Sikhism Religious Tour
Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places to Visit : Bombay — Nanded — Hazoor Sahib — Aurangabad — Haridwar — Srinagar — Gobind Ghat — Gobind Dham — Fatehgarh Sahib — Ludhiana — Sultanpur Lodhi — Gobindwal Sahib — Taran Taran — Amritsar — Machiawara — Anandpur Sahib — Jalandhar
Day 1 : Reach Bombay Welcome to India and leave for the hotel.
Day 2 : Bombay / Nanded/ Hazoor Sahib (Train – 2100 / 0930)
In the morning take a cruise in the Arabian Sea to see the famous Elephanta Caves, Hewn out of a solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses represented in many reincarnations. Experience the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, the Aquarium and the Marine Drive (also known) as the «Queen’s Necklace». In the evening, leave for the railway station to catch a train for Nanded. Night on the train.
Day 3 : Hazoor Sahib
Reach Nanded, and move to Hazoor Sahib in Maharashtra. This is where Guru Gobind Singh attained eternity. Rest of the day at leisure. It is one of the five Akal Takhats ( religious places ) of the Sikh religion.
Day 4 : Hazoor Sahib
Spend a day at Hazoor Sahib and the Gurudwara’s ( place to worship ). In the evening watch and participate in the kirtan ( prayer ceremony ) followed by Aarti ( chanting ) sung with utmost devotion and fervour.
Day 5/6 : Hazoor Sahib/Nanak Chira Gurudwara — Optional/Hazoor Sahib
Leave in the morning for a pictureseque and historical Nanak Chira Gurudwara asscociated with Guru Nanak located in Karnataka and return to Hazoor Sahib the following day to partcipate in a Kirtan and Aarti sung with utmost devotion and fervour.
Day 7 : Hazoor Sahib / Aurangabad (215 Kms-5 hrs) / Delhi (Flight – IC 888 1730/2055)
The next morning leave for Aurnagabad. Once there, leave for the airport for a flight to Delhi.
Day 8 : Delhi / Haridwar (Train – 700 1130) / Srinagar (220 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning board shatabdi express train for Haridwar, once there proceed to Sringar. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.
Day 9 : Srinagar/Gobind Ghat-50Kmms/ Gobind Dham( 15 kms)
After breakfast depart for Gobind Ghat, thereafter trek towards Gobind Dham (14 kms / 5-7 hrs). From the bridge cross the Alaknanda (at Gobind Ghat). The gurudwara at Gobind Dham is placed strategically at a point where most pilgrims are too tired to go much further for the day. The gurudwara at Gobind Dham gives an even stronger impression than the one at Gobind Ghat of being specifically created to take care of the pilgrims. Reach and check in at the Gurudwara Sarai ( guesthouse ) for the night.
Day 10 : Gobind Dham — Hemkunt Sahib (5 Kms) — Gobind Dham.
The next morning proceed for a trek towards Hemkunt Sahib (5 Kms), Set amidst towering snow-capped mountains and beside a lake of pristine blue water, the Sikh shrine of Sri Hemkunt Sahib looks, even to the not-particularly-pious, a place of almost unbelievable beauty and peace. Seven peaks — known as the Sapt Sring- surround the shrine, looming over lush green pastures. The lake’s rocky shores are covered with snow through most of the year, but when the snows melt, the almost mythical yellow-green flower known as the Brahma Kamal, the `Lotus of the Gods’, blooms amidst the rocks. It’s a place of a rather wild and untamed beauty and one of Sikhism’s most important shrines. The tenth and penultimate guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, meditated for years in these mountains, finally leaving his earthly form and uniting with the Almighty. The star-shaped Gurudwara Hemkunt Sahib, at a height of over 4,000 metres, is a memorial to Guru Gobind Singh and a reminder of the saint’s mission. Spend the day at Hemkunt sahib. Later in the afternoon, trek back to Gobind Dham.
Day 11 : In Gobind Dham
Spend the day at Gobind Dham. Overnight stay at the Gurudwara Sarai.
Day 12 : Gobind Dham/ Gobind Ghat/ Haridwar
After an early breakfast leave for Haridwar. Rest of the day at your disposal.
Day 13 : Haridwar / Fatehgarh Sahib (Sirhind) / Ludhiana
Depart for Ludhiana, enroute we stop at Sirhind – standing amidst the ruins of beautiful mosques and tombs, Sirhind was an important city during the Mughal period. Also, visit Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara which marks the spot where guru Gobind Singh’s younger sons were bricked alive. Thereafter continue towards Ludhiana. Reach and check in to the hotel.
Day 14 : Ludhiana / Sultanpur Lodhi / Gobindwal Sahib / Taran Taran / Amritsar
Morning, leave for Amritsar, enroute visit Sultanpur Lodhi where Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, spent 14 years over there and is situated in the Kapurthala district of Punjab. His brother-in-law, Jai Ram, got him employed in the service of Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi who was much impressed by the intellectual equipment of Nanak. Then, depart to visit Gobindwal Sahib or Darbar Sahib Baoli Sahib. The deep baoli (step-well) in the Gurudwara has 84 steps. The faithful believe that if you recite Jap Ji Sahib, the divine composition of the first Prophet of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Devji at each step after a bath in the well, you live out the cycle of 84,000 lives (representing the species created by God) and attain moksha (liberation of the soul). After the visit continue towards ‘Tarn Taran.’ Gurudwara Tarn Taran Sahib, is situated at a distance of 22 km south-east of Amritsar city. It was built by Guru Arjun Dev, in the Mughal style, in the memory of Guru Ram Das. It’s dome is covered with copper gilt. It is located on the edge of a big tank whose water is believed to cure leprosy. Thereafter continue your journey towards Amritsar. Reach and check in to the hotel.
Day 15 : Amritsar
Morning proceed to visit the ‘Golden temple’ built in 1601. The first stone was laid by a Muslim saint at the invitation of Guru Arjun devji. Visit Akal Takht – adjacent to Golden Temple which is also the repository of the various weapons used by the Guru’s. Also visit ‘Jalianwala’ Bagh. Many patriots and innocent people were killed during the British rule.
Day 16 : Amritsar / Machiawara / Anandpur Sahib
The next morning depart to visit ‘ Gurudwara Machiwara’ — Thereafter, continue towards Anandpur Sahib. It was here at Anandpur (city of bliss) that Guru Gobind Singhji administered «Amrit» to the first batch of 5 Sikhs. Anandpur Sahib is a Picturesque Village, a 17th Century Fortress, is one of the holiest Sikh Shrines. Later in the evening visit Kiratpur by the banks of Sutlej River.
Day 17 : Anandpur Sahib / Jalandhar
Leave for Jalandhar and catch your flight to your final destination, Home!