The Folk Tales of Sikh Heritage

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This is the basic outline of travel experience. We do customization as per the needs of every guest if required. Our experiences are designed not to take you as an observer, but to get you involved hands on and experience the place like a local.

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The word ‘Sikhism’ comes from ‘Sikh’, which means ‘a strong and able disciple.’ Sikhism has elements of Hinduism and Islam in its traditions. Many parts of northern India including Delhi and Punjab have large population of Sikh people. Sikh culture is known for its valour because of their fierce warrior clans that were raised to fight invading Mughal armies and then the British. They are also known for their extravagant and vibrant life that revolves around colourful festivals, sprawling farmlands, good food and urge to live life in service of humanity. Sikh people believe that no one should sleep without having food. Therefore the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) around India serve free food all day called Langar. Devotion and service for humanity is deeply imbibed in every Sikh from childhood. The Sikh community in cities like Delhi is still deeply connected to the roots in their ancestral villages and its traditions. The name ‘Punjab’ is made of two words - Punj and Ab, where Punj means ‘Five’ and Ab means ‘Rivers’. The fertile plains of Punjab comprise of five rivers - Beas, Chenab, Sutlej, Ravi and Jhelum, all of which are tributaries of river Indus that flows into Pakistan. The landscape of Rural Punjab is filled with sprawling fields of sugarcane, mustard or citrus fruits like Orange, Kinnow and Tangerine. The village houses are huge and spacious with preference for joint family structure. The farmers of Punjab are among the most prosperous in India. All of it adds to the romanticism of living in a village of Punjab. Traditionally, Sikh people have been warriors or farmers. Since their jobs have revolved around very hard work, their food is also one of the heaviest. In villages, the food is still mostly sourced from family farms and milk is taken from cows at home for making white butter, yoghurt, lassi and sweets. Although people of Punjab have varied kinds of dishes, but homemade white butter, paratha, and lassi is among some of the most well known meals taken in breakfast. Makki ki roti (Indian bread made of corn) and sarson ka saag (vegetable of mustard leaves) smeared with white butter followed by sweet jaggery are other well known vegetarian meals from Punjab.
Day 1 – 3: Today we arrive in Delhi to spend next few days with a Sikh family. The capital city of India is home of sizable Sikh community and has many Sikh folk tales hidden under its umbrella. As our guest, your experience will not be as an observer, but as a local with hands on experience in all activities. Live the life of a Sikh family getting involved in community service, cooking and storytelling about Sikhism. Day 4 & 5: We take a day trip to Ropar to spend few days in the countryside of rural Punjab. Experience how families live in villages, their farm produce and participate in their daily chores. You might find the food in villages to be considerably different as it is fresh farm produce. That is how it has been traditionally in Punjab. Due to its five rivers, Punjab also has numerous wetlands that are home to migratory birds from Pakistan and central Asia. We will take you for a tour of these beautiful wetlands followed by experience of how community service is done in villages. We will also visit either one of citrus fruit, mustard or sugarcane farms with us depending on the season and get our hands dirty. Day 6 & 7: Today we arrive in Amritsar, one of the holiest cities of Sikh people. The city is known for its incredible food and handicrafts. Amritsar also has a big history of British rule which can be easily seen in its architecture. We will go to the traditional bazaars that are with storytelling on the life in these narrow lanes of this historic city. Visit the Harmandir Sahib (Golden temple) and know the many known and unknown stories behind the rich history of this temple. Amritsar lies very close to the Indo-Pakistan border of Attari-Wagah. The energy of patriotism with every change of guard ceremony is electric. We will visit the change of guard ceremony followed by tasting authentic food from Pakistan.
  1. All accommodations with local Sikh families – clean and safe
  2. Breakfast & Dinner on Days 1-3 and 6-7
  3. All meals on Days 4-5
  4. All local and inter-city transportation within Delhi and in Punjab via AC train or AC car
  5. All guided experiences and activities in Delhi and Punjab
  6. Fee of tour guide and any other local experts
  7. Any permits or permissions required
  1. Any international or domestic flights from base location to Delhi
  2. Travel insurance (Compulsory for non-Indian guests)
  3. Any medical needs that arise during the trip
  4. Entry tickets

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