Explore Punjab, the land of five rivers namely Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Jhelum, and Chenab. Located on the north-western part of the Indian sub-continent, the land of Punjab is rich in culture and its history. Worldwide recognized as the structure of civilization, it is a land of cultural and religious diversity.
The main religions of people residing in Punjab are Sikhism and Hinduism. Punjab is primarily an agricultural state and has been providing food products to other parts of India.
Places to visit in Punjab
Whenever you search for places to visit in Punjab, most of the time you will get the details for Amritsar only along with Wagah border. But, Punjab is not only about The Golden Temple and Wagah border.
There are many places to visit for travellers, but due to unawareness, these places remain hidden for tourists.
Below, I have shared the details of those spots/destinations which you should know and must visit once to feel the real Punjab, the history, culture and tradition of this land.
1) Anandpur Sahib – One of the main holiest Sikh sites in Punjab, Anandpur Sahib is located in Rupnagar (Ropar) district of Punjab and is close to the state border of Himachal Pradesh in India. Anandpur Sahib is considered as the holiest shrine of Sikhs, where Shri Guru Gobind Singh spent 25 years of his life teaching and guiding for disciplines. Places of attractions in Anandpur Sahib Includes Gurudwara Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib, Virasat-E-Khalsa (museum that was built in the honour of Sikhism), Qila Anandgarh Sahib (A Fortress that was built by Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji for the protection of Sikhs from Hill rulers) etc.
2) Chandigarh – One of the Union Territories of India, Chandigarh is regarded as the best planned city in the country. Here, the modernization has not destroyed the natural richness of the land. Chandigarh is that’s why called “The City Beautiful”. Some of the prime tourist spots to visit in Chandigarh includes The Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, Leisure Valley, Government Museum and Art Galley, Butterfly Park etc.
3) Jalandhar – An ancient city of Punjab with prosperous history, Jalandhar is situated between river Beas and Sutlej. Until 1953, Jalandhar was a capital of Punjab. It is believed that Jalandhar has got its name from the conversational term ‘Jalandhar’ which means the area inside water. This place which is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata also, is known for the sites of historical and religious importance. The main attractions of Jalandhar includes Wonderland Theme Park, Devi Talab Temple, Pushpa Gujral Science City, Niku Park, Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum etc.
4) Ludhiana – The largest city in the state of Punjab, Ludhiana is known for historical monuments and religious centres. The city is also known as the Manchester of India as it is famous for hosiery industries. Apart from the industries, Ludhiana also attracts tourists as it has Gurudwaras, Forts and Ancient Ruins. Places to visit in Ludhiana include Lodhi Fort, Gurudwara Charan Kamal, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, Rural Heritage Museum, Nehru Rose Garden, Phillaur Fort etc.
5) Patiala – The most well-known princely state of Punjab, Patiala is known for some of its best architecture that replicates the splendid past of this land. One can find the perfect blend of Punjabi, Rajput and Mughal cultures here. The main attractions of the city are Qila Mubarak Complex, Baradari Garden, Moti Bagh Palace, Sheesh Mahal, Darbar Hall, Kali Temple etc.
6) Pathankot – The meeting point of three states namely Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Pathankot is known for its lush greenery, quaint temple and majestic monuments with misty mountains at the backdrop. The city was named after the Pathania Rajputs who once ruled this region. Some of the leading tourist spots to visit here include Ashapurni Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Nurpur Fort, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Shahpurkandi Fort etc.
Apart from the above, there are many places to visit in Punjab which tourist can explore as a solo traveller or with their friends and family. If you are a backpacker or a budget traveller, you can simply use the public transport (buses and trains) to commute from one city to another. Roadways and private bus service to different towns and cities of Punjab, make it easier for travellers to explore this historic and cultural land. Accommodation can also be simply booked in advance or you can even choose the one once you reach a particular town or a city. Apart from lodges, guest houses and hotels, there are numerous Gurudwaras in Punjab where you can stay in their sarais.