Weekend Getaways : North India : Part 1

There are a number of weekend Getaways in Northern India one of which is as follows. Hope reading this article helps you to well plan you vacation. Kindly feel free to ask questions

Option 1 : Punjab : Amritsar with Wagah border

How to reach :

By Air : amritsar has an international airport with direct flight to and from middle east all major cities of India

By Rail : Amritsar is well connected to the rest of the nation by a good network of rail

By Road : Amritsar is well connected by roads, you may drive down to Amritsar

 

Things to do :

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Jaliawala Bagh                                        Bullet marks at Jaliawala Bagh

 

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Martyr’s Well at Jaliawala Bagh

 

Jaliawala Bagh : The memorial at this site commemorates the 2000 Indians who were killed or wounded, shot indiscriminately by the British under the command of Gen Michael O”Dyer on April13, 1919 while participating in a peaceful public meeting. This was one of the major incidents of India’s freedom struggle.The story of this appaling massacre is told in the Martyr’s Gallery at the site. A section of wall with bullet marks still visible is preserved along with the memorial well, in which some people jumped to escape, however could not as more and more people jumped into it one upon another and succumed to injuries and suffocation

 

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Beating Retreat at Wagah Border              Closing Ceremony at Wagah Border

Wagah Border: The international border between India and Pakistan. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border – between Amritsar and Lahore, is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. 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.

Kindly note that if you wish to be well seated to watch the Beating Retreat Ceremony please reach there well in time at about 3pm to 3:30pm , well ahead of the start of the ceremony. Kindly note that there is no network at and near Wagah Border for Mobile Phones therefore mark a place to meet up with your Car Driver to meet after ceremony so that you are not stranded searching for the driver                ( The problem that I faced when visited Wagah border )

 

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Ariel view of Golden Temple                      Night View of Golden Temple

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Inside view of Golden Temple                 Holy Sarovar at Golden Temple

Golden Temple : The Golden temple is located in the holy city of the Sikhs, Amritsar. The Golden temple is famous for its full golden dome, it is one of the most sacred pilgrim spots for Sikhs. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had the upper half of the building built with approximately 400 kg of gold leaf. The Golden Temple is also famously known as Harminder Sahib. A visitor must cover his / her head before entering the temple premises. Guru-ka-Langar or the communal canteen is towards the eastern entrance of the temple complex, and it provides free food to all visitors, regardless of colour, creed, caste or gender. Visitors to the Golden Temple must remove their shoes and cover their heads before entering the temple. The temple is less crowded in the early mornings on weekends

 

 

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Durgiana Temple : Built in the third decade of the 20th Century it echoes, not the traditional Hindu temple architecture, but that of the Golden Temple and, in a similar manner rises from the midst of a tank and has canopies and the central dome in the style of the Sikh temple. One of the greatest reformers and political leaders of resurgent India, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, laid its foundation stone. It is a well-known repository of Hindu scriptures

 

 

Suggested Itinerary : 2 Nights / 3 Days

Day 1 : Reach Amritsar, Day at Leisure, In The evening you may visit Golden Temple

Day 2 : After breakfast you may visit Durgiana Temple and Jaliawala Bagh, Later go to Wagah Border to witness the much talked about Beating Retreat , Reach there by 3:00-3:30pm to be well seated. Return to Amritsar. Evening free to explore the markets or once again visit Golden Temple

Day 3 : After breakfast Day at leisure, till your onward journey

Approximate package cost with accommodation in a budget hotel with Breakfast , Trip to Wagah Border by car will be Rs 4500 for a couple or 2 Person  

 

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