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(An Initiative of Punjab Tourism)

Celebrate New Year & Pratham Amrit Vela of 2013 at Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar!!

Delhi * Amritsar * Fatehgarh Sahib * Anandpur Sahib * Bhatinda * Delhi * Patna * Nanded Sahib * Delhi * Amritsar

Day 01 - Delhi - Amritsar
30 Dec'12 (SUNDAY) :

You can board the train in Delhi orjoin us in Amritsar on Day03.
Our services will start with boarding at Safdarjung railway station, Delhi on The Panj Takht Darshan train at 1900 Hrs.
2000 Hrs: Train will depart for Amritsar
Overnight on board

Day 02 - Amritsar
31 Dec'12 (MONDAY) :

Morning train reaches Amritsar
Amritsar - a city with a serene presence of Sri Harmandir Sahib - a major pilgrimage place and holy city of Sikhs, Amritsar radiates a spiritual calmness and faith where people just bowtheir heads in sheer reverence.
The spiritual temporal centre of Sikh culture, Amritsar derives its name from the name of pool around the Golden Temple. The "holy pool of nectar" (Amrit: elixir; Sar: (short for Sarovar/ lake).

Globally renowned for Golden Temple and for the tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar is one of the liveliest pilgrimage destinations in India.

Panj Sarovar Walk: Begin yourwalk with a visit to Gurudwara Sri Santokhsar Sahib Ji followed by Gurudwara Sri Ramsar Sahib Ji, Sri Bibeksar Sahib Ji, Sri Kaulsar Sahib Ji & Sri Amritsar Sahib Ji (Sri Harmandir Sahib) and the walk will culminate at the Jalianwala Bagh.

1300 Hrs: Visit Jalianwala Bagh, where during the British rule in India, General Dyer opened fire on innocent people causing a grave massacre. This place, whose walls bearthe bullet marks of this tragedy, is now a national monument.

1400 Hrs: Visit the "Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama". The main attraction of the panorama is a gigantic 12 meters tall and 100 meters long panoramic painting depicting six major battle expeditions of the Maharaja. The battle expeditions depicted in the painting are supplemented by large circular foreground diorama displaying numerous mannequins of prominent warriors, soldiers, animals, weapons and so on. Aspecially designed creative illumination of the large painting and the foreground diorama is supported by battle - field.

1530 Hrs: Take an excursion to the Attari Border on the Indo-Pak border to witness the 'Change of Guard' ceremony. Everyday through out the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan.

The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes in total. It starts with high patriotic spirits from both sides of the border. Soldiers march towards the gate at the border, which is thrown open when they reach there. The soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags.
The flags are lowered at the same time. The soldiers retrieve and fold the flags, the gate slams shut, and a trumpet sounds the end of the ceremony. The soldiers then return with their country's respective flag.

2030 Hrs: Visit "Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Sri Harmandir Sahib"(The Golden Temple), situated in Amritsar, it is the most sacred Temple of Sikhs. The place is also a symbol of the magnificence and strength of Sikh people all over the world. The evolution of Sri Harmandir Sahib, has entwined the history and ideology of Sikhism.
Overnight in Amritsar

Day 03 - Amritsar- Fatehgarh Sahib - Anandpur Sahib
01 Jan'13 (TUESDAY) :

0700 Hrs: Morning get ready to board the train in Amritsar and train departs to Sirhind.

1030 Hrs: Arrive Sirhind Railway station

Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib is a complex consisting of several important shrines linked to the Sahibzada's (younger sons) of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji.It is located about 5 Kms north of Sirhind and marks the sad site of the execution in 1705 of the two younger sons of the tenth Sikh master at the behest of Wazir Khan of Kunjpura, the faujdar of Sirhind.

Drive past all the important places of Sirhind and later enjoy lunch at Aam Khas Bagh. It was built for the exclusive use of the Emperor Shah Jahan. The Royal couple used to stay here while going to and coming back from Lahore. There was adequate number of palaces for the comfortable stay of the Mughal Emperors. A close scrutiny of the remnants of the palaces clearly indicates that there was a perfect system of air-conditioning in the palaces and hot baths the monument is called'SARAD KHANA'.

Post lunch, drive to Anandpur Sahib (82 Kms/02 Hrs)

Arrive Anandpur Sahib and visit Virasat-e-Khalsa Heritage Center - is inspired by the rich natural landscape of Sri Anandpur Sahib, while also drawing heavily from Sikh and regional architecture. Contrary to the tradition of domes which crown the sacred Sikh sites, the roofs of the Museum are concave-shaped receptors facing the sky. Sheathed in stainless steel, they reflect the sun's light towards the Gurudwara and the Fort. See the world's largest mural, the entire history of Sikhism has been shown through hand crafted artifacts.

* Tea and coffee will be served during the visit. One can use the facilities available at the Heritage Centre.

