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Golden Temple & Hemkund Saheb – Sacred Sites of Essential Sikhism

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11 Days/ 10 Nights
Amritsar, Punjab
Amritsar, Punjab
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Amritsar is amongst the most admired sites of the world founded the 16th century and its name is derived from Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar) and the Golden Temple, the most sacred Sikh shrine. Amritsar possesses a rich history encompassing numerous historical and mythological tales including the epic Ramayana. Amritsar is also famous for its thriving industry in textiles, particularly shawls, and carpets.

Amritsar has gained incredible admiration for its dhabas (roadside restaurant) ranging from unlimited list of dishes like kulchas, chola-bhaturas, tandoori chicken and many more. Amritsar makes an all rounded tourist destination due to its ancient folklore, historical shrines like the Durgiana temple, worship homes like Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji, old markets, and colourful festivals. Visit the India-Pakistan border at Wagah is an absolute satisfying experience, especially during the festive times.

The next destination, Paonta Sahib, is small hill pilgrimage center for Sikhs, situated in the heavenly state of Himachal Pradesh. It was established in the reverence of the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who is believed to have lived there for four years. Savouring the beautiful nature, according to Guru Gobind Singh, hunting in the jungle and composing poetry were a perfect experience for one. Pilgrims can also enjoy the tranquil weather, lus green tall evergreen trees around the center.

Explore the sanctified city of Rishikesh, situated along the conjunction of rivers Ganga and Chandrabhaga. It is situated on the foothills of Himalayas and is a major hub of numerous ancient temples, shrines, yoga centers, ashrams (pilgrimage center), Ayurveda, and adventure sports. Rishikesh has become an extremely popular destination due to its beautiful blend of spiritual and power propelling experiences around the world. Explore the famous hanging bridge, Lakshman Jhula, that connects two villages, Tapovan and Jonk along with the wonderful 13 storey, Trimbakeshwar temple to its opposite with significant intricate architecture. Take a stroll at Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three important sanctified rivers of India, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathi. It is one of the most sacred bathing spots in Rishikesh, with local tales referring to attainment of salvation. Take a rejuvenating and stress relieving meditation course at Parmarth Niketan Ashram to release positive energy and happiness in your soul.

Travel to the outer Himalayan range of Rudraprayag, named after Lord Shiva, lies at the confluence of the rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. It is a small town located in Uttarakhand and is blessed with nature’s plenteous, especially the weather to its finest. The existence of separate routes for the famous pilgrimage sites such as Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag generate a great importance to the place. The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes and glaciers. Many visitors from around the world travel to the place to witness the phenomenon of two sisters/ rivers meeting at a spot with the area enclosed by immense beauty consisting of lakes, glaciers, rivers and streams. This place comprises of plenty of temples and other such significant pilgrim sites.

Moving on to Govind ghat, another confluence of river Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga, on an altitude of 6000 feet. The most significant landmark is the Gurudwara located on the bank of river Alaknanda, providing accommodation for the pilgrims who set for the trek to beautifully snow-clad, Hemkund Sahib via the famous Gurudwara Govind Dham. Govindghat sprays serenity and natural exquisiteness in the surrounding in the bed of nature. The seasonal, Valley of Flowers is located in the Chamoil District, and is famous for its variety of flower beds, that create an otherworldly view, especially the road from Joshimath to Badrinath. Pilgrims from around the world, especially Sikh, find their way to the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and a few numbers of tourist visit this valley every day.

Visit the Hemkund Sahib, a significant pilgrimage site for Sikhs as well as Hindus located on the mesmerising Lokpal lake with an altitude of 4329 m above sea level. The magnificent natural surroundings make this hill heaven an ideal dwelling for revitalizing oneself. The sacred shrine, Hemkund Sahib is accessible from many ways through as it placed in the core. The shrine dedicated to Lord Lakshmana is an auspicious site for Hindu Pilgrims. This temple is built on the banks of Hemkund. This snow-capped peaks, marvelous snowy glaciers and pristine appealing water houses the wonderful Gurdwara. Himganga, a small stream originates from the Hemkund/ Lokpal lake. Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, has been recorded in the holy Granth Sahib to be meditating on the tranquil banks of Hemkund in one of his births. Hemkund has also been mentioned in holy scriptures such as the Ramayana, stating that the younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman recovered himself by meditating on the banks of Hemkund after the severe injuries accumulated as aftermath of the Rama-Ravana war!

 

 

 

 

Departure & Return Location

Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportations in destination location
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature / room service fee / tips
  • Visa
  • GST if applicable
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions

Things to carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / umbrella
  • Hats / caps/ comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents (visa, if applicable)
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription

For more details refer to Travel Planning Guide

What to Expect

This tour will help you indulge in a spiritual journey, of hand-picked sanctified destinations, promising charismatic sceneries, adventure sports and medication centres (Spiritual) within 11 days. Explore the historical city of Amritsar, covering the marvellous Golden temple, the most scared shrine for the Sikh community, visited by tourists and devotees from around the world followed by Paonta Sahib, a sacred town dedicated to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh plus the pilgrimage centre and museum, makes it unconditionally alluring.

