The Northern Indian state of Punjab is a remarkably energetic and awe-inspiring place. When planning your itinerary through Punjab, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of attractions available.
To help make the planning stage easier, we have put together a list of 3 of our favourite places to visit in Punjab!
1. The Golden Temple
While visiting the Punjabi city of Amritsar, you must stop by The Golden Temple. Harmandar Sahib, aka The Golden Temple, is one of the most iconic religious and socio-cultural Indian landmarks. The picturesque temple stands tall despite the multiple destructive physical attempts launched against it since its completion towards the end of the 16th century.
The central holy place for Sikhs worldwide, the temple reflects key values of community and open-heartedness. The temple grounds are open for all, there is no cultural and religious discrimination. A truly breathtaking marvel, it is a definite must-see for cultural and historical enthusiasts.
2. Wagah Border Ceremony
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Journeying on through Amritsar, you have to see the the grand lowering of flags ceremony at the Wagah Border. This border separates the Indian city of Amritsar and the Pakistani city of Lahore. The ceremony is a daily occurrence and typically takes place near sunset.
The changing-of-guards procession includes a military and parade-like showdown between Indian and Pakistani security forces. Both sides perform their highly stylized national drills, each competing to display more patriotism, grace and ability that the other. The atmosphere is awesomely chaotic as both countries’ citizens are gathered to support their troops through cacophonous fanfare.
A uniquely Indian experience that you simply cannot miss!
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Situated near Chandigarh, the capital state of Punjab, Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum that celebrates 500 years of Sikh history. Located in the holy city of Anandpur Sahib, this extensive visual repository catalogues the story of Sikhism; from the pre-founding years to its relevance in the 21st century landscape.
It has attracted approximately 10 million visitors since its inauguration in 2011, making it one of India’s most highly visited museums. Visitors often marvel at the amazingly human-like wax figures, the opulence of the visual dioramas and the attention to detail. Additionally, the exterior of the building itself is regarded as an architectural marvel while the surrounding urban architecture is a prime scenic location for people to host social gatherings.
Do make sure you stop by, it would be a shame to let this attraction go unvisited!