From the horrors of the Butcher of Amritsar to the legend of the pool of eternal happiness, this Amritsar walking tour will teach you about the people, places and events that have shaped Punjab.
What to Expect
The crazy streets of Amritsar are where the history of this iconic city was born. There is a story behind every alley and by-lane you cross and a legend to every monument you visit. Amritsar played a vital role in the freedom movement of India and you’ll learn about it all as you stroll the streets.
You’ll begin your Amritsar tour at the Town Hall and then head back about 400 years as you explore the streets of the historic city. First move toward the Gurudwara Saraghari, a monument erected to commemorate the Battle of Saragarhi, an iconic battle in Sikh and British military history, and considered one of the world’s most significant battles by war historians.
Then proceed to Qila Ahluwalia and Jalebiwala Chowk, the latter home to some of the most famed jalebi (sweets) shops and other eateries in Amritsar — a must for fuelling you up as you keep moving. Wander through the bazaars, bustling with locals and selling a mix of Fulkari textiles, colorful turbans, hair accessories, antiques and more. Strolling through, you’ll soon reach the chitta akharas, 250 year-old hostels for spiritual seekers and saints.
No doubt hungry from all this walking, you’ll then devour a taste of Punjab with satiating Amritsari kulcha (hot potato bread) and a chilled Punjabi lassi (sweetened yogurt).
Then it’s back to the streets. Pass through Taksal Chowk and reach the infamous "Crawling Street," where a 1919 order made by General Dyer (nicknamed "the Butcher of Amritsar") required people to crawl for 150 yards if they wished to cross the main street. The incident, along with the related Amritsar Massacre, laid the foundation for the freedom movement in Punjab and brings you from Amritsar’s past through to modern day India.
From there, head to a local turban shop and learn the tricks and techniques for tying a three meter long turban. Women will be fixed with a beautiful paranda, colorful lengths of thread that are braided into the hair.
Finish up at the Harmandir Sahib, famously known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred place for Sikhs in the world. The Gurudwara, or Gateway to the Guru, sits in a sacred pool of water, which is believed to wash away pain and grant health and happiness forever.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Refreshments as per the itinerary
- One bottle of water
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drinks
- Tips and gratuities for the guide
Know Before You Go
• Please dress conservatively as you will be visiting religious sites and traditional neighbourhoods