Amritsar is in northwestern India about 17 miles from the border with Pakistan. The city was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. Amritsar is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The busy streets surrounding the temple are a delight to walk through. As you learn about this city’s fascinating history, you will also experience its sights and sounds.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the Town Hall where your tour starts. As we explore the streets of the historic city, you’ll feel like you are heading back in time about 400 years. We’ll first move toward the Gurudwara Saraghari, a monument erected to commemorate the Battle of Saragarhi, an iconic battle in Sikh and British military history. It is considered one of the world’s most significant battles by war historians. We’ll then proceed to Qila Ahluwalia and Jalebiwala Chowk - home to some of the most famed jalebi (sweets) shops and other eateries in Amritsar. Admire the food presentations and local delicacies in this part of town. Following, we’ll wander through busy bazaars selling a mix of Fulkari textiles, colorful turbans, hair accessories, antiques, and more. Strolling through, we’ll soon reach the chitta akharas, 250-year-old hostels for spiritual seekers and saints. We’ll pass through Taksal Chowk and reach the infamous “Crawling Street ” where a 1919 military order issued by General Dyer (nicknamed “the Butcher of Amritsar”) required people to crawl for 150 yards if they wished to cross the main street. From there, we’ll head to a local turban shop and you will learn the tricks and techniques for tying a 9 foot turban. Women will be fitted with a beautiful paranda, which are colorful threads that are braided into their hair.
We’ll 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. From here you will be transferred back to your hotel.