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.
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.
- Contrasting attractions
- Golden Temple
- Punjabi cuisine
- famous architect Le Corbusier
- Typical Village life
Delhi – Patiala – Kapurthala – Amritsar – Gurdaspur – Chandigarh
- Best Season: From 01 September – 30 April
The highlights of this trip
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 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.
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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