Punjab- the Land of Gurus, the Land of Pirs and Fakirs -Can be your perfect Getaway for 3 to 4 days.Punjab - 'panj' means 'five' and 'aab' mean 'water'.So Punjab is a land where five Holy rivers enroute - the Ravi, the Beas, the Chenab, the Jhelum,and the Satluj.But after partition, the part of Punjab in India has only three of them.Punjab - a land where the seeds of Sikhism were sown and they florished so rapidly and vastly, such that we can't imagine Punjab without that.The roots of spirituality, sacrifice are so strong - something which binds Punjab all together.So a trip Punjab is a must one:-
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Also known as Gurmukhi, this is a village and also the border where India and Pakistan was once divided to become two different countries. On this side of the border, the region is more popularly known as Attari and falls in Amritsar. On the other side, it falls in the Lahore city of Punjab of Pakistan and is known as Wahgah. On both sides the flags of the respective countries are raised up everyday and again lowered 2 hours before sunset. There is also the famous Wagah Rail line over here which forms a part of the Grand Trunk Road which continues in Pakistan as well. The Wagah Border Ceremony is worth seeing and is carried on by the Indian Army and the Pakistan Rangers on the respective sides of the border gate.
Made in the style of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, this is another temple dedicated to Lord Laxmi- Narayan in the same city of Amritsar. One of the main pilgrim places in Punjab, this temple is also known as the Durgiana Tirath or the Sitla Mandir. The construction of the temple was done by Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor and is often known as the Silver Temple. This is mainly due to the beautiful carved silver doors of this temple. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna are worshipped here along with Goddess Durga. This temple houses a number of historical shrines of Sita Mata and The Bara Hanuman. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera, Janmastami, Ram Navami and Diwali. The Temple features include a beautiful dome and pillars and the dome is illuminated with glittering lights during the evenings.
Kesar Da Dhaba
The pride of the Amritsar Cantonment, this small dhaba serves delicious Punjabi food at low costs. The dhaba is inside a small lane and so it is better that you park your vehicle outside the lane. The servings are huge and one plate is enough for two people even if you are starving. Their authentic spicy, Punjabi taste with the sweetness of the thick, creamy lassi is just superb. Their specialties are their stuffed parantha thali and lassi. Desi Ghee is what they put in most of their food and so be prepared to let your diet regime go for a toss and eat here to enjoy real Indian food.
When I visited the Golden temple, I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace and serene. I did not want to come back. I wanted to take a holy dip in the water. I wanted to sit and sing bhajans the entire day. I wanted to watch the long line of people patiently waiting for their turn to get inside the main temple. No one was in a hurry. Tip: Keep your head covered all the time - men, women, and children. If you don't have anything, you will find something to buy outside the temple.
I was amazed by it even after being a Delhiite. Elante Mall is the second largest mall in North India and the third largest in India. The mall has a range of stuff you could do from shopping to watching movies to enjoy video games to bowling and other stuff. The mall also has a large food court to enjoy food at its fullest.We were enjoying ourselves and soaking in the environment when an earthquake struck which saw havoc being created and panicked people leaving the mall. We also made an exit from the mall.
ISKCON Amritsar, Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple
The Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib is the holiest Gurdwara situated in Amritsar. A Sikh guru named Guru Arjan designed the golden temple and installed the Adi Granth (Holy Scripture of Sikhism) in the temple. In 19th Century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over Punjab and defended it from the attacks of the neighbouring regions. This was when he covered the top floors of the Gurdwara with Gold which helped the temple to make a distinct place in itself, and also it got the English name. The Gurdwara is surrounded by a lake, which consists the Holy Water and three Holy trees. Many memorial slab and plaques are placed inside the Gurdwara, which commemorates the past events.
Now my journey started from Mumbai, my city. I picked up the train for chakki bank station, then next day i used a bus service for tour of Temple of Mata Aashta Bhuja, Saperu. then, after a night stay in temple, washed out from soul then, I moved to the path of Dharamshala by bus. Journey was very good & the view which i saw inside from the bus was amazed me. Many of the foreigners , domestic people sat on the rocks of valleys and studied books, Meditations. I was seeing the view to the very sincere way. then bus reached to the bus top. Some people went out and come in. I was surprised to see people because everyone was very happy without any reason, then i learned Happiness not come from any reasons or things, It is our greatest assets and it's our rights.Now I reached to the Dharamshala.Dharamshala is divided into two distinct areas that are separated by a 20-30 mins, 10 kms bus or jeep ride.Lower Dharamsala, consists of most of the government offices, Schools, the local Hospital, and commercial areas. It also has a few tea gardens. One in the area of Chilgari and another just beyond Dari. It is a typical small Indian town that, other than for the bus station, is of little interest to tourists. One can enjoy the view while driving through.
