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Places to Visit in Punjab

Discussion in 'Punjab' started by AmanArora, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. AmanArora

    AmanArora New Member

    Hi all, I am from Manchester and my roots go back to Punjab to be precise to Ludhiana. Whenever visiting Punjab with my parents, we only ever went to Ludhiana and also made a one day trip to Amritsar for the Golden Temple.

    There is a lot more to Punjab, which is not talked about or even visited. This year I will be coming to India on my own and will have around a month and a half, where I want to explore Punjab and go to the famous places. I need the help of the forum to guide me to find out the places to visit in Punjab.

    The more information I get the better, so please feel free to keep adding on suggestions.

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    Punjab is also known as the "Land of Five Rivers." It is known for its religious diversity as well as being one of the oldest cities in the world. There's lots of places to visit in Punjab, that's for sure. But I'll only include the ones that are my favourites in this list. So yes, here they are, the top five places to visit in Punjab:

    1. Chandigarh. This is the first planned city of India after the Indian independence. You can find Chandigarh at the foot of the Shivalik Ranges. It also has favourable climate all-year round. Here's some of the attractions in Chandigarh:
    • Rock Garden. Just nearby Sukhna Lake, you'll find the Rock Garden. It was created by Nek Chand and it's a garden landscaped with several sculptures and potteries of dancers and animals.
    • Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. The largest rose garden in Asia although you'll find some medicinal herbs here as well.
    • Yadavindra Gardens. The garden has several structures depicting Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles.
    • Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park. This park is famous for its lion safari. But you can find some rare species of other animals here as well.
    • Museum and Art Gallery. Features collections of items as far back as the Indus Valley Civilisation. There are also Dinosaur Fossils here which were extracted from the region.
    2. Jalandhar. In the Mahabharata, this place was referred to as Prasthala. This is also one of the oldest cities in India. Some places to visit are:
    • Imam Nasir Masjid. This is about an 800-year old mausoleum already. It was said that Sufi Saint Baba Farid visited this before.
    • Tulsi Mandir. Nearby to the maunder, you'll find a tank where it is said that Jalandhara used to bathe in. And a temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurna can also be found nearby.
    • Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum. This contains items owned by the freedom fighter of the same name.
    • Wonderland Theme Park. This has rides, a water park and even a wave pool.
    3. Ludhiana. Located in the banks of Sutlej River, this is the largest city in Punjab. This city was a major part of the 1857 uprising against the colonisers. The best attractions here are:
    • Lodhi Fort. Built by Muslim ruler named Sikandar Lodhim, this majestic fort is in ruins now.
    • Gurudwara Charan Kamal. A fine example of Sikh architecture.
    • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum. A great place for learning about the history of Ludhiana.
    • Tiger Zoo. One of the most famous attractions in Ludhiana, you can ride a jeep to watch tigers from outside.
    4. Bhatinda. This is already a 3,000 year old city. It's a city very rich in culture, heritage and tradition. Places to visit are:
    • Quila Mubarak. One of the oldest forts in Punjab, this fort has been around since the Kushana Kingdom under Kanishka.
    • Bhatinda Lake. A great place for relaxing and there's some eateries around the lake as well.
    • Bir Talab Zoo. This is home to many rare species of animals.
    5. Pathankot. This is the meeting place of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Some attractions here are:
    • Mukteshwar Temple. Located on the banks of River Ravi, this is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
    • Nupur Fort. Also known as Dhameri Fort and it has a temple inside it. The temple is the only one where Lord Krishna and Meera Bai are both worshipped.
    • Shahpurkandi Fort. This provides amazing views of the city.
    I hope this helps!

  3. Deven

    Deven Member

    briannagodess, this is a good list that you have provided and have mentioned some very good points of interest.

    I just have one question for the original poster Aman Arora, what kind of things are you interested in seeing, anything in particular that you want to see or avoid seeing?
  4. Preet

    Preet New Member

    While the Golden Temple and Ludhiana hold a special place in your memories, Punjab offers a treasure trove of experiences beyond these familiar destinations. As a native, I'm thrilled to share some of my personal favorites for your upcoming solo adventure:

    1. Unveiling the City of Beauty: Chandigarh

    • A Modern Marvel: Immerse yourself in the architectural wonder of Chandigarh, India's first planned city. Designed by the legendary Le Corbusier, its geometric precision and lush gardens are a visual treat.
    • Rock Garden's Enchantment: Explore the whimsical Rock Garden, a sprawling masterpiece crafted from recycled materials by Nek Chand. It's a testament to human creativity and a must-visit for its unique charm.
    • Blooming Delights: Breathe in the fragrant air of Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Asia's largest rose garden. Lose yourself amidst the vibrant colors and the serene beauty of this floral haven.
    2. A Journey Through History:

    • Kapurthala's Royal Legacy: Step back in time at the majestic Jagatjit Palace and the Shalimar Bagh Gardens in Kapurthala. Witness the grandeur of a bygone era and experience the opulence of Punjabi royalty.
    • Patiala's Architectural Splendor: Discover the architectural gems of Patiala, including the imposing Qila Mubarak, the mesmerizing Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), and the serene Baradari Garden. Each structure narrates a chapter of the city's rich history.
    • Anandpur Sahib's Spiritual Significance: Pay your respects at Takht Sri Anandpur Sahib, a revered Gurudwara that holds immense significance for Sikhs. Immerse yourself in the spiritual aura and historical significance of this holy city.
    3. Nature's Embrace:

    • Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary: Witness the captivating beauty of this diverse ecosystem. Home to a myriad of bird species, it's a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
    • Gadarwara Fort's Panoramic Views: Hike up to the historic Gadarwara Fort near Hoshiarpur. Soak in the breathtaking panoramic views and explore the remnants of a glorious past.
    • Wildlife Sanctuary Bir's Diverse Flora and Fauna: Embark on a wildlife safari at the Wildlife Sanctuary Bir. Encounter a variety of animals and birds in their natural habitat and appreciate the region's rich biodiversity.
    Beyond the List:

    • Wagah Border Ceremony: Witness the patriotic fervor and the symbolic border ceremony between India and Pakistan at the Wagah Border near Amritsar.
    • Local Markets and Culinary Delights: Immerse yourself in the vibrant local markets of various cities to experience Punjabi culture and savor the region's delectable cuisine.
    • Day Trips: Consider venturing to places like Pathankot for its ancient temples and forts, or Sirhind-Fategarh Sahib for its historical significance related to Sikh battles.
    Remember, a month and a half is a perfect opportunity to delve deeper into the heart of Punjab. This list offers a starting point, but feel free to explore further based on your interests and discover the hidden gems that await you!