Punjab Travel

Green fields soaking in the sunshine with vibrant cultures narrating the tales of the past, Punjab is situated in the north western edge of India. One of the small yet a prosperous state of India, Punjab is home to lively, hospitable and dynamic people. Often known as the ‘The land of five rivers’, Punjab is the cradle of civilization. It holds ethnic and religious diversity which is matchless. This is the reason why travellers are attracted towards this fertile state that creates a magic in the air.  

People & Culture
The locals of Punjab are known for their jovial nature, and are often referred to as Sikh and Jat (commonly known as Punjabis). The major source of earning here is agriculture. The people of Punjab are deeply rooted to their cultures and traditions, which is beautifully reflected in their folk songs and dance. The most popular dance forms of Punjab are Bhangra and Gidda, performed during the local festivals. Another interesting fact here is that all the festivals of Punjab are marked with singing and dancing, where the locals are dressed in vibrant attires. Men here wear kurta and pajama with colourful turbans, while women wear salwar kameez with colorful dupattas.

Punjab is famed for its abundant natural beauty. The experience the authentic charm of the state, visit its beautiful farms. Travellers also enjoy visiting Chandigarh, the beautifully planned city with clean gardens. Rock Garden and Zakir Hussain Rose Garden remain popular among holidaymakers for their stunning vistas and serene setting.

The historical attractions of Punjab narrate the tales of the bygone era.  One of the most notable historical sites here is the Jallianwala Bagh, where over 1100 peaceful protesters were killed by Birtish troops on April 13 1919. Post independence, the park was turned into a memorial ground. Another popular historic ground famed for its charismatic construction is the Qila Mubarak. Old Motibagh Palace of Patiala also gains attention of the travellers due to its marvellous architecture presenting a mélange of Mughal style and Rajput style. Wagah Border ceremony is a must visit if you are in Punjab. Every evening, hundreds of locals and travellers visit the international border separating India and Pakistan to witness the royal changing of guards along with hoisting of the national flags.

Although a small state, there is no dearth of wildlife attractions in the region. One of the most popular lakes of India, Hari ke Pattan, acts home to over 350 migratory birds that fly here during the winters. Satluj Water Body Wetland and Kanjli Wetland are also perfect destination to eye beautiful local and migrating birds. Takhni-Rehmapur Wildlife Sanctuary also remains popular among wildlife devotees owing to the abundance of wildlife residing here. Bir Motibagh is another priced possession of Punjab housing chital, hog deer, wild boar, jackal, peafowl, myna, partridge, and quail.

Religious Destinations
Soaked magically in the powers of divinity, Punjab oozes spirituality in every nook and corner. Most famous religious hub is the Golden Temple in Amritsar. People of all cast, creed and religion visit the Golden Temple. It is believed that the water of this Gurudwara is the holiest that washes away all the worldly sins.

Anandpur Sahib is a famous village here located just 2 hours from Chandigarh. The “Holy city of Bliss” is home to countless gurudwaras including Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Gurudwara Guru-De-Mahal, Gurudwara Manji Sahib and Gurudwara Bhora Sahib to name a few.

Gurudwara Baba Bakala also remains highly popular among locals due to its divine powers. This shrine is associated with an important event in Sikh history and thus, brings thousands of travellers from near and far.  

Fairs & Festivals
Punjab and its fairs and festivals are famous all over the country, beautifully reflecting the jovial nature of the people. The locals celebrate each festival with great enthusiasm. Lohri, marking the end of winter, remains a popular festival in Punjab. This festival celebrates fertility and brings in festive spirit.
Another popular festival is the Hola Mohalla, celebrated in Anandpur Sahib. This three day festival involves singing of the divine hymns, performance by martial valour in archery, sword fencing, horse riding, tent pegging, among others.

The first day of the Indian New Year is also celebrated here with full vigor a Baisakhi. The festival brings together the locals of Punjab flaunting the local cultures of the region. Men and Women dress in beautiful colourful attires, whilst welcoming the New Year with traditional folk dance and music.

Paying respect to their religious beliefs, the locals also celebrate Guru Purbs with great fervor. The important Gurupurbs celebrated in Punjab include the birthdays of Guru Nanak and Guru Govind Singh and the martyrdom days of Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Teg Bahadur.                

Weather Conditions
The best time to visit Punjab is between October and March when the climatic conditions remain favourable for sightseeing. While summer months (April till June) are hot and humid in the state, monsoon season (July to September) brings much needed rescue from the heat. Winter months (October till March) are also favourable to tour around.

How to Reach
By AirAmritsar, Chandigarh and Ludhiana are three main airports in Punjab. Among these, Amritsar is the only international airport of the state.
By Train – Some of the major railheads of Punjab are located at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Jalandhar and Pathankot.

By RoadThe best way to explore the beauty of Punjab is by taking a road trip. Roads connect the state with all the parts of the country making road travel a pleasant option.


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