Bucket List – Punjab

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mahesh

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Punjab, the land of five rivers is a state of beautiful fields and wonderful people. Tourism in the state is ideally suited for tourists interested in ancient civilization, heritage, culture, and spirituality.  

Here’s a bucket list of must-visit places in this state.

 

Adventure

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Watch the bulls being raced in the rural Olympics at Kila Raipur.

Be amazed by the performance of Gatka, a Punjabi martial art at the Shaheed Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Savour the atmosphere in the Indo-Pak Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border.

 

Leisure

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Relive the history of Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

Watch the sun set at the serene Sukhna Lake, in Chandigarh.

Admire Nek Chand’s creativity at Rock Garden, in Chandigarh.

Get a sneak peek into the rich history of Sikhism at the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum.

Lear to wear a turban and get to know the history behind one.

Go for a cruise around town in an open jeep.

 

Food - Dishes to Savour

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Savour the food prepared with lots of love and devotion at Guru Ka Langar at the Golden Temple.

Butter chicken has become synonymous with the state of Punjab. This is a dish every non-veg lover visiting the state has to try.

Lassi at Ahuja’s Milk Bhandar. This is reputed to be the best lassi in all of India.

Makki ki Roti and Sarson da saag, is almost the staple diet of the state. Savour this and the stuffed kulchas at Bharwan Da Dhaba near the Golden Temple.

Tandoori chicken at Surjit Chicken House and Beera Chicken House in Amritsar, Baba’s Chicken and Aman Chicken in Ludhiana and Papaji Dhaba in Mohali are some of the places to try this quintessential Punjabi favourite.

Mutton Chaap, Bheja Fry as well as Kheema parathas with Paya are some of the other must-savour dishes.

The state is also famous for its Jalebis, Pinni and Gajjar ka halwa among others.

 

Spiritual

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The Golden Temple Amritsar

The Goindwal Sahib

The Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi

The Khadur Sahib

The Rauza Sharif, Sirhind

The Ram Tirth, Amritsar

The Shiv Mandhir, Gur-mandi, Jalandhar

 

Shopping

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Durries - Rugs with flat and woven designs are Punjabi durries, usually utilized as carpets or as bedcovers.

Jutties – These are footwear with amazing embroidery, which is very specific to this state.

Parandis – These are attractive artefact worn by the women in their hair.

Chess Sets – Amritsar is famous for it is wooden and ivory chess sets.

Phulkari Art – Phulkari is a beautiful flower embroidery art that is only found in Punjab and has been an integral part of its culture. Shawls, suits, saris, jackets, you can find the embroidery on any garment.