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What You Should Know More About Punjab

  • Travel advice:

    • Keep touts at bay.
    • Do not entertain the beggars. If you give money to one, many others will follow you back.
    • Though the street food and delicacies in Punjab are very authentic however, you must still check for the quality before you buy anything.
    • Whenever you buy a bottle of drinking water, you must check for the seal. If the seal is broken, you must avoid buying that bottle.
    • Buy a bottle of the brand that is known to you. Several replica brands come into play and tend to deceive you.
    • Make sure you never leave your cash or valuables in the hotel room.
    • Avoid going out of the room with too much cash in your pocket.
    • Avoid traveling during the night hours.
    • Ensure that you maintain the integrity of the place by not getting involved in any brawls or fights.
    • Do not indulge in drugs of any form.
    • Carry with you a necessary first aid kit.
    • Do not wear clothes that are skimpy or revealing.
    • Always be polite when you communicate with the locals.
    • Always carry with you a copy of your necessary documents like ID, passport or license.
    • Make sure you do not book a hotel in a secluded place.  

  • Drinking laws

    The legal age for drinking in Punjab is 25 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Amritsar

    The moment you hear about Amritsar you are certainly going to think of the most renowned attraction in the land – The Golden Temple. This ancient land is a home to a range of places and shrines of religious and historical importance. Some of the top places to see in Amritsar include:

    • Golden Temple

    • Bathinda Fort

    • Jallianwala Bagh

    • Durgiana Temple

    • Kaiser Bagh Park

    • Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh

    • Rambagh Garden

    • Tara Taran Sahib

    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama

    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

    • Khalsa College

    • Akal Takht

    • Wagah Border

    • Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary


    Chandigarh 

    Chandigarh is a beautiful union territory of India. It is a joint capital of Haryana and Punjab. The place is believed to be the best planned city of India. Also known as ‘The City Beautiful’, it is in this very city where modernization has not yet demolished the natural treasures of the land. Some of the top tourist attractions in Chandigarh include:

    • Sukhna Lake

    • The Rock Garden

    • Rose Garden

    • Le Corbusier Centre

    • International Dolls Museum

    • Government Museum and Art Gallery

    • Butterfly Park

    • Terraced Garden

    • Leisure Valley

    • Sarkaria Cactus Garden

    • Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park

    • Morni Hills

    • Garden of Fragrance

    • Shanti Kunj

    • Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park

    • Yadvinder Garden

    • Chhatbir Zoo

    • Timber Trail


    Jalandhar

    Jalandhar is a beautiful city that is particularly famous for its sports goods and rich history. This ancient city of the world is also mentioned in Indian mythological, Mahabharata. The city has several sites that have religious and historical significance.   

    Some of the top tourist destinations in Jalandhar include:

    • Wonderland Theme Park

    • Devi Talab Mandir

    • Prithvi’s Planet

    • Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum

    • Company Bagh

    • Sheetla Mandir

    • Imam Nasir Masjid

    • Shiv Mandir

    • Rangla Punjab Haveli

    • Pushpa Gujral Science City

    • St. Mary’s Cathedral Church

    • Tulsi Mandir

    • Niku Park


    Ludhiana 

    Ludhiana is the largest city of Punjab. It has an array of historical monuments as well as religious centers. The city lies in close proximity to the river Sutlej. Ludhiana played a significant role in the fight for Independence. Though not very high in numbers, this destination has some tourist attractions which should not be missed when you are on your tour to Punjab. Must see places of Ludhiana are  

    • Tiger Zoo

    • Phillaur Fort

    • Punjab Agricultural University Museum

    • Rural Heritage Museum

    • Deer Park

    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum

    • Gurudwara Charan Kamal

    • Nehru Rose Garden

    • Lodhi Fort



    Patiala

    Patiala is a former princely state that is known as the ‘City of newspapers’. It has some of the finest architecture that brings forth the royal past of this state. Patiala largely is an amalgam of Mughal, Rajput and Punjabi cultures. Some of the notable places to visit in Patiala are:

    • Baradari Garden

    • Moti Bagh Palace

    • Bir Moti Bagh Sanctuary

    • Sheesh Mahal

    • Darbar Hall

    • Qila Mubarak Complex

    • Samana

    • Lachman Jhoola

    • Kali Temple

    • Banur


    Bhatinda 

    Another archaic city of Punjab is Bhatinda. Some of the monuments found here go back to 3000 BC. Known for its historical associations, Bhatinda is the very place where Guru Gobind Singh fought with the Mughals bravely. Most renowned attractions of Bhatinda include:  

