Golden Temple-Manikaran Sahib Pilgrimage Package
Day 01 Amritsar
Arrive Amritsar Railway Station. On arrival meet and greet by our representative who will take you to the hotel. Check in hotel. Relax for a while. Overnight stay.
Day 02 Amritsar
Have breakfast. Start your full day city tour with the blessings of Golden Temple-the most important sikh shrine which is also called Mecca for the Sikhs is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs., then visit Jallianwala Bagh- where, on April 13, 1919, British and Gurkha soldiers opened fire on an unarmed forbidden gathering, killing hundreds of civilians. Evening visit Indo-Pak Wagah Border to watch Flag Retreat Ceremony- Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border 30 Kms from Amritsar where 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. Return to hotel.. Overnight stay.
Day 03 Tarn Taran Sahib / Goindwal Sahib / Khadoor Sahib / Sultanpur Lodhi / Jalandhar (90 Kms)
After breakfast proceed for full day Gurdwara Yatra around Amritsar starting from Gurdwara Shri Tarn Taran Sahib- is a Gurdwara established by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev. It is situated in the city of Tarn Taran Sahib. It has the distinction of having the largest sarovar (Water pond) of all the gurudwaras. Also it is famous for the month gathering of pilgrims on day of Amavas (No moon night). Then Visit Khadoor Sahib- Sri Khadur Sahib was the family home of second Guru Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji.
The Guru settled here with his wife Mata Khivi and raised their three children here. Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji established his religious center here and spent the rest of his life at Khadur Sahib. Here Shri Guru Angad Dev appointed Guru Amar Das as his successor and the third Guru. A grand Gurudwara Khaddi Sahib, has been constructed here, in memory of Guru Amar Das. Then proceed to Goindwal Sahib, visit Gurdwara Shri Baoli Sahib- This was the first centre of Sikhism and was established by Sri Guru Amar Das Ji.
The Hindus went on pilgrimage to Hardwar and Benaras but the Sikhs needed a place of their own. Understanding this, Sri Guru Amar Das Ji purchased the land and personally helped in the construction of the Gurdwara and Baoli (well) with 84 steps leading down to it.
Proceed to Visit Gurdwara Shri Hatt Sahib at Sultanpur Lodhi- Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, spent 14 years in Sultanpur Lodhi, situated in Kapurthala district of Punjab. His brotber-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. He worked as an accountant there.
Back to Amritsar. Overnight stay in Amritsar Hotel.
Day 04 Amritsar/Anandpur Sahib/Kullu (400 Kms / 10 hours)
After breakfast start your journey for Kullu. On the way stop at Gurdwara Shri Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib- Keshgarh Sahib is situated at Anandpur. It is considered the birthplace of the Khalsa. The Khalsa order was founded here by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Some of the weapons of Guru Gobind Singh are displayed here. The most precious of these is the actual Khanda (double edged sword) used by Guru Gobind Singh to prepare the amrit (sweet water) used in the first Khalsa initiation ceremony.
Proceed to Kullu. Reach Kullu. Overnight stay in Kullu Hotel.
Day 05 Manikarn Sahib
Morning after breakfast visit Manikaran sahib visit Gurdwara manikaran sahib.
Manikaran is sacred place for the Sikhs, it is believed that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee payed a visit here. The record of this can be found in the Janam Sakhi or the 'Twarikh Guru Khalsa' (by Giani Gian). There is a mention that along with his disciple Bhai Mardana, Guru Nanak came down to this place after visiting Kalanaur, Gurdaspur, Dasuya, Triloknath, Palampur, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba and Kulu and Bijli Mahadev. He was also accompanied by five of his followers or 'piaras'.
Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji is very renowned , Devotees to this Gurudwara can take a holy dip in the hot water emanating from the springs. Out of three baths, one is situated below the Gurudwara itself. There are separate arrangement for men and women. Quiet closeby is a langar Hall.
The legend of Manikaran states that while roaming around, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, once chanced upon a place that was surrounded by mountains and was lush green. Enamoured by the beauty of the place, they decided to spend some time there. It is believed that they actually spent eleven hundred years here.
During their stay here, Goddess Parvati lost her mani in the waters of a stream. Upset over the loss, she asked Shiva to retrieve it. Lord Shiva commanded his attendant to find out the mani for Parvati, however, when they failed, he was extremely angry. He opened his third eye, a tremendously inauspicious event which led to disturbances in the universe. An appeal was made before the serpent god, Sheshnag, to pacify Lord Shiva. Sheshnag hissed thereby giving rise to a flow of boiling water. The water spread over the entire area resulting in the emergence of precious stones of the type Goddess Parvati had lost. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were happy at the outcome.
The name Manikaran is derived from this legend. The water is still hot and is considered extremely auspicious. A pilgrimage to this place is thought of as complete. Infact, it is also believed that there is no need to pay a visit to Kashi after visiting this place. The water of the spring is also supposed to have curative powers. The water is so hot that rice can be cooked in it.
Evening proceed to Manali, overnight at Manali Hotel.
Day 06 Manali, Rohtang Pass
After Breakfast local sightssing of Manali and Rohtangpass, Overnight at Manali Hotel.
Day 07 Departure
After breakfast, drive to Amritsar, drop at railway station/airport for onward return journey.
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