Punjab is popularly known as the land of five rivers. It is located in the northwestern part of India. Not only this the land is also famous for its religious diversity.
The rich history, scenic landscape as well as famous religious sites become the main reason to visit Punjab. Here are some of the places that are the most popular places in Punjab to visit on vacations.
Most beautiful places in Punjab
1. Harmandir Sahib / Golden Temple, Amritsar
It is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism. The fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan, designed the Harmandir Sahib to be built in the center of this holy tank, and upon its construction, installed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, inside the Harmandir Sahib.
The construction of Harmandir Sahib was intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally.
2. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar
The 6.5-acre garden site of the massacre is located in the vicinity of the Golden Temple complex. It houses a memorial of national importance, established in 1951 by the Government of India, to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators, including unarmed women and children by British forces. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Punjab.
3. Durgiana Temple, Amritsar
It is also known by other names of Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Durga Tirath and Sitla Mandir is a premier Hindu temple of Punjab.
Though a Hindu temple, its architecture is similar to the Golden Temple of Sikh religion. The original temple is reported to have been built in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in 1921 by Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor in the architectural style of the Sikh Golden Temple.
3. Harike wetland and bird sanctuary
It is also known as “Hari-Ke-Pattan”, with the Harike Lake in the deeper part of it, is the largest wetland in northern India. The Punjab Government has introduced in December 2016 an amphibious bus to see the Harike wetland close up, this venture is named Harike Cruise.
4. Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Pathankot
It is a popular shrine of Lord Shiva. There are some caves which date to the time of the Mahabharata. According to a legend, the Pandavas stayed in those caves for a night during their exile (Agayatwas).
5. Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum, Ludhiana
The Museum displays objects connecting to Maharaja Ranjit Singh such as arms and armor, outstanding paintings and centuries-old coins, manuscripts, and jewelry. A huge gallery displays various uniforms of the British era Indian army; air force and navy.
The Kargil section has complete information about the Kargil war with a brief history of Kargil, Masokh Valley, Kaksar, etc. This Museum is a tribute to all those lives that were lost for a noble cause.
6. Qila Mubarak, Bathinda
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It is a part of the Bathinda Fort. It was earlier called kuchi-Garhi or mud fort. The structure was later given a massive artistic touch. When Babur came to India for the first time, he came here with cannons.
Four of them are here in this fort that is made up of an alloy of silver, gold, copper, and iron. It’s one of the best places to visit in Punjab.