Originally called Ramdaspur – Guru Ramdas’s City (the City of God’s Servant), it is now called Amritsar, which means “pool of nectar”. Amritsar is the home of the Harimandir Sahib, affectionately called the Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is considered one of the world’s holiest sites and holds a very special place in the hearts of Sikhs. At the Golden Temple, you will have the opportunity to meditate and listen to Gurbani Kirtan and to participate in the Seva (selfless service) of preparing and serving the langar which is served to 100,000 people each day.
We will arrive at the Ramada Amritsar about mid-day on November 13th. The Ramada has a full-service restaurant and you will be on your own for lunch and dinner while we are in Amritsar. They also have laundry service, and this will be the first availability for laundry on the Yatra – so plan accordingly. The Ramada is situated in the middle of Hall Bazaar, one of the best shopping areas of Amritsar for clothes, textiles, and treasures.
The hotel is also walking distance to the Golden Temple. We will go there together on the afternoon of the 13th and then you will be free to go whenever you want to meditate and listen to the Kirtan.
The next morning on November 14th, we will go together in the early morning, about 3 am, and you can experience the joy of Amrit Vela at the Harimandir Sahib. In the afternoon, we will have a tour of the Baba Siri Chand Mandir that is right near the Golden Temple. There is a fire pit that has burned since Babaji was meditating there nearly 400 years ago!
On the 15th, after an early morning at the Golden Temple and breakfast at the hotel, we then take a bus for the short ride to Miri Piri Academy. Here we will have a tour of the school and take some time to enjoy the beautiful environment of MPA.
On the 16th, after a morning at the Golden Temple and breakfast at the hotel, we will finish up our last-minute shopping in Amritsar. A transport will drive our luggage and we will take an afternoon flight back to New Delhi.