The word Punjab means, “the land of five rivers”. Blessed by the waters of the five rivers, it’s an enormous expanse of fertile land that supplies India with most of her wheat. To the rest of India, Punjab is a region compromising of huge mustard fields, healthy and cheerful people, a lovely folk culture and a cuisine which reflects its richness. Its history is as fascinating as the land itself, tracing its origin to the times when the chants of Rig Veda reverberated throughout its landscape. Its association with Sikhism is too well-known to need any repetition, while the Golden Temple is the main devotional shrine for Sikhs all over the world.
In terms of tourism, there is a lot to see and explore in Punjab. The entire land of Punjab is dotted with numerous monuments, gurudwaras, ashrams, temples, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. However, to fully enjoy the tourist opportunities Punjab has to offer, you must explore its major cities like Amritsar, Mohali, Patiala, Bhatinda and others. These cities are treasure-houses of history, heritage and culture, and offer a glimpse into the country’s glorious past.
The variety in all spheres of life that Punjab is famous for is also found in its cuisines. The prevalence of wheat in the dishes of the region is quite dominant, while clarified butter and cream is also generously used. The refreshing “lassi” (a traditional yoghurt based drink) has its origins in Punjab. Apart from lassi, various kinds of milk products are also popular all over Punjab.
Punjab also celebrates several festivals throughout the year. One of these is the “Lohri”, a festival which has been depicted time and again in Bollywood movies. Some of the other festivals celebrated in Punjab are Baisakhi, Diwali, Holi and Maghi. These festivals reflect the traditions and customs of the people.
This Punjab travel guide introduces you to the culture of Punjab, its cuisines, historical sites and other attractions of the state. You are also introduced to the city of Amritsar with its famous Golden temple, as well as the other things that make it the prime attraction of Punjab.