7 Tourist Attractions And Places To Visit In Punjab
Looking for places to visit in Punjab for your next vacation? Don’t worry, we have a list of major tourist attractions right here. The land of five rivers – Punjab is one of the most prosperous states in India also known as “Cradle of Sikhism”.
Believe it or not, Punjab definitely proves to be one of the most distinctive states with lively people and culture. Located in the northern region of India and also surrounded by beautiful places like Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, Punjab has for sure outshone its own beauty and authenticity.
Punjab is rich in wonderful architecture, places of worship, land of food, color, and happiness. The utmost fertile land of Punjab ranks amongst the most ancient civilizations in the entire world and so this place is also referred as “Granary of India” or “India’s Bread Basket”.
The simplicity and charm of Punjab lie in the inhabitants living here. The dominating inhabitants of Punjab are the sect we know as Punjabis. Brotherhood of Sikhism and hometown to Bhangra music gives the real taste of Punjab. Sikh Jat is the biggest community settled in Punjab.
People wearing colorful turbans called as Pagdi and Kara and girls wearing the paranda are quite appealing to the eyes. Keeping aside the Sikhs, Khatris, Sainis and much more community resides here too. In spite of such wide diversity among the communities and tribes, there is a common thread of homogeneity that minds the entire Punjabis together as a whole with an aura of multidimensional bondage and feeling of brotherhood.
So, let’s figure out which places can be the most exciting one to visit in this heritage of India
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- 1 1. The Golden Temple, Amritsar
- 2 2. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
- 3 3. The Rock Garden, Chandigarh
- 4 4. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Chandigarh
- 5 5. Virasat-e-Khalsa, Chandigarh
- 6 6. Wagah Border ceremony, Wagah
- 7 7. Qila Mubarak, Bhatinda
1. The Golden Temple, Amritsar
When you hear about The Golden Temple the first thing that comes to the mind is the beautiful city of Punjab, Amritsar. The golden temple is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib, the abode of God. This temple is the holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism.
The most surprising intention to build this place for worship was to treat people equally – all men and women irrespective of their caste and creeds. This epitome of peace and serenity is built on the holy tank which consists of ‘Amrit’ (holy water).
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The Dome of the Golden Temple showcases the blend of Hinduism and Islam which is a construction of pure gold and various precious stones. The holiest Sikh Gurudwara in Punjab is the place that can calm your senses and put you at peace.
2. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
With rich fertile land and multidimensional bondage among the people, Punjab is also famous for its historical heritage and one of the examples is The Jallianwala Bagh. It is a public garden in Amritsar near the holy place Golden temple.
The reason for this place to be of utmost importance is because of the huge massacre that took place in 1919. On 13th April 1919, Brigadier General Dyer along with huge amount of military troops ordered to shoot at the crowd that had gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh for celebrating Baisakhi, the main Sikh festival.
Almost 1,100 civilians without any weapons, women, and children were killed. Many civilians were also prey to severe injuries. The memorial is built in the honor of those innocent people who lost their lives here.
3. The Rock Garden, Chandigarh
Who could have ever imagined a garden with beautiful sculptures made from scrap and beautiful interlinked waterfalls? But it’s true. The most popular attraction in the happening city of Punjab – Chandigarh is The Rock Garden, the ultimate epitome of creativity.
The garden is the hard work of Nek Chand, a government official who secretly began working in the garden in his spare time. He collected the materials from demolition sites around the city, recycled them and carved this beautiful garden. His work was illegal but he somehow managed to hide it for 18 long years. However, when his work grew beyond 12-acres, it was in danger of being demolished, but he was able to get public support and managed to grow it up to 40-acres.
One of the most beautiful parts of this garden are the cascading waterfalls and many other sculptures made from the scraps like bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots etc.
4. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Chandigarh
One of the most popular attractions in Chandigarh, The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is a botanical garden spread over 30 acres of land with approximate of 50,000 rose bushes and that also of 1600 different species. The uniqueness of this garden lies in its name.
This botanical garden gets its name after India’s former president Zakir Hussain. The main attraction of this place is the Rose Festival, a cultural event held in Chandigarh almost every year during the month of February and March.
If you are a romantic, Rose Garden is the place to visit with your special one. This place certainly is mesmerizing and hence it is among the top 7 places to visit in Punjab.
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5. Virasat-e-Khalsa, Chandigarh
The most ancient holy town of Punjab, Anandpur near Chandigarh is where the museum of Sikhism Virasat-e-Khalsa is located. This place gives insight into all the events and affairs that took place over more than 500 years ago.
Every year this museum celebrates its 500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa. The scriptures of the birth of Khalsa were written by the last and tenth human guru, Guru Gobind Singh. This place is definitely worthy to visit hence it makes it to our list of places to visit in Punjab.
6. Wagah Border ceremony, Wagah
Wagah, although is a small village situated in Lahore district, Punjab of Pakistan, India shares some parts of this village too. It is the Wagah border that separates out India and Pakistan. Every day of the year, this place witnesses a flag lowering ceremony when the border gets closed for the day, just before the sunset.
Hundreds and thousands of people gather to the Wagah border to witness this. The majestic changing of the guards accompanied by the hoisting and retreat of the respective national flags is mesmerizing to watch.
The ceremony starts with high patriotic spirits from both sides of the borders and lasts for about 45 minutes. It’s definitely worth the watch hence it is on our list of places to visit in Punjab.
7. Qila Mubarak, Bhatinda
Qila Mubarak is one of the major tourist attractions in the heart of the city of Bathinda, Punjab. It is a popular archaeological spot for historic buffers and enthusiasts. It was this Qila where Razia Sultan, the first woman to take charge of Delhi’s throne, lost power after her defeat. Very old but with great history this place deserves to be on our list of places to visit in Punjab.
There are so many things yet to be discovered and yet to mention about Punjab. Do visit this place and let yourself loose along with the people here as the energy in the air that this state breathes is practically unmatchable.
And remember you just can’t go back without having “Makke di roti and Sarson Da Saag”. Believe me, this will really complete your holiday, as people here believe ‘When in Punjab… be the Punjabans’. So, I guess, Punjab is definitely one of the places in your wishlist.
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