After an early breakfast, we will be transferred to the railway station for our journey to Amrtisar by the superfast train Shatabdi Express which departs at 7.20 am and arrives in Amritsar at 1.45 pm. While we will be in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, the sights and sounds of the railway stations and the scenery is not to be missed. This is also a good chance to catch up on sleep or just relax. A train journey in India is an experience in itself.
Amritsar is a city in north-western India located in the Indian state of Punjab. It is also near Pakistan, with the Wagah Border being only 28 km away. Interestingly, the closest major city is Lahore, which is the second largest city in Pakistan, located 50 km to the west.
Amritsar means “pool of the nectar of immortality” and was originally the name of the pool around the Golden Temple, which then became the name of the city that grew up around it. This pool is fed by an underground spring and its waters are believed to have healing powers, which is why pilgrims come to bathe in it.
After checking in at the hotel, we will head for the Wagah border – the boundary between arch rivals India and Pakistan to witness the lowering of the flags ceremony – a daily military ritual that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959. Read more about the ceremony here.
Later in the evening, time permitting, we will visit some of the local markets. These markets are considered to be the heart of the city and one of the major attractions. You can find varieties of clothing, footwear, spices, handicrafts, jewellery, etc. We will enjoy dinner at a local Dhaba – a typical street food style restaurant which is an icon of this city since 1916.
Culinary experience for the day – Spice market tour and Amritsari cuisine in a Dhaba
Meals included – Breakfast, Dinner