On The Guru’s Trail
The Sikh religion is one of the most famous religions in India believed by millions of people around the world. This tour will take you to Sikh Gurudwaras of three important cities of Amritsar, Patna and Delhi. Not only that you will be spiritually elated but will also see the culture of India, its heritage and will also savour the local delicacies. May you be on pilgrimage trip or leisure trip, this tour will be cherished for long!
|Radisson Blu Hotel Amritsar||Amritsar||5 nights||B&B|
|Hotel Maurya||Patna||2 nights||B&B|
|Vivanta by Taj Dwarka Hotel||New Delhi||3 nights||B&B|
B&B:Bed and Breakfast
Amritsar, Patna and New Delhi
Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on check in formalities and will be briefed about your next day's program.
DAY 2 : AMRITSAR
AMRITSAR – SULTANPUR – AMRITSAR DRIVE (75 KMS/ 1.5 HRS ONE WAY)
Head out to the nerve centre of the Celebrations - the revered Gurudwara Shree Ber Sahib the principal shrine at Sultanpur, is situated on the bank of the rivulet Kali Bein -it is here under a ‘Ber’ Tree that Guru Nanak meditated for 14 years, nine months and 13 days and was enlightened ! Spend the Day at this pious and spiritually charged place and feel the common vibrations of devotion and purity.
Participate in the Langar (community kitchen) and get rewarded with a simple yet soulful meal made with utmost devotion by the devotees. At the centre of Sikh teaching about equality is the langar (kitchen). That's why it is so important. Guru Nanak Dev Ji established the langar because he rejected the Hindu caste system where people of different castes do not eat together. Guru Nanak Dev Ji wanted to stress the idea that everyone is equal.
Return to your place of stay for comfortable overnight.
DAY 3 : AMRITSAR
Another day to be a part of the festivities and explorations of this incredible region steeped in history, religion and legends.
You may visit Shree Ber Sahib again or visit some other sites nearby like the prison cell where the Guru was imprisoned, is today the Gurdwara Kothri Sahib, and Guru ka Bagh is where Guru Nanak lived with his wife, Sulakhni, and their two sons, Baba Sri Chand and Baba Lakhmi Chand.
Return to your place of stay for comfortable overnight.
DAY 4 : 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. The institution of Guru ka Langar has served the community in many ways. It has ensured the participation of women and children in a task of service for mankind. Women play an important role in the preparation of meals, and the children help in serving food to the pangat. Langar also teaches the etiquette of sitting and eating in a community situation, which has played a great part in upholding the virtue of sameness of all human beings; providing a welcome, secure and protected sanctuary.
Also 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. Also see the beautiful Ram Bagh gardens.
Optional: Amritsar food trail: When you are in Amritsar, street food tasting is recommended. The food walk will be started with the Kulcha of ‘Kulwant Kulchian wala’ or ‘kulcha land’ or ‘Ashoki kulchian wala’. Kulcha is made from maida flour, water, a pinch of salt and a leavening agent (yeast or old kulcha dough), mixed together by hand to make a very tight dough. Further taste Poori and chholey, a favorite dish for breakfast for Amritsaries. ’Guru da Halwa’ is not be missed followed by Poori and Chholey from here.Further taste Jalebies. Jalbaies are made in Desi Ghee (Purified Butter) and are soaked in sweet syrup made of sugar.
Optional: Heritage Walking tour. It is a guided tour deep inside the narrow lanes and Bye lanes of the 400-year-old city of amritsar. One gets to see Katras, Akharas Bungas, Havelis, and Hatties. The walk takes you back in the time as you witness town planning traditional trade and crafts being Practiced in the same place and in the same manner as has been done for centuries.
DAY 5 : AMRITSAR
DAY 6 : PATNA
AMRITSAR – PATNA BY FLIGHT AI 726 (1455/1705 hrs)
Note: direct flight operates on TUE/THU/FRI/SUN; else there are flights via Delhi
Get transferred to the airport to board flight to Patna. Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
The capital city of Patna is regarded as very sacred by the Sikhs in India. The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh was born here.
