Punjabi Experience

one of India’s most fascinating and wealthy states. Known as the birthplace of Sikhism and home to most India’s Sikhs, it is also well known for its fertile farming land and its distinctive and vibrant culture.

Punjabi Experience

This tour covers the state’s two most popular – and contrasting attractions – the 16th century Golden Temple of Amritsar and the 20th century planned city of Chandigarh.  Sikhism’s most sacred shrine draws millions of people from around the world for its spiritual significance. A city unlike any other in India, the capital of Chandigarh, built by famous architect Le Corbusier, also draws visitors from far and wide, mainly for its architecture.

Punjabi Experience

A highlight of the trip is a three-night stay in the countryside affording an opportunity to relax and experience the simplicity and charm of Punjabi rural life. 

Tour Highlight

  1. Contrasting attractions
  2. Golden Temple
  3. Punjabi cuisine
  4. famous architect Le Corbusier
  5. Typical Village life

Itinerary

Delhi – Patiala – Kapurthala – Amritsar – Gurdaspur – Chandigarh

Day 01 : Delhi arrival
Airport welcome and check in at the hotel in the center of Delhi. Night in hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi – Patiala ( 260 kms – 05½ hrs)
Early morning breakfast and travel by road to Patiala. On arrival, check in to the heritage hotel, Baradari Palace. Built in 1876, this white, colonnaded building, set in a sprawling garden, was once the residence of the royal family of Patiala. Rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 03 : Patiala
Day will start at easy pace. Morning sightseeing, beginning at Qila Mubarak.  Built in 1763 as a mud fortress by Baba Ala Singh, the founder of the Patiala dynasty, it continued to expand well into the 19th century and remained the official residence of the Maharajas until 1862. Continue to Moti Bagh Palace.  The principal seat of the Patiala royal family, it was begun in the mid 19th century and completed in the early 20th century. End your tour at the Kali Devi Temple. Dedicated to the goddess Kali, it is held sacred by both Hindus and Sikhs; thousands of devotees visit the temple, particularly on Saturdays. Another temple within the complex, dedicated to Shiva, is also very popular, especially on Mondays.
Day 04: Patiala - Kapurthala ( 175 kms – 03½ hrs)
After the mood-refreshing morning breakfast, leave for Kapurthala. On arrival pay a visit to the famous Jagjit Palace. the entire palace is built on the concept of French architecture. After that visit Durbar hall, Moorish mosque. Check in at hotel for overnight.
Day 05 : Kapurthala – Amritsar ( 70 kms – 01 hrs)
After the mood-refreshing morning breakfast. Transfer to Amritsar, Amritsar, literally meaning “holy pool of nectar”, was founded by Guru Ram Das in 1574. It is now home to the majority of India’s Sikhs and a major pilgrimage centre for Sikhs the world over.On arrival, check in to the heritage hotel. Afternoon free. In the evening Visit the Golden Temple to observe the Palki Sahib ceremony, an incredibly spiritual event. Visit a community kitchen at the Golden Temple, where it is considered a privilege to assist in cooking the food and serving a simple meal to pilgrims and visitors.
Day 06 : Amritsar
This morning visit to sacred Golden Temple. An harmonious synthesis of Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture, it is a breathtaking sight. During afternoon a walking tour through the colorful City of Amritsar, popularly known as Hall Bazaar. Its narrow streets and lanes, with their colorful and vibrant street hawkers, shopkeepers, traders, rickshaws and wayside eateries. Late this afternoon a one-hour drive to Wagah, an army outpost on the India-Pakistan border between Amritsar and Lahore, where you can witness the border closing display – ‘Beating the Retreat’.
Day 07 :Amritsar – Gurdaspur ( 80 kms – 01½ hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, depart Amritsar for the 1½ hour drive to the Gurdaspur region and your accommodation here, Punjabiyat Lodge, a farm set amidst vast green fields, crisscrossed by canals. A highlight of a stay at Punjabiyat is the opportunity to enjoy Punjabi food. The tandoori cuisine and open-air barbecue dinners, where an array of kebabs are cooked over glowing coals, are very popular.
Day 08 : Gurdaspur
Spend a day relaxing and enjoying some of the activities on offer in this quiet rural environment. You may like to observe or participate in various farming activities, including a visit to a nearby dairy farm where you can learn about traditional dairy farming and – if you like – participate in milking the cows. There are also many opportunities for walking and cycling with a good network of trails; take a stroll through the local village, or call in to the Sikh History Museum – one of the three being built by the Punjab government to encourage young people to take pride in their culture and history. Visit the Sikh temple, Ghallughara Saheb – religious ceremonies are held here early in the mornings and on weekends. Tractor and tonga (traditional horse-driven carriage) rides can be arranged.
Day 09 : Gurdaspur - Chandigarh ( 230 kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast, transfer to Chandigarh. The creation of Le Corbusier, the father of modernism, Chandigarh is an entirely planned city. Afternoon sightseeing.  A drive around the broad boulevards, large parks and quadrants of neighbourhoods will give you a sense of the scope of Le Corbusier’s project. Visit the Architecture Museum which contains archive materials that tell the story of the creation of the city. Also explore Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Commenced in the early 1960s, on a small patch of jungle, today it spreads over 8 hectares.  It comprises several thousand sculptures created from rocks, concrete and urban rubbish, set in large mosaic courtyards, linked by walled paths, bridges and tunnels and includes a series of interlinking waterfalls.
Day 10 : Chandigarh - Delhi ( 250 kms – 05 hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Delhi. In the evening, we will reserve a room in a hotel so you can leave your belongings or take a shower before your evening transfer to the airport.
  • Best Season:  From 01 September –  30 April
The high lights of this trip

Golden Temple

The legendary Golden Temple is just a small part of this huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib. Spiritually, the focus of attention is the tank that surrounds the gleaming central shrine – the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar takes its name, excavated by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, in 1577. Ringed by a marble walkway, the tank is said to have healing powers, and pilgrims come from across the world to bathe in its sacred waters.

Punjabi Cuisine

Punjabi cuisine today is a mélange of Indo-Mughal-Persian-Afghani nuances. Explore the rich and buttery flavors of the extensive vegetarian and meat dishes found in the region.

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Rural Experience

Get the true essence of how a Punjabi traditional lifestyle today looks like by visiting a nearby local Amritsar village close to the India-Pakistan border. Inspiring as well as educating, this village tour offers a fascinating opportunity to know the innocent way of living and the warmth of the local people, thus giving a whole new perspective to discovering the real Punjab.

Architect Le Corbusier

When Swiss architect Le Corbusier was commissioned with the job of designing Chandigarh from scratch in 1950, he conceived a people-oriented city of sweeping boulevards, lakes, gardens and grand civic buildings, executed in his favourite material: reinforced concrete. Seventy years on and the parks, monuments and civic squares are all still here, albeit somewhat aged.

  • Cultural 85% 85%
  • Landscape 75% 75%
  • Local Experience 90% 90%
  • Architect  90% 90%

Rather poignant reminder of our colonial past

“Echoing the thoughts of other posters this was an extremely good value way to find out about much of the history of Amritsar and for those of us from the UK it’s a rather poignant reminder of our colonial past…“

Sévrine, Nice, France

A different perspective !!

“ Though been visiting Amritsar and golden temple over the years, this walk made me see Amritsar from a different perspective. My guide took us around for a tour of 2 and half hours, finishing of finally with the famous popping hot Amritsar kulchas. “

Andrea & Florentina, Rome, Italy.

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