8 Best Places To Visit In Punjab

8 Best Places To Visit In Punjab

by Ramnika Chadha
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Best Places To Visit In Punjab:-

Keep Calm and live on; said no Punjabi ever!

Punjab: Sheraan Di Koum Punjabi.!! (Punjabis are the tigers!)

Most of the readers would agree if I say that Punjabis are the best and the most kind-hearted people. Being a Punjabi, I know every in and out of Punjab and the Punjabi culture. Punjab, also known as ‘The land of five rivers’, lies in the north-western part of India. It is a fertile land and it is ranked amongst the most ancient civilizations in the world.

Punjab is world-famous for its religious diversity as many religious movements were initiated there. Also, it is the destination for many religious monuments, temples, and gurudwaras. Punjab is bestowed with the beauty of nature along with a rich culture that India and Indians carry their pride in. Right from spirituality to commercialization, Punjab always leaves us enthralled in every way possible.

True travelers who wish to witness the true beauty and essence of Punjab, must take a circuit! There are various places to visit in Punjab and they are just perfect to add to the itinerary of the travelers. Experiencing the king-size life of Gabrus & Mutiyaars and indulging in the richest traditional folk activities would be a treat for sure.

8 Must Visit Cities of Punjab

1. Amritsar

Amritsar (Credit- Scroll.in)

A land of patriotism, spirituality, bravery, and colorful culture, Amritsar tops the list when it comes to one of the best cities of Punjab. Home to Harmandir Sahib aka The Golden Temple, it is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites for the Sikhs. One can witness and experience the beauty of many famous monuments. The narrow — lanes of Amritsar are arrayed with shops selling colorful juttis (traditional Punjabi footwear), Punjabi suits, Phulkari Dupattas, and much more. A foodie just can’t have enough of Bhature Chole, Amritsari Kulche, Butter Chicken, Lassi – and the list goes on! Famous places to visit in Amritsar are:

  • The Golden Temple
  • Durgiana Temple
  • Wagah Border
  • Partition Museum
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Hall Bazar
  • Akal Takht
  • Tara Taran Sahib
  • Harike Wetland
  • Amritsar Haveli
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
  • and many more

2. Chandigarh

Chandigarh
Chandigarh

Chandigarh is one of the most developed cities of Punjab. It is the capital of both Punjab and Haryana that makes it a Union Territory. The city is considered to be the ‘best-planned city’ of India. Plenty of Punjabi movies are shot in Chandigarh. That is why it is also called ‘The City Beautiful’. Chandigarh is also a hub for many MNCs and other companies that makes it one of the top cities for career purposes. People would surely agree to this once they pay a visit to this amazing and beautiful city. Modernization has not at all destroyed the natural treasures of the holy land. Some top destinations in Chandigarh are:

  • The Rock Garden
  • Sukhna lake
  • Leisure Valley
  • Morni Hills
  • Sector-17 Market
  • Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park
  • Timber Trail
  • International Dolls Museum
  • Butterfly Park
  • Elante Mall
  • Chhatbir Zoo
  • and many more

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3. Jalandhar

Jalandhar (Credit- India Rail Info)
Jalandhar (Credit- India Rail Info)

Jalandhar, a city that is closest to my heart, is the land that boasts of a rich history. It is also famous for sports goods and beautiful eye-catching views. This ancient part of the world is also mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It has a lot to case in terms of historical importance, religious significance, and entertainment. Here are the top attractions when you are in Jalandhar:

  • Devi Talab Temple
  • Wonderland Theme Park
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral Church
  • Model Town
  • Jalandhar Haveli
  • Shaheed-E-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Museum
  • Company Bagh
  • Prithvi’s Planet
  • Niku Park
  • Rangla Punjab Haveli
  • Pushpa Gujral Science City
  • and many more

4. Pathankot

Pathankot

Pathankot’s geographical location gains importance as it is the meeting point of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh. It is also the land full of patriotism as it is also a land for the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army. Pathankot’s west side shares an international border with Pakistan. The scenic beauty of this beautiful place and its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination. Here are some of the leading tourist attractions of Pathankot:

