Behind the Golden City Small Group Walking Tour from Amritsar

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What To Expect

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

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Amritsar
Departs From:
Amritsar
Meeting Point:
Town Hall, Amritsar
Duration:
4 hours
Availability:
daily at 8:00 AM
Product Code:
14226
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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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

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Refreshment as per itinerary

  • One bottle of water 

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Meals and drinks

Please Note

  • Participants must be 6 years old to join this tour.

  • This tour operates as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 people.

  • This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable footwear and clothing. Participants are requested to dress conservatively as the tour includes visits to religious sites and traditional neighborhoods.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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