is, one of the important shopping destinations in Amritsar, is a must-stop place for every curious shopper. From gadgets and gizmos to funky accessories to local handicrafts and more, this colorful bazaar promises a great experience to the shoppers. However, the major USP of this bustling bazaar is the fancy Chinese lamps and Pakistani juttis that are absolute must-splurge items of the place. What's more, if you feel famished after a day-long shopping spree, just head over to the nearby Mahajan Refreshment House that sells pure milk kulfis and falooda.
Guru bazaar, an age-old market, which has been in existence since time immemorial, has a wonderful assortment of silver and gold ornaments. This lane, sandwiched between Guru Ka Mahal and Golden Temple, has more than 2,500 shops. Women especially flock here to buy traditional jewelry and ornaments made out of precious and semi-precious stones. Besides jewelry, you can also find vendors selling gorgeous silver diyas, earthen lamps, idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.
Kapra market: Kapda Bazaar whose literal meaning means 'Clothes Market' is one place that bustles with buyers all the time. Situated near Town hall, the place buzzes with teenage girls and old ladies who are on a hunt for eye-catching apparels and jewelry. The shops are loaded with earrings, bindis, bracelets, Patiala suits, bangles, etc. Though mornings are thronged, it is during evenings when lovely ladies step out of their houses and hit this market in huge numbers.
Mishri Bazar: This is the right place to halt over to buy dry fruits of different types. The vendors here claim that some of the varieties of dry fruits are flown from Afghanistan. During the time of auspicious occasions like marriages and other related functions, the sale of dry fruits peaks high.
Papad-Warian Bazaar: All papad (crispies or crackers) lovers must hit this bazaar that is laced with the rich aroma of papad and warian (made from pulses). Bags filled with fresh home-made papad and warian lures the tourists to buy and store them in their kitchens. Another good place to head out to buy Amritsari papads is Manjith Mandi.
Not just foodies, even other local people and tourists come here to check out the wide range of papads. Choose the Market at own your shopping interest.
Later in the evening ,headed to Golden Temple to witness the Amazing Festival of Lights Diwali over there.
A Punjabi adage eulogizes the Diwali celebrations of Amritsar: Dal roti ghar di, Diwali Amritsar di (home cooked food and Amritsar’s Diwali have no parallels).
Gigantic firecrackers are burst by specialists designated as aatishbazi. Golden temple is tasefully decorated with colorful lights
We will join tens of thousands of Sikhs and Hindus in celebrating one of India's grandest festivals, Diwali - the Festival of Lights at the Golden Temple. It truly is an ineffable experience, one you will not want to miss.
There is no holding back with the celebrations of Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Diwali night. The festival of lights lives true to its name at the Golden Temple as tens of thousands of Sikhs gather in and around the temple complex for one of India's largest celebrations. The entire complex is draped in lights and it is quite a sight to behold when the lights come on.
The main fireworks display will be launched at 7pm from the temple complex itself but all around the temple enthusiastic Sikhs set off endless rounds of crackers.
Dinner option: Makhan Fish & Chicken Corner..Amritsar is famous for its `Amritsar Fish. Their recipes have been passed down from generations and they take great pride in special Amritsar food. They welcome theirs customers to a refreshingly enjoyable and hassle-free experience, anytime. Offering the highest consistency in quality, service and style we set new standards. Our warm welcome makes you feel at home and our crisp and courteous service empowers you to get more done with greater effectiveness and control.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure.
Optional: half day excursion to Tarn Taran or morning local village excursion on-route to airport
Tarn Taran is one of the most sacred place of worship or Gurudwaras of the Sikhs. The Gurudwara Tarn Taran is located very close to the Amritsar city. just 30 minutes drive from Amritsar to reach the divine place.
The Tarn Taran was built in the memory of Guru Ram Das. Constructed in accordance to the Mughal architectural style, the Tatn Tarn Gurudwara was built under Guru Arjan Dev's orders.
The Tarn Taran near Amritsar is situated beside the holy tank. The big tank is considered as a sacred place and it is believed that the water of the tank has magical healing power. It is said the water acts as the sure cure for the leprosy patients who can swim across the tank.
On the Amavas or no moon day, thousands of pilgrims gather to celebrate a very popular fair, which is held in the temple complex. The crowd swells on other festival days like the Diwali, Baishakhi and the various Guru Parabs. A large building was erected to provide accommodations to the visiting devotees and pilgrims. A langar khana or commune kitchen is maintained to provide free food for the devotees.
Check out and continue journey onwards to home.