Founded by Guru Nanak, the history of Sikhism dates back around 550 years. Right from his childhood days, Nanak had a penchant for travelling, learning and preaching humanity. Sikhs constitute about 2% of India's population. Though Sikhs dominate the state of Punjab, they're spread throughout the length and breadth of India. The 5th largest religion in the world, Sikhism has more than 25 million followers worldwide. During your Sikh temple tour in India, you'll learn and experience all the important aspects of Sikh religion. You'll come to know about the ten Sikh gurus and see the Guru Granth Sahib (the religious book of Sikhs) with your own eyes.
Apart from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, there are multiple other Sikh temples or shrines in different parts of India. A Sikh temple is known as Gurdwara, a term first introduced by Guru Hargobind. The Guru Granth Sahib is placed (always on an elevated platform) in every Gurdwara. Three types of religious activities or rituals are performed in a public gurdwara – singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, reading of the Guru Granth Sahib and free community kitchen.
During your Sikh temple or gurdwara tour in India, you'll experience the spiritual charm of the Sikh religion and almost everything that makes this religion unique and worth-exploring. One specialty about the Sikh community kitchen is that it offers only vegetarian food so that no one gets offended and all people sit together and share a common meal, popularly known as 'langar'.
Day 01 Arrive - Delhi
On reaching at the Delhi International airport, get transfer to your prebooked hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02 Delhi
After breakfast we proceed to visit famous Gurudwara Bangla Sahib built in 17th century for eighth Sikh Guru Har Krishan, when the people of Delhi were suffering from chicken pox and cholera, he used to provide the clean water from the nearby well, which is now a part of Gurudwara.
From here visit the Gurudwara Majnu ka Tila, built by Sikh leader Baghel Singh in 17th century, considered to be the oldest Sikh shrine in Delhi. Here the sikh Guru Nanak and Guru Har Gobind Singh stayed.
Day 03 Delhi to Bhatinda
Today morning board the train to Bhatinda, with the packed breakfast from hotel. The train departs at
0645 and reaches at 1240 hrs. On reaching at Bhatinda, check into your hotel. After wash and change, visit to the Guru Gobind Singh place, Talwandi Sabo, where he rested after fighting a battle. The gurudwara is named Damdama Sahib one of the Takhts of Sikhism and has great importance in Sikh history. Also, here Guru Gobind Singh wrote Bir of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and tested the faith of Singhs. Evening drive back to Bhatinda for an overnight stay,
Day 04 Bhatinda to Amritsar
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Amritsar, which is 180 kms/03 hrs drive. On reaching at Amritsar, check into your hotel.
Jallianwala Bagh: A historical monument telling the sad story of mass killing during India’s freedom struggle, another must visit in Amritsar. The site is famous for the memorial of the martyrs of the 1919 carnage carried out by British General Dyer. The place also has a park.
WAGAH BORDER: Wagah, on the Indo-Pakistan border, is 28 kms from Amritsar. Numerous visitors come to see the ceremonious change of guards and the flag hoisting and lowering activities done skilfully and with precision by the border security forces of both the countries. Overnight stay at The Hyatt (:+91 183 287 1234)
Day 05 Amritsar to Delhi
Today morning visit the Golden temple. Golden Temple in Amritsar (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality.
Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. Morning we visit the Golden Temple, a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, the Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. Other places of interest are:
Afternoon enjoy the shopping at local maekts near temple and get assisted to the train station to board your train to Delhi. Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 06 Delhi to Rishikesh
After breakfast, we will drive to Rishikesh (230 kms / 06 hrs) famous as the Yoga capital of India. The town has a very spiritual feeling and is one of the main pilgrimage sites of Hindu religion. Ganges flowing continuously adds to the beauty and serenity of this town. On reaching at Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening we visit the Gurudwara Nishan Sahib and Lakshman Jhula.
Day 07 Rishikesh to Joshimath
Today morning drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath (255 kms / 06 hrs) enroute visiting Gurudwara Srinagar Sahib. Following the river Ganges till Devprayag and then along with river Alaknanda. On reaching at Joshimath also called the valley of flowers, check into your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Joshimath
Day 08 Joshimath to Govind Ghat
After breakfast at our hotel in Joshimath, drive to Govind Ghat (20 kms / 30min) 5500 feet, we will start our trek of 13kms . One can also hire ponies or Helicopter (depends on the weather condition). Evening reach at Ghangaria and check in to a pre-booked hotel at Ghangaria
Day 09 Govind Dham to Hemkund Sahib
Start your trek today, early to reach at Hemkund Sahib, at an altitude of 13500 feet. You will see Braham Kamal, Blue Poppy and Potentilla flowers along with other flowers at Hemkund Sahib. After darshan, enjoy the Langar at Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. If the weather is clear you can see Neelkanth peak from here. Start trekking back by 1.00 pm and reach Ghangaria.
Day 10 Govind Dham to Govind Ghat
Start your trek down towards Govind Ghat (total trek 13 kms), on reaching at GovindGhat, have lunch or stop for leisure, and then continue our drive for Rudraprayag (132 kms). Ovenight stay at Rudraprayag hotel
Day 11 Rudraprayag to Delhi
After breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive, enroute stopping at Rishikesh, for break. Continue drive and check into your hotel for overnight stay or get transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance
09 nights in handpicked ac hotels
09 Breakfasts, 09 Dinners
All ground transport for sightseeing trips / train journeys
Guides / Escorts
Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours
Govt of India taxes and Company service charges
What’s not included
International or domestic flights are not included
Please carry valid travel insurance
Visa fee and charges
Monument and museum tickets, pony rides,
Meals not specified
Any kind of personal expenses/bills
The Southern Splendour tour of South India offers comfortable 12 nights and 13 days stay in handpicked hotels including few city hotels, guest houses, beach resorts and some characteristic hotels. The hotels are picked for your stay based on the report and feedbacks of the past guests used these properties. The hotels offer clean rooms with attached toilet and many other standard facilities equivalent to three star standard.
Most of our price offers are generally based on double room sharing basis. For single room stay the guest need to inform us in advance and pay single room supplement.