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Top 10 Places to Visit in Punjab | Places to Visit in Punjab

Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, famously known as “The Granary of India” or “The Bread Basket of India”, is the heart of India’s Sikh community. Word ‘Punjab’ is a combination of two Persian words panj (five) and āb (waters), thus the name, which means “the land of five rivers”. The five rivers are the Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum. The state is known for the sumptuous Punjabi cuisine and wonderful Punjabi people. Besides, there are several beautiful places in Punjab, including Golden Temple Amritsar.

If you are also planning to visit Punjab this season, then here is a list of the top 10 places to visit in Punjab.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Punjab | Places to Visit in Punjab

1. Golden Temple, Amritsar

Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara, which is famously known as the Golden Temple is situated in the city of Amritsar (the city was founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das). However, Golden Temple is the major pilgrimage of Sikh community, but other religion people also visit this Holy Shrine. It attracts millions of visitors from across the world in a year. This gurudwara is surrounded by the Pool of Nectar.

2. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

Another very famous tourist attraction in Amritsar, Punjab is Jallianwala Bagh. Jallianwala Bagh is a historically significant public garden in Amritsar. The memorial was built to honor the innocent people who were killed here during the infamous Jallianwala bagh massacre that was conducted by the British rulers. It is nearby to the Golden Temple. And you will get to see the bullet marks on the walls of the garden.

3. The Rock Garden, Chandigarh

The Rock Garden is one of the most popular tourist’s attractions in Chandigarh, Punjab. It is the paragon of creativity as the sculptures in the entire garden are made of waste material. The garden was built by the government official Nek Chand. He started the process as a way to kill time back in 1957. This breathtakingly beautiful sculpture garden spreads over 40 acres of land. The waste material that is used to make this sculpture garden includes kinds-bangles, industry waste material, wires, broken crockery and kitchenware, etc.

4. Wagah Border, Amritsar

Once you are in Amritsar to visit Golden temple, then you should definitely make time to visit Wagah Border as well. Wagah Border is the international border that separates India and Pakistan. Every evening, thousands of people gather to the Wagah border in order to witness the majestic ceremony that includes the changing of guards accompanied by the hoisting and retreat of the respective national flags. This is the only time when the gates of both the borders are left open for the ceremony. The border security forces of both the countries undergo the elaborate procedure jointly through an interesting ceremony. You will be enthralled to see the hooting and passion of the audience supporting their nation.

5. Harike wetland and Bird Sanctuary, District Tarn Taran Sahib

The Harike wetland and Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland in northern India. This wetland is situated in the Tarn Taran Sahib district of Punjab. It is a major biodiversity reserve and is home to several species of flora and fauna. It makes for a perfect place for the ones who love nature from the core and the ones who are passionate to photograph wildlife in the region.

6. Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

Another major tourist attraction that makes for a MUST VISIT destination in Punjab is the Sukhna Lake. Sukhna Lake is situated in Chandigarh. If you are interested in enjoying beautiful sunset or if you are keen to enjoy water sports like boating, then Sukhna Lake is the place for you! A perfect place to spend some time in your own company and know yourself a bit better!

7. The Doraha Fort, Ludhiana

The Dohara fort, famously known as RDB fort is situated near Ludhiana. It is a very popular fort that you surely need to make time for. You will be amazed to know that several scenes of the hit Bollywood film, Rang De Basanti, were shot at this fort. And because of the film’s raging success, the fort got its other name, the RDB fort. It is a very beautiful fort and it takes just 2 hours from Chandigarh to reach the fort.

8. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Chandigarh

When in Chandigarh, do not miss to visit this beautifully stunning rose garden. The garden is named after India’s former president Zakir Hussain. It is a botanical garden that spreads over 30 acres of land, has 50,000 rose bushes of 1600 different species. Every year, during February or March, the rose garden hosts the annual rose festival, which is known as Festival of Gardens, a major cultural event in Chandigarh. Besides enjoying all the species of roses, you also get to enjoy food, drinks, and different contests during the event.

9. Qila Mubarak, Bathinda

Quila Mubarak, one of the oldest surviving forts in India. It is said that the fort is built of mud bricks from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Inside the fort, there is a gurdwara, which was made in honor of tenth Sikh guru Gobind Singh, who according to historical tales exorcised a demon from the fort in the early 18th century. Also, you will get to know the tale of the first female ruler of Delhi, Empress Razia Sultana, who was imprisoned in the fort in the 13th century.

10. Sirhind

Sirhind Fatehgarh, a beautiful city in Punjab is famous for its rich history and the religious significance. Famously known as Gurumaari, this city has multiple historic structures standing tall till today. Sirhind is located between Ludhiana and Ambala. It is one of the holiest Sikh cities in the world. It is home to many forts, museums, Gurudwaras and gardens, thereby making is a MUST VISIT destination in Punjab.

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