Evening enjoy the local cuisine of Patna. Patna is a land of delectable cuisines most of which are predominantly vegetarian. Litti Chokha is the introduction to the staple diet of the town. It is a savoury wheat and sattu ball dipped in ghee. The ball full of spices and a mix of several flavors, is served with cooked and mashed vegetables. Local fast food snacks include Chana Ghugni, Samosa, Jhaal Mudi, Choora, Thekua etc. Kalakand is another delicious preparation from condensed milk, which is a must try other than Anarsa. Sattu Pani and Lassi are popular beverages.
DAY 7 : PATNA
Take a tour of Patna visiting the 19th century Harmandir, a Sikh temple in marble built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to mark the place where Guru Gobind Singh, tenth and last Sikh Guru, was born. The Patna Sahib Gurudwara is considered to be one of the holiest of the five "Takths" or seat of authority of the Sikhs. The first guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak is also said to have visited this place. The Gurudwara has a small museum in its premises which houses some relics belonging to the Sikh Gurus.
Later see the Golghar, a huge beehive-shaped granary built by the British, the Patna Museum containing archaeological relics, original Chinese and Tibetan cloth paintings, etc.
Afternoon at leisure.
Optional: Sunset Ganges river cruise: MV Ganga Vihar is a River Cruise Ship cum Floating Restaurant on the River Ganga at Patna run by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC). The Ship operates daily in the evening time and one can have an excellent view of the Banks of Patna during the Cruise. The Cruise happens to pass near Darbhanga House, Patna College, Tekari House, Gaighat, Gandhi Setu, several temples and few fort like structures during its journey.
Optional: Visit Gurudwara Shri Handi Sahib, Danapur: The legend says that after Guru’s departure from his home in Patna, the first rest point was made at Danapur in the little house of an old Sikh lady. This devoted old lady prepared Khichri (rice and lentils) for Gobind Rai in a little earthen pot (Handi). The remaining Khichri was served to a large number of Sikhs and did not finish until everyone was satisfied. The house of the lady became Gurdwara Sri Handi Sahib after the pot named 'Handi'.
DAY 8 : NEW DELHI
PATNA – DELHI BY FLIGHT SG8722 (0930/1115 hrs)
Get transferred to the airport to board flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, met by our representative and get transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon visit New Delhi, built in a typically British colonial style with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. See India Gate, the 42 m high War Memorial Arch. Drive past the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India.
Conclude your day with a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. it is said that the 8th Guru of Sikhs, Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji, stayed here in this Palace in the year 1664. He is said to have helped suffering from epidemic. Gurusahib passed away in the end suffering from the same epidemic disease. The water tank inside the Gurudwara is considered to have medicinal properties due to the blessings of Guru Sahib Ji.
DAY 9 : NEW DELHI
Proceed to Old Delhi and hop on a cycle rickshaw and traverse through the lanes of Chandni Chowk, the shopping center of old Delhi (should you wish, we can take you to 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, it can accommodate ten thousand pax at one time).
Visit The Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, a historically significant Gurudwara that commemorates the ninth Sikh Guru. The Guru Tegh Bahadur continued in the spirit of the first guru, Nanak, the 115 poetic hymns authored by him are included in the Guru Granth Sahib. The Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is located in the densely populated area of Chandni Chowk in old Delhi.
Later drive past the Red Fort for a photo shot and visit Raj Ghat where Gandhi Ji was cremated. Also visit Qutub Minar. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey.
DAY 10 : NEW DELHI
DELHI- AGRA- DELHI (204 Kms/ 3.5 hrs one way)
Take a day excursion to Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays). Often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India, the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. When declaring it a world heritage site, UNESCO described it as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. There are few words that can describe the magnificence of this monument. Afterwards visit Agra Fort built and added to between the 16th and 17th centuries by successive rulers of the Mughal Dynasty. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan upgraded it to a palace and later it became his gilded prison for 8 years after his son Aurangzeb seized power.
Late afternoon return to your hotel in Delhi.
DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
Standard check out time is 12 noon.
Optional: Visit Humayun’s’ tomb: Located in the eastern part of Delhi, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal. Thanks to the initiative of his widow Hamida Banu Begum, who commenced the construction of a mausoleum for her deceased husband in 1565, nine years after his death. The construction was finished in 1572.
Optional: Visit Akshardham Temple: Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
Get transferred to the airport to board your onward flight.