Explore Punjab
Punjab
A rustic charm worth exploring

Punjab, the Land of Five Rivers, is a diverse state with a perfect melange of history, culture, art and traditions. It's home to several historical monuments, temples and gurudwaras, royal palace, museums, gardens, wildlife sanctuary and historic forts. Every heritage site is in itself a work of art, an architectural wonder to say the least. Everyday spent in Punjab is like celebrating life because of its welcoming locals and the vibrant cities. Exploring Punjab is truly a memorable experience, a rustic charm worth remembering. 


Popular Cities:


  • Amritsar

  • Jalandhar

  • Ludhiana

  • Patiala

  • Mohali

  • Chandigarh

Climate
The climate of Punjab is semi-arid and hot but mostly tropical with subtropical climate conditions during monsoon. To avoid extreme heat you can visit the state during winters which lasts from October to March.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Cool
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Hot
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Amritsar is home to the glorious Golden Temple and several other astounding historic monuments. To add an entertaining element to the bustling city there are several water parks as well. One of the most famous ones is Sun City. It offers a plethora of roller coasters, water rides, regular rides and swimming pools. If you want to witness the real beauty of Punjab and lifestyle of locals, Ludhiana is a must visit. Rakh Bagh Park offers a lush landscape which calls for a refreshing walk after exploring the city. The toy train and cool ambience has made it a habitual space among locals. Though it’s an Industrial city it has some of the most beautiful architectural wonders. Apart from visiting heritage sites and temples, take a stroll in the serene Nehru Park, the oldest park in Jalandhar. The park has a musical fountain and fancy lights but the clock tower of the city is the prime attraction of this park. It's also a popular picnic spot of Jalandhar. Mohali is known for its planned urban infrastructure. Numerous International and IPL matches take place in the magnificent PCA Cricket Stadium located in the heart of this city. To catch some astounding aerial views of the city you must visit Fateh Burj. Chandigarh is famous for its flora and fauna. Rose Garden, Pinjore Gardens, Shakti Kunj, Sukhna Lake, Botanical Garden and Terraced Garden are some of the must visit places in this city where you can have a memorable day-out amidst nature. The Rock Garden offers an open air exhibition of unique sculptures made from industrial and urban wastes.
History & Heritage
Jallianwala Bagh, a beautiful public garden in Amritsar, is a place of great historical importance. The structures present inside resounds the history of Indian struggle for Independence. It houses a memorial which serves as a record of India's unforgettable history. You'll experience an indescribable feeling of sadness and peace which is worth every minute spent here. Located at a distance of 28 km from Amritsar, the Wagah Border marks the border between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border Ceremony held everyday is the prime attraction. This ceremony includes lowering the flags of both countries and closing of the international gates. Gathered people joyfully sing patriotic songs leading up to the ceremony which makes the ceremony more interesting. Moti Bagh located in Patiala is an ancient magnificent palace built by the Maharaja of Patiala. It’s an architectural wonder housing 15 dining halls. Nearby this exquisite beauty is the majestic Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) which will render you speechless in its awe. Built in the 19th century, it houses marvellous frescoes and a pristine lake in front of it. It is embellished by the Lakshman Jhula and a museum which has the largest collection of medals from the world. Qila Mubarak Complex, a fort cum palace, is an epitome of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture. Built in 1764, the complex consists of Qila Androon, Darbar Hall and Ran Baas(Guest House). Some other majestic forts you can visit include Bahadurgarh Fort, Gobindgarh fort, Bathinda Fort and Phillaur Fort. Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar echoes the glorious 257 years of Punjab with its mystical structure. If you want to dive deep into the traditional lifestyle, art forms and culture of Punjab, you must visit Rangla Punjab Haveli in Jalandhar. It showcases Kathputli(live puppet shows), traditional Punjabi artifacts of juttis, phulkari and traditional dance forms of Punjab called Bhangra and Gidda.
Museums
