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Visit the Golden Temple, India-Pakistan border, and Amritsar

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Check in at your quaint grand old mansion, and meet up with our Punjab expert who will be with you through your time in Amritsar as he shares anecdotes and trivia about the people and their culture. Your first stop is the Golden Temple for their early morning service. It is culturally the most significant place of worship for Sikhs and one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. The Temple is not just known for its beautiful construction and spiritual richness. It has been renowned for its 'spotless langar' that feeds any and all visitors, Sikh or otherwise, needy or rich, starved or stuffed, with unquestioning largesse... We too partake in the langar after having listened to the gentle gurbani. Your escort will walk you through the kitchens of the Temple and share the significance of 'kaar seva' at the 'langar'. Soon after we take a walk in the old city thru' old bazaars seeing old architectural buildings and frescoes as we soak in the history of this Temple city. We then head to Jallianwalah Bagh - the significance of which will be shared with you. Late lunch at a traditional dhaba. The city is famous for such delicious delights - the soft as sponge Aloo Kulchas, the ubiquitous sarson da saag, makki di roti and Amritsari sweet lassi. We go back to the hotel for some rest before heading out to the Wagah Border. Wagah about 28 kms from Amritsar, is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. It's an interesting experience especially at sunset when the 'Retreat' ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian side of the border. Time permitting we can visit a border village where you can observe the typical life style of people on both sides of the fence. If the guests are up to it, the night service at the Gurudwara is quite an experience. Dinner will be at our charming hotel. Next day starts with early breakfast and a trip to Goindwal Sahib which is also famously known as the axil of sikhism (sikhi da dhura) as it was the first centre of Sikhism. Then we visit the flambuoyant palace of Maharaja of Kapurthala. Designed by a French architect and built by a local builder - the palace building has a spectacular architecture based on the Palace of Versailles spread over a total area of 200 acres. On the way back, we visit a community where the Nihang Sikhs live. Nihangs were the suicide squads of the Mughal Army and wore blue uniforms. You get to witness their daily chores and martial arts and get an opportunity to interact with them. For more than just a sneak peek into the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. come breakaway.....

Check in at your quaint grand old mansion, and meet up with our Punjab expert who will be with you through your time in Amritsar as he shares anecdotes and trivia about the people and their culture. Your first stop is the Golden Temple for their early morning service. It is culturally the most significant place of worship for Sikhs and one of the oldest Sikh gurdwaras. The Temple is not just known for its beautiful construction and spiritual richness. It has been renowned for its 'spotless langar' that feeds any and all visitors, Sikh or otherwise, needy or rich, starved or stuffed, with unquestioning largesse... We too partake in the langar after having listened to the gentle gurbani. Your escort will walk you through the kitchens of the Temple and share the significance of 'kaar seva' at the 'langar'. Soon after we take a walk in the old city thru' old bazaars seeing old architectural buildings and frescoes as we soak in the history of this Temple city. We then head to Jallianwalah Bagh - the significance of which will be shared with you. Late lunch at a traditional dhaba. The city is famous for such delicious delights - the soft as sponge Aloo Kulchas, the ubiquitous sarson da saag, makki di roti and Amritsari sweet lassi. We go back to the hotel for some rest before heading out to the Wagah Border. Wagah about 28 kms from Amritsar, is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan. It's an interesting experience especially at sunset when the 'Retreat' ceremony takes place with the BSF on the Indian side of the border. Time permitting we can visit a border village where you can observe the typical life style of people on both sides of the fence. If the guests are up to it, the night service at the Gurudwara is quite an experience. Dinner will be at our charming hotel. Next day starts with early breakfast and a trip to Goindwal Sahib which is also famously known as the axil of sikhism (sikhi da dhura) as it was the first centre of Sikhism. Then we visit the flambuoyant palace of Maharaja of Kapurthala. Designed by a French architect and built by a local builder - the palace building has a spectacular architecture based on the Palace of Versailles spread over a total area of 200 acres. On the way back, we visit a community where the Nihang Sikhs live. Nihangs were the suicide squads of the Mughal Army and wore blue uniforms. You get to witness their daily chores and martial arts and get an opportunity to interact with them. For more than just a sneak peek into the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. come breakaway.....