PILGRIMAGE TOUR

PILGRIMAGE TOUR
06 Nights / 07 Days

Lahore-Nankana Sahib-Katasraj Temples-Islamabad-Punja Sahib-Lahore

This unique tour provides the opportunity to pay respect to Baba Guru Nanak Sahib, will occur when we visit his birth place at Nankana Sahib in the outskirts of Lahore in Sheikhupura District. Trip includes tour to Gurdwara Punja Sahib, which houses thousands imprints of Baba Guru Nanak on a big rock boulder in a temple at Hassanabdal. The city sightseeing in Islamabad and Lahore will also familiarize you with the life styles of its inhabitant in its various forms.

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 01: Lahore      

Arrive at Alama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. Meet, assist & transfer to the hotel. PM. at leisure. Overnight in Lahore. (No meals).

Day 02: Lahore-Nankana Sahib Excursion    

Breakfast at the hotel. Day excursion to Nankana Sahib to visit the birth place of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.

Nankana Sahib earlier known as Rai-Bhoi-di-Talwandi is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan located about 80 kms south west of Lahore and about 75 kms east of Faisalabad. It is named after the first Guru of the Sikhs religion, Guru Nanak Dev was born here, and this place has high historical & religious value and is popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs around the world. It is also the capital of Nankana Sahib District & Tehsil. Earlier the town was known as Rai-Bhoi-di-Talwandi and was re-named as Nankana Sahib after the birth of Guru Nanak Dev. The Janam Asthan Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, in the beginning constructed in around 1600 A.D. was repaired in the year 1819–20 A.D. by Maharaja Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, The Sikh Conference of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Peshawar, Kangra and Hazara regions. Narain Das a Hindu warden has been appointed at Nankana On February 20, 1921 by the British as ordered his men to fire on Akali activists. The firing was extensively condemned, and a demonstration was started until the control of this historic Janam Asthan Gurdwara was returned to the Sikhs. Again in the 1930s and 40′s the Sikhs added more buildings and more architectural design. The area around Nankana Sahib was formerly a Tehsil of Sheikhupura District. In May 2005, the provincial government decided to raise the status of Nankana Sahib to that of a district as a way to promote & develop the area.

Evening drive back to Lahore for overnight stay. (Or spend the night at Gurdwara). (Breakfast only).

Day 03: Lahore-Katasraj Temples-Rawalpindi/Islamabad

After breakfast drive to Rawalpindi/Islamabad. En-route visit Katasraj Hindu Temples.

Katasraj Mandir is a Hindu Mandir located in Katas village in the district Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan. Devoted to Shiva, the holy place has existed from the time when the days of Mahabharata and the Pandava brothers spent an ample part of their exile at the site. Government of Pakistan considered & nominated the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. Most of the temples, located some 40 kms from Chakwal city in the Potohar region of northern Punjab, were built during the rule of Hindu kings. These temples were built around 900 years ago or more, although the first of Katasraj temples dates back to the later half of the 6th century A.D The Mandir was forsaken by local Hindus when they migrated to East Punjab in India during partition in 1947. Government of Pakistan has spent millions of Pak rupees to restore the temple complex in three phases. Arrival in Rawalpindi/Islamabad and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. (Breakfast only).

Day 04: Rawalpindi/Islamabad-Hassanabdal Excursion

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning trip to Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal.

Gurdwara Punja Sahib is located at Hassanabdal at a distance of 48 km from Rawalpindi one of the most holy places of Sikhism as of the existence of a rock assumed to have the hand print of Guru Nanak embossed on it. Twice a year, Sikhs visit this Gurdwara from around the world. Guru Nanak Dev Ji along with Bhai Mardana Ji reached Hassanabdal in Baisakh Samwat 1578 B.K. In the shade of a cool tree, Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana started reciting Kirtan and their followers gathered around. This irritated Wali Qandhari but he was helpless. This holy and venerated place was named Punja Sahib by Hari Singh Nalwa, the most renowned general of the Kingdom of the Sikhs. He is credited with having built the first Gurdwara at this place. During the British Raj in the Punjab management of Punja Sahib went in to the custody of Hindu hands, and later In 1920 Sardar Kartar Singh Virk of Jhabbar Village in Sheikhupura District along with Sikhs traveled to Punja Sahib and took the command of Punja Sahib from Hindu Mahant Mitha.

Afternoon sightseeing of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 05: Rawalpindi/Islamabad-Lahore           

After breakfast drive to Lahore. Arrive and start sightseeing of Lahore (trip to Gurdwara Arjun Dev Ranjeet Singh’s Samadhi).

Samadhi of Ranjeet Singh is the mausoleum of the Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjeet Singh. It is located near the Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. Construction was started by his son, Kharak Singh on the spot where he was burnt, and was completed by his youngest son, Duleep Singh in 1848. The tomb represents Sikh structural design, it is painted with gold fluted domes and cupolas and an ornate balustrade round the top. Ranjeet Singh’s remains are contained in a marble pot in the form of a lotus, protected under a marble pavilion inlaid with pietra dura, in the centre of the tomb. Two small memorials to the west of the main mausoleum to remember Ranjeet Singh’s son Maharaja Kharak Singh and grandson Naunihal Singh, and their wives.

Overnight in Lahore. (Breakfast only).

Day 06: Lahore city tour.             

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for full day sightseeing of Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens and Jahangir’s Tomb. Enjoy the Flag lowering ceremony at Pakistan-India Wagah Border.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab Province of Pakistan and 2nd largest city in the country was the seat of power in northern subcontinent for almost 1000 years. With a rich and marvelous history dating back to over a thousand years ago, Lahore is no doubt Pakistan’s cultural capital. One of the most compactly inhabited cities in the world, Lahore remains a vivacious economic, political, transportation, amusement, and educational hub. Lahore preserves its historical rank as one of the world’s most multinational and vigorous of cities. Lahore has been a center of cultural heritage for many civilizations. It witnessed the rise and fall of different invaded reign and absorbed the cultural festivities of all invaders into its own and assumed the role of the cultural capital of Pakistan.

Lahore was the cultural hub of the northern part of the subcontinent which widens from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, Mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the mausoleum of Jehangir and Noor Jahan are popular tourist attractions for the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Mughal-Gothic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities including the University of the Punjab. The Lahore Zoo, thought to be the fourth oldest zoo in the world is also situated here.

Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 07: Lahore      

After breakfast transfer to Allama Iqbal International Airport for return flight. (Breakfast only).

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