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Behind the Golden City

Behind the Golden City

Highlights / General details
Get the story behind one of India’s most intriguing cities and 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) paired with a 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.

Inclusion
Local English-speaking guide; Refreshment as per itinerary; One bottle of water.

Exclusion
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Additional food and drinks; Tips and gratuities for the guide.

Hours of operation
Available daily at 8:00am.

Duration
Approximately 4 hours.

Location
Meeting point: Town Hall, Amritsar.
Ending point: Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Exclusion
Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Additional food and drinks; Tips and gratuities for the guide.

Hours of operation
Available daily at 8:00am.

Duration
Approximately 4 hours.

Location
Meeting point: Town Hall, Amritsar.
Ending point: Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Itinerary
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 fuelling 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.

Additional Information
Dress standard: Please dress conservatively as we will be visiting religious sites and traditional neighborhoods.
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Participant restrictions
Children must be at least 6 years old to participate.

Policies
Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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