    • Lakhi Jungle

    • Qila Mubarak

    • Dhobhi Bazaar

    • Chetak Park

    • Bhatinda Lake

    • Bir Talab Zoo

    • Bhatinda Zoological Park

    • Rose Garden

    • Bhatinda Fort

    Pathankot 

    Pathankot is the central point of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab. It is the scenic beauty as well as the historical richness of Pathankot that make it a vital tourist attraction. Key sightseeing destinations in Pathankot are

    • Ranjit Sagar Dam

    • Kathgarh Temple

    • Mukteshwar Temple

    • Hydraulic Research Station

    • Ashapurni Mandir

    • Nurpur Fort

    • Kali Mata Ka Mandir

    • Shahpurkandi Fort


    Kapurthala 

    Kapurthala is known as the ‘Paris of Punjab.’ It is an alluring destination with breathtaking gardens and interesting architecture. This is the place where in the year 1499, Guru Nanak attained enlightenment. Spectacular monuments, scenic landscape and historical significance make Kapurthala a must visit destination in Punjab. Some of the notable attractions of Kapurthala are:

    • State Gurudwara

    • Elysee Palace

    • The Jagatjit Palace

    • Panj Mandir

    • Kanjli Wetland

    • Nihal Palace

    • Shalimar Garden

    • Moorish Mosque

    • Jagatjit Club


    Mohali

    Punjab’s Tri-city comprises of Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali. The city of Mohali gets its name from Sahibzada Ajit Singh who is the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh. This is perhaps why it is called as SAS Nagar. Mohali is also a home to several IT industries. Renowned attractions of Mohali are:    

    • Sukhna Lake

    • Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary

    • Rose Garden

    • Mataur Lake

    • Mansa Devi Temple

    • Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

    • Rock Garden

    • Gurdwara Amb Sahib

    • Gurudwara Nada Sahib

    • Silvi Park


    Rupnagar

    Rupnagar also known as Ropar is another ancient town located in the city of Punjab. If legends are to be believed, this place belonged to the Harappan civilization. This also happens to be the first Harappan site of the independent India. Some of the top destinations here are:

    • Chamkaur Sahib

    • Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib

    • Jateshwar Mahadev Temple

    • Ropar Wetland

    • Anandpur Sahib

    • Gurudwara Bhatta Sahib

    • Bhakra Nangal Dam

  • What you will like here?

    Food

    Think of Punjab and the first thing that comes to your mind is the scrumptious food which is served across the beautiful state. There is no shortage of the places to eat here. Right from the chola kulcha to the mouthwatering butter chicken, yummy choley bhature, rajma chawal and aloo paratha, everything available here is finger licking good and is available at pocket friendly prices.


    Gurudwaras

    Punjab is a land of Sikhs thus there are a number of attractive Gurudwaras found here. Some of the notable Gurudwaras found here include Jamni Sahib in Ferozepur, Golden Temple of Amritsar, Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in Gurdaspur and Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar. Each of the gurudwaras has its own charm that compels you to come over and over again. Make a visit to experience some tranquility and peace.



    The Famous Lassi 
    Sounds unbelievable? It maybe so but believe me friends, a simple glass of lassi is enough for you to travel all the way to Punjab. Flavored, sweet or salty, just a glassful of lassi is enough to be classified as an entire meal. People often drink a lassi with some delicious Punjabi breakfast.  


    Picturesque Landscapes

    Wish to run around the mustard fields just the way Kajol and SRK did in the movie DDLJ? It is time you pack your bags and visit Punjab. The countryside has an array of fields and farms with fresh green produce. Do carry a camera along.


    Shopping

    Right from the woolen shawls to the phulkari dupattas, accessories colorful bangles, and kurtas, there is so much to shop for in Punjab that you’ll be spoilt for choice. There is an abundant scope for shopping in Amritsar and Jalandhar. Don’t forget to bargain as good as you can.


    Hospitable People

    The hospitality of Punjab is incomparable. Spend some time with the people of Punjab and learn about their traditions, festivals, culture, past and present and you are indeed going to be left in awe. Do ensure you have a huge appetite as you’ll be stuffed with loads of home made food here.  


    Festivals

    If you still haven’t experienced the manner in which festivals are celebrated in Punjab, you are definitely missing out on something big. Right from singing Punjabi folk songs to enjoying bhangra and giddha performacnes, the atmosphere of Punjab is indeed electrifying. The best place to experience the festivity in Punjab is Ludhiana.


    Nightlife

    You no longer need to be in Delhi to relish on the nightlife. Just spend few days in Punjab and you’ll know how satiating the nightlife of the state is. Be it Chandigarh, Ludiana or Jalandhar, the state has innumerable clubbing options.


