Places To Visit In Punjab
Explore the beauty of one of the most iconic states of India, the land of 5 rivers, Punjab
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Tourist Places In Punjab
Literally translating into, “The land of 5 rivers”, the North Indian State of Punjab is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in India. From historical to religious, and from serene to vibrant, the diversity of places to visit in Punjab is utterly amazing. Being a huge and geographically diverse state, Punjab offers numerous attractions to explore which might take months to explore. Here’s a list of some of the most important Punjab famous places that a traveler must not miss.
Amritsar, the holy city, is one of the visited Punjab tourist places by domestic as well as foreign travelers. This city is undoubtedly, the cultural, historical, and religious hub of Punjab. It is home to the sacred Sikh shrine, Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), which is not only visited by the Sikhs but also by innumerable tourists from all around the globe, who flock to this place in search of peace, and also to witness the culture, and the humanitarian service of langar (community kitchen for all). Another important tourist place in Amritsar is the Jallianwala Bagh. Now serving as a public park, and a massacre memorial, this place has a dark history attached to it which dates back to the period of British rule in India. On 13th April, 1919, General Colonel Reginald Dyer, along with his troops, opened fire on public in Jallianwala Bagh, killing thousands of innocent people. One can still spot bullet holes on the walls of the memorial.
Other Punjab famous places include cities like Chandigarh, and Mohali. Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, is the urban hub of the states. Mohali and Chandigarh are the most quaint well as lively cities of Punjab, and are known for their modernized version of Punjabi culture. Places like Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, and numerous parks, shrines and memorials are some of the top attractions of these cities. From casual cafes to upmarket restaurants, and roadside dhabas, there are numerous places where one can savor the culinary delights of Punjabi cuisine.
Cities like Ludhiana, and Jalandhar are some of top Punjab points of interest who wish to witness rural as well as urban side of Punjab at the same time. The city of Ludhiana is known for its industries, as well as attractions like Museum of Rural Life which displays the Punjabi culture through pottery, musical instruments, and traditional Punjabi clothing. Jalandhar is an ancient North Indian city which home to popular temples and Gurudwaras like Devi Talab Mandir, and Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi. To go deep into the rural life of Punjab, travelers can visit places like Bathinda, Nangal, Barnala, and more where one can witness how the rural thrives on farming, and cattle breeding.
Travelers who want to take a tour of historical places in Punjab should visit places like Patiala, Anandpur Sahib, Sirhind, Faridkot and more. While exploring these cities, tourists can gain insight to the rich historical heritage on how these cities were formed, the major battles fought on these fields, and the royal kingdoms that once governed these places. The ancient architecture of forts, palaces, and other buildings are also a sight to spectate.
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 and...
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Akal Takht in Amritsar
Located in the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, Akal Takht Sahib is one of the 5 takhts of Sikhs. Akal Takht literally translates into the “throne of the timeless one”. It is a place where general meetings were held and many important decisions were taken. The Akal Takht in Amritsar is the oldest among the 5 takhts.
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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 ...
Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar
Jallianwala Bagh is one of the most important historical places in India. Located in the holy city of Amritsar, Jallianwala Bagh is just a walking distance from the sacred Harmandir Sahib/ Golden Temple. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre took place on April 13, 1919. In this incident British army opened fire against a large number ...
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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 morning till the evening. The interiors of Gurudwara are embellished with glass pieces, paintings a...
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Golden Temple in Amritsar
The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib is a highly revered religious Sikh shrine and symbolizes equality and human brotherhood. The gurudwara epitomizes the distinctive heritage and identity of Sikhs while glorifying their ideals. After its compilation, Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs) was first ...
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Morni Hills in Chandigarh
Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level, Morni hills in Chandigarh are the offshoots of the Shivalik range of Himalayas. Morni village actually falls in the Panchkula district of Haryana, just 42 kilometers away from the city center of Chandigarh. It is a perfect weekend getaway spot from places like Delhi, Ha...
Pinjore Garden in Chandigarh
Pinjore Garden is one of the most scenic attractions of the tri-city of Chandigarh-Panchkula-Zirakpur. It is the best place to visit for tourists who are looking for peace and tranquility during their trip to Chandigarh.
Situated just 23 kilometers from the city centre of Chandigarh, Pinjore Garden is located in the city ...
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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