Moving on to the Rishikesh, elegant and spiritual, well-known for its artistically significant temples, shrines, architecture and most predominantly Nature! Drive deeper into the Himalayan range and you will envisage the charming little town of Rudraprayag (named after Lord Shiva), offering an otherworldly experience by its confluence between the rivers Alakananda and Mandakini.

Joshimath, the next destination is the embodiment of nature, covered with snow-clad mountains around, this place provides adventure sports along with trekking route to different religiously important sites which leads to our last trekking destination from Govind dham to Hemkund Sahib with extremely rare picturesque beauty, adorned with heavy snow and heaven like surrounding. Return to Rishikesh for a meditation treatment course, to rejuvenate your spirit!

  • Collective religious shrines
  • Fascinating architecture and scenic landscapes
  • Temples and Pilgrimage centres
  • North India and the Himalayan range
  • Trekking and Adventure sports
  • Meditation course at Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Amritsar

After arriving at the beautiful city of Amritsar, check-in to your accommodation, head on to the most famous Wagah border, a village and union council located in between Lahore, and Punjab, India.

Wagah is well-known for the Wagah border ceremony and is also a cargo terminal plus a railway station connecting Pakistan and India. The rest of the time can be spent shopping at the magnificently lit, Hall Bazaar and then at your leisure.

Return to your accommodation for the night.

(Overnight at Amritsar)

Day 2Amritsar - Paonta Sahib

After breakfast at the hotel, behold the stunning temple of Durgiana, a sheer religious spot for Hindus, with the architecture similar to Golden temple and dedicated to Goddess Gurga followed by a stroll around the facade of the intricately grafted and most sanctified shrine for Sikhs, Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib, that was renovated by the king around 1830 AD. This temple is adorned with gold and marble, attracting people from all around the world.

Continue your journey towards Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji, a village and religious centre in Amritsar located in the banks of river Beas. It has an ashram and pilgrims from around the world can stay and learn the spiritual ways of their holy teachings.

Take a scenic road trip to the sanctified Paonta Sahib and check-in to your accommodation. Rest of the time can be spent at leisure and by exploring this charming town of outer Himalayas.

Return to your accommodation.

(Overnight at Paonta Sahib)

Day 3Paonta Sahib - Rishikesh

After a breakfast delicacy, our morning drive takes us to the amazing pilgrimage centre, Paonta Sahib, established in the respect of the tenth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, who is believed to have lived here for four years and written mesmerising poetry and verses inspired by the beauty.

Resume your journey to Rishikesh, a holy city and abode for studying yoga and meditation, also known for its holistic temples and ashrams (centres for spiritual studies) with a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian territory around the town.

Check in to your accommodation followed by a ride to Lakshman Jhula, a famous hanging bridge that connects two villages, Tapovan and Jonk along with the wonderful 13 storyes, Trimbakeshwar temple to its opposite. Take a stroll at Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three important sanctified rivers of India, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathi. It is one of the most sacred bathing spots in Rishikesh, with local tales referring to attainment of salvation.

Return to your accommodation for the night.

(Overnight at Rishikesh)

Day 4Rudraprayag - Joshimath - Govind Dham

After breakfast, set out on an unforgettable trip to Rudraprayag which lies at the confluence of the rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag is blessed with nature’s plenteous, especially the weather to its finest.

Drive to Joshimath, explore the beautiful Narsingh temple located amidst the wintry town and a 1200 years old mulberry tree called Kalpavriksha, a holistic shrine for pilgrimage.

Continue to Govind Ghat, the private vehicle would be parked at the respective place. Start Trekking (12.5kms) for Gurudwara Govind Dham.

(Overnight at Govind Dham)

Day 5Govind Dham - Hemkund Sahib - Govind Ghat

The journey to Hemkund Sahib can take about three to four hours and the pilgrims generally initiate their journey as early as 5 and 6 a.m due to ambiguous weather conditions. Several shortcuts are available with some ways only accessible during summer. Horses cannot walk on the snow, hence walking is the only option during snowfall. It is an important pilgrimage site situated on the picturesque Lokpal lake, making it a quite challenging but enjoyable trek. Return to Govind Ghat and stay for the night.

(Overnight at Govind Ghat)

Day 6 - Day 10Govind Ghat - Rishikesh

After returning to Govind Ghat, resume your journey to Rishikesh, and visit the Himalayan abode, Parmarth Niketan, an ashram founded along the banks of river Ganges in 1942. This ashram provides an array of medication and yoga courses ranging from three day course on occasions and five day or more course in general.

Enjoy a five day/ three day (as available) stay for meditation course to rejuvenate and relief all the stress and pain from the body.

Day 11Rishikesh - Delhi

After meal provided, start your journey from Rishikesh to Delhi, to take a flight or train home.

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