The land of 5 rivers!
One of the most prosperous state in North India, Punjab boasts of an expanse of fertile land that provides a majority share of wheat and rice in the country. It is also one of the major centers of textile and manufacturing in the country. Its strong expatriate connections with UK and Canada has resulted in being one of the most tourist friendly states in the region.
Punjab has a very long history that dates back to 3000 BC during the Harappan civilization. It was later conquered by the Mauryans in the third century BC and over time Punjab saw various invaders pass through its gates, including the Mughal emperor Babar, who defeated Ibrahim Lodi at Panipat in 1526.
One of the major attraction in the city is the Golden Temple, which is located in Amritsar. A mesmerising blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the Golden Temple sees a never ending line of devotees, from morning to night. The Guru Granth Sahib is installed in the temple every morning and returned at night to the Akal Takhat, which is the temporal seat of the Khalsa brotherhood. The ceremony takes place at 5am and 9.30pm in winter, and 4am and 10.30pm in summer. Inside the Akal Takhat, you can also see a collection of sacred Sikh weapons. Although the Golden Temple is the star attraction, the recently opened Partition Museum also merits a visit. Opened in 2016, this place documents the biggest migration in human history that happened during the partition of the country in 1947. With exhibits that include newspaper clippings from Aug 15 1947, letters from life-long friends separated by the border, and audio clips of Partition stories from witnesses now in their 80s, this is a journey that you will not forget for a long time.
Other popular spots in the state includes, Chandigarh, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali. If time permits, make sure you stop at a farm to experience the true flavour of the state.