Punjab Tourism

The Punjab Tourism sector is doing a splendid job of encouraging the inflow of tourists to the state. Punjab, the 'land of five rivers', has quite a few tourist attractions that invite lakhs of tourists each year.

Amritsar, Kapurthala, Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Patiala, Chandigarh, Bhatinda, Muktsar, and Fatehgarh Sahib are only some of the places that tourists throng in Punjab.

Punjab Tourism promotes Punjabi tradition and heritage which includes elements such as love ballads, folk dances, bhangra, and gidda. Traditional festivals such as Diwali, Baiskhi, and Dussehra are celebrated with much élan and opulence in Punjab. Punjab is also known for its huge area of fields and farms. The fields along the roads of rural Punjab are filled with mustard plants and make for a beautiful view.

    The Punjabi markets deal in a lot of traditional items such as carved handicrafts, furniture, furnishings, woolens, and hand-woven scarves.

    The major places for tourism in Punjab have been briefly illustrated below:

    • Golden Temple: A very popular destination for Sikh pilgrims, the Golden Temple is dedicated to the Guru Granth Sahib - the holy book of the Sikhs. The dome of the shrine is made of pure gold, while the floor and interiors are made of marble.

    • Sheesh Mahal: This old palace was built by Maharajah Narinder Singh. The main features of the palace exteriors are beautiful lakes and gardens, while the interiors are wonderfully decorated with paintings, sculptures, and portraits.

    • Jallianwala Bagh: Probably one of the most historically popular places in India, it is reminiscent of the Indian freedom struggle.

    • Kurukshetra: Another place of historical interest in Punjab is known as Kurukshetra which was once the battle ground for the Pandavas and Kauravas. This is where the Bhagwad Gita was written. The place is located along the National Highway 1.

    • Wagha Border: The Wagha Border portrays the friendship between India and Pakistan.

    • Anandpur Sahib: A place of worship for Punjabis and visited by many Sikh pilgrims each year.

Chandigarh is the only city in Punjab which has no historical significance attached to it. It is a union territory and is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. However, it has been termed as a shoppers’ paradise. Sector 17 is Chandigarh's main shopping hub and the whole market area is teeming with people on any given day. The city has great features like modern shopping malls, designer infrastructure, beautiful fountains, landscaping, different types of sculptures, lots of pubs and discotheques, and plenty of hangout zones for the youth.

One can contact the Punjab Tourism office at this address:

Punjab Tourist Information Office,
SCO 1064-65, Sector 22-B,
Chandigarh

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