Punjab, the land of five rivers and integrated cultural history, is a treasure trove for an avid tourist. For this land of the great gurus not only boasts of ancient monuments but throbs with historical embodiments. It is no secret that whoever comes to this land of yellow fields with blue mountains providing the romantic and picturesque backdrop has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi in the morning. “Namaste”- a warm and traditional welcome awaits you. Transfer to a five star hotel. After change, wash and rest, we explore the old-world charm of Old Delhi, visiting the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandini Chowk etc. Late afternoon return to the Hotel. Late Evening we dine at one of the ethnic eateries of the city. (O/N Hotel).
Day 2: (DELHI – CHANDIGARH) board the flight / train for Chandigarh. Check in the Hotel, after fresh up Start your city tour with Rock Garden which consist of various arts and objects made of industrial and urban waste. Then visit to Sukhna Lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. After that visit Rose Garden which is Asia’s largest rose garden. It contains more than 17,000 plants and over 16,000 varieties of roses. The venue serves annual rose festival or festival of gardens. In the evening enjoy shopping in sector 17 market. Back to hotel, overnight stay in Chandigarh hotel.
Day 3: (CHANDIGARH – ANANDPUR SAHIB) After breakfast, drive to Anandpur Sahib On way we stop at Ropar by the banks of River Sutlej, one of the famous rivers of Punjab.Ropar has attained historical importance after the recent discovery of remains of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro Civilization. The excavations dug out are preserved in a museum set up by Archeological survey Of India.Ropar is also famous for Anglo-Sikh treaty site . A treaty signed between Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and the British. Anandpur Sahib. It is one of the most important sacred places of the Sikhs and is closely linked with their religious tradition and history. It was founded in the year 1664 by ninth guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji. The Guru purchased this site from the ruler of Bilaspur. After that visit Sri Kesgarh Sahib, it is located in the centre of Anandpur Sahib. It is also known as Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. It was the place where Khalsa was born. Later on, check into Gaj Retreat a Luxury Eco Resort, overnight.
Day 4: (Gaj Retreat-Bhakra Nangal-Shri Naian Devi) After breakfast proceed to Bhakra Nangal Dam. It is the world’s second highest straight gravity dam built across the River Satluj. Dam derives its name from a village called Bhakra, now it is submerged in Gobindsagar reservoir. Later on, visit the temple of “Maa Shri Naiana Devi Ji”, one of the Shakti Peths of the Goddess. It is also believed that Shri Guru Gobind Sahib Jee, also took Maa’s blessings after the Khalsa was born. Return to Gaj Retreat to enjoy an evening tour of the village or opt for a NIGHT CAMP, by the river side. Overnight Camp or resort.
Day 5 : (AMRITSAR) After breakfast, drive to Amritsar. Start your city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple-the most important Sikh shrine also known as Shri Harimandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib. Then visit Jallianwala Bagh- the place that reminds every Indian of the brutal and heartless massacre by British General Dyer. Visit Durgiana Temple: – The temple complex houses Shree Laxmi Narayan Mandir with a huge pond on its periphery. Afternoon at your leisure for shopping etc. In evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where the daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause. Back to Amritsar. Overnight stay at hotel in Amritsar.
Day 6 :(Amritsar – Hari ke Pattan – Amritsar(optional) Or day at leisure.)
After breakfast Drive to Hari Ke Pattan which is one of most important lake in India. The wetland was declared a bird sanctuary in 1982 and named as Harike Pattan Bird Sanctuary with an extended area of 8600 sq. in winters (November-onwards) it becomes a welcome home to nearly 350 species of migratory birds, coming from as far as Siberia. It is also one of India’s leading in-land sweet water fish market and home of varied wild life. The wetland was declared a bird sanctuary in 1982 and named as Harike Pattan Bird Sanctuary with an extended area of 8600 sq. In the evening return to Amritsar.
Day 7 : (AMRITSAR – PATIALA)
After breakfast, drive to Patiala. Arrive Patiala, Check in hotel. Start your tour Qila Mubarak Complex The Qila Mubarak complex stands in 10-acre ground in the heart of the city, and contains the main palace or Qila Androon (literally, ‘inner fort’), the guesthouse or Ran Baas and the Darbar Hall. Sheesh Mahal was built behind the main Moti Bagh Palace to serve as a pleasure complex. The paintings in two of its well maintained, mirror-worked Patiala chambers are of Kangra and Rajasthani qalam, Later on Shop for Famous Patiala Salwar, Phlkaris and Jhooties.Overnight stay in Patiala.
Day 8 : (PATIALA – DELHI)
Board the train in the morning to Arrive Delhi. Later check into hotel. Day free for shopping on famous Janapth for handicrafts, visit India Gate. Evening dinner at one of the local eateries. Later either check out for your late-night flight back home or Overnight at hotel for Flight next day.
Important: This is only a suggested itinerary. The route, transport, halts and accommodation may change subject to weather and natural conditions prevailing at the time of the tour.