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Golden Temple Tour

Best Time to Visit : From May to October
Duration : 10 Days & 11 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govind Ghat - Ghangariya - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangariya - Govind Ghat - Badrinath - Srinagar - Mussoorie - Paonta Sahib - Ropar - Anandpur Sahib - Amritsar - Delhi.

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DAY 1 Delhi - Rishikesh (DRIVE 225 KM)
Early in the morning after breakfast drive down to reach Rishikesh (via. Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar). Enrout stop at Chital Grand for tea break. Later proceed to Rishikesh. Reach Rishikesh and check-in the Hotel for lunch & overnight stay. Evening at leisure.

DAY 2 Rishikesh - Joshimath (DRIVE 257 KM)
Morning after breakfast drive to Joshimath (via. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Nandprayag and Chamoli). Enroute stop for a tea break at Kudiyala, Lunch at Srinagar evening tea break at Pipalkothi. Upon arrival at Joshimath check-into the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 3 Joshimath - Govind Ghat - Ghangariya (DRIVE 21 KM TREK 14 KM)
Morning after breakfast drive down (21 Km) to Govind Ghat and then trek (14 Km) to reach Ghangariya. One can find tea shops all the way till Hemknd Sahib and can have lunch enroute. Reach Ghangariya and check-in the tourist banglow / hotel / tented camp.

DAY 4 Ghangariya - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangariya ( TREK 12 KM)
Early in the morning start trekking (6 Km) to reach "HEMKUND SAHIB". One of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, The Hemkund Sahib, the Worlds Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,329 mts. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for overnight stay. Evening is free for rest & relaxation.

  DAY 5 Ghangariya - Govind Ghat - Badrinath (TREK 14 KM DRIVE 23 KM)
Morning after an early breakfast trek down (12 Km.) to reach Govind Ghat. Then proceed your journey to Badrinath. Upon arrival at Badrinath check-in the Hotel for overnight stay. In the evening visit the famous Hindu temple of Badrinath. Badrinath is considered the holiest of the four Hindu shrines in the Himalayas The principle idol in the Temple is of black stone & represents Lord Vishnu seated in a meditative pose.

DAY 6 Badrinath - Srinagar (DRIVE 189 KM)
After an early breakfast proceed your journey via. Joshimath to reach Srinagar. Upon arrival check-in the hotel for overnight stay.

SrinagarDAY 7 Srinagar - Mussoorie (DRIVE 188 KM)
Morning after breakfast drive down to reach Mussoorie enroute visiting Rishikesh & Dehra Dun. Reach Mussoorie and check in the hotel for overnight stay. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

DAY 8 Mussoorie - Paonta Sahib - Ropar (DRIVE 203 KM)
Early in the morning after breakfast drive to "PONTA SAHIB" via Dehra Dun. Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru lived here. His weapons are displayed in the town and his Gurudwara still overlooks the river. Later in the afternoon drive down to reach Rupnagar (Ropar). Upon arrival check-in the tourist banglow / hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 9 Ropar - Anandpur Sahib - Amritsar (DRIVE 236 KM)
In the morning after breakfast drive down to reach Amritsar enroute visiting ANANDPUR SAHIB. Later proceed to Amritsar. Upon arrival check-in the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 10 Amritsar - Delhi
Early in the morning visit the famous "THE GOLDEN TEMPLE". Amritsar, founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs, means Pool of nectar, referring to the sacred tank around which the Sikhs' Golden Tempole is built. Rest of the day is free at leisure and in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the Shatabadi Express to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi railway station tour terminates.

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  Major Sikh Pilgrimage Center
  Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund SahibOne of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, the Worlds Highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 4,329 mts above sea level, on the bank of a glacial lake Hemkund (Lok Pal), marks the place where Guru Govind Singh the 10th and the last Guru unified with God after prolonged meditation. The shrine is encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers. Streams from Hati Parvat and Sapt Rishi Peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of his lake. According to the Holy Granth Sahib, it is believed that Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Guru of the sikhs recounts that in a previous life he had meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains. Hemkund Sahib, Sikh pilgrims have decided, is that holy lake where there 10th Guru has meditated. The Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is an imposing star shaped structure of stone and masonry at the edge of lake Lok Pal 2 km. in circumference whose cristal clear water mirrors the image of snow clad Sapt Shring Peaks (5500 mts).

Paonta Sahib
It is situated on the river Yamuna, on the Border with Uttrakhand. It is linked with Guru Govind Singh the 10th Sikh Guru who lived here. At Bhangani, 23 Km. away, he achieved a great military victory when his forces defeated the combined might of 22 hill-country kingdom. His weapons are displayed in the town and his Gurudwara still overlooks the river.

  Anandpur Sahib
Anandpur SahibAnandpur Sahib, the holy city of Bliss, as the name translates, is the second most importaqnt centre of Sikh religion. Its foundation was laid by the ninth Guru,Teg Bahadur Sahib, in 1664 AD. From here eleven years later, he left for Delhi to the court of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to plead for greater religious tolerance and an end to religious persecution. Here his severed head was brought to his son and family. It was here the Khalsa, or the Pure, was born under the leadership of the tenth Guru, Govind Singh Sahab, on 30 March, 1699. The important places of interest are: Gurudwara Sri Sis Ganj built overthe site where the severed head of Guru Teg Bhadur Sahib was cremated; Gurudwara Sri Kesgarh Sahib standing at the place where the five brave followers of Guru Govind Singh offered their heads and the Khalsa Panth was born (it is also one of the five seats of religious authority), Gurudwara Damdama Sahib marking the site where Govind Singh was proclaimed the tenth Guru; various forts and fortresses; and the museum housed in the Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib displaying some of the weapons and arms associated with Guru Govind Singh and others.

Golden Temple, AmritsarAmritsar is the most holy city for the Sikh community where life is influnced by the Golden Temple, their most important shrine. Economically it's the showpiece of the prosperity and wealth of Punjab. Important S/S includes visit to Golden Temple - the holy shrine where the holy tank "sarover" was completed by Guru Arjan who also built the Golden Temple " Harmandir" in the center of the tank, Jallianwala Bagh - near to Golden temple,is a monument dedicated to hundreds of martyrs of a massacre in 1919 and Wagha Border - it's an interesting experience, especially at the sunset while retreat takes place when Indian and Pakistani troops put up a spectacular display.

Nanakmatta, a place of great religious intrest for the Sikhs, lies on the Khatima - Tanakpur road. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev, the first Guru had visited this place on his way to Kailash Parvat in 1515 A.D. Nearby is a Gurudwara and the lake called Nanak Sagar. This lake provides ample opportunities for various water sports.

Pilgrims and visitors to the Golden Temple, must remove their shoes and cover their heads, before entering the temple premises. The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning, on weekdays, before it gets crowded.

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