Travelling for leisure is one of the most unwinding activities to relax your body and soul. In a country like India where there are not one, not two, but a myriad of places to visit, it is rather overwhelming sometimes which place to choose this time and which one to keep for next. But there are a few tours that remain unbeatable and one of them is the Golden Triangle!
India is a melting pot of a host of cultures and religions, and Sikhism is one of the most notable of them all. North Indian regions of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, among others are dotted with loads of popular Sikh Shrines, popularly known as Gurudwaras. These are popular worldwide for their philanthropic and harmonical virtues, and absorbing Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shabad KirtansÃ¢â‚¬Â that will take you to the worlds of enormous tranquillity.
Shikhar Travels, in its Gurudwara Darshan tour package, takes you to all the renowned Gurudwaras of the North India. Gurudwaras covered in our package are:
1. Hemkund Sahib: Regarded as the WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Highest Gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib is perched on the banks of the glacial lake Hemkund. This highly revered shrine marks the place where the 10th and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, unified with God after prolonged meditation. This scenic shrine is encircled by seven snow-capped peaks and their associated glaciers. Streams from Sapt Rishi peaks and Haathi Parvat feeds the Hemkund lake and a small stream Himganga flows out of this.
2. Ponta Sahib: Situated at the banks of river Yamuna, Ponta Sahib is also related to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who lived here. It is said that he achieved a great victory over 2 hill country-kingdom at Bhangani, a place 23 kms away from the Gurudwara.
3. Anandpur Sahib: Ranked as one of the important places in Sikh religion, Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib was founded by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, back in the year 1664. It was the place where the Khalsa sect was born under the leadership of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Gurudwara Sri Sis Ganj, the place where severed head of Gurur Teg Bahadur was cremated, and Gurudwara Kesgarh Sahib, where five brave followers of Guru Gobind Singh Ji offered their heads – are the places that would interest you.
4. Amritsar: Home to the immensely popular Golden Temple, Amritsar is the most important city for the Sikh community. The city stands as an emblem for the economic prosperity and widespread felicity in Punjab. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the temple is built at the center of a Ã¢â‚¬Å“holy sarovarÃ¢â‚¬Â.
5. Nanakmatta: A place of extreme religious interests for Sikhs, Nanakmatta is situated on the Khatima-Tanakpur Road. It is believed that the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, visited this place during his visit to Kailash Parvat in 1515 A.D.
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Indian civilization stands in the league of the oldest and the most venerated civilizations across the world. Various architectural sites, sumptuous palaces and forts, highly revered religious places, among others stand testimony to IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opulent and grand culture. Along with these architectural and artistic grandeurs, Indian museums are the ones that spell out the captivating story of evolution of Indian civilization throughout these ages.
Although these museums are scattered in different cities of the country, Delhi museums are arguably the richest of them all. These could be a good option for those whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been looking for spending some quality time with their near and dear ones. If you think this could be a hassle in any way, then just leave it on us. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make it an effortless and memorable journey for you. During the course of this touring youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll visit following museums:
National Museum : Regarded as the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most prominent treasure house, it portrays IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s glorious past in its full gleam. It boasts of valuable collectibles from various ages of the Indian civilization. Its gilded collections contain 5000-year old relics of the Indus Valley civilization, exotic paintings and artworks, old manuscripts and mural paintings from Buddhist shrines in Central Asia. Established on August 15, 1949, the museum showcases antiques and historical memorabilia ranging from sculpture, carvings, paintings, jewelry, manuscripts, arts and crafts.
Rail Museum : Spread in the expanse of around 10 acres of land, this museum depicts the splendid 150-year old history of Indian Railways. There are various models of train, engines and coaches that are unique in the world, unmatched in splendor. It is also home to the model of India’s very first train, a steam engine that made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853. Kids would love the ride of the toy train around this museum.
Doll Museum : It ranks amongst one of the most visited museums in India. Its assortment comprises of a whopping 6,000 types of dolls collected from 85 countries across the world. Each doll is resplendently dressed in costumes that represent the country or the region they come from.
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Are you yearning for an excursion that can offer you the rare blend of lush greenery and cultural heritage sightseeing? If so, then just pack your bags and get geared to explore the culturally and ecologically opulent land of North India. It has all the ingredients to sweep you off your feet, and add great memorable moments to your souvenirs. While the entire region is simply filled with a number of imposing tourist attractions, there are some that shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be missed when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re touring this wonderful part of the world. These are:
Ladakh: Popularly dubbed as Ã¢â‚¬ËœLittle TibetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ because of its close proximity to the scenic Tibet region, Ladakh ranks in IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s least populated regions. Nestled in the Himalayan ranges, the land has glistening lofty snow-capped peaks and plunging green valleys as its hallmarks. The stark mountain landscape, with its rocky ridges, glassy lakes, is studded with vivid gompas (Buddhist monasteries), palaces, villages, and seasonal plantations.
Agra: Agra is renowned world over for the Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Thousands of tourists from all across the world flock in Agra every year to have a feel of classic Indian architecture and arts. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just the Taj Mahal, but the city has several other historical places, such as Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, among other architectural landmarks that would spellbind you.
Delhi: The capital city of India, Delhi,Ã‚Â can be labeled as cultural melting pot where diverse Indian cultures dwell together. It presents a perfect combination of modern and traditional lifestyles. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find a slew of wonderful spots here, ranging from cultural sites like India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort, to towering malls and other contemporary architectural wonders.
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When it comes to sorting out places in India where Diwali is feted the most, no other city could perhaps match the fun and ecstasy that the capital city Delhi has to dish out to you. Delhi could be seen as a confluence of several cultures, and hence any celebration in the city is markedly vivid. It is known world-over as a magnificent tourist spot, with masses of tourists herding in the city every year. In fact, a striking blend of historical sites and modern architecture makes Delhi a destination of choice for all. So, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good idea to take your friends and family to Delhi for an unforgettable Diwali bash, and Shikhar Travels will help you transform this striking idea into reality.
From electric night-life and showy cineplexes, to lush green parks and historical places, Delhi has a flavor for all ages. Besides, all these entertainment sites further get spruced up on occasions. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really difficult for a person to choose from a multitude of entertainment choices Delhi has to offer on Diwali. However, this can be made simpler by creating a priority-list for the same.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always good to start your trip with some cultural heritage site. Delhi has loads of historical attractions, such as Red Fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid, HumayunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tomb, Jantar Mantar, just to name a few. These attractions are simply at their visual best during the Diwali season. So, just prepare your list well, and explore them to have real feast for your eyes.
After having a wonderful historical ride, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recommended for you to have a visit to some religious places, like the Akshardham Temple, ISKCON Temple, Lotus Temple, and the likes. These places portray the mythological significance of Diwali and help you get closer to the highly-venerated Indian culture.
Once these religious visits are over, you can always switch to culturally opulent Delhi markets to get some rare handicrafts and Indian goodies. Delhi has a bunch of places where you can find eye-catching handiwork, garments, decorative items, along with some tasty delicacies. There is a long list of happening spots, but places like Connaught Place, South Extension, Dilli Haat, Chandni Chowk, Greater Kailash, should defenietly be on your priority list. So be in Delhi at on Diwali and feel the felicity in the air with Shikhar Travels.