The Partition Museum located in Amritsar is the first museum in the world to focus on the trauma and stories of the millions of people who suffered from the ruthless partition. It houses a collection of art and artifacts, memorials and precious stories through newspaper clippings and photographs of the time before, during and after the partition of British India. Jang-e-Azadi Memorial is one of the mega projects in the state which gives a detailed picture of the culture of Punjab and India along with a memorial for Punjabis who sacrificed their lives for the country. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum in Ludhiana and Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum in Amritsar also have similar collections paying tribute to war heroes. Punjab is known for its agriculture. To know more about it you can visit Punjab Agriculture University Museum located on the outskirts of Ludhiana. It displays models of miniature rivers, mountains and water reservoirs. Besides agriculture, the museum also offers a glimpse into Punjab's culture and traditions through the display of tumba, vanjhili, nagara and sarangi, which are the traditional instruments of the state.
Wildlife
Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary is the best place for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. It houses over 300 species of birds including Common Pochard, Tufted duck, Crested Pochard and nearly 7 species of rare freshwater turtles including the endangered Testudines turtle. In Bir Moti Bagh Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Patiala, you can spot many indigenous animals such as Hog Deer, Chital etc. There is also a deer park within the Sanctuary. Other famous wildlife reserves include Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chattbir Zoo in Mohali and Harike Wildlife Sanctuary in Firozpur.
Temples/Places of Worship
Golden Temple, the holiest shrine in all Sikhism, is located in the heart of Amritsar. It is one of the most spiritual places in India. The astounding golden architecture, innate serenity and Langar (community kitchen) will steal your heart. You'll experience peace like never before. Shri Ram Tirath Temple enchants the beholder with its intricate architecture that shines through the night. One of the ancient temples of Punjab, Devi Talab Temple in Jalandhar is nearly 200 years old. The recent reconstruction has given it a grandiose appearance which is not to be missed. Patiala Kali Mata Mandir is an architectural beauty to say the least. Built entirely in white marble the temple is a sheer work of art which adds to the grandeur of the six-foot-tall idol of Goddess Kali. Gurudwara Bibeksar Sahib, Khair-ud-Din Masjid in Amritsar; St. Mary's Cathedral in Jalandhar; Bhir mosque, Alamgir, Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib in Ludhiana; Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib in Patiala; Shri Naina Devi Temple in Nangal; and AMB Sahib Gurudwara in Mohali are some of the other places of worship you must visit.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can cover a major chunk of Punjab in a week. You can spend a day or two at Amritsar exploring Jallianwalla Bagh, Golden Temple and several museums. From here you can conveniently visit Wagha Border and attend the evening ceremony. Further you can explore Patiala and Jalandhar spending a day in each city. These cities have some of the most elegant architectural wonders and places to worship. Move downwards to visit Mohali where you can visit revered spiritual and cultural centers. You can end your trip in Chandigarh visiting the serene Sukhna lake and its nearby wildlife sanctuaries.
Cuisine
  • Punjab is famous for its dishes made with generous amounts of Butter, desi Ghee and different spices catering to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians . They follow local and traditional ways of cooking which makes their cuisine unique. Food items like Butter chicken, Aloo Paratha, Tandoori, Makki di roti, Chole bhature, Amritsari Fish, Dal Makhni are a must try when you visit Punjab. They also offer scrumptious sweet delicacies like Pinni, Gajar ka Halwa and the most popular lassi.
Costs
  • While the meal prices can vary, you can still expect to have a hearty meal at an average cost of INR 150.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Other need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 8 days

Known For
  • Gurudwaras
  • Palaces
  • Historical Monuments
  • Temples
  • Forts
  • Wildlife
Areas to Visit
  • Jallianwala Bagh and the Partition Museum for their historical significance
  • Wagha Border for Beating Retreat Ceremony
  • Moti Bagh, Sheesh Mahal, Qila Mubarak Complex for their architectural excellence
  • Sukhna Lake for nature and wildlife
  • Golden Temple, Shri Ram Tirath Temple and Patiala Kali Mata Mandir for religious importance

tripDarwin.com

(Darwin Travel Tech Pvt. Ltd.)