Amritsar and its Golden Temple: A Historical and Cultural Walking Tour with Private Transfer

2 hr

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Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab and the holiest city for the Sikh faith.  You will learn about the history of this iconic city as we tour its bustling streets. There is a story behind every alley and by-lane we cross and a legend to every monument we visit. Amritsar played a vital role in the freedom movement of India and you’ll learn about it all as you stroll the...
Amritsar is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab and the holiest city for the Sikh faith.  You will learn about the history of this iconic city as we tour its bustling streets. There is a story behind every alley and by-lane we cross and a legend to every monument we visit. Amritsar played a vital role in the freedom movement of India and you’ll learn about it all as you stroll the streets on this guided walk.

Highlights
• City tour of Amritsar
• Town Hall
• Gurudwara Saraghari
• Qila Ahluwalia and Jalebiwala Chowk
• “Crawling Street ”
• Harmandir Sahib ( Golden Temple )
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Itinerary Details

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...
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.

Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips at Gurudwara temple etc
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Snacks
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Your hotel in city of Amritsar
10:00 AM
Return Details
Same as departure location
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Partially Wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.