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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.

Amritsar: Full-Day Tour w/ Wagah Border

2. Amritsar: Full-Day Tour w/ Wagah Border

Start your journey with a hotel pick-up at 09:30 to explore the cultural streets of heritage city that is older than 400 years. Visit the Golden Temple, one of the most sacred places for Sikhs in the world. Let your guide explain to you all about the temple and later on visit the temple’s museum to learn about its history and establishment in India. Next, walk to the Langar (mass dinner) Hall to witness the devotion and compassion of people working there. Have some food at the Langar to enjoy the real experience. Then, visit the kitchen section to learn how the food is prepared and how to roll chapattis. Later on, proceed for lunch in a local restaurant of Amritsar. Now, drive to the Wagah Border at 15:00 and prepare to witness the flag ceremony performed at the border between Indian and Pakistan, also known as the Beating ceremony that starts at 17:00. It showcases border policemen marching to the beat of the drum. After the end of your ceremony, get dropped off at your hotel. 

Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

3. 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: Half-Day Golden City Tour Activities

4. Amritsar: Half-Day Golden City Tour Activities

Start your tour with pick-up from your hotel. After your guide briefs you on your tour, you will ride a tuk-tuk or rickshaw to your first destination, Jallianwala Bagh, a memorial for the massacre by General Dyer that killed more than 1000 people back in 1919. Next, visit the Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara and learn about the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between the British Indian Army and Afghan Orakzai tribesmen. Let your guide tell you about the Battle of Saragarhi that has gone down in history as one of the most fierce last-stands executed in battle. Walk through the local streets of Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple. It is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar. Amritsar (literally, the tank of nectar of immortality) was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. The present-day gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name. Afterwards, visit the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, who was the founder of the Sikh Empire. Prior to his rise, the Punjab region had numerous warring misls (confederacies), twelve of which were under Sikh rulers and one ruled by a Muslim. Ranjit Singh successfully absorbed and united the Sikh misls and took over other local kingdoms to create the Sikh Empire. He repeatedly defeated the invasions by Muslim armies, particularly those arriving from Afghanistan and established friendly relations with the British. You will learn more about the Maharaja’s life by visiting the museum. End your tour with famous Amritsari kulcha and chilled lassi at a local eating spot, famous for its snacks. You will head back to the Golden Temple where your tour ends, from where you are free to explore the city on your own.

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The tour was good, we were two participants. Transport by car. Morning to Hotel Pick up Tour as announced of Jallianwala Bagh and Golden Temple complex. The Partition Museum is usually also visited, but is closed on Monday. Guidance was quick and rather superficial. In the Golden Temple complex one of the guides will also lead you through the halls where the food for the pilgrims is served and the kitchen. There was no time to go into the Golden Temple itself because the queues were very long and the waiting time would have been over 1 hour. Then lunch in a very good restaurant with a wide choice, including specialties from Punjab. Then 40 mins. Drive to border with Pakistan. The border closing ceremony is a spectacle well worth seeing, so it was worth it. The guide called me before the pick up to coordinate. So helpful if you give a phone number when booking.

What a great day. Visiting the Golden temple is a must and our guide made it both informative, enjoyable and personally. The tour of the kitchens was great. I do recommend this trip.

Guide was friendly and helpful but lacked knowledge due to inexperience

The experience was amazing and the guide was very friendly and helpful

Very informative. Learned a lot. And the food was really good.