  • Mukteshwar Temple
  • Ashapurni Mandir
  • Nurpur Fort
  • Kali Mata Mandir
  • Novelty Mall
  • Hydraulic Research Station
  • City Center Mall
  • Shani Dev Mandir
  • Nagni Temple
  • Ranjit Sagar Dam
  • Kathgarh Temple
  • and many more

5. Mohali

Mohali (Credit- YouTube)
Mohali (Credit- YouTube)

Mohali, Chandigarh, and Panchkula altogether is termed as Tri-City. It is yet another beautiful city of Punjab. The city is also known as SAS Nagar as it acquired its name after Guru Gobind Singh’s eldest son Sahibzada Ajit Singh. Retaining its ancient heritage, Mohali is also home to a good number of IT industries and hence there are a number of opportunities too. Few lovely tourist attractions in Mohali include:

  • Rose Garden
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Rock garden
  • Mataur Lake
  • Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Gurudwara Nada Sahib
  • Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
  • Fateh Burj
  • Thunder Zone Amusement Park
  • Chhatbir Zoo
  • Silvi Park
  • and many more

6. Kapurthala

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Credits- Google

Kapurthala is another beautiful and excellent city with mesmerizing architecture and breathtaking gardens. The city, earlier referred to as ‘Paris of Punjab’, is such a scenic beauty. It was here in Kapurthala that Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji attained enlightenment in the year 1499. Kapurthala’s historical significance, beautiful architecture, scenic landscape, and spectacular monuments make it a wonderful tourist destination. Some of the important tourist attractions in Kapurthala are:

  • Jagjit Club
  • The Jagjit Palace
  • Kanjli Wetland
  • Panj Mandir
  • Moorish Mosque
  • Elysee Palace
  • Panch Mandir
  • Shalimar Gardens
  • State Gurudwara
  • Shri Satya Narayan Mandir
  • Nihal Palace
  • and many more

7. Bhatinda

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Credits- Google

Bhatinda lies amongst the ancient cities of Punjab. There are monuments from 3000 BC that are now located in Bhatinda. It is very famous for its historical associations. This is the land where Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji challenged and fought the Mughals with all the courage and bravery. An ancient yet beautiful place with a sense of history, Bhatinda is a yet another ‘must-visit’ city of Punjab. Some of the most famous places to explore in Bhatinda are:

  • Bhatinda Fort
  • Bhatinda Lake
  • Rose Garden
  • Lakhi Jungle
  • Bhatinda Zoological Park
  • Bir Talab Zoo
  • Qila Mubarak
  • Takht Shri Damdama Sahib
  • Gurudwara Haji Ratan
  • Chetak Park
  • Mazoor of Peer Haji Ratan
  • and many more

8. Patiala

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The princely state Patiala is famously referred to as the ‘City of Newspapers’. It has some of the best architecture that reflects the glorious past of the city. It is the 4th largest city of Punjab and the administrative capital of the Patiala district. Patiala is a beautiful blend of Punjabi, Rajput, and Mughal cultures. Rich in culture, of course, this city remains world-famous for its traditional Patiala shahi turban (a religious headgear for the Sikhs), Paranda (a tasseled tag for braiding long hair), Jutti (traditional Punjabi footwear), Patiala Salwar (female trousers of Punjabi suit), and Patiala Peg (a measure of liquor). Following are the top attractions in Patiala:

  • Gurudwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib
  • Moti Bagh Palace
  • Qila Mubarak Complex
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Kali Temple
  • Darbar Hall
  • Bir Moti Bagh Sanctuary
  • Baradari Garden
  • Deer Park
  • Lachman Jhoola
  • Banur
  • and many more

Must Visit: Punjab!

Punjab and Punjabis are the heart of India. The state is all about good food, open-hearted people, cheerful ambiance, rich culture, etc. All these cities offer a different flavor of Punjab altogether. With so many awesome places to visit in Punjab, all my readers would surely be excited for an escape to this stunning and heart-warming state. Let’s hope that this new year 2020 brings some good energies and the pandemic comes to an end. To those who seek a hassle-free time, do plan a vacation to Punjab and have a great time!

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