Punjab, the gorgeous state of rivers, and one of the best in architecture and culture is bordered by Himachal, J&K, and Haryana. Punjab has been known as ‘Sapt Sindhu’ in ancient lore, which means seven sacred rivers. Housing the Golden Temple, or Harmandir Sahib, this state boasts of a vast Punjabi culture, with the majority of Sikh population in India. Not only does this state have a great history and heritage, but it is also rich in its own cultures and traditions, ones which never fail to fascinate people.
So let’s take a look at a few amazing places that you can visit in Punjab.
With the shimmering dome of the temple prominently visible from afar, Amritsar houses the world-famous Golden Temple, more commonly known to the people of Punjab as Harmandir Sahib. This temple is amidst a beautiful lake which is known to hold sacred water, i.e. Amrit. Built by the fifth Guru-Guru Arjan Singh, Harmandir Sahib consists of four entrances, full of intricate carvings and glowing patterns that give the distinctly mesmerizing charm to this temple. The recitation of Gurbani inside the temple where Guru Arjan Singh established the Adi Granth is a serene feeling in itself, and if you’ve taken a dip in the Sarovar, you’re sure to feel completely at peace.
This pretty and vast garden is not only that of natural beauty, but it also holds an important story behind it. None of us are unfamiliar with the massacre that took place during the British Era. The memorial that has been established in this park is to pay homage to those countless people who lost their lives during the carnage, and the gruesome bullet marks are still visible on the walls, along with the place that the shots were fired from. Although the garden is quite a naturally attractive one, if you’ve visited this place, you cannot help but think of those thousands of innocents who were slaughtered in the bloodbath. The memoir is erected for those people, making this garden more than just a place where you’d lounge.
Situated in the middle of a park known as Ram Bagh, Maharaja Ranjit Sing’s summer palace consists of an edifice known as the Darshani Deori, which is its major attraction. The museum inside the palace hosts various paintings and artifacts that tell us more about the lineage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his adventures. With some unusually marvellous architecture, this palace is quite a delight to the eyes. In the midst of Ram Bagh, it gives a magnificent view of the elaborate design it holds. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who is known as the Lion of India, played a significant part in the Indian freedom struggle, and is a well-known figure, with his summer palace being of great tourist significance.
This museum in dedication to the great teachings and establishment of Sikhism is located in the sacred town of Anandpur, which is situated close to Chandigarh. It houses the scriptures inscribed by the tenth Guru-Guru Gobind Singh; the museum celebrates the birth of Khalsa. With a library, auditorium and exhibition galleries, this museum traces the entire history of Sikhism, and tells the visitors about the teachings and quotes of all the Gurus, spanning the era that they lived in. For someone who doesn’t know much about Sikhism, this museum holds a lot of information; and the spellbinding architecture is enchanting as well.
This museum paying homage to the freedom fighter and revolutionary of India, Bhagat Singh, who hailed from Punjab, is located in a village close to Banga and had its opening on Bhagat Singh’s 50th death anniversary. All of his memoirs, including what remained of his relics, are displayed in the museum prominently to pay respect to this unyielding freedom fighter who laid his life for the country.
The caravan serai built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir is found in the Doraha region of Punjab. It is one of the most brilliant examples of Mughal architecture but has deteriorated now due to having been neglected. Nevertheless, it continues to be a place of tourist importance, and you can still see a bit of the carvings and designs of that time, a great representation of the artistic Mughal era, where literature, art, and painting flourished greatly.
This manmade wetland, consisting mainly of the Kanjli Lake in Kapurthala is a haven for a variety of flora and fauna, with eye-catching scenic beauty in its surrounding. Punjab consists of 14 other wetlands, but this manmade one in Kapurthala is quite well-known for its structure. The then ruler of Kapurthala, Raja Randhir Singh built an edifice in the vicinity, which is that of French architecture and is quite a gorgeous design. Fishing and boating take place regularly by tourists in this area.
Punjab boasts of a rich architectural background and the fact that it produced great revolutionaries during the freedom struggle is an obvious example of its greatness. This has also made it a tourist attraction.
Due to his inquisitive nature, Rohit Agarwal is drawn towards places of tourist importance; those which he shares on TransIndiaTravels.com with great fervour.