Golden Temple- Amritsar

Wagah Border and Golden Temple.

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The Golden temple is holiest shrine of Sikh religion. The temple (Gurdwara) is a main pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the globe. Golden temple has also become a tourist attraction among top religious destinations in India.

Golden temple is full of religious vehemence and sacredness where visitors are welcomed to experience the pray ceremonies and enjoy the beauty of architectural aspect of Golden temple and buildings surrounding it.

Golden temple is surrounded by a beautiful lake which adds a jewel to Golden temples beauty during night when decorative lights makes a mirror like image of temple in water. One can also visit temple mega kitchen (Langar) which serves free meals to approximately 100,000 people on any average day and number of people doubles during weekends and special occasions.

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View of Golden temple in night during special occasion

Wagah (India – Pakistan) Border

The partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 made a marking line that defines the Wagah border between India and pakistan. Border is separated by two gates near about 2 meter apart from each other. Wagah border is 28 kilometer from the city of Amritsar and is only open border crossing between India and Pakistan which officially accessible for both nations.

The closing ceremony at Wagah border is also known as lowering of the flags ceremony. It is daily martial custom performed by security forces of India and Pakistan and it has been mutually followed since 1959. This interesting ceremony takes place in every evening before sun set at the Wagah border.

As the sun starts to set, Wagah Border comes alive with an incredible zeal and an unmistakable nationalist energy on both sides. The show starts off with the playing of patriotic songs and remembering the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. The crowd cheers on by calling out ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, reciprocated with cries of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ from the opposite side.

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Scene of flag lowering ceremony at Wagah border

Details of excursion:

1) 1 night and 2 days
2) Journey by road (6-7 hrs each way)
3) Overnight stay at Amritsar in Hotel
4) Visit to Wagah border
5) Visit to Golden temple
6) Accompanied by English speaking MOI staff
7) Meal plan: Sat: B, D only, Sun: B, D only

Itinerary of excursion

Day 1(Saturday)

1) Around 06:00hrs transfer from Palampur to Amritsar followed by hotel check in
2) In afternoon visit to Wagah border
3) Late evening visit to Golden temple for night scenic view of temple
4) Group dinner and retire for the day

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Food preparation in kitchen

Day 2 (Sunday)

1) After breakfast at hotel visit to Golden temple
2) Afternoon journey back to Palampur
3) Dinner and overnight stay at Palampur

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Volunteers helping in kitchen

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Langar (free meal service)