Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship). Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it's a major pilgrimage site. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors. Amritsar is also home to Jallianwala Bagh park’s memorial commemorating a 1919 British attack on a peaceful gathering. Planned by modernist architect Le Corbusier, the capital Chandigarh is home to the eclectic Rock Garden sculpture park. An elaborate flag-lowering ceremony accompanies the daily Wagah border closing with Pakistan. Former maharajas’ seat Patiala features the 18th-century Qila Mubarak fort. The Sikh pilgrimage city Anandpur Sahib includes the white-domed temple Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib and the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum of Sikhism. Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib is a temple complex honoring the victims of a 1704 execution.Read less
Amritsar city is an state of Punjab, 28 kilometers from the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar tank (lake), where pilgrims bathe. Amritsar is an attractive destination for tourists especially those part of Golden Triangle. Major destinations are:
Golden Temple and Heritage Street
Punjab State War Heroes' Memorial & Museum
Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal
Sadda Pind and Urban Haat Food Street
Gobindgarh Fort and Wagah border
Ram Bagh Palace and Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Partition Museum and Jallianwala Bagh
Jang-e-Azadi Memorial near Kartarpur
Ludhiana is to witness the true beauty of the state and its rich agricultural scenario. This simple yet stunning city will give you an insight into the lifestyle of locals, especially if you are ambling in the Museum of Rural Life. There’s history, a little bit of wildlife in the zoo, delicious food, and even an amusement park to look forward to if you are traveling with kids.
Tourist are vising at Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, Museum of Rural Life, Phillaur Fort, Museum of Rural Life
Jalandhar district, located in the irrigated plains between the Beas and Sutlej rivers, is seeped in legend. Another interpretation is that the region was ruled by Danava Jalandhara, an offspring of the river Ganga. Historically, it dates back to the Indus Valley Civilisation with numerous sites yielding traces of ancient settlements. Jalandhar also finds mention during the reign of Kanishka, and was home to as many as 50 Buddhist viharas and maths. Tourist Attraction are Wonderland, Devi Talab Mandir, Science City, Niku Park
The City of Lakes, Bhatinda is a simple city, which still is among the tourist places in Punjab you cannot miss. There are various landmarks in the city that have brought massive development in the state, right from AIIMS to thermal power plants and the Central University of Punjab. The city narrates legendary tales of the past as the remnants stand as witnesses. Rulers like Mahmud of Ghazni, Muhammad Ghori, and Prithvi Raj Chauhan have fought wars and ruled the city in the erstwhile era.
Tourist attraction are Qila Mubarak, Rose Garden, Jogger’s Park
Patiala is the third largest city in south-east Punjab and is located at an elevation of 250 m above sea level. The city, built by Sardar Lakhna and Baba Ala Singh, was fortified by Maharaja Narendra Singh (1845-1862). It is the administrative capital of the Patiala District and is dotted with ramparts and ten gates.
Patiala tourism has gained momentum owing to numerous sights that attract tourists for its rich cultural heritage. It is home to various forts and gardens, such as the Qila Mubarak Complex, Sheesh Mahal, Bardari Gardens, Qila Androon, Rang Mahal, Maiji Di Sarai, Mall Road and Darbar Hall. There are several tourist attractions close to Patiala as well, like Samana, Banur and Sanaur.
Pathankot, one of the largest cities in the state of Punjab, serves as the headquarters of the district of Pathankot. Located on the foothills of Kangra and Dalhousie, this city is the gateway to the Himalayan mountain range. A lot of tourists stop here before heading to the Himalayas. There are several sights in and around the city that are part of itineraries of Pathankot tourism, such as the Nurpur Fort that was built by the Pathania Rajputs more than 900 years ago. Apart from this, the Shahpurkandi Fort, Shiva Temple Kathgarh and Jugial Township are popular among tourists. Jwalaji and Chintpurni are popular weekend getaways that tourists can visit during their Pathankot holidays.
If you are looking for places to visit near Jalandhar, Punjab, Ropar is a close one. Also known as Roopnagar, Ropar is an ancient town in Punjab which is more famous for its ruin from Harrapan civilization. It is a culturally and historically rich state of India, the glimpse of which you can find in Ropar. Top tourist attractions: Anandpur Sahib, Ropar Wetland, Jatweshwar Mahadev Temple
Sirhind was earlier known as Fatehgarh Sahib. It was a military outpost of Prithviraj Chauhan in his revolt against Muhammad Ghori. The place turned out to be part of Ghauri Sultanate and later in the year 1362, it was refounded by Tughlaq emperors. If you visit Sirhind, you will witness the traces of its past story giving you a perfect chance of exploring the struggles of previous kings. Currently, it is prominent pilgrimage spot for Sikhs as the two young sons of Guru Gobind Singh were brutally killed here.
Top tourist attractions: Gurudwara Jyoti Sarup, Gurudwara Shaheed Ganj, Tomb of Nabis at Bras
Sultanpur Lodi is a sacred Sikh pilgrimage site associated with the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, who lived here for 14 years. It is here that he gained enlightenment at the end of the 15th century. His first words were as simple as they were true: ‘There is no Hindu, no Mussalman’. The grounds of the Gurdwara Ber Sahib here mark the spot where Guru Nanak entered the rivulet. The three-storeyed gurdwara was built by the Maharaja of Kapurthala in the mid 20th century and features slender octagonal pillars, a marble sanctum and stucco designs at the entrance. The town is dotted with gurdwaras commemorating events from Guru Nanak’s life.
Harike Wetland also known as "Hari-ke-Pattan", with the Harike Lake in the deeper part of it, is the largest wetland in northern India in the border of Tarn Taran Sahib district and Ferozepur district of the Punjab state in India.
The town is famous for the Wagah border ceremony and also serves as a goods transit terminal and a railway station between Pakistan and India. The pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the Change of Guard within handshaking distance of the Indian and Pakistani forces makes for a most charming spectacle. Wagah, an army outpost on Indo-Pak border – between Amritsar and Lahore, is an elaborate complex of buildings, roads and barriers on both sides. The daily highlight is the evening “Beating the Retreat” ceremony. Soldiers from both countries march in perfect drill, going through the steps of bringing down their respective national flags. As the sun goes down, nationalistic fervour rises and lights are switched on marking the end of the day amidst thunderous applause.
Anandpur Sahib, sometimes referred to simply as Anandpur is a city in Rupnagar district (Ropar), on the edge of Shivalik Hills, Indian state of Punjab. Located near the Sutlej River, the city is one of the most sacred places in Sikhism, being the place where the last two Sikh Gurus lived, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji. this is the place where Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699. The city is home to Kesgarh Sahib Gurdwara, one of the five Takhts in Sikhism. The city is a pilgrimage site in Sikhism. It is the venue of the largest annual Sikh gathering and festivities during Hola Mohalla in the spring season.
Raipur has existed since the 9th century and if you now visit Raipur you will also get to witness the ruins of many forts that once stood here. With such a rich historical significance. This city is a lot more than all that and it has everything to keep a tourist hooked on to. If the stories or history is anything to go by, it is said that the district of Raipur was once a part of a kingdom called as the Dakshina Kosala Kingdom and in the later years became a part of the Maurya Empire. Raipur had controlled the many stunning forts of Chhatisgarh for quite some time when it was the capital of the Haihaya Dynasty Kalchuri kings. Many kings and dynasties have controlled and dominated this city. Most populor tourist places are
Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum, Doodhari Monastery and Temple, Mahamaya Temple, Budhapara Lake, Vivekanand Sarovar, Hajara Waterfall, Kevalya Dham, Nandavan Garden.v