Punjab

India
Golden Temple featuring heritage elements
Vacation in the place where Sikhism started, a northern Indian state that features many ancient temples and shrines amid a lush, green countryside.

Punjab is where the religion of Sikhism was born in about 1500. The towns, cities and countryside of this northern Indian state encompass many sites of religious importance, including centuries-old temples. The region is also known as the Land of Five Rivers, a scenic landscape of great beauty. Visit sacred places of pilgrimage, enjoy wildlife spotting and shop along winding streets lined with bazaars.

Travel to Amritsar and one of the state's most popular attractions, the Golden Temple. The spiritual center of the Sikh religion, this late 16th-century shrine sits on a platform surrounded by a large pool of water. It features a dome and upper story that are plated in gold.

Explore the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Fort, an 18th-century defensive building. Stroll through the elegant surroundings of the Rambagh Gardens, located on the grounds of the summer palace of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of the Sikh kingdom.

For additional magnificent buildings, head to Patiala. See the Kali Temple and the Ijlas-e Khas, a palatial building that now hosts the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Whenever you visit a town or city, wander through its bazaars. While in Bathinda, go to Dhobi Bazar, the city’s commercial hub. Browse and purchase clothing, jewelry, electronics and more.

In addition to Punjab’s commercial, cultural, religious and historical attractions, the state also offers diverse natural heritage. Go bird watching at Bathinda’s Harike Wetland and spend a few hours at Chetak Park. Enjoy the fragrant and colorful surroundings of the gardens, walk through the mini-forest and participate in other activities, such as go-carting and boating. Observe wildlife including crocodiles, deer and rhesus monkeys at Deer Park, a mini-zoo in Patiala. Two other deer parks in the state are located in Bathinda and Neelon.

Reach Punjab by flying into the international airports at Amritsar or Chandigarh. Let the state enthrall you with its magnificent temples, historical buildings and myriad natural attractions.

Popular cities in Punjab

Golden Temple showing a lake or waterhole, heritage elements and heritage architecture
Amritsar
Known for Temples, Cultural activities and Jungles
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
  • Durgiana Temple
Pushpa Gujral Science City
Jalandhar
Known for Excursions, Bowling and Temples
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

  • Devi Talab Temple
  • Pushpa Gujral Science City
  • Geeta Mandir
Patiala
Patiala
Known for Historical, Monuments and Castle
Love history, monuments and culture? Get away to Patiala!
Ludhiana
Ludhiana
Known for Shopping, Safaris and Countryside
Trip time! Discover the safaris, countryside and university life in trendy Ludhiana.
Bathinda
Bathinda
Known for Natural parks, Zoo and Monuments
Experience the parks, zoo and history in Bathinda!
Pathankot
Pathankot
Known for Temples, Gardens and Rivers
Quaint Pathankot is calling! Discover its temples, gardens, camping and more.