Places To Visit In Punjab

by admin on February 4, 2013

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Golden Temple, AmritsarCrisscrossed by wheat and paddy fields that are fed by rivers Beas, Sutlej, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum, Punjab is a sheer delight to visit. The citizens of Punjab are warm and friendly and their culture unique. People there say there is no greater joy than to pick and carry red hot chilly peppers in a basket across the farm lands. Being one of the most economically advanced states of India, Punjab is a megamix of old warm charms supremely fused with modernity.

Punjab is easily accessible by all modes of transport. The hub of all travels start from Chandigarh. The airport at Chandigarh airport is called Saheed Bhagat Singh Airport and has a multitude of flights coming into it from all over India. Chandigarh is well connected by road and rail. One of the best ways to reach is to take the Shatabdi Express which departs twice daily from Delhi railway station taking roughly 8 hours. There are buses too, plying daily from Delhi. There is an international airport at Amritsar too called Raja Sansi International Airport.

Another good option would be to take a hired car to Chandigarh, just a distance of 250 km, taking 5 hours from Delhi. The car will also take you to the impressive Garden festival which will leave you awestruck with spectacular flower shows and musical performances by local artists. The festival happens in February. The Teej festival held in August at the famous Rock Gardens, near the Sukha Lake should not be missed. The Pinjore Gardens, sprawling over 100 acres is also a must visit as this was where the Pandavas had rested during their exile. Not far away is the Bhakra Nagal dam wherein the massive Gobind Sagar Lake is a sight to behold. While in Chandigarh, you can start your gastronomical odyssey with the famous Punjabi chole, sarson ka sag, makki di roti, dal makhni and lassi at the wayside Dhabas.

About 230 km from Chandigarh or four hours by road is the holy Sikh city of Amristsar, and home to the famous Golden Temple.  Guru Ram Dass ji, the 4th Sikh Guru built the Amrit Sarovar here in 1577.The entire building work of Sikh architecture got completed in 1601 and the holy scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib was placed in the Harminder Sahib in 1604 AD. Don’t forget to eat in its Laangar. Just outside you can shop for the famous Phulkaari embroidery ware or buy Sikh religious paraphernalia like karas (metallic bangles) and daggers. The Jallianwala bagh garden where the British once massacred many innocent Indians is about five minutes walk away. For the mystics, there is the Mata Temple dedicated Hindu saint Lal Devi, which is situated in a labyrinth of caves. For the historians, the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is a sure delight, with its exhibits of paintings, coins, and weapons from the various Sikh eras.Fields Of Punjab

Not far is Jallandhar also called the city of sports, due to the numerous stadiums and sportspersons that abound here.  The two primary stadiums are the Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, the Surjit Hockey Stadium while there some sports colleges too. Being a cantonment city, the historic King George’s Royal Military School is also worth a visit. Jallandhar beckons hockey lovers from world over. 

65 km away from Jallandhar is the city of palaces and gardens called Kapurthala. Here the French and Indo-Saracenic architecture speak about its past. Take a peek at the imposing Elysee Palace built by Kanwar Bikrama Singh in 1862.  The Jagatjit Palace here is modeled on the Versailles Palace and built for the wife of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh, Anita Delgado in 1918. The Moorish Mosque is a replica of the Grand Mosque of Marakesh and is a fine sight to the eyes; making Kapurthala a charming haven for architects.

A journey through Punjab can be inspiring, adventurous and fun filled with the best time to visit being the festive times of Holi, Lohri, Diwali, Guru Nanak Jayanti, and Mahashivratri. However, visit Punjab anytime and you will notice that life is an ongoing celebration here anyway.

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