Best Historical Places in Punjab
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10 Historical Places In Punjab (2019)
Representing the rich and colorful history of not only the state but the country, the historical places in Punjab transports you to another world through its innumerable stories that have been preserved in its territory since ages. Ruled by numerous emperors, this state has a bounty of architectures that are the impressions of the rule. Let’s take a look at some of the prominent historical monuments in Punjab that you cannot afford to miss out on.
Gurudwara Harmandir Sahib: Popularly known as Golden Temple, Gurudwara Harmandir Sahib is one of the most spiritual places to visit in India. Post going through the tumultuous times of many demolitions, this shrine was rebuilt with marble and gold by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the year 1830. Being a symbol of equality and brotherhood, this shrine is visited by people seeking solace and spirituality. Nested in the heart of Amritsar, the Golden Temple can be accessed from any zone of the city.
Jallianwala Bagh: If you are on a historical tour, there is no way you could afford to miss the visit to Jallianwala Bagh. Being one of the most prominent historical places in Punjab, this attraction draws a huge footfall from around the world every year. Housing a memorial that commemorates the massacre of freedom fighters, this attraction reminds us about one of the tragic incidents that left quite a deep scar in the country.
Gurudwara Akal Takht Sahib: Founded by Guru Hargobind in the year 1606, Akal Takht is one of the prominent takhts of the Sikh community. Located in the complex of the Golden Temple, Akal Takht (Throne of the Immortal) represents the seats of power and authority, and the place of the highest spokesman among the Sikhs, making it their highest political institution.Symbolizing justice and political sovereignty, it has been meant to examine and address the earthly and spiritual concerns of the Sikh community.
Qila Mubarak: Located in the city of Bathinda, Qila Mubarak is an 1800 year old fortress and is the oldest surviving fort in India. It was here that Razia Sultan was dethroned and imprisoned. Influenced by the architecture of Mughal and Rajput style, this rampart fort turned into palace makes for one of the best monuments in Punjab. Built by Maharaja Ala Singh in the year 1764, the marvel of this architecture never ceases to entice the explorer in you.
Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar: Known as the very symbol of Punjab, Gobindgarh Fort was constructed to guard the city of Punjab from invaders. The glorious history of this fort has spanned across 257 years, starting from the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Exhiibitions, food, live shows, and traditional shops are some of the popular attractions of this place.
Wagah Border: Signifying the boundaries between the borders of India and Pakistan, Wagah Border is one of the most historical monuments in Punjab. Located at a distance of about 28 km from the city of Amritsar, and about 22 km from Lahore, this place attracts a huge footfall from the far flung places to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony held every day before the sun sets. Come here to be a part of the flag ceremony that has been conducted here since 1959, and grab a chance to cherish a moment that if filled with pride.
Phillaur Fort: Also known as Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort, this historical fort now serves as the Punjab Police Academy. Architected by Dewan Mokham Chand, Phillaur Fort is one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the state of Punjab that manages to draw visitors from the remotest places.
Lodhi Fort: Located in the proximity to Ludhiana city in Punjab, Lodhi Fort is a grand structure that stands on a sprawling piece of land. Also referred to as Purana Qila or old Fort, this fort was once the pride of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and the gateway to the empire of Sikander Lodhi; which now lies in ruins. As this fort has a grand past, you must include it in your itinerary, and visit this ancient architecture.
Sheesh Mahal: As the name suggests, Sheesh Mahal is the Palace of Mirrors, and it was built in the 19th century as a part of the complex of the Old Moti Bagh Palace. Comprising a lake and a bridge named Lakshman Jhula, the beauty of this attraction makes it one of the marvelous historical places in Punjab. There is also a museum in the complex housing the largest collection of medals that you can explore during the visit.
Government Museum and Art Gallery: A perfect place to dig into for a history enthusiast, the Government Museum and Art Gallery reflects the history of India and the partition era. Famed for its rich collection of paintings, sculptures, and artefacts, this attraction was constructed in August 1947. Located in the heart of Chandigarh, with a perfect backdrop of Shivalik Ranges, this museum lets you delve into history through its rich collection.
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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Tarn Taran Sahib in Amritsar
Fifth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji founded Taran Tarn Sahib in Amritsar. The holy Gurudwara has a Mughal style of architecture and is visited by many people. The kirtan happens daily in the Gurudwara starting early in the mornings till in the evening. The interiors of Gurudwara are embellished with glass pieces, paintin...
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Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar
Known as the very essence of Punjab, Gobindgarh Fort Amritsar is one of the most important historical places of the state. Spread across an area of 43 acres, the Gobindgarh Fort was initially built by Gujar Singh, and its final construction was completed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The fort was built to protect Amritsar from ...
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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.
Trip to HimachalUrvashi at North India tour and travel was a persuasive girl who literally compelled me to book my trip. The taxi with driver Sajjan Singh were the best companion of the trip. The Hotel Sunpark Resorts Chandigarh was no where near Chandigarh, rather at a bypass location of Punjab side and the staff their gave us a pathetic room which was no where near to the pictures posted on website. I got a feeling that the staff at Chandigarh probably thought the people booking rooms through travel agent have got the rooms for free. The saving face at Chandigarh was its Buffet. As far as the Manali stay at Hotel Snow Country is concerned, it was an all round Good experience. But Hotel Shimla Greens at Shimla although being a good new hotel was at such a distant place that we wasted our first day of arrival simply because we couldn't afford to travel for local sightseeing considering the steepness and far off distance of the hotel from any place worth a visit. Food / Buffet gave a clear indication of the people concerned at Shimla Greens to be miser who didnt even provide soup which we purchased from our own at a chilly night apart from ordering Non- Veg. People at North India Tour and travel probably book these hotels like one at Chandigarh and Shimla only to garner maximum margins which is pathetic to say the least. On the whole my ratings and response would be Neutral at best and would compare other options before making any booking the next time.
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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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