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Amritsar: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Wagah Border

1. Amritsar: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Wagah Border

Explore the magnificent sights in Amritsar under the guidance of an expert local guide. From your hotel, head first to the famous Golden Temple, one of the most vital structures and key landmarks in the city. After you offer prayers at the Golden Temple, you'll visit the Langar Hall (Community Kitchen) and witness how food is made for thousands of pilgrims who arrive daily at this sacred location. This is followed by a trip to Jallianwala Bagh where the infamous massacre took place under the troops of the British Indian Army. Afterwards, visit the only Museum dedicated to the horrific Partition of India in 1947. You will explore the different exhibitions, with both video and photographic displays providing you with the stories behind the events. Expressive paintings depicting these harrowing times are also on display in the museum. Finally, head out to the Wagah Border and visit the historic Grand Trunk Road, the only link between India and Pakistan in 1999. During the ceremony, you will watch the soldiers of India and Pakistan put on a show of sorts, with the lowering of both flags and a handshake between two nations. At the end of the ceremony, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

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Amritsar: Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Private Tour

4. Amritsar: Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh Private Tour

Explore the historical Amritsar on this private guided tour. Admire the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, and visit the Wagah Border, marking the dividing line between Pakistan and India. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation in Amritsar to begin your adventure. Relax and enjoy the ride as you drive to explore. First, you will explore the famous Golden Temple, considered the spiritual center of the Sikh religion. Admire this 16th-century temple which represents the brotherhood of human beings and equality, built by Guru Arjun. Wander inside the Golden Temple, where you will meet a Sikh community kitchen, the world's largest, and see them hard at work. Next, head to the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, a holy place in Amritsar with a deep historical connection to India. Walk through the lush gardens and listen as your guide tells you the tragic story of the 1919 massacre, in which around 1,000 civilians died. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will stop for a lunch break. Walk around and grab a bite to eat or enjoy your packed lunch if you have brought one. Continue your tour to the famous Wagah Border, where you will see the lowering of the Indian and Pakistan flags and changing of guards; this ceremony takes place every day. End the day on a high as you get a lift back to your accommodation in Amritsar.

From Amritsar: Amritsar to Wagah Border Day Tour

5. From Amritsar: Amritsar to Wagah Border Day Tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your respective hotel in Amritsar town and you will be leaving to visit the holy Golden Temple of Amritsar which is also known as Gurudwara Sri Harmandir Sahib. This is one of the top Sikh religious places in India visited by millions of tourists every year. Inside the campus you will also visit world largest kitchen which feeds nearly one lakh people everyday freely. Your next visit will be of Jallianwala Bagh which is historic garden and memorial of national importance. Afterwards enjoy your lunch and savor the world famous Punjabi cuisines available in the streets of Amritsar city. Amritsar is also famed all over the world for its shopping experiences so after lunch you will walk around the streets and enjoy shopping. Your evening is pre-decided to explore the beating retreat ceremony performed every evening at Indo-Pak border. The performances of Indian army will make you exciting and people enjoy dancing on the beats of patriotic songs. After the ceremony you will head back to your hotel in Amritsar and your tour ends here.

Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

6. Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

You will start the day with a visit to Harmandir Sahib, informally known as the Golden Temple, with an English speaking tour guide.  The Golden Temple is the holiest Sikh Gurdwara (temple) and was built in the 16th Century by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan.  Its outstanding size and beauty make it a must-see during your time in India.   After the Golden Temple you will visit Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden which houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 to commemorate the massacre by British occupying forces. Next, you will explore the famous Hall Bazaar.  Here you can find local handicrafts, clothes, shoes and more.  It's the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs from your trip.  After the bazaar, you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant or hotel and spend some time relaxing in the hotel afterwards. After this you will drive to Wagah border for the evening Indo – Pak parade ceremony.  Wagah border post, about 29 kilometers from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gate is thrown open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are carefully folded and carried back. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers return to the border line for the final handshake. Once done, no glance is exchanged and the gates are slammed close. The blowing of the bugle marks the end of the ceremony. As the ceremony climbs to its apogee, cries of Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad render in the air. You will watch ceremony from the VIP gallery and you will be dropped of at your hotel after the ceremony.

Amritsar: Beating Retreat Ceremony, Sadda Pind and Dinner

7. Amritsar: Beating Retreat Ceremony, Sadda Pind and Dinner

At 3:00 PM, your driver and guide will pick up you from your hotel and proceed to Wagah Border for the evening of the Indo-Pak parade ceremony, also called Beating the Retreat. Watch ceremony from the VIP or foreigner gallery. Wagah Border Post is about 29 kilometers from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, and it has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Watch BSF and Pakistani Rangers march towards the gates from their respective sides. After the gate is thrown open, the soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are carefully folded and carried back. The ceremony reaches a crescendo with the soldiers return to the border line for the final handshake. Once done, no glance is exchanged and the gates are slammed close. Blowing of the trumpet marks the end of the ceremony. The flag down ceremony often starts before sunset time (around 4:30 PM in winter and 5:30 PM in summer).  After the ceremony, your driver will take you to Sadda Pind, a Punjabi village resort located around 24 kilometers from Wagah Border. Experience authentic Punjabi life. Watch a Gatka performance (a traditional Sikh martial art), a rope dancer, a magician, a traditional puppet show and lassi being churned. Enjoy fun games and a horse ride, see mud houses, browse handmade items, cool down with misting technology and more.  For dinner, indulge in delicious Punjabi foods, like kadhi chawal (a popular rice-based dish), makki di roti (traditional flatbread), Amritsari naan, pindi chole (a chickpea dish), kulfi (a frozen dairy dessert), rabri (a condensed-milk-based dessert) and more. Afterwards, your driver will drop you back to your hotel around 9:00 PM.

