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Amritsar: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Wagah Border

1. Amritsar: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Wagah Border

Explore the magnificent sights in Amritsar under the guidance of an expert local guide. From your hotel, head first to the famous Golden Temple, one of the most vital structures and key landmarks in the city. After you offer prayers at the Golden Temple, you'll visit the Langar Hall (Community Kitchen) and witness how food is made for thousands of pilgrims who arrive daily at this sacred location. This is followed by a trip to Jallianwala Bagh where the infamous massacre took place under the troops of the British Indian Army. Afterwards, visit the only Museum dedicated to the horrific Partition of India in 1947. You will explore the different exhibitions, with both video and photographic displays providing you with the stories behind the events. Expressive paintings depicting these harrowing times are also on display in the museum. Finally, head out to the Wagah Border and visit the historic Grand Trunk Road, the only link between India and Pakistan in 1999. During the ceremony, you will watch the soldiers of India and Pakistan put on a show of sorts, with the lowering of both flags and a handshake between two nations. At the end of the ceremony, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Amritsar : Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Private Tour

4. Amritsar : Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Private Tour

Explore the historical Amritsar on this private guided tour. Admire the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, and visit the Wagah Border, marking the dividing line between Pakistan and India. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation in Amritsar to begin your adventure. Relax and enjoy the ride as you drive to explore. First, you will explore the famous Golden Temple, considered the spiritual center of the Sikh religion. Admire this 16th-century temple which represents the brotherhood of human beings and equality, built by Guru Arjun. Wander inside the Golden Temple, where you will meet a Sikh community kitchen, the world's largest, and see them hard at work. Next, Go head to the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, a holy place in Amritsar with a deep historical connection to India. Walk through the lush gardens and listen as your guide tells you the tragic story of the 1919 massacre, in which around 1,000 civilians died. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will stop for a lunch break. Walk around and grab a bite to eat or enjoy your packed lunch if you have brought one. Continue your tour to the famous Wagah Border, where you will see the lowering of the Indian and Pakistan flags and changing of guards; this ceremony takes place every day. End the day on a high as you get a lift back to your accommodation in Amritsar.

From Amritsar: Private Day Trip with Wagah Border Ceremony

5. From Amritsar: Private Day Trip with Wagah Border Ceremony

In the morning you will be picked up from your respective hotel in Amritsar town and you will be leaving to visit the holy Golden Temple of Amritsar which is also known as Gurudwara Sri Harmandir Sahib. This is one of the top Sikh religious places in India visited by millions of tourists every year. Inside the campus you will also visit world largest kitchen which feeds nearly one lakh people everyday freely. Your next visit will be of Jallianwala Bagh which is historic garden and memorial of national importance. Afterwards enjoy your lunch and savor the world famous Punjabi cuisines available in the streets of Amritsar city. Amritsar is also famed all over the world for its shopping experiences so after lunch you will walk around the streets and enjoy shopping. Your evening is pre-decided to explore the beating retreat ceremony performed every evening at Indo-Pak border. The performances of Indian army will make you exciting and people enjoy dancing on the beats of patriotic songs. After the ceremony you will head back to your hotel in Amritsar and your tour ends here.

Amritsar: Beating Retreat Ceremony, Sadda Pind and Dinner

6. Amritsar: Beating Retreat Ceremony, Sadda Pind and Dinner

At 3:00 PM, your driver and guide will pick up you from your hotel and proceed to Wagah Border for the evening of the Indo-Pak parade ceremony, also called Beating the Retreat. Watch ceremony from the VIP or foreigner gallery. Wagah Border Post is about 29 kilometers from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, and it has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Watch BSF and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gate is thrown open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are carefully folded and carried back. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers return to the border line for the final handshake. Once done, no glance is exchanged and the gates are slammed close. Blowing of the trumpet marks the end of the ceremony. The flag down ceremony often starts before sunset time (around 4:30 PM in winter and 5:30 PM in summer).  After the ceremony, your driver will take you to Sadda Pind, a Punjabi village resort located around 24 kilometers from Wagah Border. Experience authentic Punjabi life. Watch a Gatka performance (a traditional Sikh martial art), a rope dancer, a magician, a traditional puppet show and lassi being churned. Enjoy fun games and a horse ride, see mud houses, browse handmade items, cool down with misting technology and more.  For dinner, indulge in delicious Punjabi foods, like kadhi chawal (a popular rice-based dish), makki di roti (traditional flatbread), Amritsari naan, pindi chole (a chickpea dish), kulfi (a frozen dairy dessert), rabri (a condensed-milk-based dessert) and more. Afterwards, your driver will drop you back to your hotel around 9:00 PM.

Amritsar Food Tour

7. Amritsar Food Tour

From sweet to the savory, the fried and the roasted - the city has a lot on the menu. A visit to Amritsar invariably includes two things—paying your respects at the Golden Temple, and gorging on all the delicacies the city dishes up. The locals love the street food in Amritsar, and the city is swarming with street-side vendors selling the freshest, hottest and richest versions of everything from a refreshing glass of lassi and sugary, sweet halwa, to buttery paranthas and spicy gravy Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant streets of Amritsar, where food isn't just sustenance, but a cultural celebration. This city in the heart of Punjab, India, is renowned for its rich gastronomic heritage, and a food tour here is an adventure for the senses. Start your day with a visit to the iconic Golden Temple, where the langar (community kitchen) serves free meals to thousands daily. Indulge in the humble yet delicious flavors of dal, roti, and kheer, experiencing the spirit of selfless service. As the day unfolds, explore the bustling lanes of the old city, where the aroma of street food beckons. Sink your teeth into the world-famous Amritsari kulcha, a stuffed bread delight served with tangy chole (chickpea curry). Moving on, savor the succulent tandoori kebabs and juicy seekh kebabs, a testament to Amritsar's expertise in grilling meats to perfection.

Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony With Dinner

8. Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony With Dinner

The Wagah Border Retreat Tour with Dinner is a unique and vibrant experience that takes you to one of the most iconic border crossings in the world. Located on the India-Pakistan border, the Wagah Border is known for its elaborate and patriotic border ceremony that takes place every evening. The tour begins with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Amritsar, India. As you make your way to the Wagah Border, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting insights into the history and significance of the border crossing. Upon arrival, you'll join the enthusiastic crowd at the border stadium, where the ceremony is held. Experience the electrifying atmosphere as you witness the highly choreographed parade conducted by the border security forces of both nations. The ceremony showcases the impressive marching, flag-lowering, and folding drills, accompanied by patriotic songs and enthusiastic cheering from the spectators. After the ceremony, you'll be treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Indulge in traditional Punjabi cuisine, known for its rich flavors and hearty portions. Feast on mouthwatering dishes such as tandoori Roti, Butter Paneer, naan bread, and various vegetarian options. The restaurant provides a warm and welcoming ambiance, allowing you to relax and savor the delicious flavors of Punjab. Throughout the tour, your guide will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide further insights into the significance of the Wagah Border and its historical context. They will ensure you have a memorable and enjoyable experience. As the evening draws to a close, you'll be driven back to your hotel in Amritsar, reflecting on the incredible sights, sounds, and flavors you experienced during the Wagah Border Retreat Tour with Dinner. Please note that the tour duration may vary, typically lasting around 6-8 hours. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as you may need to walk short distances during the tour. Additionally, remember to carry your identification documents, as the Wagah Border is a high-security area.

Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

9. Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

You will start the day with a visit to Harmandir Sahib, informally known as the Golden Temple, with an English speaking tour guide.  The Golden Temple is the holiest Sikh Gurdwara (temple) and was built in the 16th Century by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan.  Its outstanding size and beauty make it a must-see during your time in India.   After the Golden Temple you will visit Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden which houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 to commemorate the massacre by British occupying forces. Next, you will explore the famous Hall Bazaar.  Here you can find local handicrafts, clothes, shoes and more.  It's the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs from your trip.  After the bazaar, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant or hotel and spend some time relaxing in the hotel afterwards. After this you will drive to Wagah border for the evening Indo – Pak parade ceremony.  Wagah border post, about 29 kilometers from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gate is thrown open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are carefully folded and carried back. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers return to the border line for the final handshake. Once done, no glance is exchanged and the gates are slammed close. The blowing of the bugle marks the end of the ceremony. As the ceremony climbs to its apogee, cries of Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad render in the air. You will watch ceremony from the VIP gallery and you will be dropped of at your hotel after the ceremony.

Amritsar to Wagah Border Day Tour: from Amritsar

10. Amritsar to Wagah Border Day Tour: from Amritsar

You will be taken from your accommodation in Amritsar town in the morning and transported to the revered Golden Temple of Amritsar, often referred to as Gurudwara Sri Harmandir Sahib. Millions of people visit here, one of the most popular Sikh holy sites in India, each year. You may also tour the largest kitchen in the world, which serves free meals to about a lakh people every day, inside the campus. The next place you will see is Jallianwala Bagh, a nationally significant historic garden and memorial. After that, have lunch and indulge in the world-famous Punjabi food that the streets of Amritsar have to offer. You will stroll around the streets and enjoy shopping after lunch since Amritsar is renowned throughout the world for its shopping opportunities. It has been prearranged for your evening to attend the beating retreat ceremony, which takes place at the Indo-Pak border every evening. The Indian Army's performances are sure to excite you, and people love to dance to the rhythms of nationalistic music. Your journey comes to a conclusion here as you return to your Amritsar hotel after the ceremony.

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We had a lovely time touring the Golden Temple with our guide, Anil Sharma. The night before our tour, my partner and I got extremely sick (nausea, vomiting, etc.), which continued into the morning of our tour and throughout the day. We cancelled the tour and explained that we were too sick to go anywhere that morning. Anil was so kind and understanding and offered a physician recommendation and to bring us medicine. When we began to feel better, we reached out to see if we could still do a shorter tour in the late afternoon so that we didn't miss out on seeing the temple before we left Amritsar. Anil made room in his schedule and arranged a tour for us last minute! Because of him, we were still able to see the Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. He was truly so nice and accomodating, I couldn't recommend him enough! His WhatsApp is +91 97802 34705 -- definitely reach out to book a tour with him, he does plenty of other tours throughout the Punjab region.

Anil and our driver were both outstanding. We got to visit the Golden Temple and eat in as well as volunteer to prepare some of the foods served in the Langar Halls. Afterwards, we went to the Attari Wagah Border to experience the lowering of the flags, shaking of hands, and closing of the border. This trip was so jam packed because Anil asked us about our comfort level every step of the way. Otherwise he would have decreased the amount of walking and sites to the group's preference. At the border ceremony, follow all directions and bring your passport. There are so many other people wanting to get in that you will get stuck in the middle of the chaos -- people will be pushing to get in. I loved every second of the transformational trip. The transportation is a great feature but be ready to enjoy the traffic as well. I highly recommend this exceptional experience with an excellent guide and driver.

Sahil was able to be very flexible with small changes we needed to make to our tour. He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the places visited. He was very pleasant and interesting company and nothing was too much trouble. He connected well with our excellent driver to arrange drop offs and pick ups. Highly recommended. Thanks Sahil!😀

The visit has been excellent. We had Amrik as a guide, a very professional, very kind and responsible person. He has explained and taught us everything in detail. It has exceeded our expectations.

Guide was Deepak who was excellent and he provided intricate details about all the sightseeing places. Will recommend to my friends and family.