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Punjab

India
Golden Temple featuring heritage elements

The heartland of India’s Sikh culture is a region of flamboyant festivals, magnificent temples, wildlife reserves, warm hospitality and mouthwatering cuisine.

Discover sacred gurdwaras (temples), delectable cuisine, extravagant celebrations and the infectious sounds of Bhangra pop music in Punjab state. Punjab sits at the confluence of five rivers in northwestern India. It is home to India’s largest Sikh population, whose hospitality and energetic spirit resonates throughout the state’s charming towns and cities.

Punjab’s main tourist center is Amritsar, a city with glorious temples and bustling bazaars. Mingle with pilgrims at Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spell-binding Golden Temple. Experience the chaos of colorful shopping districts such as Guru Bazar and Katra Jaimal Singh market. Take a side trip to nearby Atari to view high kicks and handshakes at the daily India-Pakistan border-closing ceremony.

On the eastern border is Chandigarh, the City Beautiful, the capital of both Punjab and Haryana yet geographically part of neither. Explore a planned city of sweeping boulevards and pristine gardens, including the Rock Garden, Garden of Fragrance and Rose Garden.

Visit the Harike Bird Sanctuary, a natural habitat for 375 species of native and migratory birds. Go to Jalandhar and enjoy family-friendly fun at the Pushpa Gujral Science City. Walk in the footsteps of the Sikh maharajas at the lavish Qila Mubarak palace in Patiala. Find another colossal Qila Mubarak in Bathinda, one of Punjab’s oldest cities.

During festival season Punjab’s streets fill with extravagant parades and pulsating Bhangra music. Widely celebrated events include January’s Festival of Lohri’s bonfires, April’s Baisakhi Festival and the spring Hola Mohalla. Sample tasty Punjabi food, which is rich in tangy tandoori flavors. Traditional dishes are chicken tandoori and kulcha (stuffed flatbread).

Reach Punjab by flying to Amritsar or Chandigarh or ride India’s famous railways to the state’s major destinations. February to April and September to November are great times to visit, when temperatures are mild and rainfall is low. For another adventure, head north to Pathankot, a frontier city near the Shivalik Hills. It’s the gateway to the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh and the isolated Jammu and Kashmir.

Popular cities in Punjab

Yadavindra Gardens which includes a garden
Chandigarh
Known for Garden, Rowing and Jungle
India’s first planned city is a fascinating spot to visit, with its wide boulevards, manicured gardens and one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Sukhna Lake
  • Rock Garden
  • Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park
Golden Temple showing a lake or waterhole, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Amritsar
Known for Temple, Jungle and UNESCO Site
Visit this holy Sikh city and above the bustling markets and medieval town gates, you will see the spires of one of the most spectacular temples in all of India. 

Reasons to visit

  • Golden Temple
  • Katra Jaimal Singh Market
  • Akal Takht
Pushpa Gujral Science City
Jalandhar
Known for Excursion, Bowling and Temple
Visit the oldest city in Punjab and enjoy shopping in state of the art malls, riding in exciting amusement parks and visiting ancient monuments. 

Reasons to visit

  • Pushpa Gujral Science City
  • Shri Guru Ravidas Temple
  • Devi Talab Temple
Patiala
Patiala
Known for Monument, Castle and University
Love history, monuments and sports? Get away to Patiala!
Ludhiana
Ludhiana
Known for Shopping, Sport and University
Trip time! Discover the safaris, countryside and university life in trendy Ludhiana.
Bathinda
Bathinda
Known for Monument and Shopping
Experience the parks, zoo and history in Bathinda!