Day 1: Delhi - Amritsar (Train No.12 29 SWARNA SHTBDI, 720/ 1345hr)
Early in the morning, around 5-6 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the railway station to board the Swarna Shatabdi train to Amritsar. Upon arrival in Amritsar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you will visit the Wagah border to witness the thrilling Beating Retreat Ceremony. This ceremony takes place every evening, just before sunset, where Indian and Pakistani soldiers come together for a 30-minute display of military camaraderie and showmanship. The atmosphere is electrifying, with the crowd enthusiastically participating by chanting the Indian national anthem and enjoying Bollywood-style dancing to Hindi songs. Afterward, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Amritsar - Delhi (Train No.12 30 SWARNA SHTBDI, 1650/ 23 5hr)
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a city tour of Amritsar. Your first stop is the Golden Temple, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Sikhs. This iconic temple is renowned for its shimmering golden dome. Within the temple complex, you can explore the central Sikh Museum located atop the Clock Tower. Don't miss the experience of Guru Ka Langar, where free meals are offered to around 20,000 people daily, and the number can soar to 100,000 on special occasions.
Next, visit the Durgiana Temple, a Hindu temple with architectural similarities to the Golden Temple. Continue to the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, famous for its rare and priceless collections, including paintings, weapons, armors, manuscripts, and coins. You'll also explore Gobindgarh Fort, originally built in the 18th century but significantly enhanced by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the early 19th century. The fort was renamed after the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. It houses historical cannons, including the famous Zamzama cannons.
Conclude your Amritsar tour with a delightful rickshaw ride and a walking tour through the old market streets. Later in the evening, you'll be transferred to the railway station to board the Swarna Shatabdi train for your return journey to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel, marking the end of your memorable trip.