Punjab Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Punjab, the land of golden harvests is now the granary of the country, the enterprise and industriousness of its people bringing the state immense prosperity. When the hardy Punjabi is not tilling the soil, enjoying life or displaying his mechanical bent, he is serving his country, in the armed forces or on the sports fields of the world. For the visitors, the state offers scenery, historic and Sikh pilgrim centers almost everywhere.

Punjab, also known as the ‘land of five rivers’ is today one of the most affluent states in India, although, it probably was the part of India that suffered the most destruction and damage during partition. This turn around has been made successful by the sheer hardworking of Sikhs Punjabi’s. Before partition, Punjab extended across both sides of Indo-Pak border. It is interesting to note that soon after partitioning; Shimla (now the capital of Himachal Pradesh) was chosen to be the capital of Punjab. In 1950’s, Chandigarh, a new planned city was conceived and built to serve as the capital of the new state. In 1966, Punjab suffered another split although it was not destructive, and was divided along predominantly linguistic reasons-Punjab with mostly Punjabi speaking Sikhs, and Haryana, the majority Hindi speaking state. Even this step could not appeal the Sikh militants who were demanding an independent Sikh state, to be known as ‘Khalistan’. Lately, Punjab has suffered a lot due to this militancy but things seem to be quieting a bit now.

It is mainly an agricultural state producing major proportions of India’s requirement of wheat and rice. Although its not industrial state, it has India’s (and World’s) biggest cycle manufacturer Hero Bicycles at Ludhiyana. Punjab is rich in culture, folk arts and history. It has just one interesting destination – Amritsar, a great centre of Sikh pilgrimage.

When to visit: October to March

Airports: Amritsar, Chandigarh, Ludhiyana, Bhatinda

Place of Interest

Amritsar: Sacred city of Sikhs, The Golden Temple, Shrines, Gardens, Fort, Museums.

Ram Tirath: Temples, Hindu pilgrim centre, Birth place of Luv Kush (of the epic Ramayana).

Tarn Taran: Sikh shrine

Anandpur: Temples, Forts, Holla Mohalla festivals.

Bathinda: Fort.

Chandigarh: Capital of state.

Dera Baba Jaimal Singh: Ashram colony of all faiths.

Dera Baba Nanak: Sikh pilgrim centre.

Dholbaba: Temple, Antiquities.

Faridkot: Fort.

Govindwal: Sikh pilgrim centre.

Jalandhar: Sports good & publishing centre, major Music Festival in December

Kapurthala: Palace, Temple, Mosque.

Kiratpur: Sikh pilgrim centre.

Ludhiyana: Major centre of small-scale industry, Hosiery ‘Capital’, Fort.

Nangal: Dam site, picnic spot, Temple, Agricultural University.

Neelon: Holiday resort.

Pathankot: Gateway to Jammu & Kashmir and the valleys of Himachal Pradesh.

Shahpur: Fort, Muslim Antiquities.

Patiala: Palace and Museum, Fort, National Institute of Sports, Gardens, Art Gallery.

Saifabad: Fort.

Rupnagar: Archaeological site, Boating and fishing on lake.

Sanghal: Major Archaeological site going back to Harappan period.

Sangrur: Gardens, Antiquities, Sikh holy places nearby.

Sirhind: Sikh and Muslim shrines, Lake-side Garden serai in historic town of Aam Khas Bagh

Wagah: Cross over point for Pakistan.

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