Day 07 – Amritsar
Today after breakfast, you will be taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Amritsar. On a half-day tour of the city, visit the Golden Temple, the spiritual nerve-centre of the Sikh faith. Also called Harmandir, the temple is made of white marble and copper gilt with its dome covered with gold leaf. Within is the Guru Granth Sahib, holy book of the Sikhs. See the community kitchen (langar) where volunteers’ feed 30,000 people free daily. Later visit the historic Jallianwala Bagh, which commemorates the hundreds of innocent Indians killed or wounded by British bullets in the most notorious massacre under their rule.
In the afternoon, you will be taken to Wagah Border to witness the retreat ceremony. From Amritsar 35 Km on the road to Lahore (Pakistan), is India-Pakistan border, which is also known as "Attari(India)-"Wagah" (Pakistan) border. A visit to the border is an interesting experience, especially at sun-set, when the retreat ceremony takes place with the Border Security Force (B.S.F.) on the Indian side and The Sutlej Rangers on the Pakistan side putting up a well-co-ordinated and spectacular display which compares very favorably with the changing of royal guard in London.
The sound from the bugles blown together from both sides paints past on the canvas when India and Pakistan were one, simultaneously Flags of the two nations are ceremoniously retrieved and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Today this point is only land route to approach Pakistan and central Asia.
Later in the night you will be taken for the Palki Ceremony at the Golden Temple.
The best time to visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar is actually at night, when the Palki Sahib ceremony takes place. Dozens of devotees act as a human conveyor belt to carry the Granth Sahib (a shrine containing the Adi Grantha) from the main shrine to the sanctum, where it is kept until the opening ceremony the following morning.
Visitors may participate in the ceremony, taking their turn to shoulder the weight of the enormous shrine.
Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.Day 08: Amritsar to Delhi
(by Train 1650/2305 Hrs)
Today enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure.
Lunch at the hotel.
Later, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to Amritsar railway station to connect train back to Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met & assisted for your transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
You will spend 1 night in New Delhi on a Bed and Breakfast Basis Day 09: - Departure Delhi
A representative will meet you and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home. (Approximately 4 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 1200hrs.