1930 Hrs: In the evening, visit the main Takht for "Shastra Darshan". It is the birthplace of Khalsa. The order of the Khalsa was founded here by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. The "Khalsa" is the name given by Sri Guru Gobind Singh to his followers. The weapons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji are displayed here. The most precious of these is actual "Khanda" (double edged sword) used by Sri Guru Gobind Singh to prepare 'Amrit" used in the first Khalsa initiation ceremony.

2245 Hrs: In the evening, return to the train station to board the train for dinner and later train departs to Bhatinda.

Day 04 - Bhatinda
02 Jan'13 (WEDNESDAY) :

0800 Hrs: Arrive Bhatinda railway station. After quick wash & change, enjoy leisurely breakfast at hotel in Bhatinda and you will get an opportunity to visit the holy"Takht Sri Damdama Sahib".

"Takht Sri Damdama Sahib' holds great significance for Sikhs, it is the place where the guru sought rest and refuge during his battles with the Mughals. Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed in Damdama Sahib for nine months and it was here that he worked on the Adi Granth. He made Damdama the center for propagating the Sikh faith and called it 'Khalsa De Takht' or Throne of the Khalsa. He had a special stamp issued bearing the inscription 'Amal Sahai, Guru Gobind Singh Ji Ki Jagha Takht Damdama Ji' clearly demonstrating the importance of the place. This stamp was used on all the important documents issued by the Guru from Damdama Sahib.

1300 Hrs: Langar at the Gurudwara Sahib.

1830 Hrs: In the evening, enjoy refreshments on board and latertrain departs to Delhi.
Dinner and overnight on board

Day 05 - Delhi - Patna - Nanded
03 Jan'13 (THURSDAY) :

0500 Hrs: Arrive Delhi railway station and transfer to Delhi airport to board the charter flight at approx. 0700 Hrs to Patna.

1000 Hrs: Arrive Patna airport and proceed to the hotel for quick wash and change.

1230 Hrs: Proceed for the lunch at the revolving restaurant in Patna

1400 Hrs: Post lunch, visit of Patna Sahib.

"Takht Sri Patna Sahib Ji" The Gurudwara at Patna Sahib was founded in remembrance of the birth place of Sri Guru Gobind Singh. This Gurudwara too, was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, on the banks of Ganges River in Patna in Bihar state.

Darshan of "Guru Ka Bagh" Gurudwara and "Gurudwara Gayaghat"

1700 Hrs: Transfer to Patna airport to board the Charter flight to Nanded.

1930 Hrs: Arrive Nanded and transferto Gurudwara.


Overnight in a Sarai or Guest House at Sri Hazur Sahib Ji, Nanded

* Charter timings are subject to change and will be finalized after the approval of DGCA

Day 06 - Nanded - Delhi
04 Jan'13 (FRIDAY) :

Morning is at leisure.

1100 Hrs: Visit "Takht Sri Hazur Sahib J!", principal shrine and Gurudwara Kangan Sahib Ji, Gurudwara Shikarghar Sahib Ji, Guru Ka Bagh"Takht Sri Hazur Sahib Ji" marks the site where Guru had his camp in 1708 AD after the departure of the Emperor Bahadur Shah. The tenth Guru held his court and congregation here and this shrine is erected on the very site of his own tent where he was convalescing after being attacked by assailants, where from he rose to heaven along with his horse Dilbag.

1400 Hrs: Langar at Hazur Sahib.

1530 Hrs: Transfer to Nanded airport to board the flight to Delhi via Aurangabad at 1820 Hrs.

2230 Hrs: Arrive Delhi and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 07 - Delhi - Amritsar
05 Jan'13 (SATURDAY) :

Morning enjoy the leisure breakfast at your hotel

0830 Hrs: Start your tour with a visit to Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib Ji, located at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi was built on the place where Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb beheaded the ninth Sikh Guru Sri Tegh Bahadur in 1675.'Sis' literally means'the head'. The Guru was martyred along with three of his disciples, for protesting against forced conversion of Kashmiri Hindus byAurangzeb.

It is said that his followers secretly took the Guru's head to Anandpur Sahib and his body was taken for cremation to a house which is today known as Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib Ji. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahibji is a prominent pilgrim center of the Sikh community and it is equally revered bythe Hindus.
At the place of his martyrdom, stands Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib as a symbol of unique sacrifice made bythe Guru.

Thereafter, visit another Gurudwara - Bangla Sahib Ji, is one of the most popular places of worship in Delhi. Its gold-plated dome and white facade towers are impressive. On holidays especially, this place is packed with people. The Gurudwara is built on the site of a house where Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji, the eight Guru's of the Sikhs, had stayed when he visited Delhi in 1664. The tank, which you can still see in the compound, was apparently blessed by the Guru himself. Enthusiasts of Sikh history can visit the Baba Baghel Singh Museum within the Gurudwara complex.

1500 Hrs: Our service ends with a transfer to Delhi railway station to board the train Amritsar Shatabdi at 1630 Hrs.

One can travel to Amritsar from Delhi (460 Kms / 10 Hrs) by the Volvo buses arranged

(Please note that this is a special tourist train (Rajdhani) and not a luxury train)

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