20 Must Visit Places of Punjab


Punjab, the land of five rivers is one of the places in India filled with beauty of nature, amazing architecture, and places of worship. The state of Punjab is also known for being the breadbasket of India and producing some of the greatest warriors that ever lived.

If Punjab were to be personified, it would most definitely be the tough guy who walks around carrying his battle scars with his head held high.

The following are the 20 must visit places in Punjab for their history and beauty.

Following are the places you must visit when you take a trip to Punjab.

1. Sri Harmandar Sahib , Amritsar

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The most blissful and calming place constructed by the Sikh Gurus.

2. Sri Anandpur Sahib

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Known as the city of Bliss, Sri Anandpur Sahib is one of the most beautiful cities of Punjab founded by 9th Sikh Guru Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji

3. Gurdwara Taran Taran Sahib

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Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib is a gurdwara established by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev, in the city of Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, India. The site has the distinction of having the largest sarovar (water pond) of all the gurdwaras.

4. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

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The garden at Jallianwala Bagh is historic as it’s the memorial which was built in honour of those who were killed by the British police in 1919.

5. The Rock Garden, Chandigarh

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One of the most popular attraction in Chandigarh, the Rock garden is the epitome of creativity. Started by government official Nek Chand as a way to kill time back in 1957. And today, this sculpture garden is spread over 40 acres of land. The major attraction of this garden is the fact that everything here is made of waste material of all kinds-bangles, wires, industry waste material, broken crockery and kitchenware, etc.

One of the most popular attraction in Chandigarh, the Rock garden is the epitome of creativity. Started by government official Nek Chand as a way to kill time back in 1957. And today, this sculpture garden is spread over 40 acres of land. The major attraction of this garden is the fact that everything here is made of waste material of all kinds-bangles, wires, industry waste material, broken crockery and kitchenware, etc.

6. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Chandigarh

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Named after India’s former president Zakir Hussain, the rose garden is a botanical garden spread over 30 acres of land, with 50,000 rose bushes of 1600 different species. Apart from other events that are hosted, the rose garden hosts the annual rose festival called Festival of Gardens, a major cultural event in Chandigarh, during February or March. Its attractions include food, drinks, and different contests held for enthusiasts of all kinds.

7. The Doraha Fort, or the RDB fort

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The Dohara fort is a famous fort where several scenes of the popular film, Rang De Basanti, were shot. Because the film was a raging success, the fort got another name, the RDB fort. This picturesque fort is about 2 hours away from Chandigarh, near Ludhiana.

8. Wagah Border ceremony

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Every evening, hundreds of people flock to the Wagah border, the international border that separates India and Pakistan, to witness the majestic changing of guards accompanied by the hoisting and retreat of the respective national flags. The border security forces of both nations undergo the elaborate process jointly through an interesting ceremony.

9. Qila Mubarak

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Located in Patiala, the Qila Mubarak is a popular archaeological spot for history buffs and enthusiasts.

10. Harike wetland and bird sanctuary

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The Harike wetland is the largest wetland in northern India in the Tarn Taran Sahib district of Punjab. The wetland is home to several species of flora and fauna, and is a major biodiversity reserve. It is the best place to visit if you’re a nature lover or a wildlife photographer.

11. The Kila Raipur Sports Festival, Ludhiana

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One of the highlights of Punjab, the Kila Raipur Sports festival takes place annually in a small village, Kila Raipur, about 20 km away from Ludhiana. Every year,this event happens between ending January and the beginning of February. A large number of people gather to witness an array of sporting events, and people participating in them are enthusiastic beyond compare. Read more here.

12. Garden of silence

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The beautifully landscaped Garden of Silence, located adjacent to the beautiful Sukhna Lake, is the perfect spot for meditation and for general peace and quiet.

13. Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

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The Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is another major tourist attraction. On a regular day, one can go boating, or just enjoy the beautiful scene of the sun setting over the city.

14. Virasat-e-Khalsa

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Located in Anandpur Sahib, Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum that gives insight into all the events that took place more than 500 years ago; events that gave birth to Sikhism. The museum aims to illuminate the vision of the Gurus, their message of peace and brotherhood and the culture and heritage of Punjab. This museum took about 13 years to make, and was opened to the public in November 2011.

15. Wheat fields of Punjab

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The cinematic friendly wheat fields of Punjab have been featured on hundreds of Bollywood and Punjab films. The fields are known to represent Punjab in Cinema.

16. Sarai Amanat Khan

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Sarai Amanat Khan was built when the Mughal economy was booming and the architectural glory of Agra, Delhi and Lahore, when taken together was unsurpassed in Asia at that point. The sarai has a direct link with the building which occupies the central position in that glory, the Taj Mahal. Amanat Khan was the legendary calligrapher of the Taj. His work – elegant in form and precise in design – continues to amaze millions of visitors to India’s premier heritage site. History is full of ironies and the sarai is the site of one of the more bitter ones.

17. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama Museum

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Located in the northwest corner of Ram Bagh, this museum is dedicated to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ‘Lion of Punjab’ (1780–1839), who founded the Sikh empire, wresting large areas of northwest India from the Mughals. A vast diorama depicts the maharaja’s greatest battles, complete with booming battle cries and other sound effects. Cameras and shoes are not permitted inside.

18. Bhakra Nangal Dam

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Bhakra Dam is called central nervous system of North India as it supplies electricity across the three states i.e Punjab, Himachal & Haryana. It helps running of industries, houses and corporate houses.

19. Sheesh Mahal Patiala

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The Sheesh Mahal is the famous tourist place in Patiala. Maharaja Narinder Singh built this Mahal in 1847. The design and the decoration of the palace was chosen by Maharaja Narinder Singh to a large extent. One section of Sheesh Mahal is decorated with colored glass and mirror work and it is also known as ‘Palace of Mirrors’. It is situated behind the Moti Bagh Palace. It is a triple storey building. There is a bridge across the artificial lake in the centre of the palace.

20. Bhathinda Fort

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is a historical monument in the heart of the city of Bathinda in India. It has been in existence from 90-110 AD in its current place. It was here that Razia Sultan, the first woman to take charge of the Delhi throne was incarcerated on her defeat and dethroned. The bricks of the fort date back to the Kushana period when emperor Kanishka ruled over Northern India/Bactria. Raja Dab, along with emperor Kanishka, is believed to have built the fort.

Enjoy the authentic Punjabi food while you visit Punjab!

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