Flexible Private Cab Booking in Amritsar

8. Flexible Private Cab Booking in Amritsar

From your pick-up to dropping back at your destination, we will make your journey convenient and memorable at a pocket-friendly price. Enjoy your Amritsar city tour by keeping the cab with you for a maximum of 12 hours and experience the thrill of delving into the greatness and uniqueness of Amritsar's historical monuments. A professional driver will come to pick you up from anywhere within the city and drop you at your desired destination first which can be Golden Temple, A historical Gurudwara that was constructed in the early 17th century. You have to complete circumambulation in the temple and take a bath in holy water (if you want) and spend some time clicking pictures outside the temple, knowing the significance of the place, and enjoying local food from nearby eateries. Following the same route and moving to your next spot Jallianwala Bagh, and Partition Museum and Wagah Border. Subsequently, you can come to a halt anywhere you want and your driver will be there to take care of your belongings. After exploring the holy city (Amritsar) and undertaking all the fun-filled activities of your choice, your chauffeur will finally drop you back to the same spot he picked you from. You must ensure how many passengers are travelling along before booking your cab to avoid any kind of inconvenience.

Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony With Dinner

9. Wagah Border Retreat Ceremony With Dinner

The Wagah Border Retreat Tour with Dinner is a unique and vibrant experience that takes you to one of the most iconic border crossings in the world. Located on the India-Pakistan border, the Wagah Border is known for its elaborate and patriotic border ceremony that takes place every evening. The tour begins with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Amritsar, India. As you make your way to the Wagah Border, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting insights into the history and significance of the border crossing. Upon arrival, you'll join the enthusiastic crowd at the border stadium, where the ceremony is held. Experience the electrifying atmosphere as you witness the highly choreographed parade conducted by the border security forces of both nations. The ceremony showcases the impressive marching, flag-lowering, and folding drills, accompanied by patriotic songs and enthusiastic cheering from the spectators. After the ceremony, you'll be treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Indulge in traditional Punjabi cuisine, known for its rich flavors and hearty portions. Feast on mouthwatering dishes such as tandoori Roti, Butter Paneer, naan bread, and various vegetarian options. The restaurant provides a warm and welcoming ambiance, allowing you to relax and savor the delicious flavors of Punjab. Throughout the tour, your guide will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide further insights into the significance of the Wagah Border and its historical context. They will ensure you have a memorable and enjoyable experience. As the evening draws to a close, you'll be driven back to your hotel in Amritsar, reflecting on the incredible sights, sounds, and flavors you experienced during the Wagah Border Retreat Tour with Dinner. Please note that the tour duration may vary, typically lasting around 6-8 hours. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as you may need to walk short distances during the tour. Additionally, remember to carry your identification documents, as the Wagah Border is a high-security area.

Spiritual and Cultural walk of Amritsar

10. Spiritual and Cultural walk of Amritsar

Walk the historic and spiritual streets of Amritsar with your local guide. Start your tour with a hotel pick-up to reach the starting point. Visit the Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara, Learn about the Battle of Saragarhi that was fought between the British Indian Army and Afghan Orakzai tribesmen. Let your guide explain about the Battle of Saragarhi that has last gone down in history as one of the most fierce last-stands executed in battle. Next walk the streets of Amritsar while your guide briefs you about the local culture of Amritsar. Enjoy the local street snacks like Jalebi’s, Amritsari Kulcha and lassi. Next Visit the Jallianwala Bagh to witness the massacre created by General Dyer. Then walk to our final destination, The Golden Temple. It is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar. Amritsar (literally, the tank of nectar of immortality) was founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. The present-day Gurudwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Gurudwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name. Your guide will give you more knowledge about Sikh religion, its history and people. After your visit to the The Golden Temple, your tour ends.

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4.2 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Excellent, well organised. Our guide Anil Sharmer +91-9780234705 Was fluent in English and had a good all round knowledge. He we was patient with our many questions answering everything we asked. He exceeded our expectations in all aspects. He arranged a very safe driver for our tour which added to our satisfaction. If you are in Amritsar you may wish to consider his services.

The tour takes you to the most interesting and famous places in this region. The highlight was certainly the absurdly beautiful ceremony and my guide “Lovepreetsingh”. He was one of the most positive and impressive people on my trips to India. ❤️

Price-quality is phenomenal, good experience, both the manager Anil Sharma and the guide Lovepreet have provided excellent service! Above all, the guide has been very helpful and friendly, highly recommended!

We enjoyed our day with guide Anil a lot! He is of good knowledge and friendly. The tour is a must do when Amritsar! The Golden Temple is breathtaking!

All thel best and very beautiful in the Golden Temple