Punjab, the land of enchanting fields and heart-warming people, is a state most acclaimed for its cultural richness. The state that receives the beauty of 5 gurgling rivers paves the way for tourists to revel under its charm. The essence of this beautiful state is experienced truly through its festivals. A festival is an event where people symbolically showcase their ideals, their values and their trueness. Through the lively festivals that Punjab celebrates, its vibrancy is revealed. Here are the best festivals of Punjab that you must experience:
A mélange of three distinct Indian cultures, namely those of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, come together in a beautiful symphony of togetherness at Abohar. It is touched by the sand dunes of Rajasthan on one border and the fertile, green plains of Haryana and Punjab at the other. Receiving the Sutlej River’s service to its territory, Abohar is a city of both natural as well as historical importance. Buried deep within its soil is a rich history, as well as an entire palace, of the Suryavanshi King: Aabu Chandni. Located close to the India-Pakistan border, the place has seen its share of bloodshed and then subsequent brotherhood among people of different faiths, ethnicities and beliefs. The place is a prominent location for a number of spirituality seekers as it houses serene worship grounds for a number of religions. Abohar is a peaceful town, offering you a glimpse of India’s heterogeneous reality, that is surely of immense value to a curious traveller, ready to marvel at the myriad hues of Indian culture.
The state of Punjab in Northern India has innumerable tales from the ages of history, carefully preserved within its territory. So many Kings have explored the bounty of Punjab and have left their impression through grand architectures. Punjab was the land of a remarkable spiritual movement, as the Sikh religion bloomed here many years ago. The Sikh Gurus have inspired, guided, motivated, and moulded the culture of Punjab to a great extent.
The joint capital of the Punjab and the Haryana states, Chandigarh was the first planned modern city of India. It was designed by the French architect, Le Corbusier. Situated at the base of Siwalik Hills, Chandigarh has a picturesque view. As the weather shows an extremist nature during the summer and the winter, the best season to visit the city is autumn, i.e., mid-September to mid-November. During your Chandigarh visit, you can keep these five things in your priority list.
Punjab is known for its fertile lands, numerous rivers, lush greenery and abundant bio-diversity. This agrarian state has more than 84% of its land under agricultural cultivation. A majority of the bio-diversity lies in the Shivalik region of the state and in some parts of the plains, which include the Pangolin, otters, elephants, river dolphins, deer, black bear and the royal Bengal tiger. Other than these animals, the State is also a stopover point for a variety of migratory birds that come here. The state animal of Punjab is the black buck, housing the largest population of the species in one of its wildlife sanctuaries. Let us look at the top five national parks or wildlife sanctuaries of Punjab.
India’s Sikh community takes pride in calling the vibrant city of Amritsar as its home. For India, Amritsar truly is a matter of pride and honour, seeing as how the vast Sikh culture of the country is represented in this city very well. Famous around the world for housing the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), Amritsar has also seen notable episodes of the Indian freedom struggle like the Jallianwalah Bagh massacre. With its extensive cultural, religious and historical background, Amritsar also boasts of noteworthy tourist locations. Apart from all of its attractions for visitors, there are a few interesting things to indulge in while in the city. Have a look at the following.
‘Lying at the confluence of Beas and Sutlej, it welcomes visitors from Siberia and the Arctic.’
Harike Wetland is the largest wetland in northern India and is located in the Tarn Taran Sahib district of Punjab. The popular Harike Lake lies deep within the park. This man-made wetland was created as a result of the diversion constructed across the Sutlej River in 1953 and therefore stands at the confluence of Beas and Sutlej rivers. It occupies an area of 4100 hectares and spreads into three districts of Punjab namely Amritsar, Ferozepur and Kapurthala. It is also a water source for the Indira Gandhi Canal, situated in Rajasthan. The rich biodiversity (particularly birds) of this wetland helps in maintaining the ecological as well as ecological balance and attracts a large number of tourists. The Harike Wetland also known as Hari-ke-pattan is a famous destination for bird watchers. There are many more local attractions for visitors as it is supposedly only an hour away from the city of Amritsar.
The capital of the princely State of Kapurthala, the city is often referred to as the ‘Paris of Punjab’ due to its architecture. The monuments and gardens in the city are evident of the Indo-Saracen and French style architecture. The State of Kapurthala was ruled by the Ahluwalia Dynasty but was founded in the 11th century by the Bhati Rajput clan from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. The city is a famous tourist attraction in Punjab due to its distinctive architecture and gardens. Here’s a list of the best places to visit in Kapurthala.
The ancient town of Ropar in the state of Punjab was established somewhere around 11th century AD and was named after the son of the King who ruled the region. The town overlays the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas and is located at the banks of the River Sutlej. The town is a shadily populated spot famous for being as one of the major excavation sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. Ropar is the first Indus valley excavation site in independent India. The excavations from Ropar have yielded a detailed insight on the Indus valley civilization and the Harappa Culture. On further study of the excavations, the archeologists have deciphered a change of culture with some missing elements. A total of six recognizable cultural changes had taken place.
The city of Mohali was recently renamed as Ajitgarh, after Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh. The city is located adjacent to the state capital Chandigarh and is considered a part of the tri city, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. The city was formerly a part of the Ropar or Rupnagar District but was recently carved as a separate city. The city’s main attractions are as follows.