    Roads

    Roads in Punjab are very well maintained so much so that you’ll never face any problem moving in between or from the city. All the roads are broad making the experience of the road trip a great fun.


    Budget Friendly
    The best thing about Punjab is that it is a delight for everyone on budget. You can stay at one of the budget friendly stays in Punjab and eat at the dhabas on the roadside and save buck loads of money.

  • Recommended Reads For The Destination

Traveller Tales from Punjab

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Puneet Menon

05 January 2016

awsm experience. the surroundings were too beautiful. we even experienced the snowfall during our trek. thans for such an amazing experience

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Shashikala Devar

12 August 2017

Kareri Lake trek was extremely exciting since we had to camp at many places in the middle of the secluded areas. All the trails were through either forests or meadows. The rocks and stones on the paths were making some climbs difficult. But everyone in our group was so energetic and we never felt tired too. But we got only limited time to spend at the top and near the lake since we had to come back to the campsite before it was late. We took a number of pictures near the lake. There was not much water in the lake when we visited but people said that during rainy season it will be really huge. I liked the surrounding well. Hills with rocks and stones. Greenery was acting as a blanket. Sheep were grazing at some places. The village beauty cannot be replaced or transferred. I belong to one of the major metropolitan cities in India and I could understand the feeling of being at a place where there is only greenery and walkable routes. I was escaped from the daily boring office works, traffic and scorching lights. The flats, hotels, pubs and the same life style. This lake trek was changing my attitude totally.

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Uttam Pandey

14 August 2017

I am not a great fan of trekking. But my husband and cousins are. Hence when they planned a trip to somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, I said no without thinking. But they forced me to join them and they promised I would definitely like the trek. Kareri Lake trek was a part of the tour through Himachal Pradesh. We have done trekking along some other place. But I thought I should write something about the trek to Kareri Lake. An irresistible place is Kareri Lake and the neighbourhood. It is full of greenery and some rocks. The Himalayan ranges are in the background. Oh God, I never felt such an amazing feeling in my life ever. It was so cold throughout the routes. But it was not winter too. There was no rain as well. Hence the complete trip was awesome. I became the fan of Himachal Pradesh within no time. My cousins were asking me what happened now and all. But to be true, I was gradually liking the place and the trekking. Camping amidst the celebrity nature was something really special. The soothing music of the wind was in my heart and still echoes.

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Ekalavya Abbott

12 August 2017

I am not a great fan of trekking. But my husband and cousins are. Hence when they planned a trip to somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, I said no without thinking. But they forced me to join them and they promised I would definitely like the trek. Kareri Lake trek was a part of the tour through Himachal Pradesh. We have done trekking along some other place. But I thought I should write something about the trek to Kareri Lake. An irresistible place is Kareri Lake and the neighbourhood. It is full of greenery and some rocks. The Himalayan ranges are in the background. Oh God, I never felt such an amazing feeling in my life ever. It was so cold throughout the routes. But it was not winter too. There was no rain as well. Hence the complete trip was awesome. I became the fan of Himachal Pradesh within no time. My cousins were asking me what happened now and all. But to be true, I was gradually liking the place and the trekking. Camping amidst the celebrity nature was something really special. The soothing music of the wind was in my heart and still echoes.

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Govinda Pandey

19 March 2015

There are several things to do here and so many places to see if you are in the mood for trekking with your friends. The mountains are lovely and if you are a photographer, you are even more lucky!

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Swapnil Khanna

05 January 2016

One of the best treks definitely. The trails, hills and the mountains. Its all so beautiful and amazing at once. Simply, Everything wz juz perfect. loved it a lot!

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Geeta Marar

14 March 2015

Lake treks are fun. It was very interesting. What is more interesting is that you get to stay in the forest rest house. This is fun if it is well planned. There is trek, the visit to lake, and the rest house stay in forest. Apart from that there is nothing fancy or anything. So, plan accordingly. Some of the positives of this trek are that it is pretty cheap, easy-moderate level difficulty, safe path to trek and travel solo, very beautiful, and mesmerising. The cons were the flight charges, not so good food, and well the climate. If you visit during season and if you have planned it well then this is a nice trek to take and enjoy with your gang of fun loving buddies.

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Chaten Pandey

12 July 2015

Kareri Lake was such an amazing location. The entire trek was a great experience - green hills and the lake amidst the trek was such an incredible experience. Awesome time, met some great people - kudos to our guide, he took good care of all of the members.

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Ramesh Chattopadhyay

22 October 2015

No doubt the place was damn gorgeous and beautiful but the climate got really cool. So many of us got sick and could not take the full fun of the trek. But Overall an Okay kind of experience.

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