Explore the beauty of one of the most iconic states of India, the land of 5 rivers, Punjab
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About Punjab Tourism (2019)
Punjab tourism is flourishing at an increasing rate due to its sacred shrines, historical sites, unique gastronomy, and a perfect amalgamation of rural and urban life. The land of warriors, rivers, history, culture, and lively lifestyle, Punjab is one of the most beautiful places in the whole subcontinent. Punjab has been termed as “Smiling Soul of India” due to its vibrant and hospitable people.
History of Punjab
As per the archaeologists, it is believed that life started in the Punjab region around 3000 BC giving birth to Indus Valley Civilization. Throughout history, Punjab has seen many attacks by Persian Kings, Greek Kings, Bactrians, Huns, Arabs, Mongols, Khiljis, and Tughluqs. Finally, in the year 1801, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over as a ruler of Punjab and stabilized the condition of the state. Again in 1845, Punjab was invaded by British Troops and saw the most brutal day in history which was the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in 1919.
Religious Tourism in Punjab
Sikhism was born in the land of Punjab and the state is home to the most beautiful Gurdwaras in the entire country. Religious tourism in Punjab is mainly due to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which attracts millions of people belonging to different caste, religion, and creed. The Golden Temple is the oldest and holiest shrines for Sikhs around the world.
Main Tourist Places in Punjab
Starting from the places to visit in Punjab, the North Indian state is home to a plethora of attractions that suit all types of travelers. The most important tourist attractions in Punjab are the sacred shrines and historical places. The Harmandir Sahib/Golden Temple, Anandpur Sahib, Kiratpur Sahib, Damdama Sahib, Dukh Nivaran Sahib, and temples like Panch Mandir, Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Iskcon Ludhiana, and Shri Sai Baba Mandir Jalandhar are some of the most popular religious tourist attractions in Punjab. Some of the cities of Punjab like Chandigarh, Mohali, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Jalandhar, and Sangrur are also interesting places to explore in Punjab.
Things to Do in Punjab
Punjab also offers a variety of things to do which add excitement to a vacation. From boating in Sukhna Lake to a day out at amusement parks like Hardy's World Amusement Park (Ludhiana), Thunder Zone (Swara). Wonderland (Jalandhar), Chill-O-Thrill Water Park (Bathinda), and Sun City (Amritsar), there is no end to the list of things to do in Punjab. A visit to the Wagah Border to spectate the ‘Lowering of the flags’, ceremony, is also one of the most interesting things to do in Punjab.
Other Punjab points of interest include shopping, nightlife, and the culinary delights of the different cities. Shopping in Punjab is an activity that tourists should not miss. Different regions of Punjab have their own specialty but products like Punjabi jutti, Punjabi suit, Punjabi phulkari, Amritsari pickles, cut glass, bangles, parandhis, rugs, and shawls are some of the best things to buy in Punjab. When it comes to nightlife, the urban parts of Punjab like Mohali, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Patiala, and Amritsar offer some of the best places to enjoy the peppy nightlife of Punjab.
Famous Food in Punjab
Punjabi food is also an important highlight of Punjab tourism. The lip-smacking culinary delights of Punjab are famous all over the globe. Different regions of Punjab are famous for some unique dishes. Some of the most popular culinary delights of Punjab are chole kulche, butter chicken, dal makhni, chole bhature, stuffed parathas, makki ki roti & saag, and more.
Local Transport System in Punjab
When it comes to traveling from one place to another in Punjab, the local transport system of Punjab is quite well developed which ensures hassle-free transfers within as well as outside the state. From buses to trains, flights, cabs, and tuk-tuks, there are numerous transportation options available in Punjab.
So, plan your vacation to this exquisite destination to explore one of the most important aspects of North Indian culture.
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Places To Visit In Punjab
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Rock Garden in Chandigarh
Rock Garden was a secret project of Nek Chand near the Sukhna Lake. He used to collect waste material from around the city and used to create some figurines and other articles out of that waste material on an infertile piece of land. His work was illegal and it was supposed to be demolished by the authorities, but the creat...
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Rose garden in Chandigarh
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Chandigarh. Named after the former President of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain, the history of Rose Garden Chandigarh dates back to the year 1967 when its construction started. It is known for its lush green lawns and an extensive variety of flora.
