Behind the Golden City: Amritsar Half Day Tour

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From the horrors of the Butcher of Amritsar to the legend of the pool of eternal happiness, this Amritsar walking tour will teach you about the people, places, and events that have shaped Punjab. You'll wander through back alleys and bazaars, and take a trip through 400 years of history, culture, and tradition.

Highlights
  • Get the story behind one of India’s most intriguing cities
  • Learn the cultural significance of chitta akharas, Qila Ahluwalia and more
  • Cross the infamous Crawling Street and learn the horrific legend behind the Amritsar Massacre
  • Fill up on Amritsari kucha (hot potato bread) and chilled lassi
  • Find out how to tie and wear a Punjabi turban and parandas
  • Visit iconic sites such as the Gurudwara Saraghari and the Golden Temple

Description

The crazy streets of Amritsar are where the history of this iconic city was born. There is a story behind every alley and by-lane we cross and a legend to every monument we visit. Amritsar played a vital role in the freedom movement of India and you'll learn about it all as you stroll the streets.

You'll begin your Amritsar tour at the Town Hall and then head back about 400 years as we explore the streets of the historic city. We'll first move toward the Gurudwara Saraghari, a monument erected to commemorate the Battle of Saragarhi, an iconic battle in Sikh and British military history, and considered one of the world's most significant battles by war historians.

We'll then proceed to Qila Ahluwalia and Jalebiwala Chowk, the latter home to some of the most famed jalebi (sweets) shops and other eateries in Amritsar - a must for fueling you up as we keep moving!

We'll wander through the bazaars, bustling with locals and selling a mix of Fulkari textiles, colorful turbans, hair accessories, antiques, and more. Strolling through, we'll soon reach the chitta akharas, 250-year-old hostels for spiritual seekers and saints. No doubt hungry from all that walking, you'll then devour a taste of Punjab, with satiating Amritsari kulcha (hot potato bread) and a chilled Punjabi lassi (sweetened yogurt).

Then it's back to the streets! We'll pass through Taksal Chowk and reach the infamous "Crawling Street," where a 1919 order made by General Dyer (nicknamed "the Butcher of Amritsar") required people to crawl for 150 yards if they wished to cross the main street. The incident, along with the related Amritsar Massacre, laid the foundation for the freedom movement in Punjab and brings us from Amritsar's past through to modern-day India.

From there, we'll head to a local turban shop and teach you the tricks and techniques for tying a three-meter turban. Women will be fixed with a beautiful paranda, colorful lengths of thread that are braided into the hair. 

We'll finish up at the Harmandir Sahib, famously known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred place for Sikhs in the world. The Gurudwara, or Gateway to the Guru, sits in a sacred pool of water, which is believed to wash away pain and grant health and happiness forever. 

Includes

  • Bottled water

  • English-speaking guide
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Behind the Golden City: Amritsar Half Day Tour

Duration: 4 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Bottled water / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:00

    Meet Your Local Guide at Amritsar Town Hall

  • Gurudwara Saraghari

    Take a look at the Gurudwara Saraghari, a monument built to give tribute to Sikh soldiers who fought in the Battle of Saragarhi. An iconic battle in Sikh and British military history, the Battle of Saragarhi is believed to be one of the world's most significant battles by war historians.

  • Qila Ahluwalia and Jalebiwala Chowk

    Stroll around the Qila Ahluwalia, then go to Jalebiwala Chowk where you can find the famous jalebi shops and other eateries in Amritsar.

  • Amritsar Highlights

    Visit bazaars selling a mix of Fulkari textiles, colorful turbans, hair accessories, and antiques. See chitta akhara, which are hostels for spiritual seekers and saints. Enjoy kulcha (hot potato bread) with a chilled Punjabi lassi (sweetened yogurt).

  • Crawling Street

    The peculiar name of this street comes from an edict passed by General Dyer in 1919, wherein people who wished to cross the main street had to crawl 150 yards. The incident incited the freedom movement, to which modern-day India owes its foundations.

  • Local Turban Shop

    Head to a local turban shop to learn tricks and techniques for tying a three-meter turban. Women will have the chance to have colorful lengths of thread (paranda) braided into their hair.

  • Golden Temple

    The last stop will be at the Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib, the most sacred place in the world for Sikhs. The Gurudwara (Gateway to the Guru), sits in a sacred pool of water, which is believed to wash away pain and grant health and happiness forever.

  • 12:00

    Tour Ends at Golden Temple

  • (For Check-In) Amritsar Town Hall (Town Hall, Amritsar, Punjab, India) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Golden Temple (Golden Temple, Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Amritsar Town Hall (Town Hall, Amritsar, Punjab, India) Time: 08:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Golden Temple (Golden Temple, Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India) Time: 12:00:00

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Restriction(s)
  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Comfortable clothing

  • Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee

Additional Note(s)
  • The tour will be conducted in small groups with a maximum of 12 participants.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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