Grand Trunk Road: Highway into the Past
Travel along the ancient highway, the Grand Trunk Road. Also called the Northern Road or the Northern Highway, this path represents the entire body of ancient Indian trade and runs from the heart of Bengal, along the Gangetic Plains, through the Punjab, into the homeland of the Pathans, Pakhtunkhwa and ending in the city of Kabul in modern Afghanistan. This path passes some of the oldest habitations in the world; cities – large and small, sacred and grand, regional and national capitals. It traverses some of the most culturally exuberant regions in the world.
This route traverses some of the most significant places along a holy river, including the most sacred among cities. It begins in the spiritual throne of the Sikh faith, Amritsar then heading to the nation’s capital, Delhi. It then proceeds to the City of the Taj, Agra from where it winds its way into the heart of the plains to the city of Nawabs, Lucknow via the perfume capital of India, Kannauj. From these towns, it will meander along the River Ganga to the town of the most sacred confluence of rivers, Allahabad and then follows the river to the holiest town of Varanasi. From Varanasi, the route will head the first colonial capital of India and the largest city on the banks of the Ganga, Kolkata, where it will end.
- Watch the flag-down ceremony at the Indo-Pakistan border in Wagah, where the security forces engage in a ceremonial show of strength at sunset
- In Delhi, walk through the historic markets of Chandni Chowk and Kinari Bazaar.
- Let your palate rejoice at a restaurant that serves food from across the border at Wagah, near Amritsar
- Witness the sun set on the glorious Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh or ‘Moon Garden’ in Agra
- Meet with a family that runs a traditional perfumery business in the perfume capital of India, Kannauj
- Meet and interact with artisans working on an ancient embroidery technique called Chikankari unique to Lucknow
- Paddle along the Ganga at sunrise as India’s holiest city, Varanasi wake up to a brand new day
- Take a walk through the potters’ village, Kumortuli in Kolkata and interact with the workers bringing the images of Goddess Durga to life
Best Time to Travel
August – April
Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal: Amritsar, Agra, Lucknow, Kannauj, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kolkata
USD 2,000 and above (per person)
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