Chandigarh, is dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was designed by the popular French engineer Le Corbusier. Beautifully situated at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban city designing and current structural engineering in the twentieth century in India. The Reserve Bank of India positioned in Chandigarh is the twelfth biggest deposit centre and the tenth biggest credit center across the country as of June 2012. Chandigarh IT Park (otherwise called Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park) is the city's endeavor to break into the data innovation world. Chandigarh's framework, closeness to Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, and the IT talent pool draws in IT organizations searching for office space in the region. Chandigarh is an uncommon embodiment of modernization existing together with nature's conservation. It is a very beautiful place to spend quality time with family and friends.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Located in the largest city of Punjab, Ludhiana, this is a war museum named after Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Maharaja is known as the "Lion of Punjab" and this museum was opened to the public in the year 1999. The museum has a simple design and is circled by a pretty garden with colorful flowering plants. The war museum is mainly dedicated to all those bravehearts who have laid their lives in the various battles fought so far. The items displayed in the museum also make all citizens and visitors aware of the importance of defense in everyones' lives. there are displays of tanks, canons and other weapons along with the model of the INS Vikrant. The sense of nationality is wonderful that each visitor feels over here. The light and sound show which is held here regularly is an attraction as well. In this show you get to know about the Independence Movement in which Punjab took part whole- heartedly.
This is where the intellectuals, scholars, future revolutionaries and leaders, and fashionistas of the city converge at. The very famous Panjab University campus is where the vibrant youth are at their most comfortable, because this is where they spend their two years most productive and liberating years. From dilapidated hostels to broken-windowed libraries, from the basic canteen to the private eateries, everything is designed to fulfil the requirements of the college-going students. The Student Centre here is unanimously addressed as "Stu-C", which is basically just a cooler short form conjured by the fast-food generation. Once you are inside the campus, you can't help but reminisce about your own college days.
Where: PathankotThe Mukteshwar Mahadev Dham in Pathankot is one of the must visit places in Punjab as it is valued deeply by the locals for its wish-granting powers. The temple is said to have been established by Pandavas to worship Mata Chintapurni. The temple is just 22km from Pathankot and can easily be reached from the National Highway 20.
Amritsar Urban Adventures
Named after the world famous Golden Temple in Amritsar, this is a lavish 4- star hotel in the same city. This hotel is absolute value for money and recommended on your trip to Amritsar. It is a clean and comfortable place with very standard rooms. The staff starting from the attendents to the receptionists are all extremely friendly and helpful. The food served here is also very good.
We started our journey from Jalandhar city, me and my three other best friends (Aayushi, Arpita & Gaurav) in morning at 7:30 a.m. and it's raining..., nothing makes a road trip more fabulous than rain. We put our all stuff in the the car, hit the accelerator and let the journey begins. It takes 6 hrs to us to reach Palampur and the weather gives it's full blessing to us to make our road trip an awesome experience. It's raining all the way untill we reached palampur, and when it's rain in hills.., each and every creation of nature became more and more beautiful. The lush of greenery spread through all over the valley. The Clouds seems to be come more closer to us. So we driving through the clouds to our magical destination and that's the magic of Himachal.
The Hall road is one of the busiest roads in Amritsar, Punjab as it is the home of a very popular shopping market called the Hall Bazaar. It is located in Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab. The Hall Road is the address for thousands of shops and stalls located in the Hall Bazar starting from Jeweller shops to Fish Shop. The Hall Road is a very crowded road and it has a ambience of the Sikh culture in it. This is a must visit place for travelers who come to visit Amritsar.
Being really fond of ancient structures and all the antique heritage and items that come with them, I visited the Gobind Garh Fort which was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the early 18th century. The structure has still been kept entirely intact and proves it's durable build. The construction and design of the fort was to defend against the attacks of the Afghans. The fort is not open to public now and has been taken over by the Indian security forces, but one can peek a view from the outside.
Pathankot Railway Station
We had an overnight journey by Jammu Mail taking us from Old Delhi railway station to Pathankot. As you step outside Pathankot railway station, you can hire a cab(depending on your group size and budget) taking you to Dalhousie or Chamba. As we reached Pathokot early in the morning, our road journey to Dalhousie was through infinite mist cloud and hilly terrain with a view of the deep valleys.
Amritsar Railway Station
0900 hrs: Train to Delhi (12460/Amritsar - New Delhi InterCity Express)**Mode of Transport: Car and Train.**No advance booking required except Delhi to Manali cab ride on Day 1 and Amritsar to Delhi on Day 9.**No of heads in the group to be 5 or 6.**Tourists start visiting Leh from May.**Mahindra Xylo is preferable since leg space is better for rear seats.
Pakal Dul Dam
Pakal Dul Dam- Jammu & Kashmir is another U/C dam coming up over the Marusudar River in J&K state of India.These are some of the biggest dams in India one must pay a visit at least once during their lifetime to see how beautifully man's architecture and nature's power combine.Written by - Kritvi Paliwal
St. Mary's Cathedral
Where: JalandharThe seat of the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, the St. Mary's Cathedral is situated in the cantonment area of the city. Built in 1847, the St. Mary's Cathedral in Jalandhar is one of the must visit places in Punjab. Once you reach Jalandhar, take an auto towards Mall Road, from where the church is easily accessible.