you are one of those travellers who already know the kind of
travel experience you are looking for, then this section will
suggest a practical way of going about it. The tourist circuits
described below will help you take your pick on your travel
idea and the most convenient route depending on the duration
of your tour.
Amritsar Ram Tirath - Sarai
Amanat Khan - Wagah Border Amritsar
Take a trip back to the times of Ramayana starting at Ram Tirath.
Next, at Sarai Amanat Khan, you can have a taste of the Mogul
hospitality. And then back to the present at Wagah
border where the pageant of the beating of retreat makes
for a captivating scene. It is fascinating to watch the evening
drill as the change of guards takes place within a handshakes
distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces. Do confirm the
timings before you set out on this tour as it might change from
season to season.
Amritsar - Dera Baba Nanak - Qadian-Kala
naur - Gurdaspur - Pathankot
Start your day on a religious note with a visit to Dera Baba
Nanak, the home of first Sikh prophet Guru Nanak during the
last years of his life.
The place has a historical Gurdwara built in the great Gurus
memory and preserves the holy robes presented to him at Mecca.
Qaidian is the home of the founder
of the Ahmedyia sect of Muslims. Move on to Mogul times at Kalanaur
where Akbar the great was coronated. And then find your way
out to some of the best tourist destinations in India at Pathankot,
the link city to Jammu & Kashmir and the hills of Himachal.
Amritsar - Tarn Taran-Hari-Ke-Pattan
- Goindwal Sahib - Sultanpur Lodhi Kapurthala( Kanjli
The Gurdwara of Tarn Taran
with its majestic golden dome and large pool of holy healing
waters is sure to lift you spiritually for the rest of your
journey. The shrine stands to commemorate the sacrifices of
the 5th Guru, Shri Arjan Dev ji. Hari-Ke-Pattan, a wild life
sanctuary of international repute offers its serene natural
environs. Next is the journey to Goindwal
Sahib, in fact a route to salvation! This holy shrine was
the seat of 3rd Sikh Prophet Guru Amar Das ji. Inside the Gurdwara,
84 steps lead to a deep well. And as the legend goes, if one
recites the prayers of Jap ji Sahib at each step after a bath
in the well, one crosses the 84,000 lifecycles to attain Moksha
(salvation). At Sultanpur lodhi Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji spent
12 years in the service of Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi. Then he
began his first holy travel towards the east and the south to
preach the word of God in 1500 A.D. At Kapurthala
apart from the beautiful palaces and buildings, you can choose
to relax at Kanjli lake and watch exotic migratory birds fly
Amritsar - Baba Bakala Kartarpur
At Baba Bakala, the 9th Prophet of Sikhism Sri Guru Teg Bahadur
Ji assumed the seat of Sikhism after the demise of the child
Guru, Shir Hari Krishan ji. Kartarpur is the home of the authentic,
handwritten copy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. The holy book was
complied and edited by the 5th prophet with his seal, here.
After this sacred experience, stop over at the most ancient
city of Punjab- Jalandhar. Today
it is internationally reputed for the manufacture of sports
goods and landmarks associated with the Hindu religion.
Chandigarh - Ropar (Rup Nagar) - Anandpur
Sahib - Bhakra - Nangal - Ropar - Chandigarh
Flip the pages of history at Ropar.
Famous for its archaeological findings, the place today, is
better known as Rupnagar. Go trekking in the valley of River
Sutlej, from Kiratpur Sahib to Anandpur Sahib (the seat of Sikhism
for almost 80 years). You can explore many a historical landmarks
on the way. The place is also a pilgrims paradise with
a host of beautiful Gurudwaras, the most prominent being Sri
Keshgarh Sahib, where Khalsa was created in 1699 by the 10th
Guru, Shri Gobind Singh ji. The world's highest straight gravity
dam is located at Bhakra.
Ludhiana - Moga - Ferozepur - Bhatinda - Malout - Muktsar-Faridkot
Starting from Ludhiana, Punjab's industrial home, you can move
to Ferozepur , a border town
known for its memorials to the Indian freedom fighters. Here,
on Ferozepur- Moga road is Zira,
a beautiful Jain Swetembar Temple. What is worth seeing here
is the finesse of sculpture in the ancient icons and wall paintings.
At Bathinda, you can visit the
1800 year-old fort. Malout is an old mandi town, where
produce from surrounding areas is brought for sale. Muktsar
is associated with the victory of the Sikh forces over Moguls,
headed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh in 1705. Faridkot
gives you an antique feel of magnificent art and architecture
manifest in its forts and palaces. Their walls display remarkable
paintings, mirror-work and frescoes.
Patiala - Nabha - Malerkotla - Ludhiana
- Fatehgarh Sahib - Chandigarh
At Patiala, you can explore everything
on a travellers itinerary from palaces and museums to
sports, cuisine and fashion. Nabha is a small place of great
historical significance. It is the venue of the freedom struggle
where Pandit Nehru had come to court arrest. Malerkotla is a
hub of Punjabi ethnic wear and quite popular for suit embroideries,
insignias and handicrafts
and artifacts. Then there are Fatehgarh
Sahib and Sirhind with some
splendid monuments belonging to the Muslim era. Chandigarh,
the most well-planned city was designed by a French Architect
and is also known as the Paris of India.
Jalandhar - Hoshiarpur (either back
to Jalandhar or Ropar-Chandigarh)
Well connected both by rail and road, the ancient town of
Hoshiarpur offers its laid
back charms. The place is famous for its Vedic Research Institute,
Bhrigusamhita system of astrology, inlay work and lacquer
finish furniture, musical instruments
and an archaeological museum.
For more details you can contact the following Travel Agents
M/s Ghai Travels
100, Defence Colony Market,
M/s Amrit Air Links Pvt. Ltd.
SCO 10-11-12, Sector 17 B,
Tel: 91-172-704129, 707829
M/s Savera Travels Pvt. Ltd.
# 2230/1, Savera Complex,
Katra, Baghian, Amritsar 143001
M/s Cozy Tours Pvt. Ltd.
SCF- 1, Sector 10D,
Tel: 91-172-741158, 741159