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Elante Mall in Chandigarh
One of the most popular attractions of the ‘City Beautiful’ is the Elante Mall. Located in the industrial area of Chandigarh, the Elante Mall is a part of the Nexus group of malls. The huge Elante building does not only feature a Mall but also includes an office complex, and Hyatt Regency Hotel. Elante Mall in Chandigarh is...
Fun City in Chandigarh
Claimed to be the largest amusement and water park in the Northern region, Funcity Chandigarh (Ramgarh), is one of the most exciting places to visit in Chandigarh. Spread across 43 acres of land, the Funcity Water Park in Chandigarh is located on the Chandigarh-Nada Sahib Gurudwara Barwala Road. It is a perfect place for pe...
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Wagah Border in Amritsar
Wagah Border is the only road border between India and Pakistan. The Beating Retreat Ceremony held here every evening marks the closing of the borders of both the countries and lowering of the flags by the military of both the countries. Located close to the Attari Village, Wagah Border is a major crossing between India a...
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Things To Do In Punjab
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Boating At Sukhna Lake In Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake is a serene water-body in the foothills of the majestic Shivalik range in Chandigarh. Presenting a quiet union with nature, the lake is wrapped by greenery and forms a divine spot that attracts tourists. It is so charming that a Chandigarh trip is considered incomplete without enjoying boating in Sukhna Lake, wh...
Golfing At Chandigarh
Those who have dreamt of learning the sport of golf, Chandigarh Golf Club is the perfect place to start from. Its beautifully laid out golf courses, 7,063 yard, 18 holes, floodlighting on the first nine holes, par-72 course, and challenging fairways make it a great spot to hone one’s golf skills. The gold course is among th...
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Lion Safari At Chhatbir Zoo in Chandigarh
Chhatbir Zoo is among the largest zoological gardens in North India that is situated close to Zirakpur, 17 km from Chandigarh. Also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, the zoo was constructed in the 1970s. Sprawling across 202 acres of land, Chhatbir Zoo, Zirakpur is home to approximately 103 species of rare an...
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Timber Trail in Chandigarh
Timber Trail, Chandigarh is an amazing stretch of greenery that is tucked in Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh. Its location in the majestic Shivalik Range makes it rich in natural beauty. The cool climate enhances the pleasure of tourists as they look forward to respite from the scorching heat of plains. Most if the action in Par...
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Bird watching at Harike Wetland in Amritsar
Harike Wetland, the largest wetland in northern India, in the Tarn Taran Sahib, stands on the confluence of the rivers Beas and Sutlej in Punjab is a haven for birdwatchers. Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary is home to migratory birds visiting from as far as Arctic and Siberia. The wigeon, common teal, pintail, shoveller an...
- Bird Watching
Travel To Punjab
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There are a number of airports in Punjab in cities like Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Ludhiana. Amritsar, and Chandigarh stations are international airports while the Ludhiana airport serves domestic purpose only. Travelers from within and even outside India can book tickets to these airports to reach Punjab in the fastest, and most convenient ways. Various airlines like Jet Airways, Indigo, Vistara, Air India, Qatar Airways, and more, operate regular flights to Amritsar.
Transfers from airport to different parts of Punjab are also easily available. Travelers can board a local bus, hire a cab, or a private taxi to reach the desired destination. Prior booking for Punjab Roadways buses can be done through their official website.
The state of Punjab and many of its cities have well developed railway stations which connect them to different parts of the country via railways. There are around 90 railway stations in different districts of Punjab which make it even more convenient for travelers to reach as close to their destination as possible. Trains also serve as more economical means of transport and are best for budget travelers. A large number of trains operate to and from these stations such as Jbp Atari Special, Shan-e-Punjab, Moga Shatabdi, Amritsar Shatabdi, Amritsar Express, Swarna Shtbdi, Sachkhand Express, Garib Rath Express, Golden Temple Mail, Punjab Mail, and more. Punjab Mail is one of the most important trains. Punjab Mail route passes through states of Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
Various transportations are available for local transfers from the railway station. Buses, tuk tuks, taxis, and cabs are easily available for transfers from a railway station to a desired location.
