Punjab, also known as the land of five rivers, is considered as the heart of India’s Sikh community. Situated in the north-western part of India, this land is bestowed with both beauty of nature and a rich culture and hence is the country’s pride. This fertile land famous for its religious diversity is a house to one of the holiest gurudwara- The Golden Temple. Whether you are a spiritual person or a traveller or a photographer, Punjab is the perfect place to add in your itinerary. Once in the land make sure explore the place to understand its true essence. We have shortlisted the must-visit places in Punjab which will be a treat for the eyes, heart and soul.
Video Of Best Places To Visit in Punjab
Surely the mention of Amritsar would have rung bells in your mind and would have reminded you of its most favourite and popular tourist attraction- The Golden Temple. This exquisite temple looks best during night time when its beautifully decorated with lights imposing its pure gold dome. The land is not only known for its patriotism, spirituality and legends but also for its delicious food cousins. Dripping with desi ghee and lots of love once you taste the food here you’ll never forget it. The narrow streets of this beautiful place are lined with an array of shops boasting of beautiful, colourful and Punjabi juttis, suits and more. The other famous tourist attractions include Jallianwala Bagh, a Partition museum dedicated to those affected by the 1947 Partition of India and Wagah Border. So, the next time you visit Amritsar don’t limit your trip by just visiting the Golden Temple but explore the other interesting places hidden here.
Often known as the “City of Newspapers”, this princely state of Patiala is a blend of Punjabi, Rajput and Mughal cultures. Located southwest of Chandigarh, this medium-size town offers a glorious insight into the history of 18th and 19th century Punjab. In Patiala you will witness some of the regal monuments, gardens and parks. Apart from a rich history, architecture and monuments the place is also famous for its generous Patiala peg of whiskey, suits, pagdi, paranda and jutti. The main tourist attraction places include Moti Bagh Palace which houses an amazing art gallery, Kali Mata Mandir, the huge 10-acre Qila Mubarak complex with its series of palaces and museums, Bahadurgarh Fort and Sheesh Mahal. All in all, this place has something unique to offer to every tourist.
Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab, is one of the cleanest and a well- planned modern city in the country. The city will greet you with flavours ranging from everything modern to antique. One of the major attractions of the city is the 25- acre Fantasy Rock Garden created by the extremely talented Artist, Nek Chandwho used urban and industrial waste and local stones to create a multitude of quirky sculptures over 20 years. This junk art is really a sure thing to see. Other must-see places in Chandigarh include Open Hand Monument, a 56- foot tall replica of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Rose Garden, International Doll Museum and Sukhna Lake. For reaching this beautiful place you don’t have to worry because of its ease of connectivity via road, rail and even airways. So, don’t wait, just pack your bags and rush to have a time of your life.
Farms and Farm stays
One thing Punjab is known for apart from its delicious food and big-heart people is farming. The state has some amazing boutique farm stays where once can experience rural living. Standing in those huge yellow mustard fields will surely give you the Bollywood nostalgia of the iconic movie DDLJ. The farm stays also initiate some exciting activities for the tourists to take part in like going for farm activities or going for tractor rides. Other than visiting the famous places of Punjab, if you want to taste the true essence of Punjab and understand the rural lifestyle closely then these farm stays are the correct places for you to go. There are many farm stays like Punjabivat, Farmer’s Villa, Kailash Farms and so on. So, go on try something different when you visit Punjab this time.
Farms and Farm stays
Pathankot, a land with mesmerising natural beauty and a rich history is one of the favourite tourist spots. The place has an important geographical location as it is the place where Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir meet. During the monsoon season, Pathankot which is already blessed with lush greenery appears denser and more stunning. The attractive spots to visit in the place are Nupur Fort, Mukteshwar temple, Shahpurkandi Fort, Ranjit Sagar Dam, etc. The place often serves a railhead to various nearby cities like Dalhousie. Next time, you visit Punjab extend your trip and visit this mesmerising place.
Among the ancient cities of Punjab, Bhatinda is a simple city which is a historical place in Punjab which you can’t miss to visit. A house to some of the ancient monuments which date back to 3000 BC, Bhatinda is a land famous in the Sikh fraternity as it was here that one of the prominent Sikh gurus, Guru Gobind Singh challenged and fought bravely against the Mughals. The land also tells courageous tales of great rulers like Mahmud of Ghazni, Muhammad Ghori and Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Over the years the place has undergone great development and the various landmarks in the city right from AIIMS to thermal power plants and Central University of Punjab justify the truth of progress even more. Some of the other places you can see here are Bhatinda Fort, Zoological Park, Chetak Park, Lakhi Jungle, etc. if you are a historic freak who likes listening to the legendary tales of the past and witness the past remnants then make sure to include Bhatinda in your itinerary.
Now, when you have so many of the mesmerising places to visit which one would you like to go and explore first. Chose your destination and tell us about your fantasies and curiosities regarding the place.