Get the true essence of celebrating the festival in a traditional Punjabi style by visiting a nearby local Amritsar village close to the India-Pakistan border. Besides celebrating the festival of colors this will be an inspiring as well as educating tour. This village tour also offers a fascinating opportunity to know the authentic ways of living in rural Punjab and experience the warmth of the local people besides enjoying the authentic flavors of the land. As an amalgamation of the Amritsar Village Tour and Amritsar Wagah Border Tour, we will also witness the much talked about Flag-lowering ceremony at this Attari-Wagah Border and feel the zeal and valor of India's First Line of Defence which is, in reality, a homogeneous blend of history, entertainment, culture, and sightseeing.
9th &10th Mar
Approx by walk
- A quick visit of Pul Kanjari – one of the historic, resting places of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
- Sneak peek into a local village house and interaction with their family
- Getting into a local attire by wearing a pagri or turban and sometimes a Punjabi suit
- The highly patriotic Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border
- Flag bearing run and dance-off for the female participants
- The highly patriotic Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border
- English speaking guide as tour leader
- History overview and explanation of Pul Kanjari and Village
- Sharing of pictures taken by tour leaders
- Lunch, Snacks, Water
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 5%
What to expect
The motive behind curating this tour is to make our guests familiar with the Festival of Colors, the way it is celebrated in Punjab especially in Amritsar and also to give them an experience of a lifetime. So to start our tour in a group, we will meet at the common assembly point at City On Pedals Backpackers Hostel in Rani Ka Bagh from 10 min before the start time. We will start our tour once all the guests have joined. After some basic introductions and instructions from our tour leader, we would be taken to the rural side of the city through a cab or a bus.
We will head towards the ancient monument called Pul Kanjari which is just around 100 m from the Indo-Pak border. We will visit a small ancient structure called the Baradari which was burnt down during the India-Pakistan war of 1971. We will also pass through near the last Indian Army post before the India-Pakistan border. We will also get to visit a small war memorial that was built after the 1971 war.
Moving ahead to our friendly village home we will enjoy the traditional drink - tea with some snacks to boost us up before we visit some of the other houses in the neighborhood. During our casual stroll, we will get to perform various village activities such as cooking on a Chulha - a traditional clay oven, learn more about the age-old gobar gas plant, spend some time observing the families’ livestock and milk their cows. We may also enjoy a drive on a tractor on the nearby farm.
Since the motive behind this tour is to make you all familiar with the Holi of Punjab, so this would be the actual place where we will celebrate Holi, the festival of colors with the local villagers. We will then head back to our friendly family house and have our traditional homemade traditional Punjabi lunch. To indulge ourselves more in the colors of the land, we will carry out few activities of dressing ourselves in the traditional Punjabi attires like Phulkari and the turban tying activities. To take back the memories of the lifetime, we would take some beautiful pictures with the host family. After sharing this memorable time, we will bid farewell to our new friends and would move towards Wagah Border for the ceremony.
At this open Indo-Pak border, we will witness the Flag-lowering ceremony commonly called Retreat Ceremony, in which, Border Security Force of India and Pakistan Rangers, march together, to lower their respective flags as an evening ritual on the tune of music and commands shared by the leaders. We will see an amalgamation of celebrations attached with patriotism - a competitive ceremony in which thousands of people gather on both sides and cheer up for their respective motherland. After witnessing the parade, we will head back to the starting point and end the day of celebrations, fun and a lot of colors.
Private/Custom tour option
This tour is also available for reservation as a private or custom tour with a similar or modified itinerary, desired start time and duration. Contact us directly with your requirements.
Clothes and accessories
It is recommended to wear comfortable t-shirts, pants, and shoes. Clothes covering full arms and legs are recommended as they are mandatory to enter some of the religious places. During winters, it is also recommended to carry a warm jacket and hand gloves.
Avoid bringing heavy backpacks, camera bags, expensive clothes, and accessories on this tour. Avoid slippers or sandals and loose outfits as it may hinder the walking experience since the roads may not be even or smooth and clean.
- It is important to contact (call or WhatsApp) your tour leader 5 min before the tour starts if you cannot locate the assemble place. If in case you are going to be late to reach the assemble place, please contact your tour leader immediately
- Please check the assemble place of your tour carefully. Some of our tours do not start at our hostel. In case you are staying at the hostel, you must gather in the common area at least 20 min before the tour starts so that we can arrange the transportation to the assemble place
- Please be informed that since some of the tours don’t start from our hostel or may have external dependencies such as cab vendors, there may arise the chances of the tour starting late. We usually take a buffer of 15 minutes and catch up for the loss of time in such cases during the tour
- Tours in other languages may be offered upon request
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- Recommended not to bring anything heavy with you for a smoother and enjoyable tour. However, you may bring your phones, pocket cameras and some money (in case you would like to buy something on the way)
- Recommended to leave all other personal belongings at your current place of stay
- Operates in all weather conditions except rains. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
- Please note that the street food and meals may not conform to recommended national or international standards of hygiene
- Please advise any specific requirements at the time of booking. eg, allergies in food items, etc.
- Recommended to use the toilets before joining for the tour
- Required to accept the conditions mentioned in the WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIM page
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