Best places to visit in Punjab that should be in your travel list
Punjab famously referred to as ‘The land of five rivers’, is situated in the northwestern part of India. This fertile land ranks amongst the most ancient civilisations in the world. Agriculture is the largest industry in Punjab; it is the largest single provider of wheat to India. Punjab is also famous for its religious diversity as it was here many religious movements were initiated. The scenic landscape, rich history, food, colours of happiness, and famous religious sites are the most important reasons for increasing number of visits by tourists.
Here are some of the cities that should be on your list while visiting Punjab:
The moment you hear the name of Amritsar, your mind is sure to recall the famous attraction in the land – The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib). This ancient land is home to various shrines and places of historical importance. Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht, Tara Taran Sahib, Wagah Border, Rambagh Garden, Bhatinda Fort, Khalsa College, Kaiser Bagh Park, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Harike wetland and bird sanctuary, and Durgiana Temple are must visit in Amritsar.
The capital of Haryana and Punjab both, Chandigarh is the city considered to be the best-planned city in the nation. It is famed as ‘The City Beautiful’, and we surely agree with it. Once can feel on a visit where modernization has not destroyed the natural treasures of the land. While being in Chandigarh, one can visit Sukhna Lake, Leisure Valley, Morni Hills, Chhatbir Zoo, Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Timber Trail, Butterfly Park, International Dolls Museum, Terraced Garden, Sarkaria Cactus Garden, Le Corbusier Centre, and Government Museum and Art Gallery.
Jalandhar, the land that boasts of a rich history is also famous for sports goods. This ancient part of the world, which is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata, has some of the most famous sites of historical importance and religious significance. The famous attractions of Jalandhar include Tulsi Mandir, Niku Park, Company Bagh, Sheetla Mandir, Imam Nasir Masjid, Wonderland Theme Park, Shiv Mandir, St. Mary’s Cathedral Church, Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum, Devi Talab Mandir, Rangla Punjab Haveli, and Prithvi’s Planet.
The erstwhile princely state, Patiala, is famously referred to as the ‘City of newspapers’. The city has some of the best architecture that reflects the glorious past of the land. It is a blend of Rajput, Punjabi and Mughal cultures that can be seen in structures like Moti Bagh Palace, Samana, Banur, Baradari Garden, Sheesh Mahal, Darbar Hall, Kali Temple, and Lachman Jhoola.
The largest city in the Indian state of Punjab, it has its share of historical monuments and religious centres. Ludhiana is situated closer to the banks of river Sutlej. The land had made a significant contribution to freedom fight. Though not in great numbers, the tourist attractions namely Lodhi Fort, Rural heritage museum, Gurudwara Charan Kamal, Tiger Zoo, Phillaur Fort, Deer Park, Nehru Rose Garden, and Punjab architectural university museum should not be missed on your tour to Punjab.
This place is amongst the ancient cities of Punjab. Some of the monuments found here belong to 3000 BC. Famous for its historical associations, the land was where Guru Gobind Singh challenged and fought the Mughals bravely. It includes some of the most popular destinations namely Bhatinda Fort, Qila Mubarak, Bhatinda Lake, Lakhi Jungle, Bir Talab Zoo, Chetak Park, Dhobi Bazaar, and Bhatinda Zoological Park.
The geographical location of Pathankot gains importance, as it is the meeting point of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The scenic beauty of the land and its rich history has made the land a popular tourist destination. Just to name a few Kathgarh Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Nurpur Fort, Hydraulic Research Station, Kali Mata ka Mandir, and Shahpurkundi Fort, one can visit in Pathankot.
Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula together are called Tri-city. The city acquired its name after Guru Gobind Singh’s eldest son Sahibzada Ajit Singh and hence is also called as SAS Nagar. While retaining its ancient heritage, Mohali, is also home to a good number of IT industries. Top tourist attractions like Rose Garden, Silvi Park, Mataur Lake, Sukhna wildlife sanctuary, Mansa Devi Temple, Punjab cricket association stadium, etc. are meant for everyone to visit.
Earlier referred to as the ‘Paris of Punjab’, Kapurthala is a mesmerising city with amazing architecture and breathtaking gardens. It was here that Guru Nanak attained enlightenment in 1499. Historical significance, scenic landscape and spectacular monuments make this place a unique destination. Some of the famous tourist attractions in Kapurthala are Jagatjit clue, Jagatjit Palace, Panj Mandir, Shalimar Garden, State Gurudwara, Moorish Mosque, Elysee Palace, and Nihal Palace.
Ropar, famed with the name Rupnagar, is yet another ancient town in Punjab. Archaeological shreds of evidence reveal that the place belonged to the era of Harappan civilisation. Ropar also happens to be the first Harappan site to be excavated in independent India. And, out of all, there are some of the top destinations namely Anandpur Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib, Bhakra Nangal Dam, Ropar Wetland, Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib, Gurudwara Bhatta Sahib, and Jateshwar Mahadev Temple to visit here.