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Amritsar City Tour with Wagah Border and Sadda Pind Village

1. Amritsar City Tour with Wagah Border and Sadda Pind Village

At 9:00 AM your driver and guide will pick up you from your hotel and you will proceed to the city of Amritsar by an air-conditioned vehicle. Your first visit: the beautiful Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib. The temple is a holy place for the Sikh community, but it's open to all people. The golden layer surrounding the top of the temple and its reflection on the lake makes this place unique. Afterwards, your driver will take you to Jallianwala Bagh, a garden and the site of the 1919 massacre, responsible for the killing of around 1000 innocent and unarmed Indians by the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. After Jallianwala Bagh, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in town.  Next, Wagah Border Post. About 29 kilometers from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, it has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Watch BSF and Pakistani soldiers 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. Finish the tour with a traditional Punjabi dinner at Sadda Pind.

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Indo-Pak Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border & Dinner

2. Indo-Pak Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah Border & Dinner

At 3:00 PM your driver 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 the ceremony from the foreigner gallery. Please note: Indian passport holders are not eligible for foreigner gallery entry and have to sit in the common gallery. Wagah Border Post is about 29km 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. 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 bugle marks the end of the ceremony.  After the parade ceremony, return to Amritsar around 7:30 PM for a buffet or set menu dinner at an excellent hotel restaurant. After dinner, your driver will drop you back at your hotel.

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Private Full-Day Amritsar Tour with Beating Retreat Ceremony

3. 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.

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Amritsar: Evening Tour to Sadda Pind with Dinner

4. Amritsar: Evening Tour to Sadda Pind with Dinner

The Sadda Pind tour package starts around 4:00 PM and lasts about 4-5 hours. Your chauffeur, along with our guide, will pick you up from your Amritsar hotel and drive you to Sadda Pind, located around 8 kilometers from the city. As a Punjabi village resort, this place is adorned in authentic Punjabi style, including mud houses, charpais, and Punjabi cultural activities, such as: gidda, Bhangra, womens’ sangeet, the making of handicraft items and churning lassi. You can also enjoy a magic show, the Sikh Martial Art known as Gatka, a variety of games, and a fun ride on a camel or horse. Punjabi are well known for their tasty and tangy food. In Sadda Pind, you can try authentic Punjabi food, like Kadhi Chawal, Amritsari Naan, Makki Di Roti, Sarso ka saag, kulfi, and rabri. After dinner, your tour will end, and your driver will take you back to your hotel.  

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From Delhi: 2-Day Amritsar Golden Temple & Wagah Border Tour

5. From Delhi: 2-Day Amritsar Golden Temple & Wagah Border Tour

Enjoy 2 days in the magnificent city of Amritsar, where you will visit its famous Golden Temple. Head out to the Wagah border to view the unique Beating Retreat Ceremony. Learn from your local guides about the historical and cultural importance of the sites you visit throughout your tour.  Day 1: Delhi – Amritsar Get picked up in New Delhi, early in the morning, and leave for Amritsar either via train or air, depending on the option you have chosen. Upon arrival at Amritsar, your driver will take you to hotel, where you will have the opportunity to freshen up before your professional guide arrives to take you to the Wagah border. Wagah is where India and Pakistan were divided in 1947, and today you will witness a patriotic and theatrical flagging ceremony performed by both Indian and Pakistani border guards as the border formally closes for the day.  Day 2: Amritsar – Delhi After breakfast at the hotel get ready to visit the Golden Temple with your guide. On your way, pass by a market, where you can admire traditional Sikh arts and crafts. Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the 16th century Golden Temple complex, also known as Harmandir Sahib, which is the Sikhs' most important pilgrimage site. Observe the daily ritual of preparing and distributing food to 1000 visitors regardless of faith and background.  Then, go with your guide to Jallianwala Bagh, a historic garden, but more known as the site of a horrific massacre in 1919. Learn from your guide what lead to this tragic event taking place and its context in the time of British rule in India. After, your guide will take you to the train station or airport for departure back to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a driver, who will drop you at your hotel or any desired location in Delhi.

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Amritsar: Beating Retreat Ceremony, Sadda Pind and Dinner

6. 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.

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Amritsar: Full-Day Tour w/ Wagah Border

7. Amritsar: Full-Day Tour w/ Wagah Border

Start your journey with a hotel pick-up at 09:30 to explore the cultural streets of heritage city that is older than 400 years. Visit the Golden Temple, one of the most sacred places for Sikhs in the world. Let your guide explain to you all about the temple and later on visit the temple’s museum to learn about its history and establishment in India. Next, walk to the Langar (mass dinner) Hall to witness the devotion and compassion of people working there. Have some food at the Langar to enjoy the real experience. Then, visit the kitchen section to learn how the food is prepared and how to roll chapattis. Later on, proceed for lunch in a local restaurant of Amritsar. Now, drive to the Wagah Border at 15:00 and prepare to witness the flag ceremony performed at the border between Indian and Pakistan, also known as the Beating ceremony that starts at 17:00. It showcases border policemen marching to the beat of the drum. After the end of your ceremony, get dropped off at your hotel. 

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