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.
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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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Durgiana Temple in Amritsar
Also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Durgiana Temple is one of the most important Hindu Temples located in the Amritsar district of Punjab. Durgiana Mandir derives its name from Hindu Goddess, Durga, and hence, along with idols of Goddess Laxmi, and Lord Vishnu, idol of Goddess Durga is also worshipped here.
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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...
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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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Trip to HimachalDelhi & Punjab Lots of Communication GAP between the Hotel & Travel Triangle and its agent Trip Sailor.Com.
Trip to HimachalHad good experience during our Punjab Himachal trip barring few hiccups which we can ignore when we look at the holistic view. Few points to highlight 1. Driver was very good 2. Hotel rooms nice barring Amritsar Overall, planning and execution of the trip was good. A thumbs up !!!
Trip to North EastShort form of the feedback: Starting July 11 thru' 17, '19 we had a memorable tour of NE India (mainly Meghalaya & a bit of Guwahati). We enjoyed every moment of it. Many thanks to Nikita from Reify/Itvaar Travels for putting together the overall package, detailed planning and for her constant support right thru' the tour. Here is a link to the our pictures from the tour: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFj8TeG (click the 'play' button to view in slide-show mode). Long form of the feedback: It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. In many ways. Promises and credible relationships were available only at a premium, that which invariably breakdown despite the best of intentions, when working at breakneck speed since the beginning of the year on a high-profile project, that which we were terribly behind and that which we had run out of considerations to not deliver. We were now effectively playing a test match game at T20 speed. Who knew if we would end up at 500 for 1 or would be all out below 100. If one batsman got out in the high-profile chase with time running out, then the next one in line had to pick up the gauntlet and step up his or her game. As Lord Tennyson so eloquently wrote in Charge of the Light Brigade, “Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew, Someone had blundered. Theirs was not to make reply, Theirs was not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die, Into the Valley of Death …”. It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To be associated with our project execution team. Such pressure invariably spills over onto the family which, though understanding, cannot quite fathom the necessity of an all-out war-room 24x7 work environment. After one especially contentious call, my wife asked me if I’m okay. Say I, “Yes, its just that I was practicing the ‘Raga Deepak’. Pretty normal under the circumstances. Logical thinking was at a premium.. But things took for a worse, family wise, when we had to cancel a much-awaited vacation to Iceland, mainly because, well you guessed it, work took precedence. But our vacation window for the year was closing. Our son, who is due to start his Master’s program this coming fall, gave us a 2 week window in July of his availability to join my wife & I on a vacation together. Also wanted to visit his grandma. Rescheduling to Iceland was off the table and we turned our sights to India. The 2 week window brought a clarity of purpose. Workwise, it was finally possible to see the light at the end of the long project tunnel, particularly after a quick dash to our co-developers on-site. That was good. Also, India was a good choice since I could quickly join up with our work team in India. A proposal for a workation (work + vacation) in India was quickly approved. We now turned our attention to picking a vacation spot in India. Not much time to figure that out. A new deadline. So, what’s new? It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To plan a vacation. July is monsoon time in India. We considered a few drier spots, the western & northern parts. Vacation spots in Gujarat, Himachal, Punjab were in consideration. But none seemed to gel well enough. And then an idea. Why try to avoid the monsoons at all? Why not pick a spot particularly well known for its monsoon rains: Cherrapunjee? That which has the reputation of the rainiest spot on Earth, or atleast that we hadlearnt during our school history lessons. If we could follow Darwin to the Galapagos, our first and only trek of significance into the Himalayas and the Indus Valley Civilization to Harappa, then following the monsoons into Cherrapunjee while impractical, did sounds just about right. Hey, and don’t’ forget the possibility to douse ‘Deepak Raga’ with ‘Megh Raga’. It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. To take a monsoon vacation in Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunjee is in North East India. Organizing a vacation in India requires some level of ground support, particularly when coming from the US. Normally, we get ground support from relatives or friends who have provide contacts, or better still do the reservations & bookings on our behalf. But the North East is a different pickle altogether. None of our contacts knew much about the North East. What exactly to see in Cherrapunjee, or thereabouts? Other that its place in school history books, was it a place worth going to? A quick research on the web alleviated our initial concerns. The more we read, the more it seemed that we had stumbled on a hidden gem, just like Pokhara Nepal that we visited a couple of years back. But finding our way around there was still an issue. We normally self-organize our vacation travels. To do this requires enough lead time. In this case, we did not have that luxury. Nor, did we get enough leads from the web on how to self-organize one either. We were now down to Plan C: Contact a few travel agents that we could find on the web. The first one sent back a somewhat vague reply. After waiting in vain on them a few days, we tried the next one. Travel Triangle. Travel Triangle gave an immediate response back, forwarded our request to Nikita from Reify/Itvaar, an agency that specialized in the NE region. Nikita was a game changer. She is truly a responsive travel agent. After a short chat on WhatsApp, Nikita quickly understood our requirements and within a day put together a tour package that was close to what we might have put together ourselves. By this time word had got around that that we were going to the NE. A few close relatives were intrigued enough that they wanted to join us. An initial party of three quickly turned into a potential party of eight or nine. We settled down to a party of seven with one late joinee. Yet could we rely on an unknown agent from an unknown agency that had our contact from yet another unknown forwarding agent? What might be the chances of broken promises. Is Reify/Itvaar another fly-by-night operator? It came down to simply my judgement on how credible Nikita herself was. She was simultaneously responsive and insistent enough to raise our confidence in the agency. It was obvious enough that Reify/Itvaar wanted our business. But it was her responsiveness and sufficiently detailed plan that convinced us Reify/Itvaar was a credible enough agency. Our relatives joining us seemed overall fine with the proposal & pricing. Then after 3/4 modifications, that which Nikita was very quick to help work thru’ on, we finalized on 7day/6night proposal. We now had a day-by-day schedule, a vehicle with driver reserved and hotel bookings over a week or so. The schedule included the towns of Guwahati (in Assam), Shillong, Mawlynnong, Dawki and Cherrapungi (the last four in Meghalaya). We quickly learned about Shillong’s reputation as the Scotland of the East, Mawlynnong’s as the cleanest village in Asia (no kidding!) and Dawki’s as a town bordering Bangladesh. More hidden gems, for sure. It was the worst of times and yet the best of times .. Cherrapunjee was ON, and more. To get in meant a 40+ hour journey from Philadelphia to Doha to Delhi to Guwahati. The last leg of our outbound journey from Guwahati airport to Shillong would in a Tempo Traveler van included as part of the overall package. The Tempo Traveler and its driver, Tapeshwar would be our constants thru’ the tour. This was the first litmus test on the quality of the arrangements by Reify/Itvaar. The van was good sized 12 seater with plenty of space for our bags and in very good condition. Plenty of room for all. We would start our tour from Shillong, with Guwahati the last stop on our way back. One relative joined us at Guwahati airport. The others joined us the next day in Shillong. Given the itinerary, it was mostly a tour of Meghalaya, just a day to visit around Guwahati. Thru’ the week, Tapeshwar was both our driver and guide thru’ the tour. A soft spoken and ever smiling Assamese, knew his way around and ever ready to adjust per our needs. With a good vehicle, Tapeshwar (literally) at the front end and Nikita at the back end, we had an amazingly good support system to take us thru’ the tour. Nikita was ever available thru’ the entire tour to help us as required. We created a WhatsApp group for the tour. The WhatApp group was very useful too, particularly to share pictures with each other. Nikita, though not on the tour, was also in the group. And she was ever attentive to all messages that required her help. With Nikita & Tapeshwar, we had a memorable trip and enjoyed every moment of it. Overall hotel arrangements were very good (except the last one in Guwahati, where both the room bathroom and breakfast arrangements were sub-par). Our one regret is that we do not have a picture of either. We neglected to take one with Tapeshwar (not sure how that happened). We never met Nikita. We can only imagine what she might be like. But both will be in our thoughts, every time we reminiscence about the tour. It was the best of times .. thanks to Nikita & Tapeshwar & Meghalaya. Deepak.
