Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Amritsar.
Amritsar is found in the north of India, in the region of Punjab and close to the border of Pakistan. It's close location to Pakistan has lent Amritsar a unique culture which takes aspects from both countries. Dating back to 1577 under the rule of Sikh leader Guru Ram Das, Amritsar has a strong heritage, made obvious by spectacular buildings designed in classic Indian style. Pale white walls combine with glorious golden domes and towers give an almost mythological feel to Amritsar, and walking through these streets are an excellent introduction to the mysteries, magic and mysticism of a country drenched in history and reverence.
We take a guided tour of Amritsar to begin our first explorations of India and its cities, and this tour takes us around some of the most impressive sights here in the historical old town.
Later tonight we venture into the city to watch the incredible Palki Ceremony at the city's famous Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most breathtaking sights. During this atmospheric tradition, the Guru Granth Sahib, or Sikh holy book, is paraded triumphantly through a crowd of worshippers and 'put to bed'.