Traveling to Punjab by road is one of the most charming experiences. Plain-sailing roads, and lush green fields on both sides form a perfect landscape for a long drive. Road journeys from places like Delhi, Haryana, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and more nearby places are quite popular amongst tourists.
There are various transportation options like buses, cabs, and private taxis are available for traveling to Punjab by road. Travelers can also choose to drive by themselves by using a Punjab route map. Here’s a list of cities and their respective distances from Punjab:
Chennai to Punjab distance: 2,559 kilometers
Ahmedabad to Punjab: 1,186 kilometers
Kolkata to Punjab: 1,849 kilometers
Bangalore to Punjab: 2,525 kilometers
Pune to Punjab: 1,720 kilometers
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Saurabh's 5 days trip to Punjabyeah the trip was excellent .the planning part with the help of travel agent was best. The cab driver was also good but did tried to skip few local places tough. travel triangle was very responsive and helpfull. U can surely book through them. there were some glitches overall trip was good.
Anand's 5 days trip to Punjab1. Excellent co ordination and flexibility of itenary 2. Very decently priced quotation . 3. Excellent cab provided and our Driver Mr Sonu was a very well mannered and great guide for the tour . Very helpful as well.4.Hotel at Dharmsala Maclod regencey was not good lacked in basic amenities the room provided was in very poor condition .
Rajan's 5 days trip to PunjabTrip was Very Good With Gold Travels , Everything was managed properly, Good Coordination , please try to Locate the Hotels Properly overall it was a good Experience
Zamindar's 8 days trip to PunjabIt was a wonderful experience touring with one of Travel Triangle's associated Tour Operator "Wild Lotus". the services were great. Special thanks to the Tour Manager Rakesh Gilly for being so cooperative. He has been always there for any assistance. The Hotels were as commited just had to compromise a bit with food at some hotels. Hotels provided at Shimla & Dharamshala were the best anyone can get at this price. Hotels at Manali, Dalhousie & Amritsar were also fair enough if compared to the price they charged. Even the car which was provided for local transport was new & in good condition as promised by Rakesh Gilly. The driver was very humble, professional & deciplined. The itenerary was very well planned by Rakesh Gilly & covered almost every tourist spot. In all it was a great experience & from now Wild Lotus will be my preferred tour operator when it comes to touring North India. Thanks again Rakesh Gilly.
Wedant's 8 days trip to PunjabPlease keep ur quotation rate little low,bit overpriced khajiaar
Jigar's 10 days trip to PunjabDuring Crisis... Pathetic Coordination... absolutely unprofessional..half the locations could not go...loss paid money was waste..travel agent no even courteous to refund any amount
Nikhilramesh's 4 days trip to PunjabOverall trip was good. They followed whatever mentioned in the package. Only thing is we felt that the driver was not properly briefed. For the first day we reached Chandigarh very late hence we had to take dinner on the way other than from the booked hotel. This expense has been agreed and allowed to deduct. Appreciate for that. The hotel at Chandigarh was fine. But hotel at Amritsar was not that much standard one. Plus the dining area was not good place. Food was very good in both places. Car driver is very good. driving was perfect. But there was no space at all in this Innova to keep the luggage. we struggled to accommodate and had to keep in the seats. We all came from different places hence all were having luggage. Overall it is very good.
Mbparsania's 10 days trip to PunjabTotal Holiday package deal was done in a transparent manner. Every quarry was resolved/clarify by travel adviser. Vehicle Service provided by Guruji Travels was excellent. Especially Driver Mr. Sandeep Kumar has made our journey safe and enjoyable. His Driving was the safe and excellent command on vehicle driving in Hilley region as well as on the plain road. He was so cooperative and polite with us. He has tried his level best to maintain our schedule.
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FAQ's of Punjab
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October to February is the best time to visit Punjab.
Punjabi jutti, punjabi suit, punjabi phulkari, amritsari pickles, cut glass, bangles, parandhis, rugs, and shawls are some of the most famous things of Punjab.
Visiting places like Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh, Golden Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, and other historical and religious places is the best thing to do in Punjab.
Yes, Punjab gets a very small amount of rain in winter due to the Western disturbances.
Chole kulche, butter chicken, dal makhni, chole bhature, stuffed parathas, and makki ki roti & saag are some of the most popular dishes of Punjab.
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