Trip to HimachalHotel in Dharamshala (Sai Taj Grand) was excellent with very polite staff. But the hotel in Dalhousie (Satyadev Grand) was horrible. The entrance and ambience was so poor that you wouldn't like to stay in the hotel. The staff was rude too and I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. The cabs AC wasn't working and hence it was too hot in Haryana and Punjab when we were traveling from Delhi towards Dharamshala. The agent (Guruji Travels) refused to accept its AC is ill functioning. The driver (Vikas Kumar) was a very polite guy. One of the best drivers that I have ever travelled with. He needs all the desired appraisals from his company. Guruji Travels needs to be o be more customer centric as they are in service industry. Should give a heed to customers complaints and should check the hotels that they are giving to their customers. Himanshu from Travel Triangle was very helpful in listening to our complaints.
Trip to Himachalshimla pine view cottage services best one of the best hotel ,staff support,food all are good in manali humar view hotel food are third quality very bed food staff are not good punjab hollywood height are great hotel shimala kufri horse riding and manali riverrafting
Trip to HimachalExtremely Happy with my himachal and punjab trip. Hotel was nice in both locations. Cab was also good. Trip was organised well and communicative in good manner. Special thanks to Mr. Vikas (Customize Trip) for his cooperation throughout the trip. Thanks
Trip to Himachalhotels and their location was not good they were far away from main points so we can't go outside even for a walk after 6.our 3rd hotel Turkish cottage was changed suddenly when we arrive as per the hotel we dont have any booking here and we were asked to go to another hotel 10kms away. when we enquired the same to travel vichar agent they said we have booked another hotel for you and they don't care to even informed us luckily our driver had not gone far away he came back quickly and then we moved. so the new hotel was hotel snow retreat as per our plan it should be of 3star but it was hardly 2star rated hotel, washroom was not clean, room service was not available as the phone line was disconnected so i need to call them via mobile. after this hotel i felt cheated as it was a rs 500 per night hotel and we were too tired to call the agent for a change. Rs 1600 was charged as Himachal gvt has increased some kind of road tax on outside vehicles so i need to pay them separately. when my full package is for Himachal the car should be of himachal so that i could have saved some money atleast but we got a Punjab vehicle and i have paid the money to driver. only good thing was a good driver with a new car and the scenery of himachal, we got snowfall at various locations and we enjoyed different activities.
Trip to HimachalHotel Services was poor. I booked hotel with Heating. But when i checked in i was forced to but heater at extra cost. The same was included in our quote. Other than this hotel was good with beautiful view. Food was good. We had booked two innova cars. One driver was very rude and he started arguing with everything us. I payed extra for night depature from Manali. However cab driver stopped the car midway at punjab and he started sleeping there. We slept for about 4 hours in car irself. Then he dropped at hotel the final and he went off. He even took the other driver who was good along with him. My final drop was at airport as per the quote. I need to thank the travel agent here who arranged the alternate cab in short span of time and he dropped us at airport. Travel agent Mr Pawan was very good. He was so kind and generous that he always supported wherever we were stuck. And finally he arranged an alternate cab for dropping us at airport.
Trip to HimachalA nice holiday to Manali... Transportation from Delhi was a little hectic... not a big problem though... The third day sightseeing was a disappointment... On reviewing now, it feels that we could have a better itinery if we had done some pre research online.. Travel agent services were good.. Hotel Snow country was fine..Cab driver was a nice Punjabi man.. went to his house in Punjab and had a cup of tea on our return to Delhi... Gulaba was the finest part of the trip.. Looking for more trips with travel triangle...
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.
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Chole kulche, butter chicken, dal makhni, chole bhature, stuffed parathas, and makki ki roti & saag are some of the most popular dishes of Punjab.
Yes, Punjab gets a very small amount of rain in winter due to the Western disturbances.
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.
Punjabi jutti, punjabi suit, punjabi phulkari, amritsari pickles, cut glass, bangles, parandhis, rugs, and shawls are some of the most famous things of Punjab.
October to February is the best time to visit Punjab.
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